Sister Eve and the Blue Nun

Sister Eve and the Blue Nun

by Lynne Hinton

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ISBN-13: 9780718041885
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Series: A Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 349,125
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lynne Hinton is the New York Times bestselling author of Friendship Cake and Pie Town. A native of North Carolina, she received her undergraduate degree from the U.N.C. at Greensboro and her Masters of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. She also studied at Wake Forest University and the NC School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking. She has served as a chaplain with hospice and as the pastor of Mount Hope United Church of Christ and First Congregational United Church of Christ, both in North Carolina. Lynne is a regular columnist with The Charlotte Observer . She lives with her husband, Bob Branard, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Visit her online at lynnehinton.com Facebook: Lynne-Hinton-Books

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Sister Eve and the Blue Nun

A Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery


By Lynne Hinton

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2016 Lynne Hinton
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-7180-4188-5


CHAPTER 1

The tea had arrived on a simple wooden tray and was left outside Dr. Kelly Middlesworth's room without a note or card but announced by a soft knock. The young woman now stood inside with the answered door held only partially open. She was wearing her nightgown and robe, having changed for the evening, and was hiding behind the door, assuming her night attire would be disconcerting for the monks.

One of the residents at the monastery, after all, was who she expected to see. It would be Father Oliver, she thought, or Brother Gary, who earlier in the week had brought her clean towels and a blanket; the youngest of them could never quite look her in the eye.

More than anybody else, however, Kelly expected, or rather hoped, it would be her sibling, Brother Anthony, who knocked so late. She knew he would still be observing the evening silence, but she hoped he would stop by and at least demonstrate an effort to make amends for the argument they'd had earlier at dinner. She hated that things were left as they were and she knew she was to blame, but she still hoped he would make the first move and come around to offer his forgiveness.

It had been strategy on her part to wait until the last minute to tell him, knowing that after dinner he was required to go to the service of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at seven, followed by compline at seven thirty. Once those services in the monastery chapel had been completed, she knew the monks would enter into Grand Silence, which meant he would be unable to speak to anyone until after breakfast, and by that time it would be too late. She would have already made her presentation; she would have already made his discovery public.

The truth was that she had broken her promise not to tell days before, right after he had shown her the discovery, by calling a colleague at the university to tell him of the unusual finding. She had spoken to Professor Peter Pierce five or six times in the last four days, only to find out during the last conversation that he had done some checking and had been given an amount, the real value of the discovered treasure.

When she leaned forward, getting a better look outside the door, she glanced to her right, noticing the tray sitting on the small table that was situated between the two hard-backed chairs in front of the window that looked out onto the parking lot. There was a simple pot and one cup on a saucer, a small spoon, and a little pitcher of honey, the only thing she liked in her tea. There were also two strings with tiny pieces of paper attached at the ends and hanging from the pot, tea bags, green tea or mint, she assumed, two of the favorites that she and Anthony enjoyed together every evening just after dinner when she came to visit him at the monastery. She smiled, understanding that the tea was a way for Anthony to say that everything really was all right between them. It was the perfect peace offering.

The young professor stepped out of her room to pick up the tray, and when she did she saw several additional cars parked in front of the long building that made up the guest quarters where she stayed. She guessed others had arrived for the conference. She knew some of the attendees had gotten to the monastery earlier in the day; she had even met a few, mostly professorial types, but also a few nonacademics, including Sister Eve, a local nun who came roaring up to the monastery grounds around lunchtime on a motorcycle.

A close friend of Kelly's brother, Eve was a colleague she had met before who had apparently left the community, according to Anthony, and was not wearing the traditional habit when they met. The two women had spoken previously on a number of occasions about their interest in and devotion to Sister Maria de Jesus de Agreda, and Sister Eve had seemed quite excited about the keynote address Dr. Middlesworth was scheduled to make at the early-morning session. She had even expressed her hopefulness that this conference about the venerated nun would finally bring news that progress had been made in Sister Maria's beatification process.

Of course, Kelly knew there was no such actual news of forward progress in the beatification process to share, but she hadn't told the nun. And with the news of Anthony's discovery that she was planning to introduce at her keynote, Dr. Middlesworth was actually just as hopeful that what they all wanted might finally come to pass.

She picked up the tray and turned back to reenter her room but glanced around once more at the parked cars, wondering if Dr. Pierce had left Austin, if he was somewhere close to New Mexico. In their last conversation he had said that he was taking a late flight out of Texas to Albuquerque, without his wife, Kelly recalled him saying, and was not scheduled to arrive until sometime around midnight. He had promised to meet her first thing the following morning; he would call and then stop by her room, and that way she could show him the pages before she gave her address.

