Ecclesiastical Mysteries

  • Ecclesiastical Mysteries

Ecclesiastical Mysteries, or Nuns on the Run.  In this mystery sub-genre, the church (or synagogue, monastery or convent) or clergy, rabbi, nuns, or monks take center stage in the story.

Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog

Boris Akunin

“Pelagia’s family likeness to Father Brown and Miss Marple is marked, and reading about her supplies a similarly decorous pleasure.” –The Literary Review In a remote Russian province in the late nineteenth century, Bishop Mitrofanii must deal

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City of Silver

Annamaria Alfieri

In Potosí, the richest city in the Western Hemisphere, Inez de la Morada, the bewitching, cherished daughter of the rich and powerful Mayor, mysteriously dies at the convent of Santa Isabella de los Santos Milagros, where she had fled in defiance of

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The Last Cato

Matilde Asensi

A masterful blend of Christian scholarship and thrilling adventure, The Last Cato is a novel about the race to find the secret location of the Vera Cruz, the True Cross on which Christ was crucified, and the ancient brotherhood sworn to protect it. H

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Pattern crimes

William Bayer

When a young prostitute, an Arab boy, and a nun are slashed and murdered exactly the same way, David Bav-Lev, the head of Jerusalem's Pattern Crime Unit, must solve the case to attain peace

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The Crown

Nancy Bilyeau

Leaving her Dominican Order to stand by a cousin who has been condemned to death by Henry VIII, novice Joanna Stafford and her father are arrested and ordered by the Bishop of Winchester to recover a religious artifact believed to hold a sacred power

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Vow of Silence

Veronica Black

When Sister Joan of the Order of the Daughters of Compassion is transfered to the convent in Cornwall she goes wth instructions from the Mother Superior to solve the puzzle in the last letter of a dying nun. On the surface, all is sweetness and light

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The Heretic's Creed

Fiona Buckley

Ursula Blanchard must acquire a mysterious medieval manuscript in the latest enthralling historical adventure. February, 1577. Sir William Cecil has a dangerous new mission for Ursula Blanchard. He has asked her to visit Stonemoor House on the bleak

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The Cloister

James Carroll

From National Book Award-winning writer James Carroll comes a novel of the timeless love story of Peter Abelard and Héloïse, and its impact on a modern priest and a Holocaust survivor seeking sanctuary in Manhattan. Father Michael Kavanagh is shock

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A Drink of Deadly Wine

Kate Charles

Father Gabriel Neville has everything going for him as vicar of St Anne's, Kensington Gardens: intellectual prowess, physical beauty, a happy family life and the prospect of promotion to Archdeacon. But his perfect world is shattered when he rec

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Evil Intent

Kate Charles

After the traumatic end of her relationship with fiancé Adam, the last thing Callie Anson needs is any more emotional turmoil. But it seems she is not destined for a quiet life just yet. Knowing that women in the clergy are still disapproved of in c

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Fortune Like the Moon

Alys Clare

It is 1157, and a young nun from Hawkenlye Abbey has been found with her throat slashed. The people of rural Kent are quick to jump to conclusions: Surely the murderer must be one of the felons released by the new king, Richard Plantagenet, as a sign

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Hangman Blind

Cassandra Clark

In November 1382, the month of the dead, Abbess Hildegard rides out for York from the Abbey of Meaux. This is no ordinary journey—it is a time of rival popes, a boy king, and a shaky peace in the savage aftermath of Wat Tyler's murder—and Hi

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Now and Then, Amen

Jon Cleary

A nun is found murdered on the steps of the Quality Couch, Sydney's most expensive house of ill repute. She is Sister Mary Magdalene, an idealistic young woman who previously had worked at a mission in Nicaragua. Detective Inspector Scobie Malon

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Killed at the Whim of a Hat

Colin Cotterill

The launch of a brand new series by the internationally bestselling, critically acclaimed author of The Coroner's Lunch With worldwide critical acclaim, Colin Cotterill is one of the most highly regarded "cult favorite" crime writers t

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A Very Private Grave

Donna Fletcher Crow

Felicity Howard, an American woman studying for the Anglican priesthood in Yorkshire, England, finds the tranquility of the monastery shattered when her mentor, Father Dominic, is found murdered and her church history lecturer, Father Antony, is want

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A Killing on Church Grounds

Barbara Cummings

From the storytelling mind of bestselling mystery and romance author Barbara Cummings comes Sister Mary Agnes - an unforgettable and unlikely heroine. She's a nun lacking in nun-ship, a horrible cook, a worse seamstress, but a crack shot. She ta

