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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 pe 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 book in the Jefferson Tayte mystery series.


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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 pe 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 book in the Jefferson Tayte mystery series.

30 review for In the Blood

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rosen Trevithick

    Before you read this book, grab a pen and paper and keep them with you. That way you can plot a family tree, delighting every time a new character is revealed. You will meet a lot of intriguing Fairbornes and you'll want to keep track of them, in order to get the most out of this book. "In the Blood" is a mystery drama that combines suspense, intrigue and revelation, set in and around the beautiful Helford Estuary in Cornwall. Its author, Steve Robinson, really makes the most of the Cornish setti Before you read this book, grab a pen and paper and keep them with you. That way you can plot a family tree, delighting every time a new character is revealed. You will meet a lot of intriguing Fairbornes and you'll want to keep track of them, in order to get the most out of this book. "In the Blood" is a mystery drama that combines suspense, intrigue and revelation, set in and around the beautiful Helford Estuary in Cornwall. Its author, Steve Robinson, really makes the most of the Cornish setting, including the boating culture to maximum effect. It's one of those tales that spans across many generations, which really widens the variety of subplots combined in one riveting tale. Parts are reminiscent of Daphne Du Maurier but with a modern edge, making this one of my favourite indie books. The characters are appealing and well developed to the extent that when the protagonist was in danger, I had to keep reading to find out what happened to him. Some readers are prejudiced against indie writers, but "In the Blood" goes to show that an independently published title can be, in every way, as good, if not better, than many titles from a mainstream publisher. All in all, a jolly good read, which will appeal to men and women of all ages. I found it difficult to put down and am really looking forward to the sequel.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    The Hook - My new found interest in DNA and genealogy and an offer from Amazon to read this first in this mystery series featuring Genealogist, Jefferson Tayte, seemed a win-win deal. The Line - ”Still, it's important to know who we are, don't you think?“ The Sinker - The premise is irresistible. A family flees America on a journey to England to escape The War of Independence and there the record stops. Tayte is hired to fill in the gaps in this family tree but soon finds out someone doesn't want The Hook - My new found interest in DNA and genealogy and an offer from Amazon to read this first in this mystery series featuring Genealogist, Jefferson Tayte, seemed a win-win deal. The Line - ”Still, it's important to know who we are, don't you think?“ The Sinker - The premise is irresistible. A family flees America on a journey to England to escape The War of Independence and there the record stops. Tayte is hired to fill in the gaps in this family tree but soon finds out someone doesn't want the leaves shaken. A bit uneven, and a bit dry, but all in all, I found this story told in alternate time frames entertaining. I read it with a keen eye to the research aspects of Tayte's field hoping to come up with some pointers in my own quest to find ancestors. I don't know how much this helped me but I'm willing to read the second in the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    I almost put this book down fairly early on, but I'm glad I didn't. What started off slow and a little bumpy turned out to be a very worthwhile mystery with an interesting genealogy angle. Jefferson Tayte (JT) is trying to wrap up a family tree assignment for a wealthy and demanding client but runs into a problem - a huge hole in the Fairborne family tree. The client's descendants set sail from America to England just prior to the Revolution and there the trail stops cold for all members but one. I almost put this book down fairly early on, but I'm glad I didn't. What started off slow and a little bumpy turned out to be a very worthwhile mystery with an interesting genealogy angle. Jefferson Tayte (JT) is trying to wrap up a family tree assignment for a wealthy and demanding client but runs into a problem - a huge hole in the Fairborne family tree. The client's descendants set sail from America to England just prior to the Revolution and there the trail stops cold for all members but one. What happened to the other Fairbornes? It seems that the historical records that JT needs to fill in this hole are missing so off to England he goes in search of them. Apparently, someone else wants those records just as badly - or wants them to stay missing - and they are willing to kill for it. The story switches back and forth from past to present as the reader follows the last of the known and recorded Fairbornes roughly in parallel to JT's search for answers. The author provides a nice cast of could-be villains, keeping me from guessing the killer's identity until the end. The fate of the missing Fairbornes and the reason why someone wanted the records buried is also revealed and I would never have guessed what happened to them. The killer did do a few things that had me scratching my head, such as deciding not to kill a particular person after indiscriminately killing others before. I wondered why the killer didn't clean up their trail and little better, especially once JT discovered the killer's identity. Being arrested and convicted of murder rather makes the information in the hidden genealogical records moot for the killer. All in all, this was a good read and I would definitely pick up the second book in this series once it's available.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Virginia

