SISTER EVE AND THE BLUE NUN
After a murder at the monastery, Sister Eve may need a miracle if she is to prove a dear friend isn't a cold-blooded killer.
Sister Eve, a motorcycle-riding nun with a natural (or is it supernatural?) gift for solving murders returns to the enclave she once called home and quickly finds herself confronting yet another mysterious death.
Someone has poisoned Dr. Kelly Middlesworth -- a researcher on the life and ministry of 17th-century's revered "Blue Nun" -- and a set of irreplaceable historic documents have disappeared before they could even by examined.
When all evidence seems to point to the victim's brother, Sister Eve sets out to expose the killer and learn the explosive truth those missing manuscripts might contain.
Chasing a killer is dangerous work, and as her two worlds collide, Sister Eve may need some heavenly help simply to survive.
This is the third book in the Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery series. I haven't read the first two books and didn't have any trouble diving in with this one however there were a few things that likely would have jived more if I had -- a couple of inside jokes and one relationship in particular.
A motorcycle riding, mystery solving nun makes for an interesting heroine -- though Sister Eve is on a kind of sabbatical as she tries to figure out if she wants to continue being a nun. That leaves her with enough time to assist her father at his private detective agency. Still wet behind the ears as far as sleuthing goes, she bungles her way through a crime scene, destroying evidence and getting herself into a pile of trouble. Her biggest flaw is a sheer stubborn will that propels her to go crime-solving on her own.
Interesting dynamics develop with a police detective -- not connected to the case -- a surprising twist I didn't see coming. But then, Eve is struggling with women's role in the Catholic Church and how she fits in a religious order. Lots of fodder for future books in the series.
While she might be struggling with the logistics of how her faith will play out, it's still strong -- something she relies on at critical moments in the novel. In keeping with her Catholic roots, Eve's prayers are directed to Mary and there is a supernatural element to the inspirational thread.
Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group and Thomas Nelson Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book.
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