Book Review – Dying Games by Steve Robinson

Book Review – Dying Games by Steve Robinson

I made easy work out of the first 6 of Steve Robinson’s Jefferson Tayte series, reading them within 7 weeks with other books in between.

I think the appeal of the Jefferson Tayte series is that it combines two of my favourite things – genealogy and reading. Dying Games certainly appeals to the crime fiction fan in me.

About Dying Games

After the danger of his own genealogical journey in Munich, JT and Jean are ready to take things a little easier. Planning their future is a full-time business. That is, until JT receives a call from DC.

There’s a serial killer on the loose and all the victims have one thing in common.  Jefferson Tayte.

Who is killing the relatives of JT’s previous clients?
Will JT need to play this genealogical game until the very end?
How far will the killer go to see everything good about JT’s life destroyed?

My Review

Dying Games feels different to the previous instalments of JT’s story. It’s darker and closer to crime fiction than the previous books.  Although, the genealogical aspect is still entirely relevant.  Unlike the other books, there’s no switching to the historical story from the present day.

I absolutely got my teeth into Dying Games, finishing the same day I started it. Although that may have been down to the fact that every time I did anything other than read, Anwen would sit on my laptop.

I have really grown to love Jefferson Tayte over the last 6 books, and its been great to watch him develop and change since he met Jean.  In fact, I really feel connected to him.

The Jefferson Tayte series can be purchased using the links below.

About Steve Robinson

Steve Robinson drew upon his own family history for inspiration when he imagined the life and quest of his genealogist-hero, Jefferson Tayte. The talented London-based crime writer, who was first published at age 16, always wondered about his own maternal grandfather – ‘He was an American GI billeted in England during the Second World War,’ Robinson says. ‘A few years after the war ended he went back to America, leaving a young family behind and, to my knowledge, no further contact was made. I traced him to Los Angeles through his 1943 enlistment record and discovered that he was born in Arkansas…’

Robinson cites crime writing and genealogy as ardent hobbies – a passion that is readily apparent in his work.

He can be contacted via his website or his blog at