Father Gabriel Neville has the perfect life as the vicar of the prestigious St Anne's church in Kensington Gardens, London. Blissfully married with two children and the prospect of the promotion to Archdeacon, what could destroy his future? But his past comes back to haunt him when he receives an anonymous letters that has the power to destroy his career and marriage by threatening disclose something no one could possibly know.
Kate Charles, who was described by the Oxford Times as "a most English writer", is in fact an expatriate American, though an unashamedly Anglophilic one. She has a special interest and expertise in clerical mysteries, and lectures on crime novels with church backgrounds. After more than twenty years in Bedford, Kate and her husband now live in Ludlow with their Border Terrier, Rosie.
Kate is a former Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association and the Barbara Pym Society. She is a member of the prestigious Detection Club. In 2012 she was the recipient of the George N. Dove Award for Contributions to the Field of Crime Fiction, recognising her work as co-organiser of the St Hilda's Crime and Mystery Conference since 1994.
Her favourite hobby is visiting churches, and this interest is reflected in her various church society memberships, particularly WATCH (Women and the Church) and her enthusiastic support of Music in Country Churches. Kate also enjoys cooking, reading, music, and singing in the church choir.