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As the Lenten season of Penance is observed in the Convent of the Daughters of Compassion, Sister Joan finds herself struggling with her less-than-Christian feelings toward two very prickly personalities: the serious and rather stiff Father Timothy and the dour Sister Jerome. Soon, however, she finds herself wrestling with a larger transgression - murder. When the rectory housekeeper is found dead of a pill overdose, Sister Joan refuses to believe the police's suspicions of suicide - and an accident seems equally...
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Vow of Penance

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Overview

As the Lenten season of Penance is observed in the Convent of the Daughters of Compassion, Sister Joan finds herself struggling with her less-than-Christian feelings toward two very prickly personalities: the serious and rather stiff Father Timothy and the dour Sister Jerome. Soon, however, she finds herself wrestling with a larger transgression - murder. When the rectory housekeeper is found dead of a pill overdose, Sister Joan refuses to believe the police's suspicions of suicide - and an accident seems equally unlikely. A sudden rash of corpses appears to bear out her theory. Now as she grapples with her conscience and her vows during the holy season, the fearless nun sets a trap for a killer... but she may well find herself caught in an unholy - and deadly - snare.

Sister Joan of the Order of the Daughters of Compassion once again becomes the reluctant sleuth when a cheerful housekeeper is found dead and the verdict of suicide looks suspicious. When someone starts mutilating the convent's trees and a bloody axe is found in the chapel, she knows that something sinister is going on. Martin's Press.

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Denise Perry Donavin
Sister Joan is far too curious to settle easily into the confines of the convent of the Order of the Daughters of Compassion. But she's trying; that is, until the death of the housekeeper at the rectory is discovered to be a murder and Sister is sent to replace her. Her sudden death turns out to have been a murder. Is the murderer the new nun at the convent, with her suspicious and painfully austere ways? The new priest who doles out incredible penances for mild infractions? Or a sadistic parishioner? Sister Joan snoops, interrogates, chats with the police chief, and sets a trap for the villan. Except for the fairly nonchalant attitude of this woman of God to four sudden deaths, Black's story is a viable, entertaining mystery.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780709096955
  • Publisher: Hale, Robert Limited
  • Publication date: 12/30/2011
  • Series: A Sister Joan Mystery , #5
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 469,965
  • File size: 240 KB

Meet the Author

Veronica Black was born in Caernarvon. She obtained an English and Philosophy degree, as well as a teaching diploma, from the University College of North Wales. Several of her novels published by Robert Hale feature monastic sleuth Sister Joan.
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