Inspired by the author's own family history...What became of Philomena?
To the Grave follows American genealogist, Jefferson Tayte, as he uncovers the disturbing consequences of a seemingly innocuous act in 1944 that was intended to keep a family together, but which ultimately tore it apart. His research exposes hidden pasts, and the desperate measures some people will take to keep a secret.
Sitting in a hotel room at gunpoint, facing an impossible decision, Tayte is forced to wonder how his latest assignment had come to this. Five days earlier, after a child's suitcase arrives unexpectedly at his client's home in Washington DC, Tayte embarks upon a journey that takes him back to England as he tries to unravel the story of Philomena Lasseter - a girl whose life has become a family mystery.
Hoping to reunite his client with the birth mother she never knew she had, having no idea that she'd been adopted, Tayte's research draws him back to wartime Leicestershire and the arrival of the US 82nd Airborne, which irrevocably changes the course of Philomena's life. But as Tayte tries to find out what became of her and why she was separated from her suitcase all those years ago, he soon finds that he is not the only one looking for her. Someone else is determined to get to Philomena first and it quickly becomes apparent that their motive is a secret worth killing for.
The Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Crime Mysteries. What secrets are in your family history?
- This is one of the best books I have read for quite a while (and I've been boring everyone I know by telling them). Philip Whiteland - 4 Jan, 2014
- Jefferson Tayte is a genealogical Sherlock Holmes. Roozoo - 24 Nov, 2013
- A master of mystery and crime writing. V. Learly - 01 Nov, 2013
- Every bit as good as Ian McEwan's Atonement. George Hamilton - 9 Oct, 2013
- Outstanding. I was captivated by the time period and events. Love it, love it, love it!! Table4two - 20 July, 2013
- This is one of those stories that you don't just read - you live it. Jean Gill - 23 Jan, 2013
- This is more than a mere crime mystery. It is a poignant and heart felt tale, beautifully told. Wren - 5 Oct, 2012
- If ever you need to fall in love with reading again this book will do it. Judder - 11 Jun, 2012
- Beautiful writing, mysteries, tragedy and a nail biting finale. Kew 'kbports' (Top 1000 Reviewer) - 11 Jun, 2012
- It was one of those rare books that I found myself thinking of during the times that I was forced to set it aside to get on with life. P E - 11 Jun, 2012
- Steve Robinson is such a wonderful storyteller. Mena's story is just so powerful. Lorraine Arndell - 10 Jun, 2012
- Stylishly written and superbly constructed. One of those rare books that you want never to end. Harasrrek - 7 Jun, 2012
- This man sure knows how to spin a yarn. I felt anger at the injustice, the waste and the lost opportunities, which is so often the case with deep dark family secrets. Cheryl M-M (Top 500 Reviewer) - 7 Jun, 2012
'This book plumbs the depths and emerges triumphant!'
Selected by the Goodreads UK Amazon Kindle Forum & the KUF (Kindle Users Forum) as Book of the Month for July 2012.
#1 In the Blood: A dark secret locked in the past - a family historian trying against the odds to unlock it.
#2 To the Grave: A wartime secret with deadly repercussions.
#3 The Last Queen of England: A centuries-old royal conspiracy. The ultimate heir hunt.