She couldn't help herself and smiled, thinking about her colleague, thinking about how thrilled he was to hear about the papers, how he'd promised to host a great celebration party when they returned to the university, and how he had also shared the news that he was now ready to file for divorce. Kelly couldn't decide what made her happier, the discovery of writings by Sister Maria or that she was finally going to be able to marry the man she loved.

She felt her face flush with excitement as she turned to walk back inside and then stopped just as she entered, sticking out her right foot behind her to close the door. She walked all the way inside the small room and set the tray next to her laptop computer on the desk. When she did so, she pushed aside a stack of books, which consequently slid down, ultimately exposing the thick, unmarked brown envelope that had been placed underneath them.

Kelly looked first at the envelope and then back at the door, thinking about locking it, and then remembered that there were no locks on the doors at the abbey. She sighed, tugged her long, curly brown hair behind her ears, turned back to the desk, and lifted the lid off the teapot to make sure the bags were steeping. As she sat in the chair by the desk, she thought once again about her brother and particularly the argument they'd had in the dining room earlier that evening.

She recalled how Anthony had slammed down his dinner tray when she explained her plan to share the news in her keynote address, how he stormed out after she confessed to him that she had already told someone else. She thought about the awkwardness that remained in the dining room and how she sat alone at the table while the others sitting near her stopped talking and watched until she finally got up from her seat, left the main house, and hurried back to her room. It had been terribly embarrassing, and as she glanced at her watch, realizing it had been several hours since dinner, she could only hope that none of those at the evening meal would bring up what happened at her all- important morning presentation.

She breathed out a long breath, knowing that she needed to make things right with her brother. Even Peter had mentioned that she should try to make amends when she told him earlier about the argument, and she hoped that the tea meant Anthony had forgiven her. She reached for the envelope and pulled out the papers to examine them once again, still in shock that she had such a thing in her possession. It was hard to believe that Anthony had just happened upon something so valuable while visiting the little church south of Albuquerque. His discovery consisted of pages from the 1600s written by Sister Maria de Jesus de Agreda during an event of bilocation with the Jumano Indians. Kelly put the writings down and picked up the pot and poured the tea, still in disbelief that Anthony had kept the historical and religious artifact for her, hid the writings under his robe, and brought them back to the abbey to give to her when she arrived. She took a few sips of her brother's gift, recalling how he'd acted when he handed the pages to her, how clumsy and sweet he was, making her promise that she wouldn't tell anyone, explaining that he had to give the writings to Father Oliver, but because of their bond and her passion, he wanted her to see them first.

When she heard the door open, she jerked up, startled, almost spilling her tea and ruining the pages. She put down the cup, noticing as she did a slight sense of vertigo. When she looked away from the desk and over to the door, she was unable to make out who was coming in. Her vision had become blurred and her heart rate quickened. As the person entered and then closed the door, she assumed it was Anthony, assumed her brother had decided to reunite with her, but with the blurred vision she couldn't tell. She suddenly felt sick to her stomach, nauseous and dizzy as she fought for her next breath.

She watched without speaking as the person who had entered her room took a seat on the twin- sized bed that was situated beside the desk. She tried calling out, thinking that her brother would surely help, thinking that he would do something, but as she spoke his name, he never moved in her direction. Rather, he just sat and watched her as she grabbed her throat, trying to breathe.

She pushed aside the tray on the desk, the teapot, cup, and saucer sliding across the tray but not falling off, searching for her phone to make an emergency call as she continued to struggle to breathe.

"It's easier if you just relax," the voice spoke. "It can be like a vision, really." There was a pause. "You know all about those, right?"

The young professor felt her legs weaken as she slid off the chair, dropping to the floor. She never saw the night visitor get up from the bed and move in her direction, but as she lay on the floor, looking up, she thought she saw a cape, a blue one, as she watched the figure standing over her, the face veiled, gloved hands moving across the desk until they stopped at the brown envelope. She tried to cry out as the person placed the pages back inside the envelope and stood over her holding it. She felt her throat tighten and was unable to make even a slight sound as the person knelt down beside her.

"May our Lady in Blue bring you comfort," the voice whispered, and then she was alone.

The door opened, and Kelly thought she felt a brush of clothing lightly touch her on the cheek a second before it closed. Her eyes fell shut just as the darkness covered her, just as she took her final breath.

CHAPTER 2

Eve closed her eyes and clasped her hands with the rosary looped around her fingers. She had not been able to sleep and had walked over to the chapel to pray. It was dark and quiet in the narrow room, the only light coming from the small votive candles burning at the prayer station on the east side and from the large candle burning inside the red glass cylinder next to the altar of repose where the reserve sacrament was kept. The shadows danced across the wall, filling the space around the Benedictine nun standing in front of the second pew.

