In the Blood : Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mysteries

  • by Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mysteries
  • 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two hundred years ago a loyalist family fled to England to escape the American War of Independence and seemingly vanished into thin air. American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to find out what happened, but it soon becomes apparent that a calculated killer is out to stop him.
In the Blood combines a centuries-old mystery with a present-day thriller that brings two people from opposite sides of the Atlantic together to uncover a series of carefully hidden crimes. Tayte's research centres around the tragic life of a young Cornish girl, a writing box, and the discovery of a dark secret that he believes will lead him to the family he is looking for. Trouble is, someone else is looking for the same answers and will stop at nothing to find them. In the Blood is the first in the Jefferson Tayte mystery series.


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I enjoyed this book. It's not mind-blowing, but it is well worth a listen and a great way to wile away the afternoon. I also really like the fact that they have used a British narrator despite the main character being American as the story isn't told from Jefferson's POV. In fact 99% of the book is set in Britain, and most of the characters are British, so I personally think it makes perfect sense to have the story narrated by a British narrator - plus it's really nice not to have to listen to the British accents and places being mangled by an American narrator, something that I have had to endure far to often as an customer.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and will probably get the next in the series.
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- L

Enjoyable if lightweight

Although I felt there were rather too many convenient lucky breaks for the genealogist and he did allow himself to be lured into danger rather often, I still enjoyed this novel. I loved the genealogical aspect, the Cornish setting and the cast of characters. The plot was interesting and more intricate than I anticipated and the writing was good, as was the narration as one would expect from Simon Vance. I liked the fact that there was no romantic element as I'm often irritated by authors making widows or widowers get over their loss after a year or so (being a widow myself). I've already bought the second in this series so I'll find out if Steve Robinson avoids as many contrivances in that plot.
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- Jane Shepherd "Jane"

Book Details

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