This cosy murder mystery grabbed my attention because of its unique theme and the author’s strong voice. With his usual insight, Kreigh explores how the ‘sins of our forefathers’ can affect their descendants, using ordinary people as his subjects and all wrapped up in a mystery with plenty of twists to keep you guessing.
Who stands to gain from a notorious past?
When the daughter of a board member of a prominent charity asks Callan Morrow to investigate management issues at the charity, he finds his investigation hampered by lies, secrets, and the mystery of an antique bureau that keeps being bought and then returned.
After a suspicious suicide, a murder and an attempted murder make his investigations more urgent, Callan discovers that an extortionist is targeting board members, threatening to publicly reveal their questionable family pasts. But who is behind it all? And can Callan unmask the perpetrator before they kill again?
In this intriguing mystery peppered with insight, Gary Kreigh explores how an ancestor’s involvement in scandals, crimes, or other unsavoury events can leave us feeling guilt and shame over something in which we had no part.
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What Readers are saying about Silence the Past:
“We have no choice. We have to do what drivers do when they’re sliding. We have to turn into the skid, stand up to the past, and concentrate on the future.”
Set during the Indy 500 race week, Kreigh takes readers to Indiana, where a string of local robberies and a bureau and desks with tricky hidden drawers are connected to suicide and then murder. Who is communicating through the secret compartments in the desks, and are they using family history to perpetrate blackmail? Only the board and staff members of the trendy Open Arms thrift shop know if there is illegal activity between the shop and Cottage Gallery, an upscale art and antique shop. Unfortunately, they aren’t talking to Callan. Kreigh then shifts the story back in time to a chance meeting on a train where a bond of friendship is formed, and a one-hundred-year-old shameful secret involving the Ku Klux Klan is shared.
Readers see the cast of characters continue to grow until each one’s history is exposed, leaving them open and vulnerable to each other and the truth. Callan and his wife, Teresa, provide their concerned but amused scrutiny toward unraveling the mysteries from the past and are also unable to stop their search for the truth about the “bureau transactions.”
In this installment to his series starring Callan Morrow, the author captivates with a modern-day mystery packed with historical implications. His book keeps the reader close to the edge as the plot twists and turns like a whirlwind. Also, his use of detail is delightful and paints a picture of Indiana’s beauty and traditions. In the end, Kreigh has taken his audience on a journey to the understanding that uncovering the past may cause one to hide from their future in a tale that cannot be put down until the last page. -Sherry Galetka, the US Review