She pulled out the long wooden kneeler and placed it in front of her before slowly lowering herself onto it. Her head was covered but not with her veil. She was not in her habit. Instead, Eve was wearing what had become her new work attire since leaving the abbey, her private detective uniform: jeans and a long-sleeved flannel shirt, a gray hoodie that supplied the covering for her head, her old cowboy boots, a leather belt, and a jacket. In actuality, since she was still a nun, she could in good faith wear the long tunic and veil. She still had it back at her father's home, but when she was packing for the weekend, it somehow didn't feel right to wear it when she knew she would be at the monastery only for a two-day conference. She had not planned to stay, not yet, anyway. She was still in the period of time dedicated to her discernment. And presently, things were even harder than they had ever been.

Eve had talked to Father Oliver several times since moving back to Madrid, had taken another leave of absence since her father's surgical amputation, and then was given another couple of weeks before a decision had to be made. She was going to have to choose which path she wanted to take: being a private detective with her father, Captain Jackson Divine, or keeping her vows and remaining a Benedictine nun.

However, now that the monastery no longer housed the women, the result of a decree handed down by the New Mexico diocese months prior to this return visit, if she decided to put the habit back on, Eve wouldn't be making a decision just to return to the religious life, she would be making a decision also to leave her beloved home state of New Mexico. This was the reason she was given more time for discernment. If she kept her vows, she would have to transfer to another Benedictine convent. She would not be able to stay in Pecos as a nun even if she wanted to. This decision carried more weight than ever.

"It's no good," she said, shaking her head and rising. "I can't sleep and I can't pray."

Even as she tried to call out the familiar words, her mind kept racing, thinking about the cases she had solved with her father, how much she enjoyed the detective work, and thinking about the other sisters who had left the order, of how lonesome it felt without them there. A couple of the women, Sister Vivian and Sister Jeanne, had left the religious life altogether, angry with the decision that forced their departure. And the rest of the nuns had chosen other convents, moved away, the new housing at the monastery originally built for them now turned into guest quarters.

It was all so confusing and overwhelming. She hadn't been sure she wanted to remain in the religious life as a nun, and now, even before she was prepared to make her decision, she was having to face this terrible fate handed to the sisters in her own community. "Maybe this is the sign I was looking for," she said out loud. "Maybe this is more than enough to let me know that I should revoke my vows."

Eve got up from the kneeling bench and sat on the pew, remembering the meeting Father Oliver had called with members of the monastery, herself included. She recalled his words: "Our great experiment of men and women living together, being in community together, is over. The archbishop has made his ruling; the nuns have to go."

"But it's not just an experiment," one of the women had contested. "This worked. We worked."

Father Oliver had given no response.

"Can't you say something? Can't we fight this?" Eve had demanded.

"They didn't ask for my opinion any more than they asked for yours," he had explained to the monks and the nuns. "We cannot fight. We must only obey. It is in our vows to do so."

Eve leaned back, placing the rosary in the front pocket of her shirt, and looked around the chapel where she had prayed and sung and received Communion for almost all of her adult life. It was the center of community worship at Pecos, just like the dining hall had been the center of community life. It was true, she thought; she missed that part of her vocational life. She missed living in community, missed being with other men and women devoted to the Christian practice, devoted to the Benedictine rule, devoted to living and serving together, but she also realized that she didn't miss it enough to be excited about joining a new convent.

She knew that she wasn't twenty years old any longer, and the thought of starting over, meeting new nuns, working with a new mother superior, none of that was appealing to Sister Evangeline. She knew that it had been hard just getting used to her father again, living with him, and she couldn't imagine starting over with a group of women she didn't know. She also knew that it was going to be very difficult for her to accept the decision of the diocese with devout submission like the others. She had written a letter to the archbishop to complain, and whenever she thought about it, the anger took over. She sighed; it was going to be a long night, she guessed, without sleep and without being able to pray.


(Continues...)

