“It was not quite sunrise, and the small, round beams of light bounced up and down as they moved closer and closer to him. Chaz stood, frozen, watching as the vehicle pulled up beside his. The driver’s door opened. At first he thought it must be Ross home early, or maybe a neighbor, someone who watched the property when the owner was gone. He was squinting, trying to see who was getting out of the car, when he heard his name called and recognized the voice before he ever saw the face.” – Sister Eve, Private Eye
In the small town of Madrid, New Mexico, Sister Evangeine is used to living by the rules of God in her Benedictine convent. When her father, lovingly called Captain Jackson because of his former career in the sheriff’s department, must have surgery, Eve must nurse him back to health.
While Captain is trying to recover, he is revived by the mystery surrounding the murder of Chaz Cheston, a celebrated figure in Hollywood. Working against the sheriff’s department – with whom Captain has a mysteriously tense relationship – and Sister Eve’s own doubts about her commitment to the convent, the unlikely team must solve the mystery and save their unexpected friend, Megan, the movie star girlfriend of Chaz. Although the mystery is a bit slow to unravel, the characters and dialogue in Lynne Hinton’s Sister Eve, Private Eye are incredibly vivid and realistic, making this a gem of a story.
Book Club Discussion Questions:
1. Sister Eve clearly struggles in her relationship with her father. Why is this and how does it define their work as a detective team?
2. Sister Evangeline struggles with her commitment to the convent as well as the changes in policies and procedures on the Benedictine property. Is her struggle conveyed in a realistic fashion? Explain.
3. Chaz and Ross had a working agreement for years – Ross did the work and Chaz took the credit. Would this sort of arrangement ever be realistic? Would this work for you? Explain.