    This was a three-and-a-half-star read for me. The beginning almost lost me because the writing felt formulaic. In fact the mystery itself never really gipped me, although the later chapters involving the present-day crimes became page-turners. The plot made me realise how tricky it is to make the reader care about something that happened several centuries ago and Robinson gets close to doing this with a diary from a teenage girl and flashback scenes involving a feisty young woman, brilliantly na This was a three-and-a-half-star read for me. The beginning almost lost me because the writing felt formulaic. In fact the mystery itself never really gipped me, although the later chapters involving the present-day crimes became page-turners. The plot made me realise how tricky it is to make the reader care about something that happened several centuries ago and Robinson gets close to doing this with a diary from a teenage girl and flashback scenes involving a feisty young woman, brilliantly named Lowenna. The mystery of what happened to a whole family after they left America for England by sea and disappeared is complex and the reader has to keep paying attention as the present-day clues create twists and turns. When I stopped reading for a few days and then returned to it I found that I got a little lost remembering all the characters. It became an exciting read in the end, with the many genealogical threads coming skilfully together. I'm giving In the Blood this rating because I was let down by the resolution. Not by what happened three centuries ago, although I wonder along with other reviewers about how plausible such actions would have been at the time. No, Robinson got me to suspend any disbelief about the plausibility, but the resolution felt strangely unsatisfying, after everything the characters and I had been through. Firstly, I was never convinced by the motivation of the present-day villain -- that he was prepared to kill so many people for his quest. And secondly, although I now knew the answer to the old mystery, knew what happened and why, I found I didn't really care.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    This was a free book I picked up on Amazon. It intrigued me because of the genealogical premise, and the setting in Cornwall where some of my own ancestors apparently came from. I cannot tell you how impressed I was by Robinson's settings. His detail was incredible, and so accurate I could Google several of the buildings and coastal paths where the action occurred. They were dead on, and I felt like I was really there. My only complaint was that the "hero" was one of these guys who thinks that i This was a free book I picked up on Amazon. It intrigued me because of the genealogical premise, and the setting in Cornwall where some of my own ancestors apparently came from. I cannot tell you how impressed I was by Robinson's settings. His detail was incredible, and so accurate I could Google several of the buildings and coastal paths where the action occurred. They were dead on, and I felt like I was really there. My only complaint was that the "hero" was one of these guys who thinks that if he tells the cops everything either he will get in trouble or someone will get hurt. He ended up needing the police help anyway, and I kept thinking, "fool, fool..just go to the police." If he'd done it sooner there would have been a lot less headache. Was it supposed to be a guy thing, like going to the police is akin to asking directions if you are lost? My frustration with the character was balanced by the author's attention to detail in the settings. So I did kind of like it. I'd read more if he develops this genealogical angle into a series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Trish R.

    At 47% DNF.. I find this book both confusing and it just jumps around too much. And it doesn't jump from chapter to chapter to a different year, you can be in the middle of something going on with Tayte and suddenly in the next sentence it's 1792 or 1803 or some other year in the past. I'm sure some readers like that but that's not for me. Sorry, Mr. Robinson.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis

    I'm not one to read a mystery but what interested me was the genealogical part of it. I really enjoyed this book . Jefferson Tayte, a genealogist, is hired to find the descendants of a family that returned to Cornwall in 1783 from America. Lots of twists and turns. This was a page turner and I didn't even come close to figuring it out and I will be ordering the rest of this mystery series

  8. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It had a very believable plot and sequence of events. It had surprising twists and turns that were quite believable and and ending that wraps up all the loose ends. Robinson has an excellent style of writing that just seems to make the story very believable. This is my first time reading anything by this author but it will definitely not be my last. I just love finding all of these new (to me) authors among my Kindle selections. They have given me excellent re I really enjoyed reading this book. It had a very believable plot and sequence of events. It had surprising twists and turns that were quite believable and and ending that wraps up all the loose ends. Robinson has an excellent style of writing that just seems to make the story very believable. This is my first time reading anything by this author but it will definitely not be my last. I just love finding all of these new (to me) authors among my Kindle selections. They have given me excellent reading asnd in many cases for excellent costs with many as low as $2.99.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    This was very good as a mystery and good genealogy, too. As an avid genealogist, I am always looking for genealogical mysteries. Dan Waddle had been a favorite, and Robinson will be one, too. There were plenty of clues, and it was exciting to read. The biggest fault, and the reason I gave it four rather than five stars, was the terrible accent he gave Jefferson. I read the paperback edition, and I understand the Kindle editions were changed. With that said, I am looking forward to getting To the This was very good as a mystery and good genealogy, too. As an avid genealogist, I am always looking for genealogical mysteries. Dan Waddle had been a favorite, and Robinson will be one, too. There were plenty of clues, and it was exciting to read. The biggest fault, and the reason I gave it four rather than five stars, was the terrible accent he gave Jefferson. I read the paperback edition, and I understand the Kindle editions were changed. With that said, I am looking forward to getting To the Grave. Revised to five stars.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Steve Robinson

    I'm the author of this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Pointer

    Stop. Genealogists and family historians, stop what you are doing right now and read this. You absolutely must read the book In the Blood by Steve Robinson. Take a break from your own research and see what happens when a very creative person's mind takes some genealogical ideas and fleshes out a story of intrigue, mystery, and murder. If I had been reading a paper copy, I'd call this one a page turner, but as it happens I was reading it on my new Nook Tablet, Valentina. [Yes, I name my gadgets. Mak Stop. Genealogists and family historians, stop what you are doing right now and read this. You absolutely must read the book In the Blood by Steve Robinson. Take a break from your own research and see what happens when a very creative person's mind takes some genealogical ideas and fleshes out a story of intrigue, mystery, and murder. If I had been reading a paper copy, I'd call this one a page turner, but as it happens I was reading it on my new Nook Tablet, Valentina. [Yes, I name my gadgets. Makes it easier to curse at them when they don't work.] I stayed up late to read it. I woke up early [in part because of my Pug, Millie] to read it. And I read when I should have been blogging. It was that good. It was good to see characters I could relate to on a genealogical level. Mr. Robinson did not assume I was dumb and wouldn't have a clue as to what he was talking about. Through his characters he briefly explained in dialogue or in a action what was going on genealogy-wise, and I appreciated that immensely. I read a lot, especially suspense murder mysteries, and I can truly say that In the Blood is on par with the best. Then add the genealogy part, and, well, this one is a winner. Mr. Robinson weaves a multi-layered tale with the flawed protagonist, Jefferson Tayte, being pushed out of his comfort zone to search for the answer. Kinda like what we genealogists and family historians do every day. We research the past looking for answers about our ancestors and our ourselves. Does Tayte find the answers? I dunno. You're gonna have to read it. All 877 pages of it. [Told you he fleshes it out.]

  12. 4 out of 5

    T

    You know how, sometimes, it seems like all the stars align and, somehow, you stumble across a book that that is a perfect blend of what a 'dream book' would be about? Yeah. That's how I feel about In the Blood. Genealogy? A mystery? A gothic feeling setting? A lovably flawed main character? Oh, and did I mention genealogy AND mystery? Oh my! I don't even know where to begin singing the praises of this book. It was, to me, that brilliant. As soon as I flipped to the last location on it in my Kindl You know how, sometimes, it seems like all the stars align and, somehow, you stumble across a book that that is a perfect blend of what a 'dream book' would be about? Yeah. That's how I feel about In the Blood. Genealogy? A mystery? A gothic feeling setting? A lovably flawed main character? Oh, and did I mention genealogy AND mystery? Oh my! I don't even know where to begin singing the praises of this book. It was, to me, that brilliant. As soon as I flipped to the last location on it in my Kindle app, I quickly jumped online, hoping and praying that there was a sequel available. I simply had to see if there were more [mis]adventures of JT to be devoured. Looks like I'll have to wait until Springtime. If you're interested genealogy, history, and/or mysteries, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. A genealogical mystery...What an amazing idea. And Mr. Robinson wields a mean pen in putting it on paper. Be prepared -- once you start this, your house will remain a mess, errands will not be run, the laundry will remain unfolded, your kids (and/or husband) may go hungry, and your employer might be getting a bleary eyed employee. You will not want to put this down and will find it compulsively readable into all hours of the day. And night. ~~ Victoria

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    When a person thinks of the profession of a genealogist, danger isn't the first word that comes to mind as a description of the career. However, that is what Jefferson Tayte runs into when researching a family for a client. He comes to a stand still when he can no longer track a mother and her children who returned to England after the Revolutionary War. He has to fly to England to find his information. It was an enjoyable description of Jefferson on this flight. Besides his fear of flying, his When a person thinks of the profession of a genealogist, danger isn't the first word that comes to mind as a description of the career. However, that is what Jefferson Tayte runs into when researching a family for a client. He comes to a stand still when he can no longer track a mother and her children who returned to England after the Revolutionary War. He has to fly to England to find his information. It was an enjoyable description of Jefferson on this flight. Besides his fear of flying, his personality and appearance were different than I though they would be. The novel goes back and forth through past and present. It involves murder, lost love, a mysterious box and deeply hidden secrets. Someone want to keep those secrets hidden and goes full out to stop Jefferson and anyone else who is interested in unraveling the past. It is a wonder that Jefferson is still alive at the end of the book. It was a good read and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I loved this book. I have a massive interest in genealogy and love a crime mystery so really it was not a hard decision to give this one a shot! Although it did start off a little slow I did enjoy getting to know the characters and really liked and cared about the main character JT. I liked the Authors descriptive writing and felt that I could really imagine the places the book was set. The main thing I loved about the book is that I did not guess the ending at all and I love it when that happens. I loved this book. I have a massive interest in genealogy and love a crime mystery so really it was not a hard decision to give this one a shot! Although it did start off a little slow I did enjoy getting to know the characters and really liked and cared about the main character JT. I liked the Authors descriptive writing and felt that I could really imagine the places the book was set. The main thing I loved about the book is that I did not guess the ending at all and I love it when that happens. I found that I struggled to put this down once I started and this led to a couple of late nights!!! Cannot wait for the sequel :-)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Wanda Hartzenberg

    Review for In the Blood: A Genealogical Crime Mystery (Jefferson Tayte book 1) This was a delight to read. The book was fast paced with twists and turns and a main protagonist with an identifiable human weakness in his fear of flight. The twists were exciting and kept me turning the page. Who knew research could be so dangerous. The story was above all logical. The mystery real and the characters fluffed out enough to engage me throughout the book. A 5 * read without a doubt. WaAr

  16. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    This was just brilliant I was hooked from the beginning and stayed that way until the end. Five Stars plus!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    TC

    I picked this book up as it was chosen as book of the month for Goodread's Amazon Kindle group. Described a a genealogical crime mystery it sounded like a good book for me, one of my favourite genres combined with a particular interest of mine. It also has elements of historical fiction, another plus. American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is packed off to England to finish off his latest assignment, the family tree to be a birthday present for the client's wife. JT thinks the worst part of the tri I picked this book up as it was chosen as book of the month for Goodread's Amazon Kindle group. Described a a genealogical crime mystery it sounded like a good book for me, one of my favourite genres combined with a particular interest of mine. It also has elements of historical fiction, another plus. American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is packed off to England to finish off his latest assignment, the family tree to be a birthday present for the client's wife. JT thinks the worst part of the trip will be the flight, little does he know that he will be uncovering a dark secret that has lain hidden for centuries - one that will endanger his life. Primarily based in Cornwall, moving between the present and the 18th century, JT's research leads him to a wooden box once owned by a tragic young woman. This one little box unleashes a series of dramatic events. At points in the book I found myself having to flick backwards and forwards trying to remember who was related to whom and how, but as I got into the book this largely ceased to be a problem. The moves in time were no problem though, they were smooth and well done. The plot contained a lot of twists and turns both in the past and present and I liked how the stories mirrored one another in certain ways. It certainly kept me thinking throughout. However, and this is a purely personal thing that probably wouldn't bother most people, I wasn't keen on the final twist that finally revealed the big secret. It's impossible to explain why without turning this into a huge spoiler! I liked JT, and enjoyed having an unlikely hero who wasn't perfect, physically or otherwise. I also enjoyed the irony that despite his job he hadn't been able to uncover his own family history. There was a colourful cast of characters and knowing a lot of the places mentioned in the book I enjoyed the Cornish scene setting that captured the area well. I am struggling on how to rate this book, it is well-paced, well-written and I would like to see more adventures for JT. However the resolution really made me go eurgh. For me that probably took it from a 4* to a 3* but I'm sure other people will respond to it differently.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Cole

    First Line: Mawgan Hendry was dying. Professional genealogist Jefferson Tayte has a rich client who insists on having the research on the family tree completed in time to give as a gift. The trouble is, the trail's gone cold in America and the only thing left to do is to fly to England to see if he can find the missing pieces. Although he hates to fly, Tayte boards a plane and soon finds himself in Cornwall, where it becomes obvious that someone has gone to great lengths to erase an entire family First Line: Mawgan Hendry was dying. Professional genealogist Jefferson Tayte has a rich client who insists on having the research on the family tree completed in time to give as a gift. The trouble is, the trail's gone cold in America and the only thing left to do is to fly to England to see if he can find the missing pieces. Although he hates to fly, Tayte boards a plane and soon finds himself in Cornwall, where it becomes obvious that someone has gone to great lengths to erase an entire family from recorded history. Determined to get the answers to his questions, Tayte doesn't realize that someone else is just as determined to ensure that this is one puzzle that is never solved. I enjoyed this mystery even more than I thought I would. 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. 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!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Clarice

    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. 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 records becomes – and then people start dying. 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’ll definitely be checking out more from this series. I listened to the Audiobook read with perfection by Simon Vance.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    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! 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 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. "In the Blood" is apparently Steve Robinson's first novel, so I am very grateful to the person who made him redundant, making him turn towards a full time writing career!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cleo Bannister

    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 1783. 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. 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 1783. 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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Hans Wollstein

    That this writer isn't with a major publisher is an even bigger mystery than the one facing porky hero Jefferson Tayte. In fact, I'm glad to know that there really IS a Steve Robinson. For a while there I suspected that IN THE BLOOD was penned, anonymously, by my heretofore favorite author, Robert Goddard. This family secret laden story truly suggest not only Goddard but EARLY Goddard at his best. Highly recommended!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Phil

    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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Vfields Don't touch my happy!

    Solid 3.5 In the Blood is the first book in the Jefferson Tayte mystery series. 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 3.5 In the Blood is the first book in the Jefferson Tayte mystery series. 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. 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. Will I read another? I think so. I'd like to see how Steven Robinson develops these characters.

  25. 4 out of 5

    dracos99

    Lento y un poco aburrido. Me esperaba más intriga, más investigación... pero no deja de ser la narración de la búsqueda de unos antepasados, salpicada con algunos asesinatos. En algún momento, un poco lioso en cuanto a la genealogía investigada.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristýna (The Book Talk Blog)

    Mělo to opravdu dobré momenty, ale taky věci, které mě dráždily a zklamávaly. Zatím dávám čtyři hvězdičky, ale tuším, že při sepisování recenze to asi nakonec spadne na tři...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jess the Audiobookworm

    4.5★ Audiobook⎮Genealogy probably seems like just about the mildest thing anyone could do…unless they are Jefferson Tayte. As soon as I read that In the Blood was a genealogical mystery series, I immediately purchased the first two installments. Now, I never download the second installment in a series until I’m certain that I like the first. There have been times when I’ve downloaded sequels within 5 or 10 minutes of starting a series, but this was a first. Sure, it was a gamble. But it just so 4.5★ Audiobook⎮Genealogy probably seems like just about the mildest thing anyone could do…unless they are Jefferson Tayte. As soon as I read that In the Blood was a genealogical mystery series, I immediately purchased the first two installments. Now, I never download the second installment in a series until I’m certain that I like the first. There have been times when I’ve downloaded sequels within 5 or 10 minutes of starting a series, but this was a first. Sure, it was a gamble. 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. But I can’t even complain about it, because that’s exactly how genealogy is. I credit my awesome amateur detective skills to the loads of genealogy research I’ve done over the past two decades (I’m not old, I just started young). So I know that there is a fine line between Genealogist and Private Investigator. I think most people probably overlook that and automatically write off genealogists as “nerds” instead badass detectives. Jefferson Tayte is such an Indiana Jones. He’s really likable and has his own slow cooking identity plot just sitting on the back burner. He’s adopted and has no idea who his real family is and I need to know now! Besides having a really cool name, Tayte was a pretty likable protagonist. There were only one or two times when I was like “What are you thinking?!”. 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. I know I’ve said that before, but of all the audiobooks to have an accompanying family tree PDF, this should have been the one. It’s about genealogy, for crying out loud. 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. The only bits I didn’t really care for were the alternating POV chapters. 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. What really bothered me was that there was no basis for the time jumps. Sometimes, Tayte would be reading from a journal or letter, but usually the new chapters would just take the listener back in time without much premise, which required some suspension of disbelief. Having already begun the second installment, I can see that this is something Robinson will do in each book. However, the mystery in In the Blood was fantastic. It kept me guessing until the end. There was nothing obvious about it at all. You start on the surface with Jefferson and dig deeper and deeper until you’re all wound up in a tangled knot. That’s exactly how real genealogy is. It’s not just about names on paper. Each of those names was a person with a life and secrets, connecting to all of these other family members, with their own lives and secrets. So, even if you start out trying to answer one particular question, a dozen more questions pop up before you ever find your first answer. Honestly, I’m amazed that Robinson was able to tie up the loose ends so nicely. Narration review: I’ve heard of Simon Vance, but I’ve never heard him perform until now. Overall, I was very impressed with his performance and I’m satisfied that he’s reading the rest of the series. He appropriately differentiates between characters, even if the differentiations are sometimes a little off. I don’t particularly care for the way he voices female characters because they don’t sound obviously female. But I do love that he narrates the story with an English accent, but voices the main character as an American. It perfectly demonstrates that Jefferson Tayte is an American abroad. ♣︎