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Sister Eve and the Blue Nun 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
The plot was pretty good although I knew who did it fairly early in the book. I have read all 3 books in this series and what I continue to dislike is Sister Eve herself. In the first book, she was the only character that I didn't like and found her continuously annoying throughout the series. As a nun, she is lacking in her honesty - lies frequently, steals evidence. As a detective, she compromises crime scenes. As a person, she is often disrespectful to her father and others; is very stubborn and often acts like a spoiled teenager. Her wishy-washy attitude about what she wants to do with her life has worn thin. For 3 books now, it's will she or won't she leave the sisterhood and work as detective. Since this seems to be the end of the series, we may never know. Overall, not the best series. If there ever is a 4th book in the series, I would hope that the author puts closure to Eve's personal issues.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
There were some things I liked about this book, and some I didn't really care for. Sister Eve is a nun/detective. She has a knack for solving crimes and although she is currently still a nun, she is also working as a detective for her father's agency. In this book, she is at the convent where she used to live for a convention. Dr Kelly Middlesworth, a religious researcher, is supposed to be speaking at a conference there, but ends up murdered instead. Detective Eve's crime solving habits kick in, and she ends up on the trail of a possible killer. I liked the plot, it was unique and different from any book I've read. For the most part, it was interesting and kept me wondering who did it and what would happen next. I was pretty sure I knew who did it from the start, but the author did a pretty good job of promoting various alternative options that kept me guessing. What I didn't like about the story was that, although I liked Eve as a person, she seemed like a bit of an incompetent detective. She compromises the crime scene, lies, hides evidence, and doesn't seem to be sorry or receive consequences for her actions. It also seemed like the monk who stole the valuable documents doesn't suffer any consequences either. At least none other than ones they pretty much brought on themselves. Of course, some of those were pretty dire, but I would have preferred Eve to have been on the up and up, especially being a nun. There were a few other parts of the story that really didn't impress me. I suppose its a matter of opinion. I have not read any of the other books in this series so I didn't really have anything to compare it to. I wouldn't mind reading a different book in the series to see what it was like. I received a free copy of this book from Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson to review. I was not required to review positively and all opinions are my own.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
Sister Eve and the Blue Nun is book three of The Divine Private Detective Agency series and the first of Lynne Hinton’s books that I’ve read. It can easily be read as a standalone. Sister Eve deals with her internal struggles while striving to solve the murder of Dr. Kelly Middlesworth. Ms. Hinton incorporated the history of a 17th century nun and gave it a unique twist. I really wanted to enjoy the book, but if I’m being totally honest, it wasn’t my favorite. Although the premise of the mystery made it interesting, the storytelling itself lacked substance. The true suspense came toward the end and it was well done. I received the book from Thomas Nelson Publishers and the Fiction Guild and have provided my honest review here. https://wordynerdyblog.wordpress.com/2016-book-reviews/sister-eve-and-the-blue-nun/
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
Not being Catholic I had a hard time in places understanding some of what was going on. Of course being Protestant I didn't agree with some of the religious rituals but that was just a side to the actual mystery. This was the third book in the Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery series but I was still able to follow what was going on. It could be easily read as a standalone. There is to be a conference at a Monastery, but the night before the main speaker is murdered in her room. Sister Eve discovers the body after the victims brother tells her he found her. Fingers seem to point to the brother. Various clues seem to be found in his room. Sister Eve believes Brother Anthony to be innocent and goes about searching for clues to prove it. In my opinion this book would have been much better with a little more heart pounding suspense. The killer is revealed two or three chapters toward the end but it's one of the people that you would think possibly as the "one". Not a total surprise but the writer does carry you back and forth between two or three suspects before the truth is revealed. A lot of history is brought out about the "Blue Nun", Sister Maria de Jesus de Agreda, who I had never heard of. She was a 17th century nun and the papers she had written were part of the mystery and the reason for the murder. I received this book from the publisher through the Fiction Guild for my honest opinion, which I have given.
AngelaBycroftNZ More than 1 year ago
Sister Eve and the Blue Nun was one of the toughest books to review. I really really wanted to love it - reminding me of my teenage love of all things Nancy Drew and amateur sleuthing. But something just didn’t gel. It may have been too much reliance on previous books in the series and assuming the reader had read them (this is book 3) but not all readers will pick up stories in order and even without rehashing all of a previous title - it does help to shed light on any major plot points rather than leave me as the reader dangling. Having our main character not once but constantly correcting the pronouncing of her name but never elaborating on just what she means didn’t really help. The story as a whole started solidly enough with a immediate case of murder and a number of suspects who had different reasons to be to blame. But the story seemed to drag itself from setting to setting and previous character from earlier series were barely introduced - making it hard to feel included in the story. I may have to try an earlier title to see if this helps to slot this story into place. All in all - it may just be that I am no longer a fan of the ‘cosy mystery’ genre but I was left with a sense of ‘so what’ when the last page was turned.
