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BOOK REVIEW: SECRET SINS
BY KATE CHARLES

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Lots of secrets, for sure, and while not all of them are sinful, all the secrets cause problems and complicate lives. Several characters introduced in EVIL INTENT return for this enjoyable combination of crime novel and general fiction set in contemporary London.

A young woman is serving her first Anglican parish as one of its priests. Callie Anson is finding unexpected satisfactions in her job, and encountering unexpected frustrations as well. The granddaughter of a new parishioner is enduring difficult months adapting to a new stepmother, and both Callie and the girl's grandmother are concerned for her.

Meanwhile, DI Neville Stuart investigates the death of a jogger, who appears to be the victim of a random opportunistic killer. But as the police question his wife, troubling questions emerge to complicate the case.

All the principal characters experience upheavals in their personal lives, which become an integral part of Charles' novel. She also portrays several supporting characters who contribute to the two central stories and also cope with issues of their own. The pesky journalist from EVIL INTENT who caused so much irritation among the police is also back for more, but plays a much smaller role in this book.

Charles' ongoing series offers enjoyable low key suspense, with most issues and conflicts based on tensions between individuals, and not on overt violence.

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