Old Sins
by Jane A. Adams

The past is never far behind you . . .

Old sins have a nasty way of catching up with you, as Detective Chief Inspector Henry Johnstone discovers in this gripping historical mystery, which takes him back to a difficult case in his early days as a police officer. Full of unexpected twists, this is a must-read for fans of Downton Abbey and Jacqueline Winspear.

1929. The discovery of the bodies of two retired policemen, Walter Cole and Hayden Paul, sounds warning bells to DCI Henry Johnstone. Both men were experiencing financial difficulties, and their deaths were staged to look like suicides. Hayden left a note containing two words: old sins. And when Henry attends his sister’s Halloween party, he is approached by a flamenco dancer who leaves a note with the name of another man. Could this be a grim warning?

Henry is forced on a painful journey back to an old case he worked on with Cole and Paul. Is someone playing a deadly game with Henry, and is he about to pay for his past mistakes? With Detective Sergeant Mickey Hitchens by his side and his family at risk, Henry must catch a dangerous killer bent on revenge – before the killer catches him . . .


Excellent … Adams effortlessly conveys the police procedures, business practices, and social mores of the period. Fans of golden age mysteries will be delighted

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Vivid ... well-constructed ... will appeal to the Downton Abbey crowd

Booklist on The Good Wife

Fast-paced fun

Kirkus Reviews on The Good Wife

Appealing characters ... Fans of historical police procedurals will be satisfied

Publishers Weekly on The Good Wife

Skillfully plotted ... Adams shines light on the darker realities of the times without being heavyhanded

Publishers Weekly on The Clockmaker

This engaging procedural may also appeal to fans of Marjorie Eccles and Jacqueline Winspear

Booklist on Kith and Kin

Outstanding ... Historical fans are in store for an edifying treat

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Kith and Kin

Jane A. Adams

Jane A. Adams was born in Leicestershire and still lives there – even though it is too far from the sea. She teaches creative writing and writing skills, mentors other writers for various arts organizations and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Royal Literary Fund Associate Fellow. Her first book, The Greenway, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award and for the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award. When not writing she can often be found drawing racing dodos and armoured hares and the occasional octopus.As well as the Henry Johnstone series, Adams is the author of the highly acclaimed Naomi Blake and Rina Martin mystery series.

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Old Sins by Jane A. Adams is available in the following formats

Hardback *97807278924472nd March 2021148 X 225mm208$28.99
Hardback *978072789244731st December 2020148 X 225mm208£20.99
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