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St. Martin's, Nov 2002, 23.95, 304 pp.
ISBN 031229081

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.
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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.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in that culture Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   religious figure Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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