Sister Eve, Private Eye is the first book in a new series and I consider this a very promising start. Sister Eve has been a nun for the last 20 years. Her father was a police officer and after retiring years earlier he started his own detective agency. He also happens to be a diabetic with complications and is about to get his leg amputated below the knee. Eve finds out while he’s on his way in to surgery. Since it’s only her, her dad and her sister (who has a new job and can’t get away), it is up to Eve to help her dad recover and get back on his (remaining) foot.
Prior to his surgery, Sister Eve’s dad was working on a missing person’s case. Chaz Cheston, a rather famous director, disappeared and his rather famous movie star mistress, Megan Flint, wanted to find out what happened. By chance, Chaz is found by a rancher who gives trail rides to both those who love horseback riding and to those who don’t know which end of the horse to feed. They stopped to observe a beautiful scenic overlook when one of the guests spotted a body down below and then fainted and fell into a soft spot on the trail provided by her own horse…
After the discovery of the body, it became a murder investigation and Megan became the number one suspect. She had had a fight with Chaz before his disappearance and she lied about where she was and when she was there.
Instead of going back to the convent, Eve keeps finding excuses to stay and help her dad. She doesn’t want to admit it, but she really likes the detective work and is becoming disillusioned with her job as a nun.
I found this to be a great book and I certainly hope that the series continues. It falls fairly close into the cozy mysteries with no gratuitous sex or violence. The mystery was a decent one and the writing was good. Sister Eve is human and she has a lot of things to deal with and taking care of the old man seems to be making her face some of them. I highly recommend this mystery.
Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.
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