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Publisher's Summary

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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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,

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Pam
  • United States
  • 07-16-12

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."

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Blanche
  • Springfield, MO, United States
  • 10-05-11

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!!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Nuns, hippies, and the mafia

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!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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.

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super

delightful. I love this story. great narration
I really enjoyed sister john!
and she does all the voices.

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One of the great narrators!

The story of two cloistered nuns checking out an inherited property that comes with a dubious past is a delightful story line. It is a fun and light listen and the character development is engaging. The narrator made it sparkle though, with well-defined, colorful characters and a pleasant and imaginative style. She is one of the really great American narrators. I plan to look into other books she has narrated. Good narration makes all the difference.

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  • DC
  • 03-31-15

Fun for the whole family!

Which scene was your favorite?

A man in nun's clothing. What fun.

Any additional comments?

Really liked this book. There is something to be said for a mystery without the sex and language that is usually included. I would not hesitate to share this one with my grandmother. It was funny in places. There is something about nuns trying to figure out life that makes for a good book. I only bought this one based on the Mrs. Pollifax books also by Dorthy Gilman. Mrs. Gilman is missed as she had a way with the worlds that she created. Hope you will enjoy this as much as I did.

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful