St. Martin's, Nov 2002, 23.95, 304 pp.
Once she was known as Mary Naughton, aninvestigative reporter, but a tragic event in her life set her on a new path. She is now known as Sister Agatha an extern nun living in the cloistered monastery of the Sisters of the Blessed Adoration in Bernalillo, New Mexico. She is one of two nuns who have contact with the outside world while the rest of the sisters remain isolated dealing only with one another.
One day when Father Anselm is giving the sacrament to the nuns, he has a seizure and dies. At first everyone thinks he had a heart attack but it isn't long before it is discovered that he has been poisoned. It is unthinkable to Sister Agatha that anybody from the monastery could have done such a horrendous deed but she uses the skills she obtained as a reporter to prove to the police that the nuns are innocent of committing murder.
Readers get an insider's look at a cloistered monastery and will find themselves fascinated by a group of gentle women who have chosen to cut themselves off from the world. The audience will find it very entertaining to see the heroine piece together who did it and why. The Thurlos have another winning series to their credit.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner