Title: Sister Eve, Private Eye (A Private Detective Agency Mystery Book #1)
Author: Lynne Hinton
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Sometimes I come across a book that is hard to know right offhand how to write a review, and this is one of those stories. Sister Eve is a nun who doesn’t fit the mold or follow the rules of the monastery where she resides. She is in her forties, the older of two daughters of a retired policeman and lost her mother a couple of years ago. I like how Sister Eve tends to buck her superiors, ride a Harley and has a temper. Her character is as humanlike as authors can create them. Sister Eve has a personality similar to her father’s which makes their time together like fireworks on the 4th of July!
Throughout the book Sister Eve is still struggling to understand just where she belongs in this world. She wonders if she is supposed to remain a nun or become a private investigator like her Dad. Throughout the tale Eve is learning about herself as well as learning to curb her temper. The family relationships are beginning to heal and they even share how all three miss the wife/mother. Originally, Eve has taken a two-month leave of absence to help become a caregiver for her Dad who has had part of a leg amputated, fitted with a prosthesis and is learning to walk again.
Before this surgery happened her father became embroiled in a case where a body was discovered, and his client was the number one suspect on a short list. Unlike other novels some of the minor characters aren’t the norm some expect to read about in a book. There is no foul language, but there are three brief references to same sex situations that don’t detract from enjoying the book. Eve has been sheltered while living in the community with other priests and nuns; she has no knowledge of the latest technology, movies or music of the culture.
At first I was taken back somewhat by the characters woven in the story, but loved the mystery and Sister Eve’s character. I could relate to having some family relationships that aren’t as close as one would hope, but saw hope as a theme towards the end of the book in this subject. Sister Eve is a character that others feel they can talk to and confide in no matter the subject matter or situation. I am sure readers can relate as well to the feeling of being pulled in two separate directions, whether it is a career, living choices, and etc… The story hints several times that Sister Eve is running from something or hiding in her choosing to be a nun so I look forward to future tales that may shed light on this thread of thought in the book.
My rating is 4 stars.
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