THersh27 More than 1 year ago
Sister Eve has had a fascination with the Blue Nun. When she returns to the monastery she once called home for a conference, she finds that one of the speakers, Dr. Kelly Middlesworth, has been murdered and some very important historic documents have gone missing. Eve has helped her dad solve cases before, and naturally she takes a special interest in this case. Will her curiosity get her into trouble? Will she be able to help solve the case or will she just cause more trouble? This was a great read! I loved the characters and I found myself bracing myself through all the twists and turns. There were a few places I found myself a little confused because I don't know a whole lot about Catholicism, but those places didn't interfere with the main story. Overall, if you love mysteries and you are looking for a different perspective suchas a detective who also is a nun, then this book is one you should check out! **I received this book free from the publisher through the Fiction Guild program. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
MichelleKrim More than 1 year ago
This is the first I've read anything from this author, and I probably won't be reading any more. I expected a good mystery with little romance, as the main character is a nun, but Sister Eve is debating leaving the church, so the author set up the beginning of a romance. As far as the story went, the mystery part was entertaining. I just didn't care as much for her writing style. There was a lot descriptions of what 'she thought' or 'she remembered' instead of just stating what was happening. I often felt disconnected to the action of the story. It took me a lot longer than it should have to get through this book. The description sounded so good and I wanted to enjoy it. I did like that Sister Eve did get out there and talk to suspects to solve the mystery. It's the third book in the series, but it can stand alone. I can't say I'd recommend it to anyone, but if you really enjoy mysteries, maybe you'll enjoy it more than I did. I received a free copy of this book from the Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review.
bookstoregal More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read in this series, as I tried to read the first one, but did not like it. I was given a copy of this by the Fiction Guild, in exchange for an honest review. In some ways, I found it better than the first one that I had tried to read, but overall I don't find the writing to be very great. (Things could have been worded much better, for example.) One thing that kind of frustrated me is that the author never made it clear how to pronounce Sister Eve's last name! Really? I guess you have to read the first book to get that part. Not sure... It was a rather slow-paced mystery, I felt. I think that it was more about this catholic nun who is supposed to have been able to bilocate, and about Sister Eve, than the mystery, in some ways. I did kind of like Sister Eve, and her father, as well as some of the detectives. Another plus is that I was not sure immediately who the murderer was. :)
Jennybug52 More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars- Sister Eve is a nun with a gift for solving mysteries. In this latest addition to the series, Eve returns to the monastery that she used to call home only to become involved in yet another mystery, this time the mysterious death of a friend’s sister. I have read all three books in this series and the writing is solid, the dialogue witty and fast paced and I really like Sister Eve and the other supporting characters, namely her father Captain Jackson and his former police partner Daniel. Even though Eve is a nun and I honestly don’t know much about that chosen vocation, she is a down-to-earth, very relatable woman going through similar life choices and emotions.One thing that makes this series great is the banter between the characters, whether it be between Eve and her father or Eve and Daniel or all three. I have enjoyed all three books in this series. Each book is a stand alone story, but I think you gain a better understanding of Sister Eve and the other characters if you read the entire series in order. The second book, “Sister Eve and the Sin City Sister”, is definitely my favorite of the three. It is full of memorable scenes and is a fast paced story that I really enjoyed. This latest story has some good scenes between Eve and her father and even some new characters, but I wish it had more. This story was heavy on history-of the Blue Nun and New Mexico, but somewhat light on the witty banter I have loved in the previous books between Eve, the Captain and Daniel. A good portion of the book had very little dialogue between them at all. In fact, they really only had cameo roles in the novel. Even so, the story was well written and kept me reading so I could find out what happened next. Each book is original and full of twists and turns and surprises along the way. I hope Lynne Hinton will be writing more books in this series so I can find out what new mysteries await Sister Evangeline Divine and the Divine Private Detective Agency. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
bookbloggerKB More than 1 year ago
