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Washington, DC: Twin brothers are found drowned in a Perspex box, one gagged and strapped to a chair. It’s the latest in a series of cruel and elaborate murders with two things in common: the killer has left a family history chart at each crime scene, and the victims all have a connection to genealogical sleuth Jefferson Tayte.Hoping his insight and expertise will help sol Washington, DC: Twin brothers are found drowned in a Perspex box, one gagged and strapped to a chair. It’s the latest in a series of cruel and elaborate murders with two things in common: the killer has left a family history chart at each crime scene, and the victims all have a connection to genealogical sleuth Jefferson Tayte.Hoping his insight and expertise will help solve the case, the FBI summon Tayte back to the capital. But as he struggles to crack the clues, the killer strikes again—and again. Tayte is known as the best in the business, but this time he’s up against a genealogical mastermind who always seems to be one step ahead.With the clock ticking and the body count rising, Tayte finds himself racked with guilt, his reputation and career in tatters. The killer is running rings around him; is it only a matter of time before he comes for the ultimate target?This is the sixth book in the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery series but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.


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Washington, DC: Twin brothers are found drowned in a Perspex box, one gagged and strapped to a chair. It’s the latest in a series of cruel and elaborate murders with two things in common: the killer has left a family history chart at each crime scene, and the victims all have a connection to genealogical sleuth Jefferson Tayte.Hoping his insight and expertise will help sol Washington, DC: Twin brothers are found drowned in a Perspex box, one gagged and strapped to a chair. It’s the latest in a series of cruel and elaborate murders with two things in common: the killer has left a family history chart at each crime scene, and the victims all have a connection to genealogical sleuth Jefferson Tayte.Hoping his insight and expertise will help solve the case, the FBI summon Tayte back to the capital. But as he struggles to crack the clues, the killer strikes again—and again. Tayte is known as the best in the business, but this time he’s up against a genealogical mastermind who always seems to be one step ahead.With the clock ticking and the body count rising, Tayte finds himself racked with guilt, his reputation and career in tatters. The killer is running rings around him; is it only a matter of time before he comes for the ultimate target?This is the sixth book in the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery series but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.

30 review for Dying Games

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tulay

    Suspenseful, Story takes place in USA and UK, suspenseful mystery. Innocent people being killed, reason is revenge and hate. Couldn't put it down, especially last chapter was very intense. Was my first book written by this author, will read more in the future. Suspenseful, Story takes place in USA and UK, suspenseful mystery. Innocent people being killed, reason is revenge and hate. Couldn't put it down, especially last chapter was very intense. Was my first book written by this author, will read more in the future.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    3.5 stars This is book #6 in the series featuring genealogist Jefferson Tayte. He’s got a gift for ending up in sticky situations while & in this outing some of his old cases come back to haunt him. Jefferson is enjoying some down time in the UK with fiancée Jean when he gets a call. FBI agent Jordan Reese would like him to return to Washington DC…..now. You see, someone is killing people in truly heinous ways & at each scene they leave a clue connected to one of the families Jefferson researched. 3.5 stars This is book #6 in the series featuring genealogist Jefferson Tayte. He’s got a gift for ending up in sticky situations while & in this outing some of his old cases come back to haunt him. Jefferson is enjoying some down time in the UK with fiancée Jean when he gets a call. FBI agent Jordan Reese would like him to return to Washington DC…..now. You see, someone is killing people in truly heinous ways & at each scene they leave a clue connected to one of the families Jefferson researched. In alternate chapters we travel with the bad guy & it’s clear he won’t stop until he’s ruined Jefferson’s life. This is personal. At the same time, there are some odd coincidences popping up. Which are connected & which are red herrings is only gradually revealed as Jefferson chases down clues from the UK to the US & back again. This book is a little different in that it centres around the MC & the people in his life. There’s still a lot of genealogy but it takes a back seat to his personal story. Despite the multiple murders, it’s a very clean read (no swearing, sex, etc.) & most of the characters would be right at home in a cozy. It’s just a matter of personal taste but I really enjoyed previous books where a large part the story was set in historical periods that brought to life the people Jefferson researched while digging into a family’s past & I missed that here. There are plenty of twists to keep you guessing & Jefferson’s life is changed forever by the end. It’ll be interesting to see where the author takes him next. If you’re a fan of traditional mysteries & genealogy, add this to your list. And just an FYI: as of this date, books 1-5 are all $2 or less on amazon.ca/com & under £4 on amazon.co.uk.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kath Middleton

