A Nun and a Detective Walk Into a Bar in Las Vegas…
I have never read any other books by this author but I love mysteries that have new settings and a good hook and this book delivers on both.
The book begins in New Mexico but spends most of its time in Las Vegas. The heroine is a Benedictine nun that is on a leave of absence from her order to care for her father after he has lost part of one leg to diabetes. The sister of the Sister is missing so she and her father’s former detective partner go to Las Vegas to look for her. The book had some humor such as when the nun doesn’t understand when an elderly late night gambler mistakes her for a prostitute or when she doesn’t understand how a slot machine works. It also has some pathos and some twists and turns. The father runs a detective agency that has three cases that are all solved by the end of the book.
The heroine of this book has just the right amount of gumption. She acted as I would. She didn’t just wait for someone else to solve the clues but she didn’t act so impetuously that it would place the book in the “Had I but known” genre of gothic novels, where you get mad at the heroine for acting so stupidly.
I did not read the previous book in this series and it didn’t seem to affect my understanding of the characters or the plot of this book. I would certainly read either the previous entry in the series or any future books because I really enjoyed the heroine’s story and would like to find out what happens to her in the future.
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway but that has not impacted my review.