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A member of the Benedictine Order in Pecos, New Mexico, Sister Evangeline has been feeling disconnected and a bit uncertain about her calling. She's not thrilled when she must return home to Madrid, New Mexico, to care for her testy, ailing father, but she's also invigorated to take on some new challenges.

Retired Police Captain Jackson Divine is in trouble. "The Captain" is a Private Eye specializing in finding lost people and he's been hot on case. But his diabetes has spiraled out of control, requiring surgery. Just before the crisis, he was hired to find Chaz Cheston, a missing Hollywood director. But when Cheston turns up dead-murdered-the stakes for The Captain are raised. Suspects abound, including Cheston's mistress, a young starlet and most recent client of Captain Divine.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781401691462
ISBN-13: 9781401691462
Series: Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery

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Sister Eve knows God moves in mysterious ways. And Eve adores a good mystery. Especially a murder.

Two decades into her calling at a New Mexico monastery, Sister Evangeline Divine breaks her daily routine when a police officer appears, carrying a message from her father. Sister Eve is no stranger to the law, having grown up with a police captain turned private detective. She’s seen her fair share of crime—and knows a thing or two about solving mysteries.

But when Captain Jackson Divine needs her to return home and help him recover from surgery, Sister Eve finds herself taking on his latest case.

A Hollywood director has disappeared, and the sultry starlet he’s been running around with isn’t talking. When the missing man turns up dead, Captain Divine’s case escalates into a full-blown murder case, and Sister Eve’s crime-solving instincts kick in with an almost God-given grace.

Soon Sister Eve finds herself soul-searching every step of the way: How can she choose between the vocation in her heart and the job in her blood?

Author Bio

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

 

Editorial Reviews

“A new contemporary mystery series has murder, mystery, laughter and a crime-solving nun. Characters are well defined, charming, sweet and caring. The story line is believeable and flows evenly throughout the book. Lynne Hinton has throughout the book. Lynne Hinton has written a mystery series with a new and refreshing twist.” – Romantic Times
“Hinton will delight her longtime fans with the inaugural Divine Private Detection Agency Mystery . . . This well-paced, entertaining whodunit explores the complexity of family and the mysteries of faith while highlighting the beauty of the New Mexico desert.” ---Publishers Weekly, starred review
“This great Christian mystery will leave readers wanting more!” ---CBA Retailers+Resources

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  1. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sister Eve is wonderful!
    July 25, 2015
    alwaysreading
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Meet Sister Eve. For twenty years she has remained committed to God and to her church. She finds comfort in the daily routines and her occasional motorcycle ride. But when her father requires care after his illness, Sister Eve takes up the challenge of caring for him. But when a Hollywood producer/director has suddenly gone missing in a local New Mexico city, the starlet he has been seeing is suddenly a suspect and has hired Sister Eves father, who is a local P.I. to find out who the real killer is, but Eve will not let her father risk his health, so she takes up the investigation and she finds that being a nun does have its advantages when it comes to snooping.

    I truly liked this book. I love the characters. They were very well written and defined and I loved the interaction between them. Eve was truly brilliant in her interaction with her father. You could sense the love and the animosity between them. It was truly great reading. The storyline was good, although the mystery was not as compelling as other things I have read, but the characters more than made up for that.

    If you like mysteries where the lead detective is a nun, dont pass this one up. The author did a magnificent job
  2. Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    fun book
    March 5, 2015
    Rhonda Nash-hall
    Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is my first book by Lynne Hinton but I do not think it will be my last. This is a fun and suspenseful read. I love the humor in the book. I was very intrigued by the title as I wondered about a private eye who was a nun. I don't usually think of those two career paths careening. The book also handles some difficulties in the family relationships for Sister Eve. As readers may deduce from the title, Sister Eve is no ordinary nun. She is quite unusual in many ways.

    I pride myself on being fairly accurate in figuring out the mysteries of books but I did not figure this one out until it was revealed in the text. I always enjoy being surprised by authors and characters. I rate this book 5 stars and am happy to recommend it to readers.

    I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
  3. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Nun, A Murder Mystery Thriller
    January 21, 2015
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lynne Hinton in her new book, Sister Eve, Private Eye Book One in the Divine Private Detective Agency series published by Thomas Nelson introduces us to Sister Eve.

