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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 dealings with the outside world-she is used to having her faith and newly-acquired patience tested. But when popular chaplain Father Anselm is poisoned to death in the middle of Mass, Sister Agatha has to bring all her worldly skepticism and savvy instincts to uncover the truth before scandal and unjust suspicion destroy Our Lady of Hope's future. She's up against a hostile local sheriff, an ex-lover who's never forgiven her for 'abandoning' their life together. She's got no shortage of suspects-with-secrets outside-and inside-the monastery. And she'll have to race the clock to stop one remorseless murderer before there's more hell to pay...
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"Sister Agatha is one of the two extern nuns in a cloistered order at the Our Lady of Hope Monastery in the New Mexican desert. As an extern, it is her role to be the link between the order and the outside world. On most days that means picking up supplies in the "Anti-Chrysler, " the order's aging, ailing station wagon, providing support to Father Anselm, the priest who is chaplain to the order, and dealing with the business of the monastery's scriptorium." "Her not exactly quiet life is shattered, however, when Father Anselm comes to the monastery to celebrate Mass with the nuns but dies suddenly and mysteriously while consecrating the host. The local constabulary, in the person of Sheriff Tom Green, is convinced it was murder and that it was an inside job. That Tom used to date Sister Agatha many years ago, before she took the veil, only serves to make her job as extern all the more complicated. Determined to protect the cloistered sisters, yet fearful that the sheriff might well be right about one of them being involved somehow, Sister Agatha must use skills from her former life to unravel the many puzzles surrounding Father Anselm's death. As the mystery deepens and time starts running out, it soon becomes clear that the answer lies closer to Sister Agatha than she could have ever believed."--BOOK JACKET.
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