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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

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."

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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,

5 of 5 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!!

4 of 4 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!

3 of 3 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!

2 of 2 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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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super

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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 5 people found this review helpful

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Not my favorite Dorothy Gilman book

What three words best describe Roslyn Alexander’s voice?

Like a hoarse, chain-smoking old woman. Did not enjoy her voice at all.

Any additional comments?

Because I adore the Mrs Pollifax series and The Tightrope Walker novel by Dorothy Gilman, I though I would give Nuns in the Closet a listen. It started off light and entertaining, the two main characters are interesting and cute. But towards Chapter 12 it all started to get boring and monotonous. Also, there is an unnecessary side plot about immigration workers that was soooooooooo dull and was not needed for plot development. I also could not stand Roslyn Alexander's voice, it was not pleasant for me at all. Reminded me of a chain smoking granny. I would never listen to this book again.