I’ve been working on Shame (on and off) for a long time, and now, finally, I’m ready to let it go out into the cruel world. Shame is a literary mystery about sin, secrets and a guilty conscience….well, let me put it in a nutshell for you.
Sisters Alix and Kate run an agency specialising in helping domestic violence victims, but their complicated past colours everything that they do. When Julian Fitzwarren asks them to investigate the death of his ex-wife on a remote coastal property, their history comes back to bite them. People are sometimes more dangerous than they seem…
To be honest, it’s been hard to write a mystery. I’m generally more interested in character, and this novel has more interesting characters (I think) than you can poke a stick at. Kate, the picture-perfect sweetheart with a difficult past. Alix, her spiky and not altogether likeable younger sister. Julian Fitzwarren, the Oxbridge-educated womaniser with a sadistic streak. His romantic rival Rowan – a simple working man, or is there more to him?
So this novel isn’t a conventionally written novel, and it’s not going to please everyone. Maybe it won’t please anyone! But here it is… and if you’d like to read the first three chapters, you can download them here. It’ll be published, God willing, in a matter of weeks.