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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 clienA 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 book 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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To the Grave Reviews

  • Steve Robinson
    2019-03-14 10:36

    I'm the author of this book.

  • Emma (Queen of the weirdo's)
    2019-03-08 07:41

    I have just put my Kindle down after finishing this book and there are tears running down my face. Very rarely does a book touch me the way this one has.I thoroughly enjoyed Steve Robinson's first book 'In The Blood' so was very excited when the sequel came out. I was not disaapointed and in fact feel that this one is even stronger than the first one.The character of Mena is absolutely wonderful and I felt for her every step along this journey. Her story is a heartbreaking one and a story that will stay with me for a long time to come.As for JT, I fell in love with his character all over again and I cannot wait to read more about him and his adventures. I am hoping that we get to find out some of his family history along the way as he discovers those of others.

  • Amy Corwin
    2019-03-12 08:31

    I really enjoy these genealogical mysteries and in fact after reading the first one, I went and bought the rest. There is an extraordinary amount of research handled very well by the author and the hero (Jefferson) is a great character.I would note, though, that the main character is from the U.S.A. and the writer is British so I noticed a few things (like using "torch" instead of "flashlight") where Jefferson thinks in distinctly British ways. This didn't bother me at all, but if that bothers you...well, I'm just mentioning it.The only other complain I had was that there were a few things that didn't quite add up for me, but it was not pronounced enough to bother me and I don't want to ruin the mystery by explaining them in too much detail. But for example, one of the characters suffered what I considered to be an unnecessary fate if the father loved her as much as the author seems to indicate, because he had a chance to rectify things after the mother died.That's just going to be confusing to someone who hasn't read the book, but I don't want to clarify for fear of spoiling it. I probably just "think too much" and I doubt it would bother anyone else.As I said, the books are wonderful and well written and I enjoyed the first one so much that I bought the rest.

  • Phyllis
    2019-03-22 10:26

    Another page turner that I stayed up late and read. Jefferson Tayte an American genealogist finds himself in England once more. His client, an American woman who just found out that she was adopted as a baby and was born in England after WWII. Now she wants to find out what happened to her mother and if she is still alive. This is the second in the series.

  • Anne Hawn Smith
    2019-03-02 14:42

    At first I thought this book was not going to be as good as the first. After all, it deals with a young girl in WWII England who finds herself pregnant by a soldier and disappears after giving up her baby for adoption. But then the bodies start to appear...not WWII bodies, but real, present day bodies who turn up dead right before Jefferson Tayte can interview them. Why is someone interested in such a commonplace occurrence? It is probably a good thing that Steve Robinson put the scene in the Prologue. If there is any doubt that this book is not going to live up to the high adventure of his first book, that little scene dispels that nonsense. The client, 66 year old Eliza Gray, has been sent a little red suitcase anonymously with a note saying that it was from her real mother. It came as a big surprise as Eliza did not know that she was adopted. She hires JT to go to England to find our who her real mother is and why, after all this time, someone has revealed this fact to her. JT, being at loose ends and missing his mentor, Marcus Brown, steels himself to fly again to England to engage in research which doesn't seem to be very interesting. However, he understands what Eliza is feeling because he has suffered from the same lack of knowledge about his own parents and he looks forward to supplying her with information that he has not been able to find for himself.In short order, he is able to find the name of her mother, but there is no name listed for her father. Thus begins the quest. As with the first book, the action passes between present and past and the reader is able to fill in some of the gaps and the truth of some of JT's conclusions. We know that Mena did have a soldier sweetheart, but there are a number of things that just don't add up. Just about everyone JT needs to contact has recently died or has no information, making the picture even more murky and that is when the bodies start to pile up.

