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Sunday, April 24, 2016

With our Blessing by Jo Spain

With Our Blessing

Books set in convents are really my scene! Love them. I studied in a convent school with nuns from the age of five till seventeen and I think I look back nostalgically on those times.

This was a convent of a different genre. Known as the Magdalene Laundries their reputation was obviously horrendous though having said that, the Church provided a haven for some girls, a horror house for others. The Church in Ireland held sway so much over the people that very few would dare to go against it, unlike now and when we read this book we think how much our spirits are freer, not encumbered by fear or ostracisation by society now.

A nun is found brutally murdered and Tom and his team are in charge of finding the murderer. Another murder after a while despite the entire team living in the convent really keeps the entire lot on their toes to solve the crimes as quickly as possible. Red herrings, varying suspects all keep the reader enthralled because the final suspect is totally unimaginable.

Told in a methodical manner, slowly unraveling the mystery was an interesting way to present this story.

Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review courtesy of Quercus.


Jo Spain said...

Thank you for your lovely review x

Martha Eskuchen said...

This sounds like an interesting mystery. It is interesting too that you relate to convent stories due to your own training.
Thanks so much for sharing.