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A Vow of Fidelity [Paperback]

Veronica Black
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July 1997
Again, Sister Joan must solve a crime with h elp from a detective and try to balance the demands of justi ce with her spiritual life in the enclosure of her fellow nu ns, whilst putting herself in danger, before she can discove r where true fidelity lies. '
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: St Martins Mass Market Paper (July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312962592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312962593
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,222,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Vow of Fidelity 15 April 2013
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Sister Joan receives a photograph through the post of her class at art school twenty years ago. This reminds her of an agreement she had with her classmates that they would get together at Westminster Abbey twenty years from the date of the photograph. Mother Dorothy allows Sister Joan to attend the reunion in the hope that she can also publicise the retreats which the convent is about to start hosting in an attempt to boost their failing finances.

The reunion is rather disappointing - as such events often are. Three people are missing - two of them killed in the last couple of years in accidents and a third recently dead of a suspected overdose. When the surviving members of the class attend a retreat at the Order of the Daughters of Compassion Sister Joan is put in charge of them. There will be many frightening events which yet again involve the convent in crime before all is resolved.

I find this entertaining series compulsive reading and I like the religious background which gives an insight into convent life - albeit of a fictitious kind. I like the series characters too - DS Alan Mill, who is gradually starting to understand convent rules; Alice the would be guard dog; Mother Dorothy who sees more than her nuns give her credit for; and Sister Gabriella who believes that age gives her the right to speak her mind.

If you enjoy crime stories with an interesting background and likeable characters then try this one. The series can be read in any order but if you read them in the order in which they are published it is easier to understand the development of the series characters. The first book in the series is A Vow of Silence
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 24 Jun 2012
By Carr
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I very much enjoyed the Sister Joan books. This is possibly not one of the best, but it was still an entertaining read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant, but unmemorable 16 Feb 2000
By Stan Vernooy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a fair-to-middlin' cozy mystery about a reunion of the art class students from the school Sister Joan had attended twenty years previously. There's not much to separate it from your average British cozy mystery, and therein lies the problem. The first couple of Sister Joan books by Ms. Black were striking and memorable, with their description of Sister Joan's internal struggle to maintain a balance between her spiritual obligations and her worldly curiosity. That issue has been given short shrift in the last couple of books, including this one. I fear this series is running out of steam. I would have given it 3.5 stars if that were allowed; Amazon needs to provide more flexibility in its rating system.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable until the last chapter 18 Feb 2004
By M. C. Crammer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the second Veronica Black "Vow" mystery I've read, and I'd say that my problems with this book are similar to the ones I had with Vow of Sanctity -- that the final chapter consists of everything being suddenly "solved" -- lots of loose ends tied up, to make sure the reader has no unanswered questions about how it all fits together -- and a motive for murder that is not particularly credible.
However, getting to the last chapter is a lot of fun -- the book is well-written on the whole and moves right along. The characters are distinctive and although there are a lot, easy to keep track of (not one of those books where you have to take notes, maps, and charts). The convent setting interested me, and there was nothing so grizzly as to be upsetting to read (which is probably why this is considered a "cosy" mystery).
The plot involves a reunion of art students 20 years after a photograph was taken. They discover that some of the group are missing because they have died mysteriously. Sister Joan, our detective-heroine, smells a rat, and reluctantly gets drawn into looking into a possible connection between these deaths. The surviving students all end up at the convent on retreat (quite unbelievably), and Sister Joan has some concerns that she will be next on the killer's list -- if she can't discover who and why before the next killing.
All in all, a pleasant and engaging book, but not likely to be the kind of book you buy in hardbound and keep.
4.0 out of 5 stars Class reunion at the convent 9 Sep 2001
By Karen Potts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Sister Joan is given permission to go into London for a reunion with 9 of her classmates from art school. Unfortunately 3 of them are dead and the untimely deaths seem to be more than a coincidence. The group then agrees to come to the convent which Mother Dorothy has opened for retreats. Several of the members of her class seem to have changed since their school days, and Sister Joan is curious about this as well as the deaths of her classmates. She finds that some of the reunion group have lied to her about their past, so she does her usual amateur sleuthing to find out what ties the deaths together. This is a bit of a departure in that people from the outside are brought into the cloister and is a nice change of pace.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Vow of Fidelity (Sister Joan #7) 15 April 2013
By Damaskcat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Sister Joan receives a photograph through the post of her class at art school twenty years ago. This reminds her of an agreement she had with her classmates that they would get together at Westminster Abbey twenty years from the date of the photograph. Mother Dorothy allows Sister Joan to attend the reunion in the hope that she can also publicise the retreats which the convent is about to start hosting in an attempt to boost their failing finances.

The reunion is rather disappointing - as such events often are. Three people are missing - two of them killed in the last couple of years in accidents and a third recently dead of a suspected overdose. When the surviving members of the class attend a retreat at the Order of the Daughters of Compassion Sister Joan is put in charge of them. There will be many frightening events which yet again involve the convent in crime before all is resolved.

I find this entertaining series compulsive reading and I like the religious background which gives an insight into convent life - albeit of a fictitious kind. I like the series characters too - DS Alan Mill, who is gradually starting to understand convent rules; Alice the would be guard dog; Mother Dorothy who sees more than her nuns give her credit for; and Sister Gabriella who believes that age gives her the right to speak her mind.

If you enjoy crime stories with an interesting background and likeable characters then try this one. The series can be read in any order but if you read them in the order in which they are published it is easier to understand the development of the series characters. The first book in the series is A Vow of Silence.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Vow of Fidelity 4 Jun 2012
By Shannon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A Vow of Fidelity is another great addition to Veronica Black's "Sister Joan" series of who-dun-its. As usual Sister Joan works hard at striking a balance between her calling to the vowed religious life and her inate ability to figure out mysteries - including some surprises along the way. A Vow of Fidelity
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