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Day of Vengeance

Jeanne M. Dams

The new compelling mystery featuring Anglophile Dorothy Martin and her husband, retired policeman Alan Nesbitt . . . Dorothy Martin’s husband, Alan Nesbitt, is heavily involved in the complex and lengthy process of choosing a new bishop for Sherebu

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Immaculate Heart

Camille DeAngelis

When visiting Ballymorris in Ireland for a funeral, a down-on-his-luck American reporter learns of a story that happened only months after his last visit many years before. A group of four teenagers, three of whom are family friends, claimed to have

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Souls of Angels

Thomas Eidson

Ten years after fleeing her troubled family to become a nun in India, Ria Lugo returns to Los Angeles in 1882 to fulfill a deathbed promise to her mother to protect her domineering father, eccentric patriarch Don Maximiato Lugo, who has been accused

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Sign of the Cross

Anne Emery

Monty Collins is a sharp-tongued public defender who just wants to represent an upstanding character for a change. A priest with something to hide isn't quite what he had hoped for, but when the literate, arrogant, and tight-lipped Father Brenna

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Blood on the Bones (Rafferty & Llewellyn British Mysteries, #9)

Geraldine Evans

'Clever plotting and polished prose make for a cracking good British police procedural.' B00KLIST A Little Laughter. A Little Mayhem. A Little MURDER... 'Crackling Crime Mystery with Depth and Laughs.’ READER REVIEWER Lapsed Catholic

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Day of Confession

Allan Folsom

A heart-thumping whirlwind of action, suspense & murder that reaches deep into the highest levels of Vatican power & uncovers a demonic scheme to massacre hundreds of thousands of Chinese in an attempt to establish a new Holy Roman Empire on

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Quiet as a Nun

Antonia Fraser

"A judicious mixture of puzzle, excitement, and terror."--P.D. James

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The Novice's Tale

Margaret Frazer

It is the year of Our Lord's grace 1431, and the nuns of England's St. Frideswide sweetly chant their Paternosters behind gracious, trellised walls. But their quiet lives are shattered by the unwelcome visit of the hard-drinking, blasphemin

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Not As Far As Velma

Nicolas Freeling

A young widow goes missing. An old Polish Jewish artist turns up in a hotel register even though he has never set foot in the tiny hotel. A bomb is placed in a local convent, and a frightening sum of money is left in a Swiss bank account. Henri Casta

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Saint Brigid's Bones

Philip Freeman

In ancient Ireland, Sister Deirdre sets out to find the stolen bones of her convent's patron saint, a task that will require her to use all her skills as a nun, as well as those she learned being raised as a bard by her druid grandmother.

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Bury the Bishop

Kate Gallison

Episcopal vicar Lavinia Grey had trouble enough holding her poverty-stricken church together, what with the old parishioners dying off , the young ones consumed with emotional problems, and the neighboring priest coveting her church windows. But thin

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A Miracle in Paradise

Carolina Garcia-aguilera

Hired to confirm reports of a pending "miracle" in Miami, Lupe Solano ventures into the Cuban-American community in search of answers to a sacred mystery and a killer who has just left a body on the city's streets. Reprint.

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No Human Enemy

John Gardner

With southern England under siege following the D-Day landings from Hitler's V-1 flying bombs, Suzie Mountford of the Reserve Squad and her boss and lover, Tommy Livermore, are called in when one of the weapons lands on a Camberwell convent, onl

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The Assassini

Thomas Gifford

After the murder of his sister--a troublemaking nun killed while praying in a Princeton chapel--lawyer Ben Driskill investigates, uncovering the deaths of eight others, all of whom were murdered by a brotherhood of killers hired to protect the Church

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Nun in the Closet

Dorothy Gilman

From the bestselling author of the Mrs. Pollifax books comes a new mystery habit to acquire. From the moment Sister John and Sister Hyacinthe reach the old house left to their abbey by a mysterious benefactor, their cloistered world begins to crumble

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Happy are the Merciful

Andrew M. Greeley

The prosecutor who sent Clare Turner to jail for murdering her adoptive parents begins to doubt the conviction and confesses to Bishop "Blackie" Ryan, who must find the real killer before he becomes the next victim. Original.

