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Kindred by Steve Robinson - sujay - 12 Apr 2016 07:31 AM

I have waited sometime for the latest Jefferson Tayte instalment and have to say the wait was worthwhile. This book follows on from the previous titles, although personally I do not feel that you have to have read them to enjoy this book. However, if you haven’t read any of the other titles I can highly recommend them. You will understand just what makes Jefferson Tayte tickand understand the character fully, which believe me is well worth knowing, from his fear of flying to his obsession with Hershey Chocolate and cream linen suits which he seams to be able to ruin with incredible ease.

As always the scene is set in the first few pages and never fails to please. This time JT as he is affectionately known is investigating his own family history and as always he manages to get himself into some very tight scrapes as he travels along the road to discovery. The book time-shifts between the modern day and the 2nd World War, moving effortlessly between the two. JT has been given some documents by his mentor which have given him some clues to his own family history and lead him to travel to Germany where he discovers some deeply hidden secrets. He is accompanied by his partner Professor Jean Summer and they are left in no uncertain doubt that they should return to London and not continue to investigate the organisation and individuals they are trying to discover, as some people will go to incredible lengths to keep secrets that have been hidden for decades, regardless of the atrocities that are being kept undiscovered.

The final few chapters are incredibly tense and I found myself constantly saying just one more chapter and then I will put the book down, but invariably this doesn’t happen and you keep going, which to me is the sign of a really good read. Once I have finished reading a Steve Robinson book I feel as if I have been on the journey with JT and I am exhausted.

I cannot wait for the next book and would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good genealogical mystery, you will not be disappointed. 

RE: Kindred by Steve Robinson - Anna Faversham - 12 Apr 2016 07:49 AM

Thanks, Sujay, and good luck to Steve with this new book.

RE: Kindred by Steve Robinson - Kath Middleton - 12 Apr 2016 08:39 AM

Here's my review. Arguably his best yet -

I’m a great fan of the genealogical super-sleuth, Jefferson Tayte and this fifth book in the series is going to have readers on the edge of their seats. JT has been able to solve many a difficult and even dangerous case but the mystery of his own origins has always eluded him. All he knew was that his mother gave him away for his own good. His late friend and mentor, Marcus Brown, left some clues which have led JT and his friend Jean to Germany. His digging around stirs up a hornets’ nest of Neo-Nazis who want their secrets to remain buried. It becomes obvious that there’s a distinct possibility that Tayte will not like the answers, even if he manages to find them.

We switch smoothly back and forth between present day and wartime Germany, and try, with JT and Jean, to piece together the jigsaw of clues they obtain from various sources, including an old man who suffers from a bad heart. It’s touch and go – and the outcome is not what I imagined! This is not going to let fans of Jefferson Tayte down and I think it could stand alone as a novel for those who haven’t read the earlier books. There’s a good outcome and I finished it with a smile. It’s great having ends tied up but knowing there’s more to come. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.

RE: Kindred by Steve Robinson - sujay - 12 Apr 2016 09:07 AM

I totally agree Kath, Kindred will have you sat on the edge of your seat.