Friday, June 3, 2016

Sister Eve and the Blue Nun by Lynne Hinton

Sister Eve and the Blue Nun (A Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery #3)Book Description:
When Sister Eve returns to the monastery, the last thing she expects there is murder.

After solving several mysteries with her father at the Divine Private Detective Agency, Sister Eve finds herself torn between her calling as a nun and the thrill that comes with detecting. She knows she’s been using her father’s health as an excuse to extend her leave of absence from the monastery, but that excuse is running thin. She prays that a return visit to the monastery for a conference on the Blue Nun will help bring clarity to her calling, but when the conference speaker is murdered, Sister Eve’s two worlds collide.

Sister Eve knows the number one suspect, the victim’s brother and monk in residence, couldn’t possibly have committed the crime, and she’s determined to find the real killer. To do so means she must track down some mysterious newly discovered writings from the Blue Nun, said to date from the 17th Century, when the sister bi-located to the New Mexico region from her home in Spain. Could these texts from long ago be the key to today’s mystery? And will they offer any guidance to Sister Eve as she chooses which calling to follow?

My Thoughts:
This was an intriguing book.  This is the first book I have read in the Sister Eve series and it was easy to read and no confusion.  Sister Eve is a crime solving nun who must decide if she wants to stay a nun or join her father's detective agency.  She gets involved when a speaker at a conference is murdered and a monk she knows is the prime suspect.  She doesn't believe he could have committed murder, especially the murder of his brother,but that may be easier said than done.
I loved the way the author described the scenery in New Mexico.  It was quite vivid and I could 'see' it in my mind.  The mystery that Sister Eve was to solve really wasn't a lot of a mystery.  I think that may have been because as a reader you know more than the characters but there was more cozy than mystery in this one.  I felt bad for her pull to both worlds, the detective agency and her calling to be a nun.  The story flowed and was easy to read.
It was a 3/5 for me.  If you like cozy mysteries, you will likely enjoy this one.
Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via litfuse).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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