Novena for Murder

Sister Carol Anne O'Marie has been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past fifty years. She ministers to homeless women at a daytime drop-in center in downtown Oakland, California, which she co-founded in 1990. She has written ten novels featuring Sister Mary Helen.

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By Hope (Raleigh, NC) · ★★☆☆☆ · March 09, 2008
This is a rare book - one I started,but didn't finish.

My roommate happened to notice it, and thought I might enjoy a catholic mystery story. And I probably would, just not this one.

It's a pleasant enough cozy mystery, but not good enough that I wanted to keep reading it. The writing was okay, a... ...more
By Olean Public Library (Olean, NY) · ★★★★☆ · August 20, 2010
-I really enjoyed this quaint, easy to read mystery. It wasn’t difficult to solve, but the author didn’t insult the reader’s intelligence either. A newly retired nun becomes a detective when there is a murder on the college campus where she now resides. It was cute, if a murder mystery can be cal... ...more
By Linda (Colorado Springs, CO) · ★★★☆☆ · July 06, 2008
A fun little murder mystery...a nice little escape from heavy reading (or something you can read in bed all afternoon while it is raining). ...more
By Andrea (Cape Town, South Africa) · ★★★☆☆ · December 28, 2011
My favourite kind of murder mystery, one that involves nuns. This is a rather pedestrian mystery, but it's fun nonetheless. The characters are believable, even the ones that one doesn't particularly like. The police are believable and, most importantly, not complete idiots. There's nothing worse... ...more
By Kate · ★★☆☆☆ · July 01, 2014
A silly, somewhat dated cozy, but the characters are solid and this is a unique take on the genre. I like that the nuns are three-dimensional people, likely assisted by the fact that the author is a nun herself. A big negative, and part of what dates this series so terribly, is the racial and cul... ...more
By Diane (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · May 26, 2014
I liked the characters of the nuns and the old school convent life, but I wasn't at all invested in the murder victims-- people at the college associated with the Portuguese immigrant community. I thought the story could have had more bite or even humor-- one senior nun always seemed to have a di... ...more
By LJ · ★★★☆☆ · July 05, 2008
O'Marie, Suster Carol Anne - 1st in series

Sister Mary Helen isn't ready for retirement. Instead she's arrived at a San Francisco women's college to teach history and perhaps shake things up. An earthquake does that before she can, and amid the rubble lies a body. An "Act o... ...more
By Mary Helene (Bellingham, WA) · ★★☆☆☆ · July 09, 2007
I enjoyed this book for its setting (Lone Mountain College for Women in San Francisco, although she gives it another name) and for the portrait it gives of an era, but it's a mannered portrait and feels false 30 years later. (This is in contrast to Dorothy Sayer's mysteries.)

My mother went to Lon... ...more
By Linda (Fairfield, NJ) · ★★★★☆ · March 06, 2014
A Novena for Murder is the first book in a series by Sister Carol Anne O'Marie. Her protagonist, Sister Mary Helen, has just retired and is looking for some time to read and relax. Instead, she is thrust into the middle of multiple homicides being committed on Holy Hill at Mount St. Francis Colle... ...more
By Donna (Bremen, GA) · ★★★★★ · April 24, 2014
Love all of her books. I have read every one