  • Breia
    2019-03-21 09:31

    I truly enjoyed this novel. The time differences with the present to the past were really well done and suspenseful. I only recently started enjoying historical fiction and with the present woven in, I liked it that much more.Poor Mena! I shed some tears over her ordeal. And the ending, I never did fully figure out the end until it was all spelled out. The whole book was well written, powerful, shocking yet easy to read. Another good sign in a great novel: questioning if this could have really happened. I can’t even think about that…JT is also a loveable character. I look forward to many more of his tales to be brought to life by this great author.

  • Leigh
    2019-03-18 13:25

    Riveting to the last page! Loved it!! Solid 5 Stars!

  • Blaine DeSantis
    2019-03-13 08:41

    The 2nd book in the genealogical detective series by Steve Robinson. This book continues to follow the exploits of a most different type of main character than we are used to in Jefferson Tatye, man who solves family genealogical mysteries. This book is different then the first one, in that the author fills in a lot of the missing pieces by going back and forth in time, from a current day search for clues as to a womans true identity, to back in 1944 in which we relive a lot of the incidents that occurred through the eyes of Philomena Lasseter. As seems to be the M.O. in all of these books, the family mystery always takes Tayte into harms way and this time it is not different as we begin the book with Tayte seemingly ready to be shot and then go back and find out how he got himself into this predicament. Was surprised at the ending of the book, in that you had a bit of an idea who was behind things, but iti is not until the last few chapters that we find out the motivation for keeping things secret. It is a story of a woman who was adopted and lives in the US and who out of the blue receives a package containing a red suitcase and she hires Tayte to find out who she really is and who her mother is. A bit convoluted in family history, but then again whose family does not contain a bit of convoluted history or at least some strange family members!!If you have never read any of this series they are so very different from the usual detective novels, and while we never really get that close to uncovering a lot about Jefferson Tayte the person, his cases and escapades are always entertaining and quick fun reads. This is the 2nd in a series that has now stretched into its 5th book and I see and long and prosperous career for both Jefferson Tayte and his creator/author Steve Robinson. 4.5****

  • Geoff (G. Robbins) (merda constat variat altitudo)
    2019-03-21 12:33

    The tragedy of shame.I enjoyed In The Blood immensely, Steve Robinson’s debut novel, which I gave five stars. What a fool I was. Giving the book that score makes it difficult to show how much better this book is. Here is a writer in a clear ascendency. This book is much better than his previous novel. The story is much more carefully written, the involvement in the main character is woven into every page. To me, this is Mena’s book, not JT’s. Don’t get me wrong, I really like the character of JT, but the tragic story of Mena Lasseters life screams out from the pages and somehow makes the genealogist’s involvement less emotive.This is a book written in a sad framework that covers over 65 years and is more of a love story than a thriller. It is compelling to the very end. If anything, I felt the thriller element an interruption from the main story and somewhat of an irrelevance, by comparison to the power of the main story.If you want an example of great storytelling then this is the book for you, as JT traces the tracks of a tragic life, bringing the pieces together to a fabulously emotional conclusion.Enjoy the book and appreciate how an author improves on his very good debut novel and, like me, look forward to what is to come from this talented writer.

  • Bonnie
    2019-03-21 15:27

    Fantastic read!! Author stumbled a little on 1st novel of series, but he hit his stride in the 2nd one!!! This is the 2nd Jefferson Tayte genealogical mystery by Steve Robinson & a SUPERLATIVE read! You are kept reading at about as fast a pace as your mind can read! Has everything an old love story, a killer stalking Jefferson, family dynamics from the 40's during WW II, "a stolen wartime love affair that went tragically wrong"!! A "shameful" pregnancy that resulted in Jefferson's client..... Thanks to Steve Robinson for a captivating series, I'm on to the next book!! ENJOY!!

  • Karolina Kat
    2019-03-18 15:39

    To the Grave is a very good historical novel. It's always great to read a book and see how the author spreads his literary wings with each installment in the series. Such is the case of the second book of Jefferson Tayte's mysteries. Robinson brings his characters to life and presents a very devastating story within story. The mystery itself will keep the reader at the edge until the very last pages.

