Her investigator's licence hangs on the wall proudly beside a reproduction of the Sistine Chapel MadonnaA at the Convent of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
Not quite as dopey as it sounds, perhaps. Her debut, A Sudden Death at the Norfolk Cafe, won the1 991 St. Martins' Press/Private Eye Writers of America Best First Private Eye Novel Contest. Then again, it also got quite a few not-so-hot reviews, including one from Publisher's Weekly that pointed out that "Sister Cecile's vocation is swept aside whenever it might conflict with sleuthing, and she rarely makes it back to the convent in time for vespers." And one wag on Amazon.com, Daniel L Pratt, concluded that
Still, the series must have been habit-forming enough for there to be three follow-ups, Dead South (1996), Death's a Beach (1997) and Saving Death (2000), all set in the Miami area, where Cecile decides to move after the events related in her debut.
The author, by the way, is a former analyst for the CIA herself. I'm not sure if she was also a nun. But Alice Loweecy, who writes about Guila Falcone, an ex-nun turned P.I., was.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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