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White Smoke

Andrew M. Greeley

The cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church have gathered in Rome for the papal election following the death of the incumbent pope. Torn by internal conflict and with many of its members alienated, the Church faces one of the most serious crises in it

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Thy Brother's Wife

Andrew M. Greeley

The direction of Paul and Sean Cronin's lives was shaped the day their father, a self-made multimillionaire, decided that one of his boys would grow up to be a cardinal while the other would become president of the United States. For his elder s

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A Great Day for the Deadly

Jane Haddam

As St. Patrick’s Day nears, a retired FBI agent must solve a sinful crime near a small-town convent: “[An] engrossing murder case . . . enjoyable” (Publishers Weekly). Her childhood friends wanted careers, but Brigit Ann Reilly spent her youth

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Yom Kippur Murder

Lee Harris

When ex-nun Christine Bennett can't get into her friend Mr. Herskovitz's apartment to accompany him to Yom Kippur services, she discovers that he's been murdered. The police arrest someone almost immediately, but Chris isn't ready

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A Shameful Murder

Cora Harrison

Introducing the Reverend Mother Aquinas in the first of a brand-new historical mystery series. Cork, Ireland. 1923. When, one wet March morning, Reverend Mother Aquinas discovers a body at the gate of the convent chapel washed up after a flood ‘lik

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Glittering Images

Susan Howatch

Charged by Canterbury with the spiritual monitoring of a wayward bishop, Dr. Charles Ashworth, a young, driven Anglican minister, encounters a genteel world whose deeply embedded apostasy forces him to confront his own inner demons

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As Death Draws Near

Anna Lee Huber

In this historical mystery from the national bestselling author of A Brush with Shadows, Lady Kiera Darby and Sebastian Gage get tangled in a dangerous web of religious and political intrigue. July 1831. In the midst of their idyllic honeymoon in Eng

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Death in Holy Orders

P. D. James

From the award-winning master of literary crime fiction, a classic work rich in tense drama and psychological insight. On the East Anglian seacoast, a small theological college hangs precariously on an eroding shoreline and an equally precarious futu

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The Last Templar

Michael Jecks

Paris, 1307. A Knight Templar weeps as he watches his friends, broken by torture, go to their deaths at the stake. Pope Clement has destroyed the Order, persuaded of corruption within it. All that remains is the desire for vengeance against those who

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The Inquisitor

Catherine Jinks

I hereby record those events which took place in and around the city of Lazet relating to the assassination of our venerable Brother Augustin Duese in the year of the Incarnate Word, 1318. So writes Brother Bernard, an Inquisitor of Heretical Depravi

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Shadow of Death

Alison Joseph

Trawling through piles of tatty Victoriana and mawkish lives of the saints in the library at the Order of Bermondsey, Sister Agnes discovers the seventeenth-century Hawker archive, a collection of hand-written journals telling the story of Alice, her

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The Convent

Panos Karnezis

A spellbinding, major new novel from one of Britain's finest young writers. A taut, suspenseful tale of an unexpected arrival at a Spanish convent and the intrigue that ensues among the order. Those whom God wishes to destroy he first makes mad.

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The Rosary Murders

William X. Kienzle

Wily, young, and worldly Father Robert Koesler faces agonizing choices as he becomes involved in the events of a dead priest and a dead nun

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Graeme Kent

Sergeant Ben Kella of the Solomon Islands Police Force, who also happens to be a local spiritual peacekeeper, teams up with American nun Sister Conchita to solve a series of bizarre murders. A first novel.

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The Marriage Test

Betina M. Krahn

A true culinary genius in the kitchen at the Convent of the Brides of Virtue, Julia of Childress, under the strict guidelines of the abbess, becomes the personal chef to Griffin de Grandaise, who vows to keep her virtue intact, but her delectable con

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Enter Second Murderer

Alanna Knight

Detective Inspector Faro has reopened the case of the 'Gruesome Convent Murders' for which one murderer has already been caught and executed, although he claimed to be innocent of the second murder. Faro's stepson Vince is determined t

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Dante Game

Jane Langton

Quietly in Their Sleep

Donna Leon

A nun has left her convent after a series of suspicious deaths: “Leon’s novels are always a pleasure.” —The Washington Post In Venice, Italy, Commissario Guido Brunetti comes to the aid of a young Catholic sister, who has left her convent aft

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Gonzalo Lira

When Sister Marianne, a nun with a past, becomes the target of an assassin, FBI agent and single mother Margaret Chisholm teams up with CIA agent Nicholas Denton to uncover an international intrigue leading to the Vatican

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And Then There Were Nuns

Kylie Logan

The national bestselling author of The Legend of Sleepy Harlow returns to South Bass Island, where the League of Literary Ladies has to find out who’s killing off nuns. B and B owner Bea Cartwright has taken on the responsibility of taking meals to