  • Renee
    2019-03-09 13:38

    I really enjoyed this book, which reminded me of Foyle's War meets an American Inspector Lewis or Dr. Watson! The main character of the present-day story, genealogical detective Jefferson Tayte, is a bookish, quiet man who binges on bags of Hersheys to alleviate the stress of flying or the intensity of his research. His clients come to him because of one thing: he finds people. In this story, his female client discovers at age 60-something that she was adopted & asks JT to find her mother, Mena. So half the novel is Mena's story, who was a teen in Britain during WWII. The odd thing is, one day Mena left home & was never seen again. JT is determined to find out why, even when this task becomes dangerous enough to involve murder. Also, JT has a personal interest in honing his people-finding skills---he himself is adopted & has not yet found a trace of his own biological parents, which is his continuing mystery. I'm excited that this series is available through Kindle Unlimited. The book was at times touching, at times compelling, but always a page-turner, with a great narrator on Audible!**Kindle Unlimited

  • Kath Middleton
    2019-03-16 10:41

    Fans of Steve Robinson’s loner of a genealogist, Jefferson Tayte, are going to be thrilled to bits with this second novel of which I had a preview copy. JT is researching on behalf of an American lady who has just found that she was adopted. His short stay in England on her behalf dredges up a family mystery which has had profound echoes down the years. A close-knit family is torn apart by misunderstandings and by the behaviour of a member whose reason for her misguided actions was to keep them together. What he uncovers puts his own life in danger.This is a tense thriller which takes us back to 1944/5 so that at times, we know what Tayte is still to discover. Steve Robinson doesn’t just tell the reader the story, he drops us into the scene so that we can smell the zest from the Christmas orange, feel the chill from the crystalline frost. The characters are real, believable and not all by any means likeable! Mena, our ‘lost’ girl, has a harridan of a mother and a weak father but you can join with her in her young and growing affections. I like to think of the contrast between the modern story and that of the past as counterpoint. It’s like one melody moving against another and each highlights something from the other. I felt that the story was strong and the family interactions very credible. I was working towards the conclusion which the author gave us but only at the very end. This is a great read and very well worth the 5 stars I give it. I will happily read more from Steve Robinson. He is a talented writer.

  • Neil
    2019-03-22 14:55

    I had recently enjoyed reading the first book in the Jeffrson Tayte series (In The Blood), and I was quite eager to see if that standard could be upheld. Some first books really grab you, but the subsequent ones are a little lacklustre, I am pleased to say that this was not the case, and I am happy to give this book my first 5 star rating of the year.To The Grave follows two different timelines, each telling their own tale, but helping to fill in the blanks for the other. Sometimes this style can be overdone, but I feel that the writer has struck a perfect balance. Both of the story lines made for compelling reading, and there were plenty of things which were discovered to keep the reader guessing, as well as interested.The whole book was well thought out, and well written. The scenes described seemed to come alive in my mind's eye. The characters were very well crafted, and it was easy to empathise with some of them, while hoping that others got their just desserts. If you are new to this writer I can highly recommend these 2 books. Start with "In The Blood" to get a feel of who JT is, and then sit back and enjoy "To The Grave". I am now going to delve into the 3rd book in the series.

  • Cleo Bannister
    2019-03-07 07:48

    I really enjoyed In the Blood: A Genealogical Crime Mystery #1 (Jefferson Tayte) but this one was even better.Our American Genealogist Jefferson Tayte aka JT has been employed by Eliza Gray who has received a suitcase with some effects telling her that she was in fact adopted. JT travels to Leicestershire to discover who the mysterious Mena Lasseter was. The story of Mena is based towards the end of the war in 1944/45 but the current day story has just as much, if not more to offer.The characters are well drawn and Mena's story is an emotional one but at the same time there is a lot of intrigue in the present day. JT finds himself in danger but who wants to cover up what happened all those years ago.This is a stand alone story however I would suggest reading Steve Robinson's previous book first In the Blood: A Genealogical Crime Mystery #1 (Jefferson Tayte). As before the genealogical angle is covered accurately but not laboriously so it only serves to enhance the story not get in the way of it.This emotional, thrilling tale thoroughly deserves 5 stars, I can't wait for the next one.

