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
Science writer in America's heartland
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."
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,
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.
I haven't listened to many yet, but narration was good and well paced and I enjoyed the book
The plot moved along well and I was very curious to find out their mysterious
I think she did a great job conveying each character
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!
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!!
A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!
I love this book! Set in the 70s, it will make people of all generations laugh. Sister John and Sister Hyacinth are so cool. I wish Dorothy Gilman had written more books about them!
I would definitely listen to another book narrated by Roslyn Alexander. Not sure about Dorothy Gilman. I have mixed feelings about her.
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.
Her ability to make each character unique. It was not difficult to identlfy who was speaking.
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.
Not really--I only finished it because I am compulsive about finishing things and wanted to just get it over with.
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.
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.
It was not offensive or unpleasant to listen to, just not very engaging.
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.
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.
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