SINS OF OUR FA­THERS

Foreword Reviews - - Spotlight - AMANDA ADAMS

A. Rose Mathieu, Bold Strokes Books, Soft­cover $16.95 (264pp), 978-1-62639-873-3 This novel seam­lessly blends a ghastly mur­der mys­tery with an in­trigu­ing ro­mance.

A the­mat­i­cally com­pelling jour­ney through a town’s dark un­der­belly, Mathieu, is an ex­cel­lent blend of mys­tery and ro­mance.

Shirk­ing her wealthy up­bring­ing at ev­ery chance, at­tor­ney El­iz­a­beth Camp­bell has opted to ded­i­cate her life to rep­re­sent­ing un­der­served pop­u­la­tions in­stead of the high-pro­file clients served by her fa­ther’s law firm. Charged with rein­ves­ti­gat­ing the grue­some mur­der of a Catholic pri­est, al­legedly com­mit­ted by a man with a se­verely di­min­ished IQ, Camp­bell soon finds her­self at the heart of a much larger con­spir­acy.

In ad­di­tion to deal­ing with an ever-grow­ing stream of mur­ders, Camp­bell must also con­tend with her feel­ings for steely yet at­trac­tive De­tec­tive Grace Dono­van. An ini­tial op­po­nent to Camp­bell’s re­opened case, Dono­van also finds her­self strug­gling to keep their re­la­tion­ship work-ap­pro­pri­ate. A mys­tery span­ning from the con­cen­tra­tion camps of WWII to an aban­doned Catholic school un­folds, leav­ing the two women to grap­ple with its con­se­quences.

Sins of Our Fa­thers is ex­cel­lently paced, in­tro­duc­ing char­ac­ters and sit­u­a­tions in a way that al­lows for their nat­u­ral ex­trap­o­la­tion as the novel pro­gresses. While the case that Camp­bell is charged with rein­ves­ti­gat­ing ini­tially ap­pears to be an open-and-shut claim, larger forces are shown to have in­flu­enced it. The novel weaves to­gether a po­lit­i­cal and re­li­gious world out­side of the courts.

Mathieu her­self rep­re­sented un­der­served pop­u­la­tions as an at­tor­ney much like her pro­tag­o­nist, and she in­fuses Sins of Our Fa­thers with the tech­ni­cal ac­cu­racy of the le­gal sys­tem—flaws and all. Con­clu­sions make sense be­cause they are rooted in ac­tual law prac­tice.

Sins of Our Fa­thers seam­lessly blends a ghastly mur­der mys­tery with an in­trigu­ing ro­mance. Sins of Our Fa­thers, by A. Rose

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