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A Vow of Devotion (Sister Joan Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1997

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; Reprint edition (Jan. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312960050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312960056
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,999,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 April 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Sister Joan is still acting as lay sister and doing some of the cooking as well as running errands for her community - the Daughters of Compassion. She is asked to go and collect two prospective nuns from the station. Magdalen and Bernadette are two totally different girls and Sister Joan immediately likes Bernadette and distrusts Magdalen - something doesn't feel right about her.

When red roses start appearing in strange places and Sister Joan has an unpleasant encounter at night things start to get frightening and everyone in the community is on edge. Precautions are taken but worse is to come.

I enjoyed this well written mystery with its well-crafted air of evil and mounting tension leading up to the unexpected conclusion. Here are all the series characters - Sister Hilaria, the mistress of novices, Mother Dorothy, the current prioress, Alice the would-be guard dog and DS Mill who finds any woman's desire to be a nun totally incomprehensible. There are plenty of touches of humour and an interesting insight into the life in a convent.

If you enjoy Peter Tremayne's Sister Fidelma series then you may enjoy this modern day equivalent. I find this series compulsive reading and I enjoy reading about life in a convent and how the nuns relate to the world.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am really running out of things to type. The whole series is very enjoyable, but unfortunately authors come and go or change their subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Visitors come to the convent 7 Sept. 2001
By Karen Potts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Change is in the wind as visitors come to the convent of the Order of the Daughters of Compassion. Two prospective nuns, Magdelen and Bernadette, travel to Cornwall and are met by Sister Joan. They both seem determined to enter the religious life, but Joan is not sure of the suitability of one of the girls. Added to this, there are several new-age travelers who are camping nearby, and a hermit who has taken up residence in the former schoolhouse. This cast of characters provides plenty of suspects when one of the young postulants is found murdered. Although Sister Joan is on the trail of the perpetrator, she needs the help of Detective Sergeant Mill in order to escape the murderer herself. This is an interesting and well-written "cozy".
5.0 out of 5 stars a Vow of Devotion 14 April 2013
By Damaskcat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sister Joan is still acting as lay sister and doing some of the cooking as well as running errands for her community - the Daughters of Compassion. She is asked to go and collect two prospective nuns from the station. Magdalen and Bernadette are two totally different girls and Sister Joan immediately likes Bernadette and distrusts Magdalen - something doesn't feel right about her.

When red roses start appearing in strange places and Sister Joan has an unpleasant encounter at night things start to get frightening and everyone in the community is on edge. Precautions are taken but worse is to come.

I enjoyed this well written mystery with its well-crafted air of evil and mounting tension leading up to the unexpected conclusion. Here are all the series characters - Sister Hilaria, the mistress of novices, Mother Dorothy, the current prioress, Alice the would-be guard dog and DS Mill who finds any woman's desire to be a nun totally incomprehensible. There are plenty of touches of humour and an interesting insight into the life in a convent.

If you enjoy Peter Tremayne's Sister Fidelma series then you may enjoy this modern day equivalent. I find this series compulsive reading and I enjoy reading about life in a convent and how the nuns relate to the world.
5.0 out of 5 stars good series. 31 Dec. 2015
By independent - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
good gentle mystery.
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