The Wages of Sin
by Judith Cutler

First in a brand-new Victorian mystery series featuring steward Matthew Rowsley and housekeeper Mrs Faulkner as an engaging detective duo.

Newly appointed as land agent to the youthful Lord Croft, Matthew Rowsley finds plenty to keep him busy as he attends to his lordship’s neglected country estate. But he’s distracted from his tasks by the disappearance of a young housemaid. Has Maggie really eloped with a young man, as her mother attests – or is the truth rather more sinister? What’s been going on behind the scenes at the grand country estate … and where has his lordship disappeared to?

Teaming up with housekeeper Mrs Faulkner to get to the bottom of the matter, Matthew uncovers a number of disturbing secrets, scandals and simmering tensions within the household. Something rotten is going on at Thorncroft – and it’s up to Matthew and Mrs Faulkner to unearth the truth.


Readers will look forward to seeing more of this enterprising duo

Publishers Weekly

A promising series debut with engaging characters, social commentary, and a Victorian twist on the ever popular upstairs-downstairs storyline

Kirkus Reviews

Cutler deftly navigates the varying levels of servants and staff and the delicacy in those relationships. I’m glad this promises to be the first in a series

Historical Novel Review

Enjoyable … The surprising conclusion definitely satisfies

Publishers Weekly on Green and Pleasant Land

A traditional cozy that will appeal to followers of Jane Cleland, Sharon Fiffer and Lea Wait. The characters are engaging, and the art lore is fascinating

Booklist on Guilt Edged

Lots of action and clever writing make this an exceptional addition to this traditional series

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Guilt Trip

A refreshingly different contemporary cozy series … The caustic vibe will draw in fans of M.C. Beaton and Alan Bradley

Library Journal on Death in Elysium

Sparkling … A tight plot complements the diverse and entertaining cast of characters

Publishers Weekly on Death in Elysium

Judith Cutler

A former secretary of the Crime Writers’ Association, Judith Cutler has taught Creative Writing at universities and colleges for over thirty years and has run occasional courses elsewhere (from a maximum-security prison to an idyllic Greek island). She is the author of more than forty novels.

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The Wages of Sin by Judith Cutler is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278893864th February 2020145 X 222mm240$28.99
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