Gentle, slow paced and undemanding, this has the feel of a 70s-80s publication rather than the stated 1990-ish date, mostly due to the language around..Show More » disability and religious vocation.The former nun's vocation is not central to the story; in fact, the novel is not at all overtly religious but just uses a few cultural elements of Roman Catholicism in its setting. I think anyone with a love for the area around the Hudson would like some of the description, and the author manages to get some period "feel" in the sections reflecting back on the 40 year old crime. There is a slight, PG romance thread.
Although the outcome turns on one almost deus ex machina element, the story mostly rings true as an amateur sleuth procedural, if you don't get hung up on details like civilians having easy access to police files. I'd download more from this series should they be revived by Audible.
The narrator is in a couple of section a little "breathy" but otherwise seems an excellent match for the main character, whose just-turned-30 and just-out-of-convent voice comprises 95% of the novel.
This is an interesting series with a unique heroine. The mystery is well plotted and the characters are interesting. There are some times when Chris..Show More »tine missed obvious clues. What intrigues me about the book is the relationship between Christine and Jack. I find their relationship and Christine's behavior unrealistic. She leaves the convent and jumps into the modern world of dating without guilt. All Catholics suffer from guilt. It's who we are. I would still recommend the series to anyone who likes cozy mysteries with a little romance.