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Review: Sister Eve, Private Eye

17 Feb Posted by in Reviews | Comments Off on Review: Sister Eve, Private Eye
Review: Sister Eve, Private Eye

Sister Eve, Private Eye by Lynne Hintonsistereveprivateeye
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: November 25, 2014

Quirky characters abound in Lynne Hinton’s latest offering, “Sister Eve, Private Eye.” From the Harley-riding, cowboy-boot-wearing nun, Sister Evangeline Divine (pronounced Diveen) to the Hollywood starlet, Megan Flint, the personalities make this book read like an episode of “Murder She Wrote.”

Twenty years into her calling as a Benedictine nun, Sister Eve is called from prayer with the news that her father needs her. Captain Jackson Divine, retired, needs surgery to amputate his foot following complications from diabetes and, according to his former police partner, Daniel; he needs his daughter to come care for him when he returns to his home. However, what he NEEDS and what he WANTS are two different things. Taking a two-month leave of absence, Sister Eve prepares for the showdown she expects to have when she offers her services as his caretaker.

Arriving at the hospital, Eve is met by the beautiful starlet, Megan Flint, whose concern for Captain Jack seems out of place in the world Eve knows her father inhabits. When Megan claims that the Captain has been working for her on a missing person case, Sister Eve’s mystery radar kicks in. Soon after meeting Megan, the missing person case becomes a murder mystery when Megan’s boyfriend, Chaz Cheston, the married director of her latest film is found dead.

As the mystery unfolds, it becomes apparent that Sister Eve has a knack for finding and following the tiniest of clues. It also becomes apparent that she is uncertain of her calling to the convent. In 20 years of living in the cloister, Sister Eve still deals repeatedly with being submissive to authority and with her love of driving fast, whether it be in her dad’s truck or on her Harley. No matter how many prayers she says she has been unable to bring these parts of her character in line with what the church asks of its nuns.

Sister Eve, Private Eye is as much a book of second chances as it is a murder mystery. In caring for her father, Eve has the opportunity to discover the love she never felt from him. As Megan initiates the search for Chaz, she begins to see that her adulterous relationship was the wrong thing for her. As Jackson begins to heal from his amputation, he sees that he still has something to offer society and that he cannot give up trying to make a difference.

Book one in the Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery series, introduces many characters – flawed but with sparks of nobility in each one. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery who-dun-it. Following each clue and trying to guess the perpetrator before the book reveals all, will keep readers entertained from beginning to end.

Rated PG: This is a clean read with no swearing and no sex but there are a couple of situations that might need some parental guidance while reading.

Reviewer’s personal copy.

 

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