  • George Hamilton
    2019-03-04 14:27

    Why did I feel as though I was sitting in front of a glowing log fire as I read To The Grave? Because as tragic as some of the events were, the book gave so much warmth and pleasure. Whenever I had to do something else, I was thinking about finding the time to get back to this book.Eliza Gray, adopted at birth, hires genealogist Jefferson Tayte to find out who her real mother was. Tayte’s investigation takes him back more than sixty years to World War II Britain, and into a dangerous conspiracy to hide what really happened Philomena Lasseter (Mena) and her American GI sweetheart Danny Daneilson all those years ago. I was shocked when Mena met with her unfortunate event.I laughed out loud when Mena’s mother discovered that she was dating.I loved the subtlety of some of Margaret Lasseter’s admonishments.And then when I thought it was the end, it wasn’t, there was an even more intriguing ending. For me, this was more than a crime mystery novel; it was a piece of fiction every bit as good as Ian McEwan’s Atonement.

  • Jean Gill
    2019-03-22 09:41

    Expert story-tellingI read this straight after ‘In the blood’, having enjoyed the first book. This is even better, giving us the same mix of modern genealogical detective work and narrative set in the past. In this book, we spend more time in the past, WW2, than with Jefferson Tayte, the likeably flawed genealogical detetctive.The mystery turns around the search for a 66 year old’s real mother and takes us into the life of Mena, a teenager in wartime Britain. Robinson’s gift for empathy with a variety of characters, both male and female, brings Mena fully to life. The period detail is as realistic as the characters and this is one of those stories that you don’t just read – you live it - and the experience takes you back to a time of double standards for women, and institutional cruelty. The painful emotions, and the might-have-beens, are balanced by surprising acts of love and generosity, and the way the narrative plays out is very satisfying.Menaces and murders add to the excitement but are optional extras for me. It is the story of Mena that will live in my memory.

  • The Cats Mother
    2019-03-08 09:33

    Second in the Jefferson Tayte genealogical mystery series, this one was more tightly plotted and easier to read than the first, so I enjoyed it more.JT is commissioned to find the English mother of an American woman who was adopted at birth during WW2, and has recently been sent an old suitcase of her possessions. The story jumps back in time to 16 year old Mena, who falls in love with an American airman, but has to hide it from her strict catholic mother.Back in the present, someone is trying to prevent past secrets from coming out.It's ultimately a sad story of missed opportunities, guilty secrets, lies and misunderstandings. Mena brings much of her tragedy upon herself, although I had to remind myself I did equally stupid things at 16, but got away with them.JT is a much more sympathetic character in this book, and I look forward to the rest of the series.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-22 09:26

    This book is about Jefferson Tayte, an American Genealogist. I have a big interest in Genealogy and have been researching my family history for a number of years so when I saw that there were a set of books about a Genealogist I thought I would give them a go. I really enjoyed the first book so decided to read all of them in the series.This book so far is my favourite. It flits between present day, detailing Jefferson Tayte and his research for Mena Lasseter, on behalf of his client who is the daughter of Mena, given up for adoption as a baby, and the period during WWII, detailing Mena's life. The book is set more in the past than in the present in comparison to the first book and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm really enjoying reading historical fiction, in particular WWII fiction, at present.

  • Lynda Kelly
    2019-02-26 11:33

    I really liked the first book in this series but liked this one even more. That was most gratifying as a lot of times I've read an author's first book and loved it and then the next one totally disappoints. However, this is definitely a series I'll be sticking with.In a couple of places I was sobbing....they were so touching, one being a mention of an orange. Something so simple yet told so beautifully. There were some very funny lines in it too.I did notice there were fewer mistakes in this one as well. Though snuggly was used when I think snugly was meant and a couple of times speechmarks were missing...I spotted just one apostrophe mistake, too. Wonderful !!I'd highly recommend this series to anyone. They're really most intriguing.

