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Publisher's Summary

A curiously dated child’s suitcase arrives, unannounced and unexplained, in a modern-day Washington suburb. A week later, American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is sitting in an English hotel room, staring at the wrong end of a loaded gun.

In his latest journey into the past, Tayte lands in wartime Leicestershire, England. The genealogist had hoped simply to reunite his client with the birth mother she had never met, having no idea she had been adopted. Instead, he uncovers the tale of a young girl and an American serviceman from the US 82nd Airborne, and a stolen wartime love affair that went tragically wrong.

With To the Grave, Steve Robinson confirms his status as a master of the taut and delicately constructed historical thriller.

This is the second audiobook in the Jefferson Tayte mystery series, which begins with In the Blood but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.

©2014 Steve Robinson (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Worthwhile listen!

Totally absorbing story. A woman in her early sixties learns she was adopted. She hires a genealogist to discover her past. The story of her parent's past runs in parallel chapters with the genealogist current investigation. Very engaging! Totally enjoyable!

After this first listen, in the Jefferson Tayte series, I enjoyed it so much, I purchased another in the series.

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sad but true

The reality of social morals, standing and expectations of war weary England are on full display in this compelling, page turner. The second on the series does not disappoint, although, I did shed a tear.

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Even better than the first

I’m really enjoying Steve Robinson’s books. I’ve been doing genealogy for 10 years and I can understand the records and documents he talks about.

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poignant

I try to avoid sad sad stories. This had some of the tragedy reminiscent of Dr Zhivago. All the mystery is there but beware. Excellent story and narration. I think I've found a new favorite author.

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Wonderful performance and nicely written! Love the series!!

Steve Robinson has a smash hit series here with Jefferson Tayte. These books are highly entertaining, factual to the time period and always have a twist or two that leave you whirling. There are no curse words in the entire book! Imagine that these days! You don't ever have to be embarrassed if someone overhears the book. The love interests are believable, but not overly graphic. His descriptions are spot on, but not over the top like many books I've read. All in all, these books are wonderful! I hope Steve Robinson will continue the series for years to come!

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Great WWII Story of Romance, Love, Loss, Lies

This is another terrific mystery/history story. It seemed so real even though you know it is taking place in 1944. A family torn apart by secrets withheld. A young girl forced into a home for unwed mothers from which one never escapes. That was how the Catholic Church at the time 'helped' protect morality. Lock up the girls, give away their babies. Mena is tragic because she is too young to get away from her domineering, strict Catholic, mother. The mother was hiding her daughter's pregnancy. I could go on and on but the story was about an American Genealogist hired to find out why a red suitcase arrived at the house of a woman who becomes his client. The suitcase serves as the beginning point but it leads to all kinds of twists and turns to the past and back to the present. How the sender of the suitcase knew where to send it is still a mystery to me. The whole book keeps you on your toes to get to the end so you can find out what happened to Mena. Stories like this book depicts happened to many families and stills happen today when people keep secrets. Steve Robinson is an excellent story teller and Simon Vance is a great narrator telling the story. Can't wait to find out what Jefferson Tayte gets into in the next book.

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strong series so far

the narration is very good. I'm planning to read the next entry soon. interesting plot lines

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loved it. really captivates. I love his style.

usually don't leave reviews, but I really enjoy this series. I loved the mystery and intrigue.

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Much better...

than the first book. I had been hesitant to buy the second book because the first was difficult to get into. I was, however, surprised to find myself interested in this one.

The WWII flashbacks were well done as were the characters and family interactions.

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Fascinating series!

Each of the stories in Steve Robinson’s series has been unique. From the opening scene in “To the Grave” you are aware that digging around the family tree can bring startling revelations for those seeking to know more about their ancestors.

Those familiar with that search will find this a story they can relate to and enjoy!

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  • 04-16-14

Compelling mystery

Would you listen to To the Grave again? Why?

I would listen to it again. I found it absolutely compelling and just could not switch it off. Listened to it in one day.

What was one of the most memorable moments of To the Grave?

When it was revealed that Mena had been raped after keeping us guessing

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene with JT and Eliza and Mr Wells when it was revealed that although Mena had had an unhappy life at least she knew some happiness in her final years.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely. Luckily I was on leave.

Any additional comments?

I intend to recommend this book to my family and friends. I enjoyed it so much more than 'In the Blood' and sincerely hope there will be more as good as this one from Steve Robinson.

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  • Helen
  • 01-22-15

Superb

I loved this book and it had me totally engrossed to the last when all the questions were answered. It was so very sad and as I got to the end the tears were brimming. The narrator did an excellent job. I would definitely read more by Steve Robinson.

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  • jayjay
  • 07-11-20

Great listen

This kept me enthralled right from the start. I do a lot of family history, and while the exploration and mystery was fascinating, I am so glad my own is not quite so dramatic. But then - Steve Robinson's story is what made a great book.

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  • 11-20-19

to the grave

§sd story very moving.story didnt need the mirders to be interesting but sstill good listen

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  • Bob
  • 01-02-19

Waiting for something to happen

Slow story. Fill of inaccuracies about British records of births, deaths and marriages. Second World War characters who's sound like they've learned English from Dick Van Dyke

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  • hunkydoreyrad
  • 09-30-18

To the Grave

From the very beginning i was lost in this beautifully written and narrated book. It was gripping and totally enthralling! A book showing how secrets and controlling families can ruin a life, that should have been happy and full of love, first book I've read from this author, but it won't be the last!


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  • katejmac
  • 04-17-18

Excellent

An enjoyable story with a good narrator who tells the story well.
A good read!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-10-18

Brilliant

Brilliant book, keeps you hooked right to the end. Surprising twist and turns, will definitely listen to another.

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  • A Person
  • 09-02-17

Slow

Enjoyed the first book in the series but just couldn't get interested in this one. Slow, slow and slow!

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  • andrew
  • 08-08-17

great listen

I got a bit confused at first with the characters but hang in there. great narration and great storyline

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  • Alison Dashwood
  • 02-21-19

Highly recommended

I continue to look for Steve Robinson’s books as I know I will be enthralled in following the twists and turns of the various strings that are weaved into a final outcome. I love the tension that ebbs and flows and the visuals that are described that bring me into the experience of the characters. Only problem is, I have to be careful that while driving, my foot doesn’t respond to the tension of the plot by accelerating beyond the speed limit. It has been known!! If you love a twisted plot and mystery to be solved, you’ll love ALL of Steve Robinson’s books.