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Sins of the Past: A Romantic Suspense Novella Collection

(Sins of the Past)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,100 Ratings  ·  184 Reviews
Three Novellas from Bestselling Authors

In Dee Henderson's "Missing," a Wyoming sheriff is called to Chicago when his elderly mother goes missing. Paired with a savvy Chicago cop, the two realize her disappearance is no accident, and a race against the clock begins.

Dani Pettrey returns to Alaska with "Shadowed," introducing readers to the parents of her beloved McKenna clan
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Bethany House Publishers (first published May 2016)
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Missing by Dee Henderson - 3 Stars
This one started off quite well and really pulled me into the story! And, while it definitely is better than the last couple of novels I've read by this author and the basic storyline was interesting... it's still only a 3-star read for me. I don't know which of us changed, but I find that I simply don't enjoy this author's writing style as much as I used to. This novella is still a good read, though! :)

Shadowed by Dani Pettrey - 4 Stars
Well! This one certainly
Three romantic suspense authors join together to delight readers with a suspense novella collection.

Missing by Dee Henderson - John Graham is the police chief in Cheyenne, Wyoming. When he receives word that his elderly mother is missing, he returns to Chicago. Together with the lieutenant in charge of the case, John begins to realize that maybe something from his past may have triggered his mother's disappearance.

My Thoughts - This one started off really good. I liked the dynamics between Sharo
Excellent! It's hard to go wrong with a book featuring three of my favorite suspense writers, and I can also recommend it to those interested in giving these authors a try. All three stories are a solid four, and all three hard to stop reading before the end. Here are links to my individual reviews:
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great romantic suspense collection! I have really enjoyed Dani Pettrey’s and Lynette Eason’s suspense books in the past, and this novella collection introduced me to the writing of Dee Henderson. It is one of the reasons I enjoy novella collections. There have been many times that I have found another author I like when their work is paired with those I already know.

In Missing by Dee Henderson, I really enjoyed the way the author walked me through the process of trying to find John Gr
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
All of these stories are fast-paced and full of suspense as the mysteries are worked out and solved. I liked the first story and the way it showed the methodical work of the police and detectives, leaving no stone unturned but having to prioritize certain leads before others. Sharon, the lead missing persons detective had a great rapport with John, the sheriff whose mother has gone missing, and I liked the friendship that developed there. The romance angle was kind of out of the blue because the ...more
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three of my favourite romantic suspense authors all in one book?? Sign me up!!! Sins of the Past is a collection of three romantic suspense novellas. All three stories are based on something that has happened in the past impacting current events and they bring together plenty of action, suspense and romance.

Missing - Dee Henderson

Missing is a wonderfully insightful and exciting look at working a missing persons case, one that is very personal. Police chief John Graham's mother has been reported
Andrea Cox
by Andrea Renee Cox

What's better than one suspense novel?


Two of the stories in Sins of the Past drew me in and kept me guessing until the very end. The authors expertly used hooks, the element of surprise, and pacing to their advantage and delivered entertaining tales of redemption and mystery.

I especially enjoyed the Cold War setting of Dani Pettrey's Shadowed. I think this might be the first book since The Bourne Identity that I've read that took place in that era, and I was pleased with
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read
Sins of the Past was a good novella collection. My individual ratings for the novellas are 3 stars for Dee Henderson's, 5 stars for Dani Pettrey's, and 4 stars for Lynette Eason's.

While I enjoyed them all, I thought Dee Henderson's was a bit rushed to me and that made it less enjoyable than the others (not totally bad, though).

