Monday, May 16, 2016

Sister Eve and the Blue Nun

Title: Sister Eve and the Blue Nun
Author: Lynne Hinton
Expected Publication: May 17th 2016 by Thomas Nelson
Format: ebook, Pgs 336
Genre: Mystery
Source: My thanks to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson for an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.
Series: A Divine Public Detective Agency Mystery #3

This third installment is for diehard fans. The redundancy is over the top. While most authors reserve rehashing for the middle or possibly the end of the book, Lynne Hinton has taken this further and believes that it should be done at every opportunity and when she wants to change it up a bit, she uses annoying page filling by having the main character thinking aloud. This book tried my patients more than you could imagine.

Sister Evangeline Divine is in a quandary as to whether she should stay in religious order since the archbishop had decided that priests and nuns should no longer live under the same roof, or if it is time for her to leave Pecos and return to Madrid to help her father and his private investigation business. This is a heavy decisions lying on her heart, she loves the work that she does and the priest and sisters are her family and as everyone is spread far and wide is Eve ready to leave her beloved New Mexico. Now Brother Anthony is the lead suspect in his own sister’s death and he appears to have left the abbey in the middle of the night.

Dr. Kelly Middlesworth has arrived at the Pecos Abbey to give a presentation on Sister Maria de Jesus de Agreda. Prior to the conference, Anthony discovered pages from the 1600’s that had been written by Sister Maria during the event of bilocation with the Jumano Indians. Anthony was having second thoughts about his sister having this information and during this quandary, Kelly is found dead and Anthony is missing.

There are many characters within this story and a great deal of fluff. Characters are thrown about and there is no a straight line for the reader to follow and considering that this is very much a religious book, it is surprising the amount of woo-woo that is surrounding the path that the Lady in Blue has created for Sister Eve.

This motorcycle riding boot wearing nun is not what you think when you picture habits and abbey’s. While her biological sister is a bit on the wild side, Evangeline knew from a young age where her life would lead. The religious life suited her, granted she might have a brilliant mind when it comes to solving mysteries, but her true calling is taking care of people.

I am not sure where Lynne Hinton is going to take this series, but if it continues, the author has added an additional bump in the road in the name of Detective Earl Lujan and the funny tumbling feeling Evangeline Divine gets when he is around.

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