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Murdered for religion or more personal reasons


A gripping detective mystery


Joffe Books

Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 02 Aug 2016


The newest DCI Jack Callum mystery easily meets the high standards set by Maynard Sims’s previous novels. Once again, Sims offers readers a complex mystery where surprises abound set within a vibrantly depicted 1950s Britain. Sims’s attention to detail brings the era and its issues to life making it easy to immerse oneself in the mystery.

In For Her Sins, DCI Callum and his team must discover who brutally murdered a young nun and why. Was she killed for her religion or for more personal reasons? The case is further complicated by the subsequent murder of a handsome priest. Both police officials and members of the church hierarchy want the scandal to be silenced, but DCI Callum is determined to discover the truth and obtain justice for Sister Bernadette.

If you enjoy historical mysteries or police procedurals, you won’t be disappointed by Maynard Sims’s DCI Callum mysteries. For Her Sins is a captivating mystery and a worthy addition to the series.


I received a copy of For Her Sins from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.




December 1959: Detective Jack Callum and the team are called to a local orphanage to investigate the murder of a young nun, Sister Bernadette. She has been stabbed repeatedly and her body violated.

The post-mortem throws up a massive shock, and suspicion falls on a handsome young priest who Bernadette worked closely with. More violence is unleashed as the dark secrets of these seemingly devout people are exposed. Powerful local people are determined that the scandal just go away. Jealousy, love, and loss will be revealed by DCI Callum's investigation.

Can Detective Callum get to the bottom of a complex and emotional case? You’ll love finding out in this murder mystery set in the days before high-tech forensics and computers, where old-fashioned investigative skills still matter.

If you like Robert Galbraith, Agatha Christie, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer. Full of wonderful period detail and twists and turns

FOR HER SINS is the third in a new series of crime thrillers set in the 1950s, featuring DCI Jack Callum. He’s an ordinary policeman in an ordinary English town. But the crimes he investigates are extraordinary. Jack Callum has a keen mind and is passionate about his job and family. He doesn’t believe in capital punishment but has caught a few villains whose lives have ended on the gallows.

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