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Death Goes on Retreat

A Sister Mary Helen Mystery

Sister Mary Helen Mysteries

Sister Carol Anne O'Marie

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Sister Mary Helen and her Irish friend, Sister Eileen, need some R&R away from the pressures of their inner city vocation. A week at the idyllic St. Colette's Retreat House, snuggled amid towering redwoods 65 miles from San Francisco, sounds like heaven. Unfortunately the muddled sisters mistakenly arrive a week too early and find that St. Colette's is hosting a convention of hard drinking, high spirited priests. And when the serenity is further shattered by the murder of a former seminary student, suspicion falls on the holy fathers. But Sister Mary Helen has another theory about the perpetrator, and in her inimitable way she intends to uncover the deadly secrets and passions that the flesh is heir to...

Sister Mary Helen and her Irish friend, Sister Eileen, need some R&R away from the pressures of their inner city vocation. A week at the idyllic St. Colette's Retreat House, snuggled amid towering redwoods 65 miles from San Francisco, sounds like heaven. Unfortunately the muddled sisters mistakenly arrive a week too early and find that St. Colette's is hosting a convention of hard drinking, high spirited priests. And when the serenity is further shattered by the murder of a former seminary student, suspicion falls on the holy fathers. But Sister Mary Helen has another theory about the perpetrator, and in her inimitable way she intends to uncover the deadly secrets and passions that the flesh is heir to...

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Day One
“We’ll be there in a jiffy!” Sister Anne took one hand off the steering wheel and pointed to the mud-spattered road sign. “Santa Cruz County. Elevation eighteen hundred feet.”
Just get us there alive, Mary Helen thought with a frozen smile. When Anne whizzed past the lonely Summit Inn, she heard Sister Eileen suck in her breath. Mary Helen was surprised. Eileen, sitting stiffly in the backseat, was always a bit of a daredevil; the sort who loved a roller-coaster ride. Apparently Anne’s driving was too much even for her.
Mary Helen tried to distract
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Praise for Death Goes on Retreat

"Move over Miss Marple, here comes super-sleuth Sister Mary Helen, a nun with an unusual habit of solving murders." -San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle

"Sister Mary Helen's gentle insights inform this story about age-old prejudices with a quiet wisdom." -Publishers Weekly

"[An] excellent mystery series...hard to put down." -Booklist

More Praise For The Sister Mary Helen Mystery Series:
"Another delightful installment in this breezy and entertaining series of mysteries."-Booklist

"Sister Mary Helen handles her cases with bustling efficiency and an elfin sense of humor."
-New York Times Book Review

"O'Marie continues her delightful Sister Mary Helen series with another suspenseful whodunit set in a seedy corner of San Francisco...one more entertaining...installment in an unfailingly cozy mystery series."-Library Journal on The Corporal Works of Murder

"O'Marie twines the strands of these disparate lives with humor and sympathy." --Publishers Weekly on Requiem at the Refuge

"Another first-rate installment in an unfailingly entertaining series."--Booklist on Requiem at the Refuge

"Enlivened by its series of incisive character studies-and sure to please the Sister's legion of fans."--Kirkus Reviews on Death Takes Up a Collection

"O'Marie delivers compelling characters and sophisticated plotting in her best effort to date."
--Publishers Weekly on Death of an Angel

"[An] excellent mystery series...hard to put down."--Booklist on Death of an Angel

"The author's handy mix of humor and suspense again proves irresistible."
--Publishers Weekly on The Missing Madonna
"Move over Miss Marple, here comes super-sleuth Sister Mary Helen, a nun with an unusual habit of solving murders." -San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle

"Sister Mary Helen's gentle insights inform this story about age-old prejudices with a quiet wisdom." -Publishers Weekly

"[An] excellent mystery series...hard to put down." -Booklist

More Praise For The Sister Mary Helen Mystery Series:
"Another delightful installment in this breezy and entertaining series of mysteries."-Booklist

"Sister Mary Helen handles her cases with bustling efficiency and an elfin sense of humor."
-New York Times Book Review

"O'Marie continues her delightful Sister Mary Helen series with another suspenseful whodunit set in a seedy corner of San Francisco...one more entertaining...installment in an unfailingly cozy mystery series."-Library Journal on The Corporal Works of Murder

"O'Marie twines the strands of these disparate lives with humor and sympathy." --Publishers Weekly on Requiem at the Refuge

"Another first-rate installment in an unfailingly entertaining series."--Booklist on Requiem at the Refuge

"Enlivened by its series of incisive character studies-and sure to please the Sister's legion of fans."--Kirkus Reviews on Death Takes Up a Collection

"O'Marie delivers compelling characters and sophisticated plotting in her best effort to date."
--Publishers Weekly on Death of an Angel

"[An] excellent mystery series...hard to put down."--Booklist on Death of an Angel

"The author's handy mix of humor and suspense again proves irresistible."
--Publishers Weekly on The Missing Madonna

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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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