Review of And Then There Were Nuns


The national bestselling author of The Legend of Sleepy Harlow returns to South Bass Island, where the League of Literary Ladies has to find out who’s killing off nuns.

B and B owner Bea Cartwright has taken on the responsibility of taking meals to ten visiting nuns, who are on retreat at the Water’s Edge Center for Spirit and Renewal on picturesque South Bass Island on Lake Erie. But the peace of the retreat is shattered when one of the nuns is found at the water’s edge—murdered. And when a second nun is killed, Bea and the other members of the League of Literary Ladies—Chandra, Kate, and Luella—start to wonder about eerie parallels with the Agatha Christie mystery classic, And Then There Were None.

Since Bea has the trust of the sisters, the local chief of police asks her and the other Literary Ladies to interview each of them. Expecting a confession may be asking for a miracle, but Bea hopes she can at least find the killer before another nun gets crossed off the guest list… (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.  Bea and her three friends belong to a group that they call League of Literary Ladies, and they are the only members.  Unfortunately they have had prior experience with murder and finding a killer, and they have to put their sleuthing skills to work again.  There seems to be a theme with the murders, they appear to be based on books, such as Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and Murder On The Orient Express.   

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing.  Whether I was reading about the food that Bea was serving at her B&B or to the nuns at their retreat, or the setting on the Lake Erie Islands,  or the retreat center itself, I was totally drawn into the book.  I felt like I was right there enjoying the food and watching all the action going on around me.  

The mystery is well plotted and carried on throughout the book.  There are many twists and turns and enough suspects to make solving the mystery a real challenge.  I was swiping the pages as fast as I could to see what was going to happen next.  And there is more than one dead body to deal with and there is even a secret that Bea reveals.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  This is the first book I have read by this author but it will definitely not be the last one I read. Reading more books by this author is one “habit” I do not plan on breaking.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book.


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