Death of a Novice
by Cora Harrison

The sudden death of a young novice nun raises a series of puzzling questions in the latest Reverend Mother historical mystery.

The Reverend Mother is delighted with her new entrant to the convent. Young Sister Gertrude is well-educated, has worked for an accountant and has an appealing sense of humour. But one autumn morning, Sister Gertrude is found dead inside a small wooden shed, just beside the river. Surely a young nun could not die from alcohol poisoning?

But when the Reverend Mother delves more deeply into Sister Gertrude’s background, she finds some puzzling anomalies. Why did the young nun not delay her entry to the convent until after her sister’s wedding? Is it a coincidence that her father died of a similar illness not long before? And could there be a link between Sister Gertrude’s death and the gunpowder explosion on Spike Island? The Reverend Mother must find the answers to these questions if she is to safeguard her community from suspicions of murder.

Reviews

Harrison’s fifth engrossing historical mystery brings to life the turbulence and politics of 1920s Ireland. Reverend Mother will appeal to admirers of Ellis Peters’s “Brother Cadfael” mysteries, while Conor Brady’s fans will appreciate the Irish history

Library Journal Starred Review

Harrison’s vivid recreation of the turbulent period when most of Ireland gained independence from Britain compensates for a solution that’s not up to her usual high standard

Publishers Weekly

An admirable heroine, vivid characters, and an inventive plot, combined with intriguing insights into life in Ireland at a crucial juncture for the Troubles, make for a captivating read

Booklist

Harrison does a fine job mixing the explosive politics of 1920s Ireland with details of ordinary life

Publishers Weekly on A Gruesome Discovery

Harrison cleverly integrates classic whodunit detection with the tense politics of the period

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Beyond Absolution

Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison has written over 50 book for adults and children, including the Burren mysteries. She lives near the Burren in the west of Ireland.coraharrison.com

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Editions

Death of a Novice by Cora Harrison is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278878321st July 2018145 X 225mm240$28.99
Hardback978072788783231st March 2018145 X 225mm240£20.99
Paperback97818475190613rd February 2020140 X 215mm240$17.95
Paperback978184751906129th November 2019140 X 215mm240£12.99
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