To the Grave by Steve Robinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
At first I thought this book was not going to be as good as the first. After all, it deals with a young girl in WWII England who finds herself pregnant by a soldier and disappears after giving up her baby for adoption. But then the bodies start to appear...not WWII bodies, but real, present day bodies who turn up dead right before Jefferson Tayte can interview them. Why is someone interested in such a commonplace occurrence?
It is probably a good thing that Steve Robinson put the scene in the Prologue. If there is any doubt that this book is not going to live up to the high adventure of his first book, that little scene dispels that nonsense.
The client, 66 year old Eliza Gray, has been sent a little red suitcase anonymously with a note saying that it was from her real mother. It came as a big surprise as Eliza did not know that she was adopted. She hires JT to go to England to find our who her real mother is and why, after all this time, someone has revealed this fact to her. JT, being at loose ends and missing his mentor, Marcus Brown, steels himself to fly again to England to engage in research which doesn't seem to be very interesting. However, he understands what Eliza is feeling because he has suffered from the same lack of knowledge about his own parents and he looks forward to supplying her with information that he has not been able to find for himself.
In short order, he is able to find the name of her mother, but there is no name listed for her father. Thus begins the quest. As with the first book, the action passes between present and past and the reader is able to fill in some of the gaps and the truth of some of JT's conclusions. We know that Mena did have a soldier sweetheart, but there are a number of things that just don't add up. Just about everyone JT needs to contact has recently died or has no information, making the picture even more murky and that is when the bodies start to pile up.
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