False Witness: A Sister Agatha Mystery

Aimee Thurlo, Author, David Thurlo, Author . St. Martin's Minotaur $23.95 (261p) ISBN 978-0-312-32212-0

The pallid fourth Sister Agatha mystery from the Thurlo husband-and-wife team (after 2006's Prey for a Miracle ) piles on New Mexico smalltown color, but lacks a challenging puzzle. Agatha is an extern—authorized to interact with the outside world—for Our Lady of Hope Monastery, a small community on the cusp of financial ruin. When a drunk driver crashes his SUV into its security gate, the nuns must scramble to find the funds for repairs. Meanwhile, a hacker is disrupting the computer work the community relies upon for much of its income, and the adjacent vineyard may be sold to a developer. Salvation seems at hand when dying millionaire John Guttierez, aware of Agatha's reputation as an amateur investigator, offers her a lucrative payday if she succeeds in tracing his estranged niece. The descriptions of monastic life are compelling, but too-pat miracles and too-simple mysteries will disappoint all but the most devoted series fans. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 08/27/2007
Release date: 10/01/2007
Genre: Fiction
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