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Force of Habit

Alice Loweecey

Giulia Falcone is convinced she's going to Hell. First, because she left the convent. Second, her new job with a private investigator has her sneaking around and lying. Adjusting to life in the outside world isn't easy. Makeup, dating, and

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A Demon Summer

G. M. Malliet

*Nominated for the 2014 Agatha Award* Agatha Award-winning author G. M. Malliet has charmed mystery lovers, cozy fans, and Agatha Christie devotees everywhere with Wicked Autumn, A Fatal Winter, and Pagan Spring, the critically acclaimed mysteries fe

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The Fifth Woman

Henning Mankell

From the #1 international-bestselling master of Scandinavian noir: a “marvelously told mystery” of murder in Sweden and corruption in Africa (Austin American-Statesman). In an African convent, four nuns and an unidentified fifth woman are found w

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A Matter of Roses

David Manuel

When the prominent and much loved scientist Maurice Tomlinson dies of bee stings at a time of year when bees are dormant, many suspect foul play. Soon, Police Chief Dan Burke is on the case with the help of his childhood friend Brother Bartholomew.

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Blood Sisters

Graham Masterton

Katie Maguire never thought Ireland's nuns would need her protection... In a nursing home on the outskirts of Cork, an elderly nun has been suffocated in her sleep. It looks like a mercy-killing – until another sister from the same convent is

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Her Death of Cold

Ralph McInerny

Father Dowling must turn detective when his parish, which has remained undisturbed by the highways that roar past it to Chicago, becomes the scene of a chilling murder

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St Peter's Finger

Gladys Mitchell

A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERY Rediscover Gladys Mitchell – one of the 'Big Three' female crime fiction writers alongside Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. Mrs Bradley, renowned psychologist and private detective, is summoned to the conven

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Falconer's Judgement

Ian Morson

In the mists of Oxford, Regent Master William Falconer, philosopher and amateur sleuth, searches for the whereabouts of his mentor, Roger Bacon. But political chaos is about to explode. The Papal Legatee's brother is killed during a student riot

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A Psalm for Falconer

Ian Morson

In 13th century Oxford, Regent Master William Falconer witnesses the recovery of a body from a sandbank--a body that is soon identified as that of a monk who disappeared over fifteen years ago.

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The Eight

Katherine Neville

The “fascinating” #1 international bestseller of a quest across centuries by two intrepid women to reunite the pieces of a powerful, ancient chess set (Los Angeles Times Book Review). A fabulous, bejeweled chess set that belonged to Charlemagne h

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Death Comes as Epiphany

Sharan Newman

Set in twelfth-century France, a historical thriller follows Catherine LeVendeur as she travels across the land tracking down evil priests, stolen jewels, and heretical manuscript

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Blind Sight

Carol O'Connell

A blind child and a Catholic nun disappear from a city sidewalk in plain sight of onlookers. When the nun's body and three other corpses are found on the lawn of New York City's mayor, it will take all of Detective Mallory's skills to

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Novena for Murder

Sister Carol Anne O'Marie

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, cleve

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Skeleton God

Eliot Pattison

In Eliot Pattison's Skeleton God, Shan Tao Yun, now the reluctant constable of a remote Tibetan town, has learned to expect the impossible at the roof of the world, but nothing has prepared him for his discovery when he investigates a report tha

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The Seville Communion

Global Dogan

SUMMARY: A“diabolically good” hacker puts a message on the pope’s computer, pleading for him to save a seventeenth-century Spanish church—a church that is killing to defend itself.Although Our Lady of the Tears is but a crumbling baroque buil

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A Morbid Taste For Bones

Ellis Peters

In 1137, the Abbot of Shrewsbury decides to acquire the remains of St Winifred. Brother Cadfael is part of the expedition sent to her final resting place in Wales and they find the villagers passionately divided by the Benedictines' offer for th

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The Nun's Tale

Candace Robb

In 1366 England, the frustrating case of a young woman who claims to be the resurrected Joanna Calverley, a nun who had died some months before, is given to Owen Archer, but rather than investigate, Owen must protect his wife and unborn child from Da

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Black Lotus

Laura Joh Rowland

In September of 1693, the Black Lotus Temple, spiritual center for hundreds of Buddhist nuns, monks, priests, and orphans, is burned to the ground leaving three dead and one orphan running for cover. Veteran samurai-detective Sano Ichiro, the Most Ho