I absolutely loved Dani Pettrey's story! If you have read her Alaskan Courage series, this novella was about their parents and how they met. It was very fun and suspensef
Denise Hershberger
sometimes when I read a collection of novellas I just get annoyed with how short they are and how lame the theme is. that was certainly not the case this time! each novella was uniquely excellent and all three really worked the "sins of the past" theme in perfectly. I love all three of these authors and enjoyed another glimpse into their writing styles. Dee Henderson is my all time favorite but in this collection Dani Pettrey's was my favorite because I got to meet the parents behind the Alaska ...more
Donna (More Than a Review)
Sins of the Past: is a collection of three novellas by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey and Lynnette Eason
Can you ask for a better collection of authors for romantic suspense???
Missing with have you holding your breath. One of your worst fears; you mother is missing. John who is a sheriff in Wyoming receives the call that his mother is missing. He feels the guilt of wondering if it is one of his enemies from his days of working undercover in Chicago. You just melt at the relationship you experience
Christian Fiction Addiction
"Sins of the Past" is a great collection of novellas that can be read all at once or in brief bites, one novella at a time. Each is a quick, well-written read that may be just what you are looking for if you are craving some romance, suspense, and some entertaining plot twists. Probably my favourite of the three is "Missing" by Dee Henderson, as I particularly enjoyed the interaction and dialogue between the characters John and Sharon and the way the plot unfolds. However, the other two addition ...more
Toni Shiloh
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Ms. Eason's novella, Blackout, the reader is introduced to Macey. Macey was an eye witness to a murder. Problem is, she has no complete memory of it. I LOVED the premise and how Ms. Eason pulled me into the story. Then again, I'm not surprised because her stories always manages to hook me from the beginning. This novella was no different.

*Full review at:
Caitlyn Santi
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first heard that this novella collection was going to be happening only one thought went through my mind, my three all time favorite romantic suspense authors together in one book? Yes, please! Needless to say Sins of the Past was my most anticipated read of 2016!

Missing by Dee Henderson-4.5 Stars!-
This story got the collection off to a great start! As a huge fan of Dee's O'Malley family series, I am happy to say that I feel like this one was a lot closer to her earlier books than her mor
Amanda Geaney (Christian Shelf-Esteem)
Officially my first poolside read of 2016, Sins of the Past was a wonderful way to kick off my Summer Reading.

This is only the second novella I've ever read. The novella concept is growing on me for a variety of reasons:

1. The lure of familiar authors introduces me to an unfamiliar ones.
2. Single serving stories are great for short intense bursts of reading.
3. With so much concentrated action, I wasn't tempted to set my book aside when my reading was interrupted by a "Hey Mom, watch this!"

Kay Defreese
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Three suspense novellas in one book.

Missing by Dee Henderson is the first novella in this book. John Graham, a Wyoming sheriff has come back home to Chicago because his mother Martha has come up missing. Her car is in its spot and her purse with all the contents is next to the front door. Martha lives in a retirement home. Is Martha the victim of foul play? Is so what could be the motive? Could it be someone John Graham arrested in the past has a grudge against John and wants revenge. Also I was
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
As is often the case with novella collections, the contents are a mixed bag. Some novellas I loved, and others were just so-so.

Missing by Dee Henderson: I started reading Henderson's romantic suspense in college, and I absolutely devoured her O'Malley series. This is the first of her writing that I've read in probably close to ten years, and I have to say, I didn't really enjoy it. The story is fine—John returns to Chicago when his mother goes missing, and he begins working with Chicago cop Shar
Mikal Dawn
My thoughts:
First up is Missing by Dee Henderson

This is the first novella in the collection and while I know I was reading a rough advanced reader’s copy, I have to admit that I was rather disappointed in this story.

The story started right in the middle of the action, which is great, and the plot had a lot of promise. As soon as they started talking about suspects, I knew who had done it, so spending the rest of the novella shaking my head at two seasoned cops who couldn’t figure it out made me
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
I was so excited to get my hands on this book. Three of my favorite romantic suspense authors all under one cover. What could possibly be better?

The funny thing is that I don't usually gravitate to novellas. I like my stories long and detailed. But this collection may have changed my mind. Since the stories had to be short the action began right from the beginning. The pace was fast and the drama unfolded quickly. Because of these details I actually thought the stories were even more suspenseful
Sarah Ruut
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When three amazing suspense authors team up, you know you’re in for an adventure! I’m not sure I could pick a favorite novella in the book. They were all great!

‘Missing’ by Dee Henderson

Heavier on the suspense, and lighter on the romance, Missing sets the clock ticking from the first page. You’ll keep digging to piece together the clues to solve the mystery before the police do.

‘Shadowed’ by Dani Pettrey

Suspense and romance intertwine in Shadowed, leaving you looking over your shoulder and yet h
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Take three popular, successful inspirational romantic suspense authors and put them together in an anthology and you get Sins of the Past. It’s a non-stop, engaging, and of course suspense-filled collection of novellas from Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason.

