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Severn House, 30 April 2018. ISBN:
Two parallel stories linked by a single character: that's the form
veteran author Anthea Fraser has chosen for her fiftieth book.
Mark Richmond is about to set
off on a walking holiday, a welcome escape from the car crash his life has
become, but he hasn't even bought his train ticket when he becomes the subject
of a bizarre case of mistaken identity. Mark has nowhere he urgently needs to
be, so he allows his holiday to be hijacked by the rather pushy Helena Crawford
and agrees to take the place of the man she mistook him for to pose as her
fiancé at a family party in Scotland. Meanwhile, back in leafy Kent, his
mother, mother-in-law and wife are dealing with the fallout of a family
tragedy, the details of which emerge in flashback as Mark's Scottish escapade
Skeletons tumble out of
cupboards at an alarming rate in both locations, and Mark's brother and his
wife, a workmate with too many secrets, and a friend of Mark's wife become
entangled in the Kent-based storyline. Up in Scotland there's the inscrutable
young woman who keeps turning up, and unanswered questions about both Helena's
and her parents' pasts.
The perfect background, you
might think, to a classic country house murder mystery. But no; instead, Anthea
Fraser has opted to create a good old-fashioned tale of families in crisis.
Old-fashioned in the best possible sense: meticulously written, with
well-balanced characters, beautifully described locations and enough underlying
tension and narrative drive to pull the reader along to the neatly tied-off
ends of both stories.
If you're in search of some
light bedtime reading you need look no further. Anthea Fraser has garnered many
plaudits through a writing career which has spanned almost half a century. Sins
of the Fathers lives up to the sound reputation she has gained.
Reviewer: Lynne Patrick
Anthea Mary Fraser began composing poems and stories before she could write. At the age
of five she announced that she wanted to be an author. Her first professional
publications were short stories. Her first novel was published in 1970, and her
first significant success was with her 1974 novel Laura Possessed, which
had a paranormal theme, and was followed by 6 other similarly themed novels.
She then wrote some romantic suspense stories before turning to writing crime
fiction. She has created two mystery novel series, the first featuring
Detective Chief Inspector David Webb' with the Shillingham police. There are 16
novels in this series. The second series features 'Rona Parish', a biographer
and freelance journalist. Anthea Fraser served as secretary of the Crime
Writer’ Associationfrom 1986 to 1996. She has also
published five novels under the pen name 'Vanessa Graham'.
Lynne Patrick has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen,
and has enjoyed success with short stories, reviews and feature journalism, but
never, alas, with a novel. She crossed to the dark side to become a publisher
for a few years, and is proud to have launched several careers which are now
burgeoning. She lives on the edge of rural Derbyshire in a house groaning with
books, about half of them crime fiction.