To the Grave : Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mysteries

  • by Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mysteries
  • 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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- Linda

Another a Great Mystery

Jefferson Tayte is a professional Genealogist. I listened to the third in this series first and loved it so much I went back to listen to the first and second. I have a recently acquired interest in genealogy myself so the stories are doubly interesting to me. Plus I am learning things all along the way. JT is trying to find the birth mother of a woman who was adopted. He could not locate her through standard means and so he realized he needed to fly to the UK to see if he could get more information there. He found the woman's family but no one really knew anything about her. He kept pushing until he uncovered the story of Mina. it kept me glued to Simon Vance's brilliant narration to the exclusion of everything else. Even though this is part of a series, it is not necessary to listen in order. I love this series and this one in particular.
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- Ednna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-18-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio