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A Nun in the Closet | [Dorothy Gilman]

A Nun in the Closet

From the author of the classic mysteries starring the irrepressible CIA spy, Mrs. Pollifax, comes a delightfully different mystery with a most unholy twist. Filled with all the hilarious surprises and good old-fashioned suspense that her fans have come to love, A Nun in the Closet is the story of two high-spirited nuns who accidentally stumble into a dangerous plot involving ghosts, gangsters, and Protestants.
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From the author of the classic mysteries starring the irrepressible CIA spy, Mrs. Pollifax, comes a delightfully different mystery with a most unholy twist. Filled with all the hilarious surprises and good old-fashioned suspense that her fans have come to love, A Nun in the Closet is the story of two high-spirited nuns who accidentally stumble into a dangerous plot involving ghosts, gangsters, and Protestants.

©1975 Dorothy Gilman Butters (P)1995 Recorded Books

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    Pam United States 07-16-12
    Pam United States 07-16-12 Member Since 2007

    Science writer in America's heartland

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    "Groovy 70's Nun Farce"

    This fun book is set amidst the counter-culture of the 70s, seen through the eyes of two nuns who have been locked away in cloister for years, only to find themselves confronting the world of hippies, drugs, and gangsters when they leave the convent for a trip to upstate New York. The story has a sense of innocence about it that reminded me of the 1959 movie "Some Like It Hot."

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pegret NJ - exit 4 05-07-12
    Pegret NJ - exit 4 05-07-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Nun'sense Fun"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Nun in the Closet to be better than the print version?

    The audio edition enhanced the print version - I love Dorothy Gilman novels so I am partial to print first and audio second. I think though that I laughed a bit more with the audio version of A Nun in the Closet,


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ingrid SONOMA, CA, United States 12-19-11
    Ingrid SONOMA, CA, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2012

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    "Good listen"
    Where does A Nun in the Closet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I haven't listened to many yet, but narration was good and well paced and I enjoyed the book


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot moved along well and I was very curious to find out their mysterious


    Which character – as performed by Roslyn Alexander – was your favorite?

    I think she did a great job conveying each character


    Any additional comments?

    I love Dorothy Gilman books and thoroughly enjoyed this one. The ending seemed to lose a little pace, and I'm not sure why I felt that way. Era it was written or maybe something else I can't put my finger on but didn't take away from the story and left me wishing for a sequel with the Sisters and their friends!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Blanche Butler, MO, United States 10-05-11
    Blanche Butler, MO, United States 10-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A Nun in the Closet"

    I love Dorothy Gilman's books. She is so imaginative with her storyline and characters. This is no exception!! You will get so caught up in the story, you want want to put it down!! Enjoy!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Ellensburg, WA, United States 07-15-12
    Stephen Ellensburg, WA, United States 07-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Plain good fun"

    Anyone familiar with the Mrs. Pollifax series will know what to expect here, but if you aren't, you are in for a treat. One reviewer found it dated because it was set in the 1970's; but not enjoying anything written about an era other than the present seems ridiculous to me. It is charming, not especially deep, and lively. I recommend it for a refreshing change of pace from sex, violence, horror. Sweet, but not saccharin, and not a kids' book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carole Perry 04-26-12 Member Since 2006
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    "The story is dated"
    Would you try another book from Dorothy Gilman and/or Roslyn Alexander?

    I would definitely listen to another book narrated by Roslyn Alexander. Not sure about Dorothy Gilman. I have mixed feelings about her.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I found that the characters were more characterizations than real. The 60's radicals, the gangsters and even the nuns seemed to fit into the mold. In the beginning it was amusing, but by the end it seemed tedious and predictable.


    What about Roslyn Alexander???s performance did you like?

    Her ability to make each character unique. It was not difficult to identlfy who was speaking.


    Was A Nun in the Closet worth the listening time?

    It must have been because I did finish it, which I don't if I don't like the story at all so I gave it 3 stars.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    reader GREENVILLE, MI, United States 06-14-14
    reader GREENVILLE, MI, United States 06-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not nearly as good as Mrs. Pollifax series"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really--I only finished it because I am compulsive about finishing things and wanted to just get it over with.


    What was most disappointing about Dorothy Gilman’s story?

    The characters were stereotypes and the plot was contrived and outdated. It resembled a mediocre 1970's TV drama. I really like Dorothy Gilman's Mrs. Pollifax series because the characters are multi-dimensional and dynamic. This book, however, was a disappointment.


    Which character – as performed by Roslyn Alexander – was your favorite?

    No specific one--Rosyln Alexander does a good enough job as narrator--easy enough to tell the characters apart, but they just were not very interesting.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Definitely not.


    Any additional comments?

    It was not offensive or unpleasant to listen to, just not very engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cookiesworld Richmond, BC, Canada 06-09-13
    Cookiesworld Richmond, BC, Canada 06-09-13
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    "Interesting Characters"

    Like the Mrs. Pollifax series, Dorothy Gilman has come up with a cast of interesting characters, specifically Sister John and Sister Hyacinth, who are the centrepiece of the story. It is a classic 'fish out of water' story; in this case the two nuns come out of cloister after many years. The world they remembered no longer exists and the country has been dealing with the upheaval of the 1960s. The main characters are charming and the story has the gentle humour I've come to expect from Gilman. Unfortunately, the story reads as very dated, and the mystery is not complex enough to sustain the novel. For all that it was a charming and enjoyable story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Kinnelon, NJ, United States 12-28-12
    Linda Kinnelon, NJ, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2011

    I am a senior citizen who loves a good mystery, but I object to books with profanity and explicit sexual situations.

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    "Think Lucy and Ethel"

    If you're familiar with the old "I Love Lucy" show from the 50's, you'll relate. A group of nuns inherit an old mansion, and two of them go to check it out. It just fell "flat" for me. Much like the Ms. Polifax stories. It's Lucy & Ethel meet the hippies and gangsters. Only listened for about an hour.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Anthony Wyoming 12-10-12
    Ellen Anthony Wyoming 12-10-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Excellent story by the author of Mrs. Pollifax"

    This is a stand-alone book by the author of Mrs. Pollifax and a fairly intricate mystery. Lots of fun. Set in the 1960s.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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