A BLESSING IN DISGUISE
Situated in rural New Mexico, Our Lady of Hope Monastery squeaks by on donations and various craft and skilled jobs suited to the nuns’ cloistered, contemplative life. When a stolen SUV crashes through their outside walls, Our Lady’s budget goes through the roof. So it seems like divine intervention when an ailing millionaire asks Sister Agatha—the extern nun whose investigative skills have earned her points in Heaven—to find his long-estranged niece. All Sister Agatha has to do is track down the woman, and the monastery’s financial worries will be over. But at what cost? Sister Agatha’s investigation quickly lands her in the midst of a deadly situation…and now it’s going to take more than faith alone to see that justice is done.
“Sister Agatha will make you a believer.”—Baltimore Sun
“Charming...Sister Agatha, with her winsome ways and no-nonsense faith, is sure to delight readers.”—Publishers Weekly
“As do the best mysteries, [False Witness] uncovers an unfamiliar world…that you can’t help but want to visit again.”—Santa Fe New Mexican
The pallid fourth Sister Agatha mystery from the Thurlo husband-and-wife team (after 2006's Prey for a Miracle) piles on New Mexico smalltown color, but lacks a challenging puzzle. Agatha is an extern-authorized to interact with the outside world-for Our Lady of Hope Monastery, a small community on the cusp of financial ruin. When a drunk driver crashes his SUV into its security gate, the nuns must scramble to find the funds for repairs. Meanwhile, a hacker is disrupting the computer work the community relies upon for much of its income, and the adjacent vineyard may be sold to a developer. Salvation seems at hand when dying millionaire John Guttierez, aware of Agatha's reputation as an amateur investigator, offers her a lucrative payday if she succeeds in tracing his estranged niece. The descriptions of monastic life are compelling, but too-pat miracles and too-simple mysteries will disappoint all but the most devoted series fans. (Oct.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information