Sins of the Father is crucial reading for anyone who wants to bridge the gap between the finale of the Rose Gardner Mysteries (Thirty-Six and a Half Movites, book 9) and the Rose Gardner Investigations (Family Jewels – book 1 due November 2016). You get to see Rose, Neely Kate (NK), and Joe Simmons dealing with the massive amount of fallout from Thirty-Six and a Half Motives. While they don’t get their own chapters, both James “Skeeter” Malcolm, and Kate Simmons make an appearance, the later of whom is equal parts saddening and infuriating.
More than anything, I believe this novella could not be more perfect. It’s a very cathartic read for anyone wanting to know more about how the lead characters (sans Mason, he doesn’t make an appearance in this novella) are dealing with everything. The insight into the state of mind NK and Joe is heartbreaking. Everyone has their own coping mechanisms: for Rose it’s being strong and carrying on, for NK is anger, and for Joe it’s drinking and avoiding his problems. By the end of the novella I felt at peace.
Sins of the Father perfectly fills in the void left after Thirty-Six and a Half Motives. With that being said, I cannot be more excited for Family Jewels. *****5***** stars from this satisfied reader!