From Publishers Weekly
Sister Agatha of Our Lady of Hope monastery in Bernalillo, N.Mex., sets out to clear her old college boyfriend, Sheriff Tom Green, of a murder charge in the Thurlos' engaging sixth Sister Agatha mystery (after 2008's The Prodigal Nun
). The police suspect that the sheriff, who was running in a nasty re-election campaign against Robert Garcia, the mayor's wealthy brother, shot Garcia in an isolated park area during a Fourth of July celebration. Green, who passed out shortly before the killing, thinks someone in on a plot to frame him drugged either the hot dog or the lemonade he was consuming. The astute, down-to-earth Sister Agatha, whose choice to become a nun the authors make persuasively real, gets on a trail that uncovers drug and spousal abuse. Hopefully, despite an impending move to Colorado, Sister Agatha will return to solve more crimes with her trusted former police dog, Pax, and the convent's old station wagon she drives, the Antichrysler. (July)
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Sister Agatha, the crime-solving nun from the Our Lady of Hope monastery in Bernalillo, New Mexico, faces her toughest case in the Thurlos' fifth novel in the series. With the monastery set to close and the sisters soon to relocate to Denver, Sister Agatha is ready for a diversion. It comes in the form of a phone call from her old friend, Sheriff Tom Green, who is up for reelection. Greene's opponent is Robert Garcia, a former deputy and rival of Tom's who belongs to the town's most powerful family. But Garcia has been murdered, and Tom is accused of the crime. He needs Sister Agatha's help if he is to figure out who is behind the frame. With her faithful dog, Pax, riding in the sidecar, Sister Agatha revs up her motorcycle and gets to work, encountering a great deal of resistance and uncovering some ugly family secrets in the process. This is a charming cozy with a Wild West setting. It will appeal to readers who prefer a gentle approach to investigation. --Barbara Bibel