book is the fourth in the series, but read like a stand-alone.
I fell in love with the character of Bea from the very first
page. I mean, who would confuse a nun for a penguin? But Bea
Cartwright did. Then again, it’s early morning and she’s
half asleep, having spent a delightful night with her boyfriend,
Bea runs a B&B on South Bass Island, and offered to help
a friend by feeding ten nuns who are visiting for a week’s
retreat at the nearby lakefront home, Water’s Edge.
Once there, one nun comments that the place looks haunted,
a foreshadowing of the future drowning of one of the nuns.
Bea learned that the nun was afraid of water. Why, then, would
she go near it? Hank Florentine, the Chief of Police, confirms
Bea’s suspicions when he verifies that the nun was murdered.
The members of the League of Literary Ladies, Bea and her
friends Chandra, Kate and Luella, recognize the similarities
to the Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None
when a second nun is murdered. As an avid Christie fan, I
enjoyed the comparison.
I enjoyed the interplay between Bea and Levi, especially when
Levi reveals his secret identity. Bea is justifiably upset
and her response had me laughing. Then again, Bea’s
been hiding the truth from Levi and her friends. Chandra provides
a tense subplot regarding her property, with a surprising
The main characters are well-developed and even the nuns reminded
me of people I know. The plot, centered around royalties from
the lyrics and music written by the two murdered nuns, was
realistic and intriguing, and wondering who would kill them
kept me reading well into the night. And Then There Were
Nuns was exciting and inventive, and totally captivating.
I loved it!
At The Orient Express #1
Tale of Two Biddies #2
Legend of Sleepy Harlow #3