    Jefferson Tayte is summoned home to DC because the FBI want his help. Someone well up in genealogy and its research methods is killing people in a manner to echo the death of one of their ancestors. Tayte is involved because they are all related to past clients of his. The killer is leaving clues – it’s a sick game and if Tayte doesn’t play it, they die. If he’s clever, he might get there before the deadline and save the victim. Because of the structure of the story – the fact that there are seve Jefferson Tayte is summoned home to DC because the FBI want his help. Someone well up in genealogy and its research methods is killing people in a manner to echo the death of one of their ancestors. Tayte is involved because they are all related to past clients of his. The killer is leaving clues – it’s a sick game and if Tayte doesn’t play it, they die. If he’s clever, he might get there before the deadline and save the victim. Because of the structure of the story – the fact that there are several families and puzzles to sort out from Tayte’s old files, the story builds in excitement. Will he solve it? Imagine failing to solve a puzzle in time to save a person’s life. You’d feel terrible about yourself. At least he’s happy that Jean is safe in England. Tayte has more than a suspicion he knows who’s behind it but the FBI think differently. This story touches on JT’s personal life and previous contacts more than any other and I found it exciting and terrifying in equal measure. It’s a dead sure winner and I enjoyed it immensely. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an early copy of this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Cole

    I have to admit that this is the first in Robinson's Jefferson Tayte series with which I've been disappointed, and it all begins with the plot. I was horrified at the game the killer created in which so many innocent people died horrible deaths. Normally when I have strong emotions like this, they transfer to the killer and heighten my desire to see the person brought to justice. But that transference didn't happen with Dying Games, and I'm not quite sure why. The character of Jefferson Tayte him I have to admit that this is the first in Robinson's Jefferson Tayte series with which I've been disappointed, and it all begins with the plot. I was horrified at the game the killer created in which so many innocent people died horrible deaths. Normally when I have strong emotions like this, they transfer to the killer and heighten my desire to see the person brought to justice. But that transference didn't happen with Dying Games, and I'm not quite sure why. The character of Jefferson Tayte himself didn't help matters at all. More than one scene had him losing his temper and behaving foolishly when people's lives were at stake and the clock was ticking. The man has shown in previous books that he knows better. I found myself reading and hoping that Tayte would get his act together. Stop reacting and use his brain to find the actual killer and get ahead of him. Stop playing the killer's game. Unfortunately, it took him forever. He seems to be the type of character who, once he has a happy and fulfilling personal life, starts having trouble keeping his professional life together. By book's end, Tayte experiences a major change in his personal life, and I wish him well. The previous five books in this series are very enjoyable, and I'm wondering what the future holds in store.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    Wow...Amazing...Brilliant!! This book left me sitting on the edge of my seat and hanging on every word! I didn't think that the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mysteries could get any better, but this one added more depth to the characters and even his work. Dying Games was a well written mystery that kept you thinking, searching and trying to solve the puzzle till the end. This book had everything plus more...5 Solid Gold Star! Highly recommended!! Wow...Amazing...Brilliant!! This book left me sitting on the edge of my seat and hanging on every word! I didn't think that the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mysteries could get any better, but this one added more depth to the characters and even his work. Dying Games was a well written mystery that kept you thinking, searching and trying to solve the puzzle till the end. This book had everything plus more...5 Solid Gold Star! Highly recommended!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mary (Biblophile)

    This entry in the Jefferson Tayte series was much darker and more brutal than previous stories. Though hard to read at times, a very well written mystery that kept you on your toes. Jefferson showed more spunk and fortitude than previously. I look forward to more in this series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Annica

    I have really enjoyed the Jefferson Tayte series and book 6 "Dying Games" is a nice addition to the story line. This is a great fictional read for those who enjoy tracing family history and/or like to read mysteries. I highly recommend it and hope that there will be a book 7 in the works soon. I have really enjoyed the Jefferson Tayte series and book 6 "Dying Games" is a nice addition to the story line. This is a great fictional read for those who enjoy tracing family history and/or like to read mysteries. I highly recommend it and hope that there will be a book 7 in the works soon.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heather Belleguelle