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Wine of Violence

Priscilla Royal

With a Foreword by Sharon Kay Penman. It's summer 1270, and England is as weary as its aging king, Henry III. The Simon de Montfort rebellion is over, and in the small priory of Tyndall on the remote East Anglian coast, the monks and nuns of the

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Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death

James Runcie

The first of the Grantchester Mysteries, and the inspiration for the primetime PBS/Masterpiece television series, Grantchester. It is 1953, the coronation year of Queen Elizabeth II . Sidney Chambers, vicar of Grantchester and honorary canon of Ely C

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Soledad Santiago

A former nun, Anna Eltern has dedicated her life to the teenage runaways who populate the Time Square area, and she has her hands full when a teenage prostitute is murdered and another accuses her of sexual misconduct.

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A Deadly Habit

Andrea Sisco

Penelope is a probation officer. When her big shot lawyer ex-husband is murdered, she's the primary suspect. She decides to take charge of the case-- and manges to dig herself deeper into trouble.

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Death Wore Gloves

Ross H. Spencer

A Chicago PI faces a deadly world of femme fatales and not-so-saintly nuns in this crime novel from a “wild, shrewd, mad, and unexpectedly funny” author (The New York Times). When Sister Rosetta’s niece goes missing, the nun (whose favorite poi

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In the Bleak Midwinter

Julia Spencer-Fleming

It's a cold, snowy December in the upstate New York town of Millers Kill, and newly ordained Clare Fergusson is on thin ice as the first female priest of its small Episcopal church. The ancient regime running the parish covertly demands that she

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Mortal Grace

Edward Stewart

Murder and religion collide in this compulsively readable police procedural by the bestselling author of Privileged Lives and Deadly Rich Suffer the children . . . The first body is found in a hamper in the woods. Her feet were tied with a leather be

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A Sudden Death at the Norfolk Café

Winona Sullivan

A new entry in the popular nun-as-private-eye genre, as an award-winning mystery series starring Sister Cecile continues

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Crooked Heart

Cristina Sumners

From a luminous new voice in suspense fiction comes this wise, witty, and uplifting novel--a mystery with heart that will illuminate more than just whodunit and why. In her stunning debut, Cristina Sumners, an Episcopalian priest brings to life an un

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Bad Faith

Aimée Thurlo, David Thurlo

Once she was Professor Mary Naughton, investigative reporter, teacher, and free spirit. Now she is Sister Agatha of Our Lady of Hope, a cloistered, financially-struggling monastery in New Mexico. As an extern-a nun who handles her order's dealin

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Absolution by Murder

Peter Tremayne

In A.D. 664, when someone murders the Abbess Etain during the synod between the Roman and Celtic churches, Sister Fidelma of the Celtic Church and Brother Eadulf of the Roman church must find the killer and prevent civil war

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Murder at the National Cathedral

Margaret Truman

"One of her most enjoyable books." ASSOCIATED PRESS The brutal murder of a friend drags Mac Smith and Annabel Reed from their newlywed bliss into an unholy web of intrigue and danger. When a second murder is commited in England, which the h

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A Beer at a Bawdy House

David J. Walker

The first book in Walker's Wild Onion series, A Ticket to Die For, has collected rave reviews for its rich plotting, intense characters, and breathtaking suspense. Now in the second installment, the husband-and-wife investigative team is hired b

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Shattered Vows

Pat Warren

In the wake of a series of murders targeting nuns, Toni Garette finds a personal stake when her cousin becomes a victim and, swept up in an affair with the detective on the case, sets a trap with herself as the bait. Original.

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Troubled Bones

Jeri Westerson

Since losing his knighthood, Crispin Guest has crafted a reputation throughout London. From the shadowy corners of the city to the exclusive halls of the royal court he is known as the Tracker, an investigator for hire who can find anyone or anything

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Pray and Die

Stella Whitelaw

When former policewoman Jordan Lacey decides to become a private investigator, she struggles to find cases in a small and relatively crime-free town in Britain, until a nun is found murdered.

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The Bad Kitty Lounge

Michael Wiley

Michael Wiley's first novel, The Last Striptease, was nominated for a Shamus Award and hailed as "riveting" (The Chicago Tribune), "delightful" (Toronto Globe and Mail), and "hard-boiled fiction with tenderness and compa

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A Habit for Death

Chuck Zito

Each year the nuns of rural St. Gilbert's College hire a city slicker to help with their summer theater festival, but when Nicky D'Amico trades the heat of New York City for rural Pennsylvania, he finds he has a lot to handle--a truly awful

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