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A cosy mystery set in a convent
on 22 February 2013
When Sister Joan is transferred to a convent in Cornwall she goes with instructions from her current Mother Superior to solve the puzzle in the last letter of a dying nun. She finds that her new Mother Superior acts very strangely for a nun - wearing nail varnish and perfume - and she also teaches what Sister Joan believes to be rather feminist dogma, seemingly at odds with other religious teachings. She also discovers that the novices in the novitiate are not being subjected to rules which are normally enforced, that a novice recently disappeared and another newly professed nun died in strange circumstances. So, what is a nun to do? Report her suspicions to the local priest? Tell the bishop? No! She investigates herself.
The genre is probably best described as a "cosy mystery" and kept my interest throughout, although it wasn't too taxing a read! It'll be interesting to see how she develops her characters and what happens to some of the stranger ones.