  • Odette
    2019-03-11 14:26

    I have been looking forward to reading this book and enjoyed it even more than the first book in the series. As I thought it was such an excellent read. The story flowed perfectly and to me the balance between the thriller and geneaology/family history aspects is very good. It was one of those books that I just could not put down especially when I was more than half way through. I am looking forward to reading the third book in the series.

  • Stephen Walton
    2019-03-17 15:31

    Interesting and thought provoking story of Victorian moral hang-ups that blighted our nation till the 60's. With both stories running together it was hard work to put the book down as one story built up the other started to gather speed. Very enjoyable and highly recommended .

  • Rita
    2019-03-04 09:28

    Great mystery. Often I figure out the plot twist right before the main character, but I didn't see all of these coming.

  • Helen
    2019-03-02 07:28

    Really. I was up until 2:30 AM finishing this mystery! Great story!

  • Jakub Spilka
    2019-03-03 12:41

    Dávám čtyřku za trochu příliš moc náhopd, díky kterým hlavní hrdina uniká smtri. Jinak ale dobrý příběh spojený s minulostí - nejasnou minulostí.

  • David Highton
    2019-03-04 09:49

    A genealogical mystery going back to 1944, involving a Leicestershire family and English and American troops, turns out to be a little dangerous for Tayte. Robinson's books quite similiar to Nathan Dylan Goodwin

  • Kristal
    2019-02-24 10:27

    Enjoyed this more than book #1. Felt more endeared to Tayte and his client this time. Flowed well from present day to the other characters during the war, the two periods woven together told a great story.

  • Kathleen
    2019-02-23 10:31

    He's done it again...Robinson did it again and better than the first time in my honest opinion. Tayte was as amazing as in the first novel, but this second hit hard right in the feelings. Maybe it's because it was about a young woman or an old woman...or a family torn apart? I don't know...I'll let you decide that for yourself, but it was good. Read it.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-01 09:46

    A compelling mystery book. The genealogist Jefferson Tayte has another case. This one is set in wartime Leicestershire. Tayte 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 and a stolen wartime love affair that went tragically wrong.When you read it I think it sounds so much better than what I have just said. Definitely a pleasant read, with a bit of everything included. It was a bit of fun and I did not take it too seriously.Having said this I did feel a bit uncomfortable with the similarity to the book and film Philomena.

  • Lorraine Versini
    2019-02-23 13:50

    It was a long time waiting for the next novel, but boy it was well worth every single minute of it. Kind of feeling bad because I read it so quickly though, but really I couldn't help it !Steve Robinson is such a wonderful storyteller. Mena's story is just so powerful, and it's related in such a beautiful way that it's going to be hard to find a reader who is left stone cold by this character and what she went through. Personally, I still have a big knot in my throat just trying to think about what I've read and what I'm going to write down on my review. This was a wonderful journey back in time. I felt like I was there, with Mena. I kind of wished that I was there, with Mena, actually, just because I felt silly crying over a fictional character the way I did, and because the softie in me just needed to reach out to her... But then how much of it all is really fiction? Could Mena's story be true? JT kind of took a back seat for me this time. He was a great means for relating the story though, through his findings and the events that were occurring with the present. The whole "moving between past and present" was handled really flawlessly. I do hope one day he finds his own past, I think that would make a really interesting volume number erm... 125? (that's because I hope there'll be that many more stories really, but no pressure !).It's going to be one of those books that will stay with me for a long time... And because I've been trying to write this review for like 2 hours and I still can't find the words that will do this book justice, I'll just wrap up by recommending it to everyone and by saying thanks to Steve for all his hard work and this beauty of a novel. Now the wait for novel number 3 starts...