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Novena for Murder

A Sister Mary Helen Mystery

Sister Mary Helen Mysteries

Sister Carol Anne O'Marie

Minotaur Books

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, clever sleuth, you'll want to make a habit of reading her adventures again and again.

Sister Mary Helen isn't ready for retirement. Instead she's arrived at a San Francisco women's college to teach history and perhaps shake things up. An earthquake does that before she can, and amid the rubble lies a body. An "Act of God" is not responsible for the death, but rather murder. One of Sister Helen's fellow nuns begins a novena to St. Dismas, "the Good Thief" predicting the saint will reveal the murderer within nine days. Sure enough the police soon nab a suspect...but Sister Mary Helen believes it's the wrong man and begins her own pursuit of the killer. Her motive is justice...and her inspiration, simply divine.

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First Day
They were in the far corner of the Community Room playing pinochle when it happened. Sister Mary Helen remembered that distinctly. As usual, Sister Eileen was her partner. Over the years they had played together so often it seemed like an unfair advantage. That was why she waited for Sister Cecilia. The college president would undoubtedly be as shrewd at cards as she was at managing the college.
Furthermore, it would be good for Cecilia to relax. Mary Helen smiled. “What’s good for General Motors is good for the country.” Somehow, Cecilia always reminded her of
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Praise for Novena for Murder

Praise For The Sister Mary Helen Mystery Series:

"An unfailingly cozy mystery series." -Library Journal

"Father Brown move over!...Tough and compassionate, [Sister Mary Helen] understands the secrets of the human heart." -Andrew M. Greeley

"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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Novena for Murder

A Sister Mary Helen Mystery

Sister Mary Helen Mysteries

Sister Carol Anne O'Marie

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Minotaur Books

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