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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Mari
  • Erskineville, Australia
  • 01-04-2018

Disappointing.

I've enjoyed this series and I have found that the characters and stories have grown stronger with each book. However, this book was extremely disappointing. The story was way over the top and was just plain silly. Hopefully, if there are more books in this series they return to their roots of being a good mystery.

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  • Wayne
  • 06-11-2017

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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  • Beth
  • 09-08-2017

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
  • 28-11-2017

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
  • 22-07-2017

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
  • 07-05-2017

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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  • Linda Darlene Beverlin
  • 13-08-2018

I am dying here

What a freaking slow death it is. Shame on me I bought this author twice.

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  • jh bard
  • 20-04-2018

Stupid

Nonsensical murders, gratuitous violence, and Tate is still an idiot. No more of this series for me. The only bright spot is Vance's narration.

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  • Cyberlucy
  • 13-02-2018

Hard to stop listening!

This is probably the Best Jefferson Tate mystery yet. I thought the last one couldn't be topped but he did it with this one. Can't wait for the new one coming out in August.

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  • Donna Smith McG
  • 24-01-2018

Love Jefferson Tayte Series!

First, author Steve Robinson, this book 6 sounded too much like your last book in the series! Please don’t..I love my Jefferson Tayte books.

As far as “Dying Games” Book 6...I loved that Jefferson’s brother Rudy came into the picture at the beginning of Part II, it made me feel like he didn’t just leave after Book 5. In Part I I really thought I would be able to figure out why all these things were happening, but I had no clue...that’s so good when you have no idea why or who is doing the “evil deeds”.

In Part II I still wasn’t privy to certain things, but then Jefferson to the rescue with his so ingenious research in genealogy. I was waiting for that, if he hadn’t (sort of a SPOILER here) Jean would have been a goner.

Loved the end, but one thing missing. No spoilers!
Why couldn’t we just put a hint of whether or not this is “The End” end...Highly recommend this and all the books...5 ⭐️ Plus!

As Narrator for all of Steve Robinson’s series his accents are the greatest. I love him.

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  • Michelle44
  • 24-01-2018

Loved It

Grabbed my attention from the beginning. The build up of suspense is gradual, frustrating, and very well orchestrated. I was literally on the edge of my seat at the end!

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  • Alan
  • 11-05-2017

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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  • LHENWaJaBF
  • 26-10-2017

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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  • Mrs M Scott
  • 03-09-2017

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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  • Cardicat
  • 09-07-2017

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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  • Stuart C.
  • 01-06-2017

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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  • Chrissi Newall
  • 25-06-2018

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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  • Chery
  • 08-06-2018

Awful

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

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  • Judith
  • 09-05-2018

beyond belief

I'm disappointed with this one. I liked the premise of the story, events linked to genealogy. But really the links and the characters and the events involved are totally far fetched and beyond belief. These got worse as the story went on.

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  • HMPS64
  • 27-04-2018

Fast paced thriller

interesting concept. enjoyable and hollywood-esque. May even appear on the big screen sometime soon. worth reading or listening

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  • Mrs T T
  • 03-11-2017

A fitting end

The finale had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't put the story down until I knew how it ended