Cynthia Roberts, a former resident of Fawdon, has just returned to her home village to set up her own private investigation agency. At first all seems well in the seemingly picture-perfect village, but it’s not long before Cynthia is overrun with clients all claiming to be victims of brutal blackmail. But what connects the victims, other than the fact that they all live in the same place?
As Cynthia investigates, she soon realises that the residents of Fawdon all have dark secrets buried deep within their past. After one of her clients is physically attacked and another is subject to a terrifying case of vandalism, Cynthia realises that she must act fast if she wants to stay one step ahead of this heartless criminal. Tensions reach boiling point and she starts to question whether there’s more than one blackmailer at work.
Can she find the people responsible before the village that she has grown to love is ripped apart by a mass of lies and deceit? But the real question is can we ever truly escape our past? Or will our sins always come back to haunt us? Sins of the Past is a gripping mystery novel, set in a quintessentially English village, which is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.
‘A griping page-turner.’ – Tom Kasey, best-selling author of Cold Kill.
Praise for Sins of the Past
Fresh from her triumphant sleuthing in ‘Blackmail for Beginners’ Miss Laura Windle is once more on the case in ‘Sins of the Past.’
Eileen Robertson’s cracking new novel is tense, tearful and rich in humour.
‘Sins of the Past’ establishes Miss Windle in the pantheon of female detectives.
–Julia Bryant, Saga writer.
Eileen Robertson’s retro–mystery, ‘Sins of the Past’ inhabits a land far away from social media, techno-communications and the rule of sound bite.
It is a ‘Cosy’ with a dark undercurrent – a story that spools out as casually as a fishing line in a trout stream, until it hooks you.
Laura Windle is a protagonist in search of the truth, but truth here is multi-layered and rarely what it seems.
Warmth, humour and a wry nod to English eccentricity, place ‘Sins of the Past’ firmly in the heart of trusted crime writing.
A great read.
–Pat O’ Keeffe, Crime writer.
Suspicion runs rife in a quiet Yorkshire village when anonymous letters begin to arrive and a blackmailer means business. Can anyone be trusted?
Friends and neighbours shiver behind closed doors until, in a tense conclusion at a memorable dinner party, Eileen Robertson skilfully draws together the tangled threads in this traditional English village mystery.
—Nicola Slade, Crime writer.