Sister Eve and the Blue Nun (A Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery) by Lynne Hinton

Sister Eve and the Blue Nun

about the book...

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 be 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.
my review...

The third addition to the "Divine Private Detective Agency" series is another entertaining mystery starring our favourite Sister Eve. I quite enjoyed the opening scenes as it reminded me of Agatha Christie's novels and how the stage would be set for what is to follow. As with the prior books in the series, Eve is her normal tenacious self, refusing to give up even when her actions are unconventional. I also like how very real she is, as she makes some bumbling mistakes right at the beginning of the novel, such as compromising the crime scene. Her father continues to be one of my favourite supporting characters, as despite the mistakes that he has committed he has a heart of gold and a father's best interest for Eve. And I must say that the supernatural moments in this story were a pleasant surprise, as they gave an interesting twist to the story.

My one complaint about the book is that it seemed that, though Eve managed to get herself into a precarious situation, she didn't really do all that much to solve the mystery herself. Yes, she followed some clues, but much of the reveal comes at the end of the book through no effort of her own. As a consequence, I can't say that this was my favourite Sister Eve story as I would have preferred her to take a more active role in actually ferreting out the whole truth about what happened, rather than this being revealed to her. Despite this, I still enjoyed my time spent with Sister Eve and I found the details of the Blue Nun and the historical mystery surrounding her to be fascinating indeed!

Fans of Sister Eve will enjoy following her antics once again, and will no doubt be left wanting to find out what's next for Sister Eve and her investigative skills. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and the Litfuse Publicity Group, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

about the author...

Lynne Hinton
Lynne Hinton is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Friendship Cake" and "Pie Town." A native of North Carolina, she received her undergraduate degree from the U.N.C. at Greensboro and her Masters of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. She also studied at Wake Forest University and the NC School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking. She has served as a chaplain with hospice and as the pastor of Mount Hope United Church of Christ and First Congregational United Church of Christ, both in North Carolina. Lynne is a regular columnist with The Charlotte Observer. She lives with her husband, Bob Branard, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


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