Fans of Jefferson Tayte will be happy to know that the American genealogist will be back next spring with more family history sleuthing in Great Britain. Author Steve Robinson let the word out recently via Twitter that he is planning another past-narrative adventure for Tayte, and it's my guess that the fourth novel in the series will also be set in Great Britain.
In answer to my email query about the new release, Steve would only say:
. . . it will have a past and present narrative again this time, much like with To the Grave in that it will be told from a single point of view from a woman, this time in the Edwardian era. It will also be linked to some true events from the period. . .
Of course, the English setting makes it great fun for the reader, because we can well-imagine J.T.'s inner voices as he tries to conquer his fear of flying to move forward with his research "across the pond." If you haven't met Tayte yet, summertime may be the perfect time to catch up with the storyline. But, also know that each of the novels is a also great stand-alone read.
In the Blood introduced Jefferson Tayte, a professional American genealogist who is sent to England by a wealthy client to track down the truth behind a family mystery. Tayte discovers more problems than undecipherable handwriting or misplaced records, he finds an entire legacy founded on deception. And, of course, J.T.'s meddling puts him in the middle of a dangerous situation. Read my review of In the Blood and my exclusive interview with author Steve Robinson here:
Within a few months of its release, In the Blood was selected by Amazon UK as one of the "Best Books of 2011" and has gone on to be a 'Kindle Customer Favourite' on both sides of the Atlantic.
J.T.'s adventures continue in To the Grave: A Genealogical Crime Mystery #2 (Jefferson Tayte) , a poignant story of love and family relationships revealed through the narrative set in England of the 1940's and the present day. Real-life genealogists challenged with adoption research will recognize some of the problems J.T. encounters as he attempts to reunite his client with his birth mother.
To the Grave was awarded the Family Tree Magazine 'Seal of Approval' in June 2012 and recommended by Goodreads and the Kindle Users Forum.
The Last Queen of England , Robinson's most recent novel in the series was published last fall, and quickly moved to the top of the Kindle book charts. The ebook was followed by the paperback edition and selected as a UK Amazon Kindle Forum Book of the Month for February 2013.
Described as "the ultimate heir hunt," I found The Last Queen of England to be a fast-paced thriller in the style of the Da Vinci Code with a genealogical twist. Tayte is visiting in England when his best friend is murdered, and Tayte becomes the killer's next target. It's hard to put down this book; plan for a late night as you near the hair pulling conclusion.
Catch up with J.T. this summer, and be ready for No. 4 in the Jeffereson Tayte Genealogical Crime Mystery Series.
Read More About Author Steve Robinson
Steve generously joined me at The Family Curator for two interviews last year:
Visit Steve Robinson website for more. All three books are now available in eBook or paperback editions.