    As a fan of Steve Robinson’s Jefferson Tayte series, I had been eagerly anticipating reading JT’s latest adventure. What a gripping story! Mr Robinson has again cleverly weaved genealogical threads and elements into a fairly fast-paced thriller. Every book in this series, so far, has been exciting, interesting, and different from its predecessors, and Dying Games is no exception. I found the whole story concept very original, and the intricacy of the plot details is quite stunning. Also, as some As a fan of Steve Robinson’s Jefferson Tayte series, I had been eagerly anticipating reading JT’s latest adventure. What a gripping story! Mr Robinson has again cleverly weaved genealogical threads and elements into a fairly fast-paced thriller. Every book in this series, so far, has been exciting, interesting, and different from its predecessors, and Dying Games is no exception. I found the whole story concept very original, and the intricacy of the plot details is quite stunning. Also, as someone who enjoys researching my own family history, I enjoyed reading about both records and scenarios I was familiar with, and those that were new to me. Watching JT use his skills as a genealogist/detective is quite fascinating and it’s easy to tell that Steve Robinson also does his own research well. I am a reader who is quite sensitive to violence and I was a little concerned as to whether I'd be able to handle a book with so many murders in it. However, although some details of the killings have to be given, there is more focus on the mystery than the horror of murder so I didn't actually find it a problem. I can highly recommend Dying Games, although I would issue one word of warning: don’t start it when you don’t have much time for reading as it’s very hard to put down!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gill

