“"In the Blood" is a genealogical mystery combining suspense, intrigue and revelation. It is set around beautiful scenery around Helford Estuary in Cornwall. This is the author’s first novel. It is also much like a historical fiction as the author intertwines the present day protagonist, Genealogist Jefferson Tayte with the stories of the past. The past begins with James Fairborne who was a loyalist to King George III. In August 1783, he was moving his family back to England. His brother William and his family stayed in America.
I didn’t realize when I first began reading that it is the first in a series. As time permits, I intend to continue reading them.
I thought the characters were well-developed and quite appealing. ”
“I really feel like I should have paid for this book because it was so good! I got it as freebie for my Kindle and I am definitely going to be buying the next books in the series. I think my husband who does not like to read but is really into genealogy might even like this book. One of the best things about this book is that it was not full of foul language. I really appreciate authors who take the time to write a good book and don't rely on the shock value of bad language to carry their work. Books like this are proof that it can be done. Awesome book Steve and I am very glad I won't have to wait for the next two books. Keep up the great work!”Carmi Henderson wrote this review Friday, October 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book! Couldn't put it down. You wouldn't think genealogy could be so interesting. It is actually a mystery with about 5 murders thrown in.
I enjoyed this book immensely. It was an interesting historical puzzle which seemed to have a bit of James Bond in the genealogy. Genealogist usually deal with people who are dead, but not at finding them at their feet! The assignment seems simple enough. A client would like to give a present to his wife and he hired Jefferson Tayte to find the English ancestors of his wife's family. Unfortunately, someone desperately wants to hide that information and is willing to kill to protect it. From the time Tayte sets foot on English soil, someone is following in his footsteps determined that he will not succeed.
I also love genealogy and I've picked up a few hints from JT as I have followed his research. Some aids are my old friends, but a few are new to me. At times I wish I had the money to hire JT myself! This book is a treat and I know I'll be reading the rest of Steve Robinson's books.”
“Poor old Jefferson Tayte: the spelling of his surname is about as interesting as he gets. He's a genealogist who doesn't know his father, which sounds interesting, but no, that's about it. Perhaps this is a mystery to be unravelled over a long series of books, so I don't suppose I'll ever know the truth. Oh, and he has a fear of flying. But this doesn't really add up to character.
Tayte, too, lives in a world of such little atmosphere: America, England, eighteenth-nineteenth-twentieth century, his own or the locals' angle: all in the same, rather dull voice. No diaries, letters. I could really only start to enjoy the story when the page was slightly enlivened by dialogue, but this was too seldom. Jefferson needs a Watson. On his own, he just plods.
The narrative (I nearly said 'action'!) switches between modern Cornwall, where JT is researching a 100-year old family secret, and the early 1800s, where we witness its origins. Back in the present day, the family in question has further shady dealings. What's more, Tayte is dogged by rivalry with an upstart rival genealogist ...
Lots to be getting on with, then: it might have been very good.
But it wasn't.”
“Couldn't get into this book, seemed to start out very slow & just was interesting enough to keep my interest up”susie wrote this review Sunday, July 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this novel.It amazed me to learn that this was the author's first novel.I feel a bit guilty that it was a freebie on Amazon. This is a bargain at any price let alone it's .99 cent price.
This is a unique story that covers over 200 years of history in search of a family's roots and another family's demise.This is a mystery that will captivate you and keep you absorbed and fulfilled throughout. The last third of the book is a page turner and the solution will keep you in suspense until the surprising end.
All I can say is WOW! Thank you Mr. Robinson. I look forward to several sequels to the Tayte character in his genealogical quests”
“Excellent book!!”Jolie wrote this review Wednesday, March 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A "genealogical mystery"? I couldn't pass it up! An interetesting concept for a slueth, done well. A little slow to develop the action and suspense (which gives the reader plenty of time to figure it out), but not disappointing. ”K.Albertson wrote this review Wednesday, March 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Too many characters. Going from present to past needed some way to let reader know when that was going to happen besides a double space between paragraphs. That became annoying. The personality transformation with the lead character was dumb. Either he was a nerd or superman.”Carol D wrote this review Thursday, March 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No