Interestingly, each novella is completely different. The only theme running through each of these stories is the crime. But the collection works. It’s just an appetizer for those who are waiting on something new from any of these
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three well known authors have written suspense novellas to make this wonderful book. Each story is tied together solely by the title. Each author brings her own authentic writing style and creates a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, infuse you with faith, and give you a small taste of their excellent writing skills. Intrigue, suspense, drama, faith, and a touch of romance are all combined to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Two of these authors were already favorites, so I was
Shannah Mauney
Wow! These three authors emanate the definition of romantic suspense. When I say I was on the edge of my seat the entire book, I mean it. This is a fast-paced, page turning, suspenseful novella collection full of faith and love. Read my full review:
3.5 stars. This is a romantic suspense novella collection by three popular Christian inspirational authors - Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason.

Missing by Dee Henderson - Police chief John Graham travels from Wyoming back to his hometown of Chicago after his mother mysteriously disappears from a retirement village. He works alongside Lieutenant Sharon Noble to solve the case, but they could be running out of time. This story started out well, but I felt it got a bit bogged down in det
Loraine Nunley
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, on-kindle
Overall review: I think that it must be difficult to write good romantic suspense in novellas because of the short amount of time that you have to do it. I thought that these authors did a good job combining both the romance and suspense. I received this book in a giveaway and was not required to give a positive review. Overall 4 1/2 stars - full review at my website.
This was a fun collection.

Dee Henderson's story was sweet, though a little slow. The romance a nice break. Two mature people who are taking it slow.

I really loved this prequel story for the Alaskan Courage series by Dani Pettrey

Lynette Eason is a name I've seen around, but this was the first book I've read by her. It was good, but I like the other two better.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Missing - Dee Henderson - 3 stars
This story started off with potential to be a great suspense read, but somewhere started to fall flat and being a bit slower paced to what I like in suspense books. I also guessed who the bad guy was so that revelation came as no surprise.

However, it was still a good suspense read that kept the mystery going right till the end. Her O'Malley series is still my favourite.

Shadowed - Dani Pettrey - 4 stars
This one was fast-paced suspense - exactly how I like my sus
Tamara Tilley
What better way to be introduced to three great romance/suspense writers. Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason are leaders in the field of Christian/romance/suspense.

First, Dee Henderson with MISSING-
Though I wouldn’t say this is Henderson’s best work; it was still enjoyable to read.

Wyoming police chief, John Graham, is called to Chicago because his elderly mother had disappeared from her retirement home. Teamed with Lt. Sharon Noble, they try to piece together his mother’s last steps
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m not usually a fan of novellas, in a collection or otherwise, but when I saw this one with three of my favorite suspense authors, I couldn’t resist giving it a go and I definitely enjoyed it! Bethany House is building a reputation for creating great novella collections that maybe allow readers to be introduced to new-to-them authors, or maybe just build on characters from said authors previous works. I’m generally fairly leery of novellas, even from my favorite authors, because I love long bo ...more
Julie Graves
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
Missing by Dee Henderson
John is a Chief of Police heading back to his hometown of Chicago because his mother has disappeared. Heading up the investigation is the head of missing persons Sharon Noble. Together they try and find out who took John’s mother and why. Could it be someone from John’s past? Or was it a random crime of opportunity? As the hours march by the chances of his mother being found alive grow slimmer.

I really liked this short story! There was mystery, a bit of suspense and even
Kelly Bridgewater
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I heard this book was being published, I couldn't wait to read it. I love all three authors and own everything all three of them have written, so I really couldn't wait to dive in and loose myself for a couple of hours. Each of the short novellas have nothing to do with each other, so you don't have to start from the beginning and read straight through. You could read them in any order. I, however, read them in the order they appear in the novel.

In Dee Henderson's "Missing," the story conc
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Dee Henderson is the author of 24 novels, including Immortality, An Unfinished Death, Taken, Unspoken and the acclaimed O’MALLEY series. Several titles have appeared on the USA Today Bestseller list; Full Disclosure has also appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list. Her books have won or been nominated for
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