Sister Eve and the Blue Nun by Lynne Hinton This book is the third in a series of the Divine Private Detective Agency mystery. Because of that, there were some inferences that I didn’t understand. Sister Eve, the main character frequently corrects the other characters on the pronunciation of her name, but never explains how the reader should pronounce it, which was confusing to me. She doesn’t give much background information on Eve’s relationship to her father or why he was called Captain. The other item which made it difficult to understand was the part about her being a nun and life in the monastery. I have little familiarity with the monastic life and that made it harder to enjoy the story. I found the characters, mainly Sister Eve, interesting. The author included enough details about her that I felt connected to her, even if her dilemma and background was difficult to understand. I was not mesmerized by this book, but did find myself wondering about the potential relationship she might develop with Detective Lujan. The author did leave some possibilities open at the conclusion of the book. In short, the book was okay, but not one of my favorites. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if it were the first in the series and I had had the opportunity to be filled in on Sister Eve’s background. The idea of a nun as a private detective is appealing to me, but the book did not quite meet my expectations. The last few chapters of the book were exciting and fast paced, but the beginning and middle moved a little too slowly for my liking I received this book free from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, and this is my honest review.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the Fiction Guild. I read the 2nd book in this series and I need to get the 1st in the series so I can have all 3 three. And again, this book is wonderful. Poor Sr. Eve does not know what she wants to do about either staying a nun or leave her habit behind. When they decide to not allow the nuns anymore at the Monastery they are having a conference about the Blue Nun and one of the speakers ends up dies because of papers found by her brother Brother Anthony in Isleta. They have to figure out who does it and Sr. Eve gets in the middle of the investigation again and gets hurt really bad. I love that Lynne gives such wonderful images of the smaller towns in New Mexico and also the places to go camping and the wonderful people that are here. And I love all the wonderful characters should have put into each of the books. I grew up and still live in NM and when I read these books I can actually pictures the places shes is talking about. I will be recommending these books to my fellows book lovers
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
When someone poisons Dr. Kelly before she can share some mysterious, newly discovered documents.. It points to her brother the Monk! Sister Eve refuses to believe that and we set off on an adventure to discover evidence to find the real killer. Sister Eve has done a little detective work before but I don't think she is very good at sharing with a partner. She seems to get herself into some situations that a partner knowing at the least, where she is.. would have saved her some serious suffering! Good action and I had some guesses early on but you won't find out who the murder is until the end. I enjoyed this story about Sister Eve and the Blue Nun.. I was gifted a copy from the Fiction Guild for review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read about Sister Eve, who is confronted with a mysterious death. When all the evidence points to the victims brother Sister Eve sets out to find the killer and learn the truth. Will she be able to find the killer and find out the truth or will the killer find her first? The book has several twists. Some of the book was a little tedious talking about the history of the Blue Nun but otherwise a pretty good book. The book is OK. Didn't like the fact that Sister Eve did a lot of lying in the book and compromised a crime scene, plus made alot of stupid decisions. It could have been alot better.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the series but was easily a standalone as I had not read the previous books. The book was enjoyable, but I had trouble connecting with the characters. I liked that Sister Eve was not perfect and made mistakes with her detective skills, as she is an amateur sleuth. I also had trouble connecting with her prayers to Mary and the Saints, when my beliefs are Christian. Not quite my cup of tea. I received a copy of this for an honest review from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild.
Glorysong2 More than 1 year ago
This was my first Sister Eve book to read. While there was a point after the beginning, that seemed a bit redundant, I enjoyed the book. The action was a bit slow to get started, but I got into the book and could hardly wait to finish it. It made me get out a New Mexico road map to view the places mentioned in the book. I could picture some of the places mentioned, therefore adding interest to the story. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to friends.
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
Interesting plot and title. Kelly is murdered at the monastery, with the last words of the killer telling her " Lady in Blue bring you comfort, as she was dying ". Why her ? It was her brother Anthony who discovered / stole papers from the little church. They had an argument in dining room. For Kelly was planning to introduce as her keynote. Now, Anthony is #.1 suspect for her murder. Then the shame of what he has done. Eve is once again brought into doing detective work, returning to the monastery. Not sure of her commitment, her calling to be a nun, or doing detecting. Very different type of mystery, may appeal to some , that want a different type of mystery Given book by Thomas Nelson for my honest opinion, of which I have given.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
This book was hard for me to review. I love mystery and suspense and was hoping to have found a new series to read, but this book didn't exactly evoke the feeling of wanting to read more. The story was ok, not too suspenseful, it was easy to figure out who-dunnit. The setting was a different setting from any mystery I have ever read, and could have made for great scenes and suspense, but it felt like there were possibilities left open. I have to note, that Sister Eve displayed some very "unprofessional" qualities for a detective by contaminating the crime scene, not telling whole truths, and taking evidence. The narrative style of this story, let the reader in on more than the characters knew, so it was a bit different. 3 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review. One more note, as a reviewer of Christian fiction, it would be remiss of me not to state that Sister Eve prays to the saints and Mary, instead of to God.
susanwalkergirl More than 1 year ago
