An interesting set of characters make this book worth the late nights spent reading it to the very end. A Catholic sister, an ex-police detective, a cantankerous (real-life) sister, as well a full complement of people from the entertainment industry contribute to a very satisfying book.
The action moves from New Mexico to California and back again. Similarly, we follow the characters from small rural communities, to the wilderness of the desert wild, to the major cities of both states. And the mix of environments works well with the various personalities found in the book.
A script writer/movie producer (Chaz Cheston) is found dead by tourist in the deserts of New Mexico. Sister Evangeline Divine (pronounced “Diveen,” as we are reminded many times throughout the book) befriends her father’s (an ex-detective, now private eye) client, the main and only suspect in the case. With her father somewhat incapacitated because of surgery, Sister Evangeline takes on the mantle of private eye while also assisting her father during his recovery.
The story is satisfying as a cozy mystery. It is also satisfying as we family relationships heal - relationships that had deteriorated over time. During the 20 weeks or so covered by the novel, she begins to better understand the distance that kept her at a distance from her father and her sister. At the same time, she is given the opportunity to rethink the vows she made when joined the order at Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey. As Sister Evangeline discovers, our relationship to God needs to be as intentional as our relationship to member of our family.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.