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Sister Eve and the Blue Nun, in the Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery Series by Lynne Hinton
Sister Eve has an important decision to make. Now she also has a murder to solve. And a close friend to prove innocent of an impending murder charge. Not to mention a mandate to find the missing papers concerning the celebrated “Blue Nun.” And a killer to locate before she becomes the next victim.
Number of Pages: 322
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery
Sins of the Past: A Romantic Suspense Novella CollectionDee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, Lynette EasonBethany House / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 42 Reviews
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After a murder at the monastery, Sister Eve may need a miracle if she is to prove a dear friend isnt 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 Middleswortha researcher on the life and ministry of 17th-centurys 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 victims 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.
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. Visit her online at lynnehinton.com Facebook: Lynne-Hinton-Books
'This is an engrossing whodunit featuring multiple suspects that will engage mystery lovers and leave them eager to read Sister Eve's further adventures.'
MemawAlabamaGender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5This was not on my list but glad I read it.September 13, 2017MemawAlabamaGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Not a book I would have picked out for myself but soo glad it was picked for me! This is an independent, not your typical, private eye. A Nun by choice Evangeline Divine is one of a kind. This book takes you on a serious look at your own life choices. Be true to the church or be true to yourself.
Murder, mystery and church interference lead to a near death experience. Once you think you know who did it, they will misdirect you once again.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Okay, but not my favoriteDecember 30, 2016Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3There were some things I liked about this book, and some I didn't really care for. Sister Eve is a nun/detective. She has a knack for solving crimes and although she is currently still a nun, she is also working as a detective for her father's agency. In this book, she is at the convent where she used to live for a convention. Dr Kelly Middlesworth, a religious researcher, is supposed to be speaking at a conference there, but ends up murdered instead. Detective Eve's crime solving habits kick in, and she ends up on the trail of a possible killer.
I liked the plot, it was unique and different from any book I've read. For the most part, it was interesting and kept me wondering who did it and what would happen next. I was pretty sure I knew who did it from the start, but the author did a pretty good job of promoting various alternative options that kept me guessing.
What I didn't like about the story was that, although I liked Eve as a person, she seemed like a bit of an incompetent detective. She compromises the crime scene, lies, hides
evidence, and doesn't seem to be sorry or receive consequences for her actions. It also seemed like the monk who stole the valuable documents doesn't suffer any consequences either. At least none other than ones they pretty much brought on themselves. Of course, some of those were pretty dire, but I would have preferred Eve to have been on the up and up, especially being a nun. There were a few other parts of the story that really didn't impress me. I suppose its a matter of opinion.
I have not read any of the other books in this series so I didn't really have anything to compare it to. I wouldn't mind reading a different book in the series to see what it was like.
I received a free copy of this book from Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson to review. I was not required to review positively and all opinions are my own.
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Liked It a lot.December 18, 2016alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Sister Eve and the Blue Nun is the third book in the Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery Series.
The monastery that Sister Evangeline Divine and her fellow nuns are living in, is now been deemed living quarters for monks only and the sister will be dispersed to other monasterys. Sister Eve knows that if she stays with the church, she will be assigned to a monastery that is to far away for her to check in on her father on a regular basis. Conflicted, Eve decides to attend a history conference that is being held at her current monastery with Dr Kelly Middlesworth as the main speaker. Just hours before Dr Middlesworth is due to give her lecture, she is found dead and the sacred writings of a 17th century nun are missing prompting Sister Eve to launch her own investigation.
Sister Eve is still the spunky, brave, motorcycle riding young woman that we met in book 1 and I was thrilled to see that the author has kept her character the same throughout this series. It makes the books all that much better.
There were a couple of great aspects that I loved about this book. First, the fact that Sister Eve is still struggling with her decision as to whether or not to stay with the church, but this book brought out a new factor for her to consider. In a conversation the thought is brought out about a womans place in the catholic church verses a mans place in the catholic church, giving the Sister more food for thought.
Also the introduction of a new male character, a potential love interest for Sister Eve, adds a new plot twist.
Overall I thought that this was another great book.
If you havent read the series yet, I would suggest you begin with book 1 Sister Eve, private eye.
tumcsecTuscaloosa, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Not my "cup of tea"August 29, 2016tumcsecTuscaloosa, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Not being Catholic I had a hard time in places understanding some of what was going on. Of course being Protestant I didn't agree with some of the religious rituals but that was just a side to the actual mystery.
This was the third book in the Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery series but I was still able to follow what was going on. It could be easily read as a standalone.
There is to be a conference at a Monastery, but the night before the main speaker is murdered in her room. Sister Eve discovers the body after the victims brother tells her he found her. Fingers seem to point to the brother. Various clues seem to be found in his room. Sister Eve believes Brother Anthony to be innocent and goes about searching for clues to prove it.
In my opinion this book would have been much better with a little more heart pounding suspense. The killer is revealed two or three chapters toward the end but it's one of the people that you would think possibly as the "one". Not a total surprise but the writer does carry you back and forth between two or three suspects before the truth is revealed.
A lot of history is brought out about the "Blue Nun", Sister Maria de Jesus de Agreda, who I had never heard of. She was a 17th century nun and the papers she had written were part of the mystery and the reason for the murder.
I received this book from the publisher through the Fiction Guild for my honest opinion, which I have given.
Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Oh how I wanted to love this book.August 21, 2016Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2Sister Eve and the Blue Nun was one of the toughest books to review. I really really wanted to love it - reminding me of my teenage love of all things Nancy Drew and amateur sleuthing. But something just didnt gel. It may have been too much reliance on previous books in the series and assuming the reader had read them (this is book 3) but not all readers will pick up stories in order and even without rehashing all of a previous title - it does help to shed light on any major plot points rather than leave me as the reader dangling. Having our main character not once but constantly correcting the pronouncing of her name but never elaborating on just what she means didnt really help.
The story as a whole started solidly enough with a immediate case of murder and a number of suspects who had different reasons to be to blame. But the story seemed to drag itself from setting to setting and previous character from earlier series were barely introduced - making it hard to feel included in the story. I may have to try an earlier title to see if this helps to slot this story into place.
All in all - it may just be that I am no longer a fan of the cosy mystery genre but I was left with a sense of so what when the last page was turned.