A Novena for Murder

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Readers have come to delight in the murder-solving exploits of septuagenarian Sister Mary Helen, a nun with a nose for trouble. Publishers Weekly calls the Sister Mary Helen Mysteries "refreshingly different". Once you meet this spry, clever sleuth, you'll want to make a habit of reading her adventures again and again.

Sister Mary Helen isn't ready for retirement. Instead she's arrived at a San Francisco women's college to teach history and perhaps shake things up. An earthquake does that before she can, and amid the rubble lies a body. An "Act of God" is not responsible for the death, but rather murder. One of Sister Helen's fellow nuns begins a novena to St. Dismas, "the Good Thief" predicting the saint will reveal the murderer within nine days. Sure enough the police soon nab a suspect...but Sister Mary Helen believes it's the wrong man and begins her own pursuit of the killer. Her motive is justice...and her inspiration, simply divine.

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Sister Mary Helen, aged seventy-five, had resisted retirement. She feared she'd find only prayer, peace and a little pinochle. But she had no sooner arrived at Mount St Francis College for Women when she was greeted by an earthquake, a hysterical secretary and a fatally bludgeoned history professor. Police inspectors Kate Murphy and Dennis Gallagher promptly make a very human error when they arrest an innocent. Perhaps by divine inspiration, Sister Mary Helen knows a mistake has been made and turns her own talents into a hunt for the guilty. Nothing is sacred when it comes to catching a killer with a habit for murder.

About the Author:

Sister Carol Anne O'Marie has been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past fifty years. She ministers to homeless women at a daytime drop-in center in downtown Oakland, California, which she co-founded in 1990. She has written ten novels featuring Sister Mary Helen.

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