The Case of the Sin City Sister

Sin City SisterI love, love, love The Case of the Sin City Sister by Lynne Hinton. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I agreed to review this book for BookLook Bloggers but I am glad that I took the chance. This is the second book in the series, the first being Sister Eve, Private Eye (which I will begin as soon as I finish this review!)

Sister Evangeline is a nun who is having a crisis regarding her vocation.While her father was recuperating from his illness she was able to solve a few cases and felt strong satisfaction in helping her clients. Upon returning to her convent after caring for her ailing father, she realizes that she is feeling restless and discontent. Is the monastic life really the right life for her?

In order to sort out her feelings, Father Oliver urges her to take time away from the convent to find the answers that she seeks. He also admonishes her that whatever conclusion that she arrives at will be the right one for her — there is no judgment surrounding staying or leaving the convent. So, reluctantly taking his advice, Sister Evangeline returns to assist her father in his work as a private detective with the hope of figuring out what direction her life should take.

Evangeline  (Eve) is lead into Sin City (also known as Las Vegas) by the mysterious disappearance of her sister Dorisanne. While the two have not been particularly close in years due to distance and lifestyle choices, they do keep in touch fairly regularly. So when Eve can no longer get in contact with her all kinds of red flags rise for her. Although her father, the Captain, originally believes that she is being dramatic, he soon realizes that something is amiss. With the help of her friend Daniel (the Captain’s former police partner) she sets out to Las Vegas to find her baby sister. The game is afoot!

I really like Eve because she is  complex, like a real person. Being able to create a flesh-and-blood character from one’s thoughts isn’t easy and this author did an outstanding job. Her confusion of whether to remain a nun or pursue a life as a private detective was very real and easy for me to empathize with because I know that I have often struggled with, for example, what was right for me at 20 but as the years roll on, may no longer be the right path at 30+ (the age of this character). Life is always changing, and we all need to do soul-searching at one time or another.

In addition to this, the mystery and its resolution were  both credible and enjoyable. There are a few life lessons contained within the journey to find the truth, but it never executed in a heavy-handed fashion.  I highly recommend this book to others. I fervently hope that we will be invited back to Sister Evangeline’s world very soon.

 

 Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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