    Like many other readers I met Jefferson Tayte in Steve Robinson’s first book – ‘In The Blood’ and found him a thoroughly engaging character, slightly self-deprecating and with a number of quirks that could easily make him English if it wasn’t for the nature of the quirks themselves! (His love of Hershey bars, his tan suits and the ‘umbilical cord’ to his laptop!) In this, Steve Robinson’s sixth book of the series, the author hooks in the reader with a scenario that is ‘Alice in Wonderland’ meets Like many other readers I met Jefferson Tayte in Steve Robinson’s first book – ‘In The Blood’ and found him a thoroughly engaging character, slightly self-deprecating and with a number of quirks that could easily make him English if it wasn’t for the nature of the quirks themselves! (His love of Hershey bars, his tan suits and the ‘umbilical cord’ to his laptop!) In this, Steve Robinson’s sixth book of the series, the author hooks in the reader with a scenario that is ‘Alice in Wonderland’ meets Quentin Tarrantino...but we have no time to linger as we are with JT as he arrives in Washington, DC and an appointment with the FBI! It is revealed that a bizarre double murder has been discovered that is one of a series weird murders where the apparent perpetrator has left clues in the form of ‘family trees’ that lead, in each case, to JT having previously researched the victims’ family histories. The book has been crafted in such a manner that the reader can visualise the action and there are a number of extremely tense moments throughout as the action unfolds and leads to the final dramatic denouement. It’s definitely a page turner as a thriller...but it’s also interesting from a genealogical perspective with hints for approaching family history using the smallest of clues and JT’s familiarity with various organisations and bodies that are in possession of various items of historical evidence to progress his research. As someone who has a mainly ‘online’ approach to family history this is a salutary lesson. I won’t include any spoilers – but there are a number of characters we’ve met before although this won’t spoil anything for new readers to Steve Robinson’s books as this is a standalone volume and can be read as such. I’d urge new readers to read the back catalogue, though, as they’re all excellent.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of Dying Games, the sixth novel in the series featuring genealogist Jefferson "JT" Tayte. JT is in England with his fiancée, Jean, when he is contacted by the FBI and asked to return to Washington to discuss a death with links to him. They are unsure if he is responsible or if someone is trying to get to him. Soon it becomes clear that there is a serial killer on the loose with a grudge against him and a novel way of showing I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of Dying Games, the sixth novel in the series featuring genealogist Jefferson "JT" Tayte. JT is in England with his fiancée, Jean, when he is contacted by the FBI and asked to return to Washington to discuss a death with links to him. They are unsure if he is responsible or if someone is trying to get to him. Soon it becomes clear that there is a serial killer on the loose with a grudge against him and a novel way of showing it. This is the first novel in the series I have read so I have no preconceptions. The plotting is good and well paced. It is a fairly high octane read with JT and his sidekick, FBI analyst Frankie Mavro, constantly fighting the clock to solve the killer's clues and save a victim. The clue solving seems to come easily to them but it doesn't detract from the hectic pace. The level of complexity the killer goes to to destroy JT seems a bit OTT to me but it makes for a good read and fits in well with the glimpses the reader is given of his mindset and thinking. JT is a pleasant protagonist and refreshingly normal. He is smart and driven in his career but now that he has found love, later in life, with Jean he is happy to give it and his customary aloneness up. Dying Games is not a challenging read as it follows a linear, logical timeline and has a a fairly straightforward plot but it is action packed, tense and gripping so I have no hesitation in recommending it as a good read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is a wonderful roller-coaster ride of a book! As my genealogical friend Peter Calver (http://lostcousins.com) says, this is "Jefferson Tayte meets CSI"! I have been steering clear of suspense thrillers lately - life is stressful enough at the moment, without adding to it... And I won't bore you with an outline of the plot: I find it more useful to read how someone actually reacts to a book, without any spoilers. True, there is a lot of action and suspense in "Dying Games", but the plot is s This is a wonderful roller-coaster ride of a book! As my genealogical friend Peter Calver (http://lostcousins.com) says, this is "Jefferson Tayte meets CSI"! I have been steering clear of suspense thrillers lately - life is stressful enough at the moment, without adding to it... And I won't bore you with an outline of the plot: I find it more useful to read how someone actually reacts to a book, without any spoilers. True, there is a lot of action and suspense in "Dying Games", but the plot is so well-paced and interesting that I found I couldn't put it down until the very last paragraph. Totally hooked, I wanted to shut out everything happening around me to find out what would happen in the end. I have witnessed Steve Robinson's writing progress from the self-published "In the Blood" in 2011 to this, his latest novel in the Jefferson Tayte series, and I can honestly say that he has become a master-storyteller in both the Genealogical Mystery genre as well as the Suspense-Thriller genre. And for the lily-livered readers like myself, I will add that although there are lots of horrific murders in this novel, they are not nearly as gritty and gruesome as they are in, for example, Stuart MacBride's novels. This is a total MUST for anyone who likes family history and thrillers, and definitely an author to follow! Many thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for sending me an advanced copy to review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    When twin brothers are found drowned in a Perspex box in Washington D. C., and a family history chart is left at the scene, the police realise that this is one of several recent murders with a link to genealogist Jefferson Tayte. Knowing that his experience will be invaluable, Tayte is summoned by the FBI to assist in catching the ruthless killer who always seems to be one step ahead. With his reputation at stake and the body count rapidly rising, will Jefferson have to pay the ultimate price to When twin brothers are found drowned in a Perspex box in Washington D. C., and a family history chart is left at the scene, the police realise that this is one of several recent murders with a link to genealogist Jefferson Tayte. Knowing that his experience will be invaluable, Tayte is summoned by the FBI to assist in catching the ruthless killer who always seems to be one step ahead. With his reputation at stake and the body count rapidly rising, will Jefferson have to pay the ultimate price to stop the sadist in his tracks? I have become a big fan of Steve Robinson’s Jefferson Tayte books over the years and I await each new instalment eagerly. I was excited, therefore, to receive Dying Games through Net Galley, telling myself that I would wait until nearer publication day before I would read it. This resolution lasted a whole day before I found myself clicking on it on my kindle! The book begins in a very macabre fashion as a woman is burned to death inside a dolls’ house. This sets the tone for the rest of the book as the twisted killer re-enacts deaths that have appeared in the family trees of the victims. From quite early on, JT realises that the killer is someone he has encountered in his professional life but is finding it impossible to convince the FBI that the man cannot be working alone. In Frankie Mavro, JT has the perfect sidekick – someone who provides him with the necessary authority to undertake his research but who is also genuinely on his side. Like the rest of this series, once I started on this book, I found it difficult to put down. I do feel, though, that this one is different to the others as it had an almost Dan Brown feel to it with our hero solving clues against the clock in order to prevent a tragedy. The ‘race against time’ element made it a very fast-paced, exhilarating read and I really liked the fact how, in many of the cases, there was no happy ending, as this helped JT to develop a true hatred of the unknown man. Dying Games is a superb addition to the Jefferson Tayte franchise and I hope this is a series that continues to run and run: the ending of this book has certainly changed the direction of any future plots! With thanks to Net Galley and Thomas & Mercer for the ARC.

  13. 4 out of 5

    James Irvine

    Best one yet This has to be the best installment of the Jefferson tayte series it had me hooked from the first page. Don't know what I'm going to read now I've finished these. I would highly recommend the Jefferson tayte series to anyone. Best one yet This has to be the best installment of the Jefferson tayte series it had me hooked from the first page. Don't know what I'm going to read now I've finished these. I would highly recommend the Jefferson tayte series to anyone.

