Monday, December 22, 2014

Sister Eve Private Eye by Lynne Hinton

I liked this mystery but it was a little different in style from the usual mystery novel. The most emphasis is placed on the characters with the mystery taking second place.

Evangeline Divine (that's Diveen), has been a nun for some twenty years. Her mother died years ago and her dad is a bit hard to take. Her father, whom she and her sister call Captain, is a retired police detective now trying to keep his own detective agency alive. When an infected wound on his leg will not heal (he's diabetic), the leg is amputated. Eve takes leave from her religious duties to care for him. He'd been hired by a movie star to find the screenwriter/director for whom she worked and with whom she was having an affair. He had disappeared (but turns up murdered). Without her father's direction, Eve takes up detecting work.

I like Eve. She wears boots under her habit and rides a Harley to clear her mind. Her father, the Captain, is a grouchy and hard headed man. How he and Eve learn to get along is a major part of the novel. We come to understand their history as the plot progresses.

As a mystery, the novel does not stand out. How the mystery is resolved and the murderer caught is just not satisfactory. It is the interaction of Eve with her father, his old partner, the movie star, and other members of the community that make the novel worth reading. The character of Eve and the potential of the detective agency are strong enough that I will be looking for another from this author.

Lynne Hinton is the author of sixteen books. She has penned a mystery series under the name Jackie Lynn. She is a regular columnist for The Charlotte Observer. She is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro and has a masters in Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. She and her husband live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she works as a hospice chaplain. Find out more at http://www.lynnehinton.com/.

Thomas Nelson, 328 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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