    From the back cover: Sister Eve knows God moves in mysterious ways. And Eve adores a good mystery. Especially a murder.

    Two decades into her calling at a New Mexico monastery, Sister Evangeline Divine breaks her daily routine when a police officer appears, carrying a message from her father. Sister Eve is no stranger to the law, having grown up with a police captain turned private detective. Shes seen her fair share of crimeand knows a thing or two about solving mysteries.

    But when Captain Jackson Divine needs her to return home and help him recover from surgery, Sister Eve finds herself taking on his latest case.

    A Hollywood director has disappeared, and the sultry starlet hes been running around with isnt talking. When the missing man turns up dead, Captain Divines case escalates into a full-blown murder case, and Sister Eves crime-solving instincts kick in with an almost God-given grace.

    Soon Sister Eve finds herself soul-searching every step of the way: How can she choose between the vocation in her heart and the job in her blood?

    For me there is something special about the mysteries where the investigator is a priest or a nun. Maybe it is their connection to God that gives them a unique approach to a murder investigation. Meet Sister Eve or Sister Evangeline Divine. She has all kinds of issues which are only hinted at in this story and gives us a lot to look forward to in future stories. She has come home to take care of her injured Private Investigator father and mend relationships. Already, not an easy task. But Sister Eve is going to pick up the investigation where her father left off. Now get ready for a page-turner. I do not believe you will figure out who the killer actually is but you wont feel badly about that as the adventure is exciting enough. Sister Eve, Private Eye is a mystery that will keep you flipping pages well into the night because you will keep telling yourself just one page more, it is that good. Lynne Hinton has brought in a winner with her new book. Already I am looking forward to the next mystery in this series.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  4. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    More about character than mystery
    December 22, 2014
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I liked this mystery but it was a little different in style from the usual mystery novel. The most emphasis is placed on the characters with the mystery taking second place.

    Evangeline Divine (that's Diveen), has been a nun for some twenty years. Her mother died years ago and her dad is a bit hard to take. Her father, whom she and her sister call Captain, is a retired police detective now trying to keep his own detective agency alive. When an infected wound on his leg will not heal (he's diabetic), the leg is amputated. Eve takes leave from her religious duties to care for him. He'd been hired by a movie star to find the screenwriter/director for whom she worked and with whom she was having an affair. He had disappeared (but turns up murdered). Without her father's direction, Eve takes up detecting work.

    I like Eve. She wears boots under her habit and rides a Harley to clear her mind. Her father, the Captain, is a grouchy and hard headed man. How he and Eve learn to get along is a major part of the novel. We come to understand their history story as the plot progresses.

    As a mystery, the novel does not stand out. How the mystery is resolved and the murderer caught is just not satisfactory. It is the interaction of Eve with her father, his old partner, the movie star, and other members of the community that make the novel worth reading. The character of Eve and the potential of the detective agency are strong enough that I will be looking for another from this author.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  5. Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sister Eve, Private Eye, Murder Script
    December 16, 2014
    Floyd Johnson
    Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    An interesting set of characters make this book worth the late nights spent reading it to the very end. A Catholic sister, an ex-police detective, a cantankerous (real-life) sister, as well a full complement of people from the entertainment industry contribute to a very satisfying book. The action moves from New Mexico to California and back again. Similarly, we follow the characters from small rural communities, to the wilderness of the desert wild, to the major cities of both states. And the mix of environments works well with the various personalities found in the book.

    A script writer/movie producer (Chaz Cheston) is found dead by tourist in the deserts of New Mexico. Sister Evangeline Divine (pronounced Diveen, as we are reminded many times throughout the book) befriends her fathers (an ex-detective, now private eye) client, the main and only suspect in the case. With her father somewhat incapacitated because of surgery, Sister Evangeline takes on the mantle of private eye while also assisting her father during his recovery.

    The story is satisfying as a cozy mystery. It is also satisfying as we family relationships heal - relationships that had deteriorated over time. During the 20 weeks or so covered by the novel, she begins to better understand the distance that kept her at a distance from her father and her sister. At the same time, she is given the opportunity to rethink the vows she made when she joined the order at Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey. As Sister Evangeline discovers, our relationship to God needs to be as intentional as our relationship to member of our family.

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    This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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