  14. 5 out of 5

    The Cats’ Mother

    Well this was my 100th book of the year, which also happened to be my GoodReads goal, so I’m glad it was a good ‘un. I bought both this and the previous books in the series recently as I had to catch up in a hurry, as I received an ARC of Book 7 from NetGalley and have recently missed the publication date, so still wanted to get to it as soon as possible. These books could actually be read as standalones, as the author is good at filling in the background without too much repetition, but I’m gla Well this was my 100th book of the year, which also happened to be my GoodReads goal, so I’m glad it was a good ‘un. I bought both this and the previous books in the series recently as I had to catch up in a hurry, as I received an ARC of Book 7 from NetGalley and have recently missed the publication date, so still wanted to get to it as soon as possible. These books could actually be read as standalones, as the author is good at filling in the background without too much repetition, but I’m glad I made the effort to read them in order so I know who the important characters are. Genealogist Jefferson Tayte is staying in London with Jean to plan their wedding, when he receives a call from the FBI. A serial killer, nicknamed the Genie by the press, has been kidnapping relatives of Tayte’s former clients, and murdering them in fiendishly complicated ways, each linked to the death of one of their ancestors, and leaving clues that only he will be able to solve, to have a hope of rescuing them. Teaming up with an FBI analyst called Frankie Mavro, he keeps getting there too late, and the body count rises, causing panic amongst his clients, so ruining his career as well as tormenting him with guilt at his inability to catch the monstrous killer. Sure that it must be someone he has fallen foul of in the past, JT suspects his nemesis Michel Levant must be involved... I have enjoyed all of this series, although this one is a little different being set entirely in the present, whereas the previous books took us back in time to the stories of the families JT is researching. This one gets pretty bleak, with people being killed in really horrible ways, although this all happens off-screen, so to speak. The story is split into two parts which are quite different but everything it tied together in the end. These are well-written mysteries with a likeable hero (especially as he’s overweight and unfit with a chocolate habit, which makes a change, although he also has the coffee addiction common to almost all fictional detectives!)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Mink

    I love Jefferson Tayte Every book in this series has been a joy to read. Steve Robinson has created a storyline that is unique and each book could be a stand alone. In my opinion if you don't read the other books you are missing out. JT is a sleuthing genius with some history thrown in. I love Jefferson Tayte Every book in this series has been a joy to read. Steve Robinson has created a storyline that is unique and each book could be a stand alone. In my opinion if you don't read the other books you are missing out. JT is a sleuthing genius with some history thrown in.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mary Mastrolia

    OMG!!!!! This was the best one yet!!!! Seat of my pants till the last page at 4am!!! I could not put it down!!! You will have to write the next one quickly Mr. Robinson! I am waiting with baited breath!! I think it was the best one yet and I hope you are writing quickly as I wait for the next.  I LOVE Jefferson Tayte you have made him very real - foibles and all- he is a character that is very easy to follow into the rabbit hole of his life!  I cannot wait to go there again!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pat Welte

    This is the 6th book in this series and I still like it as much as the other 5. Keeps you guessing lots of twists and turns. As long as he writes this series I will continue reading them.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Diane Challenor

    Love this series, but this one was a bit too gruesome for me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Best one so far. Not a single dull moment. I rarely am able to read a book within one 24 hour period, but I couldn't put it down until I finished. Best one so far. Not a single dull moment. I rarely am able to read a book within one 24 hour period, but I couldn't put it down until I finished.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Debbi

    This was my absolute favorite one of the Jefferson Tayte series. The genealogy puzzles were fascinating. Really enjoyed it!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mr M Hough

    Very good book Very good story, kept me glued to the book. Would deffinately recommend it to others. Can't wait for the next book Very good book Very good story, kept me glued to the book. Would deffinately recommend it to others. Can't wait for the next book

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cheli

    Bit of a spoiler... I hate to ruin a little of the suspense, but absolutely one of the best endings...EVER! Thank you very much, Steve!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shelley Ermekeil Milner

    When I read the first book in the series I was hooked! Love that Jefferson isn't your typical hero. Thoroughly enjoy the genealogy aspect of the books. Can't wait to read book 7! When I read the first book in the series I was hooked! Love that Jefferson isn't your typical hero. Thoroughly enjoy the genealogy aspect of the books. Can't wait to read book 7!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bbainbridge

