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The Missing Madonna

A Sister Mary Helen Mystery

Sister Mary Helen Mysteries (Volume 3)

Sister Carol Anne O'Marie

Minotaur Books

Sister Mary Helen is sinfully good at snooping through the San Francisco fog. Now a fellow OWL (Older Woman's League) member has disappeared. The police believe Erma Duran simply flew the coop, but Sister feels a Higher Authority pushing her to investigate. A gold medal entangled in Erma's bedsprings and a cryptic clue to a Byzantine madonna deepens the mystery. By the time Police Inspector Kate Murphy joins the hunt, Sister's good intentions have already paved her way straight to the Mission District--and a hellish encounter with sudden death.


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Tuesday, May 1
Feast of St. Joseph, the Worker
Sister Mary Helen grabbed the handrail of the Down escalator to steady herself. She peered into the late-night crowd at Newark Airport, hoping to spot their escort.
“Over there.” Nudging her, Sister Eileen pointed at a silver-haired woman holding a large printed sign that read OWLS WELCOME.
Mary Helen adjusted her bifocals. Sure enough, her friend Eileen was right. That was no doubt Mrs. Taylor-Smith, the woman who was to meet them and drive them to New York City.
“I feel downright foolish standing under a sign marked
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Praise for The Missing Madonna

"The author's heady mix of humor and suspense again proves irresistible."--Publishers Weekly on The Missing Madonna
"Shrewd and fearless, Sister [Mary Helen] is as effiicient as she is endearing." --San Francisco Chronicle on Murder in Ordinary Time
"A tidy mystery...a satisfying read." --Publishers Weekly on Murder in Ordinary Time
"O'Marie twines the strands of these disparate lives with humor and sympathy." --Publishers Weekly on Requiem at the Refuge
"Enlivened by its series of incisive character studies--and sure to please the Sister's legions of fans." --Kirkus Reviews on Death Takes Up a Collection
"An excellent mystery series...hard to put down." --Booklist on Death of an Angel
"Sister Mary Helen is a welcome addition to the growing ranks of ecclesiastical detectives, a tough and compassionate elderly nun who understands the secrets of the human heart all too well." --Andrew M. Greeley on A Novena for Murder
"Sister Carol writes with sure knowledge, a deft touch." --The Houston Post on A Novena for Murder
"Hair-raising...a fast-moving, fast-reading story. [The] characters are delightfully real....This is one you won't want to put down." --West Coast Review of Books on A Novena for Murder

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Sister Carol Anne O'Marie

  • SISTER CAROL ANNE O'MARIE has been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past fifty years. She ministers to homeless women at a daytime drop-in center in downtown Oakland, California, which she co-founded in 1990. She has written ten novels featuring Sister Mary Helen.
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    A Sister Mary Helen Mystery

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