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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 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.

©2017 Steve Robinson (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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A brilliant read.

This is the sixth book in the Jefferson Tayte saga it is also the best. The plot is fascinating. It is impossible to guess the next twist and there are lots o twists that enforce you to carry on reading just one more chapter. JT is such a good character that I hope the author will continue to write about him. Great stuff, Steve?

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Superb!

Fabulous Story, wonderfully narrated, and pure joy. Thank you Steve Robinson and Simon Vance for making the entire Jefferson Tate stories total BLISS! LF London

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Another Brilliant story!

Another involved, convoluted story keeping the listener in suspense until the very end. Simon Vance is a wonderful narrator, keeping the character voices easily recognisable. Although it sounds like things have come to an end, I very much hope that there will be another book.

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Fabulous

I have read them all and have loved every one. This new book hits the spot too. Love this author.

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Up to standard

I enjoyed this latest JT book as I have all the series, I hope there are more to come. Also the excellent narration by Simon Vance.

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The family tree...

A killers on the loose and he’s bumping off folks by methods that their relatives have died by. It’s a bit far fetched and predictable but it helped me sleep.

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  • 26-03-19

Good read as usual

Enjoyed this story, albeit rather gruesome. Narrator
excellent with steady pitch. Holds you right til the end.

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If you like history and genealogy than you’ll love this series

It’s a great mix of thriller and detecting
Through the generations. This series just gets better with each book

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Hmm not too good

Tended to be a rather boring monologue with no cliff hangers. I think the author tried to make it exciting but the style of writing was flat and predictable.
I tried to get to the end but it just couldn’t hold my concentration. I can see why audible put it in the sale.

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This was book was so awful I had to send it back. The narrator was truly terrible.

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  • Wayne
  • 06-11-17

A Wonderful Suspense Mystery Surprise!!

My only prior exposure to the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mysteries series was listening to In the Blood which is Book 1 in the series almost 2 years ago. In the Blood was a disappointment. I recently decided to try Dying Games which is Book 6 in this series by Steve Robinson after seeing it was getting very positive reviews at Audible, Amazon, and Goodreads. I'm happy that I tried it because it is an outstanding suspense thriller as protagonist Jefferson Tayte is frustrated again and again by a serial killer who is playing games with him in the Washington DC area by giving him the opportunity to stop murders. The killer then moves the game to England where Tayte's fiancée lives and kidnaps her as he continues to play his game. After 3 months of searching for her Tayte teams up with his fraternal twin to try to find her. The suspense builds throughout. Brit Simon Vance, one of the very best, narrates superbly.

The six novels in this series are priced well below the cost of an Audible credit. The Audible and Kindle books are available free to listen to/read for Kindle Unlimited members. Simon Vance narrates all of the audio books in the series.

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  • Lia
  • 17-08-18

Boringly Bad

I have enjoyed the previous installments of this series - but this latest entry was disappointing. It was more of a drawn out, psychological serial killer "thriller" that seemed to stray significantly from the previous story formats. I was bored halfway through and just skipped to the last chapter to read the resolution. I will continue to follow this author, but I sincerely hope that this was a just a one-time transgression and "JT" will return again to solving genealogical focused mysteries and leave serial killers to others.

Simon Vance was excellent with the delivery of the story and the only reason I finished the book

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  • Beth
  • 09-08-17

Do the obvious thing

I've enjoyed listening to this series, JT is an affable guy, and maybe that's part of the problem. With this last book there seems to be a lot of carnage without the corresponding angst. More than once the plot seemed to be more contrived to show off genealogy techniques than to save a life. And, more than once, I found myself wondering why on earth they didn't just do the obvious thing. Still, it's a fun read (listen) and I'm sure I'll buy into the next book when it comes out.

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  • Leslie
  • 28-11-17

Decent classic thriller - narration good, but...

I probably would have given this 3.5 stars for the story. It is engaging and kept my attention. The characters are a little flat, though. I do a lot of digital retouching that doesn’t require all of my attention, so I like these kind of engaging but not too deep stories to entertain me while I work. So, it fits the bill for what it is.

Simon Vance is a great narrator, but I did have a bit of a problem with him as a choice for this series. The author is British and some of the book takes place in England, so I suppose they are going for the British audience. The main character as well as most of the characters are American however, so it is a little bit jarring to hear the main character talking with a British voice trying to sound American (and not pulling it off too well.) Also, there are a few expressions that are more British than American. It’s minor, but doesn’t make sense for the American character to say them. I think they could have found an excellent American performer to read this book and it would have made more sense.

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  • Susie Buggs
  • 22-07-17

Disappointing

Where do I start? I've loved this series until this wretched plot showed up in this book. It reminded me of the FBI series called Criminal Minds in which week after week we get a brilliant serial killer who outwits law enforcement, graphically kills victim after victim until finally caught. This is what happens to Tate. Any normal person would be scarred for life - even with years of therapy - or he would have suicided early on. In any case please let this series go back to the flavor it had in the earlier books or I will not continue with them.

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  • Peter
  • 07-05-17

Fast pace and entertaining

What I like is a book that sucks you in right from the start. It is all go and keeps moving. Its so refreshing to read - in this case listen - to something that has such a different plot to most who dunnits.

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  • Theresa S.
  • 15-01-21

struggled to finish

I loved these stories till this one. Mr. Robinson what possessed you to do this to JT? Too much evil even outdoing the wickedness of Kindred. I'm done.

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  • Tracy White
  • 03-11-20

Very engaging

I have really enjoyed these books. They seem to get better and more involved as they go.

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  • andi
  • 02-11-20

Dying Games

As I continue to listen to the stories by Steve Robinson, I know that this pleasure will soon come to an end. This is one series I’d love to see continue.

The first portion of the story was difficult to deal with the sad outcome of each genealogical clue. The darkest, most hopeless moments were surely not the end...were they? Then, hope springs forth from one of those darkest moments and the race resumes to find the fiend that is playing with JT.

Really enjoyed this story and it stands alone as a story, but why would you not begin at the beginning, it will be so much more enjoyable if you do!

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  • Mike & Ellen
  • 22-07-20

quite the tale!

That was probably my favorite Jefferson Tayte of all. I wish Steve Robinson would continue this series instead of going off in other directions with stuff like Penmakers Wife, which I stopped listening to after a very short time. I just couldn't stomach the evil and was super disappointed in the direction that one took.
JT was fun and intriguing and kept you gueasing - I'm sorry I only have 1 left.