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The Dying Light (Sister Agnes Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Alison Joseph
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  • Length: 416 pages
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Collection: Sister Agnes (Book 3)
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Book Description

Young and fiercely independent, Sister Agnes Bourdillon has never felt the need of a wimple to express her spirituality. But her strength is tested by her secondment to Silworth, a South London women’s prison. She does, however, find the work compelling, as she attempts to negotiate the network of bullies and victims, loyalties and hatreds, prisoners and jailers, searching to understand the often violent histories that lie behind each woman.

Then the father of Cally Fisher, one of the most turbulent inmates, is shot dead. The chief suspect is Cally’s boyfriend. Reminded unnervingly of how she is losing her own mother, who is rapidly retreating from reality in a French nursing home, Agnes finds that she too has become entangled in a dark world that stretches further than the prison walls…

The Dying Light is one of Alison Joseph's great mysteries which has the reader turning the page as Agnes gets embroiled in a crime which threatens her own being.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 848 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Peach Publishing (9 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005WVA4Q2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180,517 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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ALISON JOSEPH is a London-based crime writer and radio dramatist. She started her career in local radio, and then in television as a documentary director. She is the author of the series of novels featuring SISTER AGNES, a contemporary detective nun based in South London. Alison has written about twenty works for radio, including THE TRUE STORY and also dramatisations of Georges Simenon's Maigret novels. Her new novel is 'Dying to Know', a crime novel about faith, evidence and particle physics. Alison is currently Chair of the Crime Writers' Association.

(Author photograph by Hugo Glendinning)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Prison Life 23 Oct. 2008
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Sister Agnes is working at a women's prison when the father of one of the inmates is murdered. What at first seems a straightforward potentially drugs related crime, gradually takes on more and more dimensions as Agnes tries to find out whether Cally's boyfriend Mal is really the murderer as the police seem to think. Agnes has problems of her own to deal with as her mother is seriously ill in France. She finds the ramifications of other people's relationships start to reflect her own problems and she is forced to deal with some long buried issues. The plot is complicated and fast paced and keeps the reader guessing right up until the dramatic conclusion. Even the minor characters are interesting - Rosanna the jazz singer, Cally and Claire - twins who have chosen different roads in life, the ex Welsh miners who are digging new tunnels for the London Underground and Venn the owner of the Pomegranate Seed club. Very little on stage violence and Sister Agnes' battles with obedience to her Order make this a gripping novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 11 April 2010
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I have enjoyed all of the 'Sr Agnes' books but this is one of the best. It is set in the claustrophobic, powder-keg atmosphere of a women's prison. The recurring theme is the threads that make up the stories of our lives and the 'prisons' these create for us. As her mother begins to slip away first in mind, then in body Agnes is tormented by her unhappy childhood and by secrets that begin to emerge from her mother's past life. In trying to avoid these conflicts, she becomes over-involved with the sufferings of the inmates and of one of her fellow sisters. Each character appears trapped in some way, by old sins or mistakes. It is a deeply involving read, more than a murder mystery. Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dying Light 3 Nov. 2013
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I really enjoyed this book and will certainly read other books by this author. I wasn't too sure at the beginning whether it was my kind of read but soon got hooked. Will recommend it to others.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't for me 26 Oct. 2013
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I stuck with the novel but it wasn't really for me. Writing good, story good but just didn't click sorry
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Curate's Egg: Very good, in parts 29 Jan. 2013
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This author is very, very good at setting and weather. I really enjoyed getting to know Sister Agnes' bit of London -- and as Ackroyd said of Dickens and DeFoe, the writer is "very particular about street names, which is the real sign of a Londoner writing about London."
And like Dickens, the writer's own feelings about prisons and prisoners seeps into her characters' perceptions thereof. Some are a bit too perfectly angelic, and others are just too horrific to believe. Characters a fully formed, but still somewhat predictible, especially Agnes' wild and crazy girlfriend. As the novel moved along I became less interested in what wine everyone was drinking and which bridge they were crossing, and I wondered when it would ever stop raining.
Sister Agnes is a complicated person, a nun in an unnamed order who manages to still very much live her own life and answer to practically no authority. She seems to show up for work whenever she likes, and skate off on unannounced trips with little regard for other peoples' schedules. And she stands to inherit a big house in Provence... something found only in novels and TV series!
The whole thing turned into a parade of talking heads for a while, with a big "he said what to her before they went there and saw her do that to him."
The story lost its way. It stopped being a mystery, and turned into a therapy session.
Still, it was compelling and fun enough to keep me well engaged through to the end. This writer has a lot of talent and skill, I hope to see more from her in the future.
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