Library Journal - Library JournalIn her convent's root cellar, Sister Mary Agnes discovers a murdered girl. Soon the Providence crime mob is involved as the son of the crime boss goes to school at Saint Catherine's and his driver is the prime suspect. Much to the Reverend Mother's dismay, church authorities ask Sister Mary Agnes to investigate in the hopes of bringing the guilty to justice and restoring order in the convent. Cummings (Dead as Dead Can Be), a member of both Romance Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America, has written a well-plotted mystery that features a unique setting: 1930s Rhode Island. The only jarring note is the frequency of Sister Mary Agnes's use of "Damson plums," her euphemism for harsher expletives. For readers who enjoy sleuthing nuns, Cummings's prose style and characters are reminiscent of Sister Carol Anne O'Marie's Sister Mary Ellen clerical cozies. Cummings lives in Shepherdstown, WV. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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