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Hill

    I can't remember when I was this excited about discovering a new author. In the Blood is Steve Robinson's debut novel and I am happy to say it lives up to the high praise heaped upon it since its release. The book starts at a gentle pace, introducing us to quite a number of characters in a short period of time. I learnt early on that it pays to be fully alert while reading the book (and not dropping off to sleep as I usually am when reading late at night!) This is necessary, firstly, to fully gra I can't remember when I was this excited about discovering a new author. In the Blood is Steve Robinson's debut novel and I am happy to say it lives up to the high praise heaped upon it since its release. The book starts at a gentle pace, introducing us to quite a number of characters in a short period of time. I learnt early on that it pays to be fully alert while reading the book (and not dropping off to sleep as I usually am when reading late at night!) This is necessary, firstly, to fully grasp the relationships between the various characters, and secondly, to appreciate the detail with which the author creates the Cornwall setting. We meet Tayte, whose fear of flying endears him to us from the start, as he flies from America to England on a genealogical assignment. The research Tayte carries out into the Fairborne family and the secrets he uncovers reveal a complex and intriguing history, with questions left unanswered till the very end. To those who think family-tree research is dull and boring, think again. The plot gently draws you in before raising mystifying questions about a secret box and deaths of certain characters. It ends up gripping you by the throat and I read the final 20% all in one sitting, unable to move. I was left overwhlemed by the final revelations and I was desperate to turn to the beginning again to re-read certain passages, having been enlightened by the novel's ending. Steve Robinson has created a likeable genealogist in Tayte and I look forward to spending more time with him on his future assignments. Readers will surely want to read his next book, To the Grave, soon after! In the Blood is a superb read. It is written in such an assured way that the reader feels in the hands of a master. It is astonishing that this is a debut book and I cannot begin to imagine the planning that went into the novel that spans generations and flits back and forth in time with ease. I will stop now as it looks like I am pandering to the author. I am not. I just loved the book and don't hesitate to give it five stars.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Really liked this unique concept to the book/series - family research. Attracted my attention and delivered. Have to admit it was difficult to keep a track of the family members, across the generations.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dolores Ayotte

    On reading a few of the other reviews, I hadn't realized that "In the Blood" is talented Author Steve Robinson's debut novel. Wow...what a wonderful accomplishment it is! There is no way I would have guessed. This fictional mystery novel is full of research and unexpected events. I very much enjoyed the main character, American genealogist, Jefferson Tayte. Unattached and in his late thirties, he has every desire to become an ace genealogist for personal reasons of his own. He is yet to trace his On reading a few of the other reviews, I hadn't realized that "In the Blood" is talented Author Steve Robinson's debut novel. Wow...what a wonderful accomplishment it is! There is no way I would have guessed. This fictional mystery novel is full of research and unexpected events. I very much enjoyed the main character, American genealogist, Jefferson Tayte. Unattached and in his late thirties, he has every desire to become an ace genealogist for personal reasons of his own. He is yet to trace his own lineage and find the roots to his family tree. By honing his skill, Tayte hopes to one day do just that. He does a fine job of getting to the bottom of the James Fairborne family tree and manages to uncover many well kept secrets. The crime is in the details and with Tayte's perseverance and nose for sniffing out a crime, he does an excellent job of piecing together this very complex and intriguing puzzle. He is like a dog with a bone...determined to solve the crime no matter the consequences. Author Steve Robinson has a huge cast of characters in this well-written novel to keep even the most discerning readers on their toes. It's not a relaxing book in the sense that the mystery, the crimes, the danger, and the suspense, as well as all the information to be digested, make it necessary for the reader to be alert at all times so as not to miss a thing. I was glued to this book from start to finish. I love a great mystery and "In the Blood" did not disappoint...it's one great book!

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