    4.5. Another fine read, and the companion piece to Kindred, which must certainly be read first for the full enjoyment of both. Recommended, as are all the books in this excellent series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Jefferson Tayte's trials continue in this latest installment. Jefferson Tayte's trials continue in this latest installment.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    4 stars SAC Jordan Reese of the FBI meets Jefferson “JT” Tayte as he gets off a plane from London where he was spending time with his fiancée, Jean. Reese has a problem on his hands. There have been murders committed and the evidence ties them to JT in some way. It turns out that the four people murdered so far are related to persons for whom JT has done genealogical work. As JT tries to understand just who is doing this, the killer commits more murders. The murders are all committed in creative, 4 stars SAC Jordan Reese of the FBI meets Jefferson “JT” Tayte as he gets off a plane from London where he was spending time with his fiancée, Jean. Reese has a problem on his hands. There have been murders committed and the evidence ties them to JT in some way. It turns out that the four people murdered so far are related to persons for whom JT has done genealogical work. As JT tries to understand just who is doing this, the killer commits more murders. The murders are all committed in creative, different and diabolical ways. JT doesn’t understand who he could have upset so badly that they have resorted to murdering innocent people. He is perplexed and tortured with guilt. As JT tries to piece the evidence and clues together, the tension in the story mounts. It’s nice to have a new Jefferson Tayte novel. It is well written and plotted. The story progresses along at a good pace and is suspenseful. Having read the previous Jefferson Tayte novels, I know enough about JT’s past that this book only enhances. I really enjoy reading Steve Robinson’s books and look forward to reading the next in this series. I want to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for forwarding to me a copy of this delightful book to read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Moriah

    I received a copy of this title from the publisher for an honest review. Dying Games is a great entry in the Jefferson Tate genealogical mystery series. Called back to Washington, DC by the FBI, Jefferson soon finds himself involved with a serial killer (the Genie) who is killing people connected to past clients. Recently out of jail, the Genie wants revenge against Tate and won't be happy until Tate loses everything like he did. The Genie is kidnapping people and killing them in horrific ways t I received a copy of this title from the publisher for an honest review. Dying Games is a great entry in the Jefferson Tate genealogical mystery series. Called back to Washington, DC by the FBI, Jefferson soon finds himself involved with a serial killer (the Genie) who is killing people connected to past clients. Recently out of jail, the Genie wants revenge against Tate and won't be happy until Tate loses everything like he did. The Genie is kidnapping people and killing them in horrific ways that mimic the deaths of an ancestor. Tate and the FBI must figure out who the next victim is, which ancestor's death is being re-created, and where the death is to occur while racing a clock. Is the Genie working on his own or is there a puppet master pulling his strings? This book has lots of twists and turns which kept me guessing throughout the book. When Tate has to face losing everything that matters, he finds a reserve of strength he never knew he had. I'm hoping that there will be many more entries in this series; I enjoy the way the stories mix history, genealogy, and mystery.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ann Taylor

    Poor old JT. Just when you think life might be improving and he WILL get the girl, his past comes back to haunt him. Clutching Hershey bars and his laptop, JT returns to the USA to cooperate with the FBI to discover who is killing off JT's former clients. Its a roller coaster ride, with a 'will they catch him, no not quite' series of puzzles that JT manages to solve with varying success. Loved discovering how US records differ from UK ones. At one point I thought JT was going to end it all, so g Poor old JT. Just when you think life might be improving and he WILL get the girl, his past comes back to haunt him. Clutching Hershey bars and his laptop, JT returns to the USA to cooperate with the FBI to discover who is killing off JT's former clients. Its a roller coaster ride, with a 'will they catch him, no not quite' series of puzzles that JT manages to solve with varying success. Loved discovering how US records differ from UK ones. At one point I thought JT was going to end it all, so glad he didn't, otherwise it would have been a much shorter book! Loved meeting previous characters again, some more than others. Loved the final denoument. Great read Steve. I can see there may still be an open door to anther book, JT is still no closer to finding his real parents. But please can JT really get the girl this time? For the sake of his health?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia A. Casby

    Really enjoyed this latest Jefferson Tayte mystery. The series hero is a genealogist, a hobby of mine, and the story resolves by solving genealogical puzzles. This is book 6 and I enjoyed them all. Steve Robinson is San unobtrusive writer who let's the story be the stat of the book. Really enjoyed this latest Jefferson Tayte mystery. The series hero is a genealogist, a hobby of mine, and the story resolves by solving genealogical puzzles. This is book 6 and I enjoyed them all. Steve Robinson is San unobtrusive writer who let's the story be the stat of the book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tracey Clifford

    Enjoyable I have read a few Jefferson Tayte books and always enjoy them. Always twists and turns and plenty of action. Would recommend.

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