Families: can't live with them, can't exist without them. Life may not be getting any easier for curate Callie Anson, but it is definitely getting more interesting. Her relationship with policeman Marco Lombardi grows ever warmer, even though he seems to be keeping her away from his close Italian family. Then her own brother, Peter, beloved and engaging as he is, gets a bit too close for comfort when he moves in with Callie.Professionally, things are challenging as well when Callie becomes involved with the problems of a new parishioner. Morag Hamilton is worried about her granddaughter Alex, a lonely and isolated twelve-year-old with a work-obsessed father and a self-absorbed step-mother. If Morag knew how much time Alex spends on the internet, she would have even more cause for worry. Meanwhile, Detective Inspector Neville Stewart tries to put his personal problems on hold as he deals with Rachel Norton, a pregnant young woman with a missing husband. With the birth of their first baby only a few days away, why would Trevor Norton go out jogging and not return?
Trevor's disappearance may not be what it seems, and just when Neville thinks he's solved it, someone else goes missing: young Alex Hamilton. An absorbing and chilling mystery, "Secret Sins" explores the power of passion, morality and loss, and the things people do in the name of love.
KATE CHARLES, who was described by the Oxford Times as 'a most English writer', is an expatriate American, though an unashamedly Anglophilic one. She has a special interest and expertise in clerical mysteries, and lectures frequently on crime novels with church backgrounds. Kate lives in Ludlow with her husband, and is a former Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association and the Barbara Pym Society.