Steer Clear, Don’t Waste Your Time or Money I hardly know where to begin my review about Sister Eve and the Blue Nun by author Lynne Hinton. An alternate title for this book might be Sister Eve the Lying Nun. This is the second book I’ve ready by Lynne Hinton. I like mystery and suspense novels, especially by Christian authors that weave their Christian faith into the storyline and characters. This book does not even come close to that. My objections? The first thing that caught my attention was that the main character Sister Eve lied; repeatedly lied throughout the story. Purposeful and intentionally lying by a nun seemed rather incongruent with a character who is supposed to be a person of faith. The character doesn’t express any grief or sorrow over her sin. She doesn’t seem to acknowledge or be aware that lying is bad or that it’s a sin that Christ died for. Not only does this character lie, she steals, compromises a crime scene and hopes that Father Oliver, the head of the monastery, will remain silent about her senseless and wrong actions. Secondly, throughout this book Eve makes the stupidest decisions and she lacks common sense. She needlessly puts herself in danger and refuses to accept help or seek help when she needs it. For brevity’s sake I’ll wrap up my objections. Eve, for no explained reason seems to have a serious mistrust of police. She is prideful and arrogant in thinking she is the be all and end all in solving crimes. So much so that she not only compromises the crime scene but she steals a key piece of evidence. What didn’t make a lick of sense is that once she established that someone had been murdered she didn’t have a sense of urgency on calling the police or concern that there may be a murderer lurking about and she may not be safe. That’s just the beginning for Eve’s stupid decisions. This book was painful to read. More than anything Eve was irritating and not someone I want to read about. Obviously, when I read a book about a nun I know that there may be things from the Catholic faith brought up. I found the differences between Protestant Christianity and Catholic faith disconcerting. For example, when Eve was praying to the saints, but not to God. It seemed as if the author was agenda driven about women and the church. In this story Eve expresses thoughts that women are oppressed by the church. Late in the story, another character concurs with her feelings. There was nothing much of Christian faith shared in this book. There was a scene that seemed reminiscent of new age philosophy when Eve is injured. It doesn’t square with Biblical Christianity. Was there anything likable in this book? I did like Eve’s dad Captain Jack. He seemed to care about his daughter and had some common sense. All in all, I thought this book was bad, really bad. Theologically, it’s out to lunch. The main character does things that don’t make any sense. I was sorely disappointed by this book. Unfortunately, I can’t recommend this book. Steer clear, don’t waste your time or money on Sister Eve and the Blue Nun by Lynne Hinton. I would like to thank BookLook and Thomas Nelson Publishers for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
NatalieRae More than 1 year ago
This novel is part of The Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery Series by Lynne Hinton and takes Evangeline Divine, a motorcycle riding nun into a mystery deep in the Southwest. This is the first novel I've read in the series and while this novel is perfectly capable of standing on its own-I do believe I lost something in the translation of who Evangeline Divine is and why. The story starts at a rapid pace with the murder and the sudden investingation Sister Eve finds herself in. However, it was hard for me to believe she had any kind of detective experience as she trampled through the crime scene and made what I'd consider serious mistakes for someone who's trying to decide if she'd be better off as a nun or a detective. Throughout most of the story I struggled with her ability to do either ... Ms. Hinton gives a lot of information about the location and setting of this novel, which takes place in New Mexico. A place I'm very familiar with as I grew up there. I found most of her details accurate but overwhelming. I wanted to see Sister Eve detecting when all I really got was her wondering and thinking about the murder suspect; the mystical Sister Maria de Jesus de Agreda; the inconsequential interest in a male detective; and the unfair removal of women from the convent. Add to this the in-depth research shared about the native New Mexico Indians and I was left wondering what purpose Sister Eve really had in solving the crime. It felt a little like a history lesson throughout most of the book. There's a mystical element to the story and the crime is solved in what amounts to be less than a week and with only a handful of clues by a nun whose hunches guide her most of the way. There are several strong secondary characters; an allusion to a possible romance that's nevery fully played out; and some unanswered questions. I believe Ms. Hinton has honed in on a unique storyline with a nun as a detective but I didn't feel like she quite pulled off the believability for me enough to make me pick this book over other novels in this genre-even if it takes place in my hometown. *I received a copy of Sister Eve and the Blue Nun from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Sister Eve and the Blue Nun by Lynne Hinton is the third book in A Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery series. Sister Eve is trying to decide whether to stay a nun or become a private detective with her father’s agency (she has been conflicted for a while). Sister Evangeline or Sister Eve (as she prefers) is currently without a convent (since the decision was made to make it strictly a boy’s club at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Pecos, New Mexico). Sister Eve has returned for a conference (she is currently living with her father since his illness) on Sister Maria de Jesus de Agreda (The Blue Nun). Dr. Kelly Middlesworth, a professor in religion, has studied The Blue Nun. She is going to give a speech at the beginning of the conference. Kelly is also the sister to Brother Anthony, a monk with the order. Anthony gave Kelly some special papers he had recently discovered regarding The Blue Nun. He told her to tell no one about them, but he knew she would want to see them. Unfortunately, Kelly did not keep the secret. Sister Eve finds Brother Anthony upset and he confesses that he discovered Kelly dead in her room. After a lengthy discussion, Sister Eve goes to Kelly’s room to investigate (telling Anthony to stay put which he does not do). Kelly is indeed