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Product Details

  • Series: Sister Agatha Mysteries (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312367325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312367329
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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

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I like the writing style of Aimee and David Thurlo.
Michael
I love her character; they are so respectful of her vocation, which I greatly appreciate as a Catholic.
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I like the no-nonsense way in which Sister Agatha goes about solving the mystery.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In Bernalillo, New Mexico Sister Agatha is sad with the closing of Our Lady of Hope Monastery and depressed with her pending relocation to Colorado. While she struggles with leaving the Land of Enchantment, her former high school boyfriend Sheriff Tom Green has been arrested for murder.

The police accuse Tom of murdering his political opponent running against him for the sheriff's position, Robert Garcia at a Fourth of July celebration attended by many witnesses. The mayor's brother Garcia was found dead next to an unconscious Tom who was holding a bloody club. The victim and the accused were drugged with a date-rape drug found in the relish both placed on their hot dogs. Garcia's influential family demand Tom be tried. In the convent's Antichrysler, Agatha with Pax the retired police dog assisting her investigates the Garcia supporters that threaten her life and that of her K-9 companion. Agatha learns both sheriff contenders had spousal issues as Tom's wife is leaving him and Robert's hides his abuse and their son was sired by someone else.

This is an entertaining regional amateur sleuth though in fairness with Sister Agatha's track record, (see The Prodigal Nun) amateur seems inappropriate. The story line is driven by the Sister who struggles with solving a case in which Tom is increasingly the most likely culprit, ignoring the nastiness of the political unhinged, and working through her own faith issues with the pending shutting of Our Lady of Hope doors. Fans of the series will appreciate her latest whodunit while new readers will seek the backlist of one of New Mexico's finest sleuths.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael on December 4, 2010
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I like the writing style of Aimee and David Thurlo. This mystery follows the now familiar Thurlo theme, but there are enough surpises and twists to keep you guessing even as you get to the portion of the book where you know that the solution is about to unfold.

I also like that the emphasis is on writing / story telling and not unnecessary descriptions of gore, mayhem, etc. The style and tone make it suitable for overall family reading. The religious aspects are handled with grace and humor and are definitely a positive aspect of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol P. Evans on February 4, 2011
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Have liked this series for several years now, after this book, doesn't look like it will continue. sure hope i am wrong. pat
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John O. Raab on September 1, 2010
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There's a lot to like about Sister Agatha, feisty extern nun (that means she's not one of the cloistered ones for those who are unfamiliar with the term) who's the unlikely heroine of a delightful series of New Mexico mysteries by husband and wife writing team Aimee and David Thurlo. First, she rides a Harley. Wow...and, she never falls off; double wow! She's accompanied by her ever faithful canine companion, Pax, a white German Shepherd who's a former member of the local, police, canine unit. Truth to tell, he was the entire canine unit.

In this latest adventure, Sister Agatha is being confronted by two crises: her beloved monastery, Our Lady of Hope, is about to close due to lack of donations and all the good sisters are being located to another convent in a different part of the state. (She can bring the dog with her, so that, at least, is a good thing.) Before she can leave, however, Sister Agatha must prove the innocence of her good friend, Sheriff Tom Green, who has been framed for the murder of his chief rival in the upcoming sheriff election.

With the good Lord and several sympathetic townspeople--who know a lot more than they're prepared to tell, at first--on her side, how can Sister Agatha miss?

Morale of story? Never mess with a nun who rides a Harley!

Reviewed by: Susan Santangelo, author of "Retirement Can Be Murder" for Suspense Magazine
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By J. McFarland on April 4, 2014
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This novel continues the saga of Sister Agatha and Our Lady of Hope monastery while allowing the reader to observe an extern nun operating out in the secular world. I've always loved the Harley with sidecar and Pax, the dog who rides in it.
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By W. Christmann on December 7, 2013
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This was the last of six Sr. Agatha mysteries and certainly one of the best, though I enjoyed them all immensely. I must say, the sixth mystery was as convoluted and twisting as any Agatha Christy novel. The storyline kept the reader guessing and pondering until the end. Overshadowing the plot was the question as to whether the beloved Our Lady of Hope Monastery would be forever closing. I was sad to see the series end and am hopeful the Thurlos will consider bringing Sister Agatha back in the future.
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By WeiXinhua on February 10, 2013
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Another, maybe the last, Sister Agatha mystery, as the nuns move to Denver. Before she leaves, she has to solve a case involving her old friend, the sheriff. She talks to many people and eventually figures out whodunnit just before she has to move to Denver.
Some interesting plot twists and insight into abusive marriages.
For a nun in a contemplative abbey, though, she spends a lot of time outside solving mysteries.
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I love these books, perhaps more for the insights in to cloistered convent life, than for the mysteries, but I still love the various characters. I hate to see the series apparently ending.
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More About the Author


David and I (Aimee) have been married for forty-two years. I moved next door to him one fateful day and it was love at first sight. Three weeks later, we were married.

David was raised on the Navajo Indian Reservation and left Shiprock to complete his education at the University of New Mexico.

I was born in Havana, Cuba, and have lived in New Mexico for forty-two years. Our popular Ella Clah mystery series, featuring a Navajo woman police officer, won a New Mexico Book Award.

We will debut a brand new romantic suspense series set in a trading post April 2013. Book one is titled A TIME OF CHANGE.

Working as a team, we've won the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, and a Willa. We currently write romantic suspense novels for Harlequin and have sold more than two million copies worldwide.