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Jefferson Tayte is an engaging character who has more lives than a cat. When the villain isn't trying to conk him in the head or throw him out to drown in a lake, Tayte works at solving the mystery the way a genealogist should: through lots of research poring over old records and documents. And that's nowhere near as boring as it sounds.

The mystery surrounding the Fairborne family was excellent. By book's end I hadn't figured it out, although with my knowledge of Cornish history and of genealogy, I should have. The scenes dealing with the 18th and 19th century Fairborne family members that Tayte was trying to trace gave a rich texture to Robinson's story.

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The fast-paced, engrossing plot and the winning character of Tayte more than made up for any momentary hiccups in writing style. This is the first book by Steve Robinson, and I am definitely looking forward to reading more! I love a good murder mystery, and this was definitely a VERY good murder mystery with a unique approach. The protagonist is not a detective.

Jefferson Tayte is a genealogist who is researching family history for a wealthy client. He has just hit a dead end that will require him to travel from Boston to Cornwall County in the UK — a serious problem since he has an intense fear of flying. Once he arrives in Cornwall, the further he gets into his research, the more mysterious the lack of family rec I love a good murder mystery, and this was definitely a VERY good murder mystery with a unique approach. Once he arrives in Cornwall, the further he gets into his research, the more mysterious the lack of family records becomes — and then people start dying.

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The story moves back and forth from the present to the past events that Tayte is attempting to piece together. Both time-line mysteries were very compelling and presented very skillfully with just enough corresponding information from each time-line revealed at the appropriate moment to retain interest for both interconnected plots. There was lots of edge-of-your seat action and many twisty-turns of the plot. I listened to the Audiobook read with perfection by Simon Vance. Dec 27, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: crime-mystery-thriller , historical-fiction , e , genealogy.

My two favourite pastimes at this time of my life are genealogical research and reading, especially historical fiction and mystery thrillers, so I was delighted to discover a novel that combines all of these passions between its covers! Yes, it did stand up to my expectations: the historical fiction part of the story is fascinating, and the present-day mystery is very skilfully woven, with moments of true suspense. All that, plus beautiful descriptions of the Cornish coastal scenery would surely My two favourite pastimes at this time of my life are genealogical research and reading, especially historical fiction and mystery thrillers, so I was delighted to discover a novel that combines all of these passions between its covers!

All that, plus beautiful descriptions of the Cornish coastal scenery would surely make a wonderful film! My mother has already read the first three novels in this Genealogical Crime Mystery series and loved them. I shall definitely buy her the fourth one so I can borrow it when I've finished the other two.

The story starts with American genealogist Jefferson Tayte, JT, having to board a plane to Heathrow before catching a train to Cornwall in order to complete an assignment for a client's birthday, only problem is he is scared of flying. It took a while to get into the story as early on we are introduced to the Fairborne family boarding the boat, Betsy Rose, in America to sail to England in Once the JT had to Cornwall the parts from the past linked well with the many twists and turns happeni The story starts with American genealogist Jefferson Tayte, JT, having to board a plane to Heathrow before catching a train to Cornwall in order to complete an assignment for a client's birthday, only problem is he is scared of flying.

Once the JT had to Cornwall the parts from the past linked well with the many twists and turns happening. JT is portrayed as a likeable character desperate to do a good job with integrity. There is quite a large cast of characters to get to know both in the past and in the present, and some of those baddies are really bad!! This book is well written; it has a lot going for it and I would love to follow JT on his next adventure and maybe find his birth family in the process. Jul 14, The Cats Mother rated it really liked it Shelves: crime-or-mystery , historical-fiction , favourite-series , bought-e-books-read , series , read-in I can't remember if this was a goodreads or an Amazon recommendation, but the series was going cheap as ebooks and I liked the idea of it, and ultimately wasn't disappointed.

Jefferson Tayte is an American genealogist with a fear of flying, who is commissioned to find out what happened to a family who left the USA in the late s to move back to England, but then disappeared. Reluctantly, he travels to Cornwall where grieving widow Amy has unearthed a mysterious writing box in her house I don I can't remember if this was a goodreads or an Amazon recommendation, but the series was going cheap as ebooks and I liked the idea of it, and ultimately wasn't disappointed.

Reluctantly, he travels to Cornwall where grieving widow Amy has unearthed a mysterious writing box in her house I don't like plots that rely on coincidences like this, but will let it slide for a beginner author which someone is willing to kill for. There are flashbacks to the past story which are initially confusing but then it all starts to make sense.

JT is a rather bumbling hero who makes mistakes, but his heart is in the right place, and I look forward to the rest of the series. That this writer isn't with a major publisher is an even bigger mystery than the one facing porky hero Jefferson Tayte. Highly recommended!

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I really enjoyed this book, there aren't many books that I've read almost cover to cover over a day or so but In The Blood has been one of them. The book had an interesting story line with a few surprises along the way. Its a brilliant debut novel and I'm already looking forward to reading Steve's next book. Sep 02, Vfields Don't touch my happy! Solid 3.

Jefferson is a genealogist and he's found himself in a sticky wicket. There's one thing that makes me happy when reading. That's when stories are told in chronological order. So imagine how difficult this was for me to stick in there because the entire premise is about dealing with the past. The more he learns about the past the more you have to go to the past and it's not just one peek back, it's bit by bit of it.

Th Solid 3. This author was able to make me stick it out to the end. I also found the female characters were as equally interesting as the male characters, yay. Some of them, I would like to see again.

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Will I read another? I think so. I'd like to see how Steven Robinson develops these characters. May 14, Jess the Audiobookworm rated it it was amazing. As soon as I read that In the Blood was a genealogical mystery series, I immediately purchased the first two installments. Sure, it was a gamble.

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But it just so 4. But it just so happened to pay off. I had never before heard of Steve Robinson, but I like his style of writing. It gives off a Dan Brown vibe that I really dig. This mystery was so layered, that it was almost hard to follow at times.

So I know that there is a fine line between Genealogist and Private Investigator.

Jefferson Tayte is such an Indiana Jones. Besides having a really cool name, Tayte was a pretty likable protagonist. For the most part, his actions were plausible enough. He would throw around just enough genealogy terms to feed my inner geek. The one thing I did wish, however, was that In the Blood had come with a family tree.

As it was, I managed to sketch out my own based on the information gradually given. That helped my understanding of the intertwining plots tremendously. It felt like untangling a bundle of cords. Plus, it was way fun. I love genealogy. One chapter would take place in the 21st century and the next in the 18th. On top of everything else, it became very confusing and hard to follow along with.