dead in her room. Sister Eve takes in every detail of the room (while messing with evidence). She is soon joined by Father Oliver. Anthony went to Father Oliver and told him the news (told you he would not stay put). They then both discuss the incident in the room and look to see if the papers are still there (no one makes a move to call the police). They soon hear sirens (at last, someone called the authorities). Unfortunately, Sister Eve breaks a vital piece of evidence upon hearing the sirens and then takes another clue with her upon leaving the room (won’t she make a great private detective). The evidence points to Brother Anthony as the killer, but Sister Eve knows he could not kill his sister. Sister Eve sets out to prove his innocence and find the missing papers. As I am sure you can tell, I did not enjoy Sister Eve and the Blue Nun. This book is bogged down with details. We were subjected to many details including Eve including items in a room, the scenery, knocking on a door, putting a car in reverse, etc. The pace is very slow and only picks up a little towards the end. The idea of a nun investigating crimes is a good one, but I did not like this author’s interpretation. Some information is repeated often (I think they went over the details of the murder in the second chapter two to three times). There are very few clues, but they are all you need to solve the crime (the killer was obvious). A lot of the book is devoted to Sister Eve’s thinking (and over thinking). One thing that was extremely annoying was Sister Eve’s constantly correctly people on the pronunciation of her late name (Divine). She did it every time she gave her last name. But when she is corrected on the proper pronunciation of someone else’s name, she does not like it (very contradictory). While this is the third book in the series, it can be read without having enjoyed the previous books. I give Sister Eve and the Blue Nun 2.5 out of 5 stars. This book was just not for me. I received a complimentary copy of Sister Eve and the Blue Nun from NetGalley and BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
SISTER EVE AND THE BLUE NUN is the first book I've read by Lynne Hinton. EVen though it is the third book in the series it did easily stand alone, and I wasn't confused at all who was who and what their role was in the story. The story was somewhat contrived, with Sister Eve totally destroying the murder scene, touching everything, breaking them, leaving fingerprints -- and yet she was never considered a suspect The story is written in narrative point of view which keeps the reader distant, unable to connect with the characters. Plus the reader sees things the characters don't see. The mystery is fairly easy to figure out, though the author did throw some red herrings in there to keep the reader guessing. If you like cozy mysteries, heavy on the cozy light on the action, adventure, and adrenaline, then you might want to give SISTER EVE AND THE BLUE NUN a chance. Warning for more conservative readers, it is Catholic, and the characters pray to Mary and the saints, not God.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
A page turner. This is the first book I've read in this series. From page one I was pulled into this thrilling and suspenseful story. Here's a little about the book from the publisher . . . When Sister Eve returns to the monastery, the last thing she expects there is murder. After solving several mysteries with her father at the Divine Private Detective Agency, Sister Eve finds herself torn between her calling as a nun and the thrill that comes with detecting. She knows she's been using her father's health as an excuse to extend her leave of absence from the monastery, but that excuse is running thin. She prays that a return visit to the monastery for contain. a conference on the Blue Nun will help bring clarity to her calling, but when the conference speaker is murdered, Sister Eve's two worlds collide. Sister Eve knows the number one suspect, the victim's brother and monk in residence, couldn't possibly have committed the crime, and she's determined to find the real killer. To do so means she must track down some mysterious newly discovered writings from the Blue Nun, said to date from the 17th Century, when the sister bi-located to the New Mexico region from her home in Spain. Could these texts from long ago be the key to today's mystery And will they offer any guidance to Sister Eve as she chooses which calling to follow. And from the back cover . . . Sister Eve, a motorcyle-riding nun with a natural (or is it supernatural?) gift for solving murders returns to the enclave she once called home and quickly finds herself confronting yet another mysterious death. Someone has poisoned Dr. Kelly Middleworth-a researcher on the life and ministry of 17th- century's revered "Blue Nun" -- and a set of irreplaceable historic documents have disappeared before they could even be examined. When all the evidence seems to point to the victim's brother, Sister Eve sets out to expose the killer and learn the explosive truth those missing manuscripts might contain. Chasing a killer is dangerous work, and as her two worlds, collide, Sister Eve may need some heavenly help simply to survive. This title is part of a series. But it stands alone. I had no problem getting into the story or the characters. In fact I really enjoyed the characters. I caught myself laughing at Sister Eve and her father. Their banter was quite funny and gave the story some depth. The story was filled with twists and turns keeping this reader unsuspecting of who the real villain is and how the story will end. The book is also available in collection! Click here for a direct link to purchase the collection. Sister Eve and the Blue Nun was a great book deserving of . . . Image result for 5 stars I'll be checking out the rest of the series. Stay tuned! I received a complimentary copy of Sister Eve and the Blue Nun from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. This book is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Christian Book (dot)com. Click on the bold type for a direct link to purchase or read additional reviews. This review is posted at the above retailers and on Good Reads. This post is linked at The Art of Homemaking, Book Nook at Create with Joy and Share Your Cup.
Smw30 More than 1 year ago
Great book. Fun and silly what an adventure.