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Aimee Thurlo , David Thrulo

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March 2005 Thorndike Mystery
Sister Agatha is one of two extern nuns in the cloistered order at the Our Lady of Hope Monastery near the small desert town of Bernalillo, New Mexico. An investigative journalist before entering the monastery, now, as an extern it is Sister Agatha's role to be the link between her cloistered sisters and the outside world. It is the skills from both her past and current lives that she must bring to the task assigned to her by the Archbishop of her diocese. At a former monastery, closed and sold by the diocese and now operating as a hotel and business retreat, there are a series of mysterious goings on.

Several valuable pieces of southwestern folk art owned by the diocese and left on loan in the retreat have been stolen and replaced by replicas. After an art expert was called in to verify the remaining collection, he too disappeared without a trace. And then, there is the ghost - the restless spirit rumored to wander the halls of the resort.

At the request of the Archbishop, Sister Agatha's must now discreetly investigate the doings at the former monastery and make sure that an unwanted scandal is not about to engulf the diocese. But she soon learns that something even more sinister than a ghost is loose in the retreat and it is up to Sister Agatha to unravel the puzzle before the consequences turn deadly.
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  • Hardcover: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr; Lrg edition (March 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786274492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786274499
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 15.6 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g

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Extern nun Sister Agatha looks into some odd doings at the Retreat, an upscale New Mexico resort that was once the Monastery of Saint John in the Pines, in her divine second outing from the prolific Thurlos (after 2002's Bad Faith). The disappearance and reappearance of a number of religious statues and artwork that were allowed to remain at the Retreat after the sale of the old monastery prompt Archbishop Miera to call in the curator of the local college's museum. Enter Sister Agatha, her Harley and Pax, her white German shepherd. Sister Agatha and the curator join forces with Sheriff Tom Green, a close friend from the sister's previous life, who's out of his own jurisdiction but on hand to aid in the growing investigation. Suspects that include the local sheriff and an assemblage of mystery writers, plus a resident ghost that haunts the Retreat's halls and even has Sister Agatha wondering about unrest in the afterlife, keep this cozy humming. Readers will cheer as Sister Agatha puts God first and follows His lead.
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“Sister Agatha...may make you a believer.”--Baltimore Sun

“Enough twists and turns and ghosts to keep it fresh.”—New Orleans Times Picayune
"Suspects ... keep this cozy humming. Readers will cheer as Sister Agatha puts God first and follows His lead."
--Publishers Weekly
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5.0 out of 5 stars exciting amateur sleuth Nov. 13 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Sister Agatha stops a robbery in progress by punching the felon in the nose; then rides back to Our Lady of Hope monastery where she will confess to the mother superior that she committed violence against another human being. Before her confession occurs, the archbishop talks to her.

He wants her to go to the retreat; a former monastery where religious folk art belonging to the archdiocese is on display. Someone is stealing some of the artifacts and replacing them with forgeries. The Archbishop wants Sister Agatha to recover the church property and catch the thief. Driving her motorcycle and having her guard dog Pax sitting in the sidecar, she goes to the retreat. Almost immediately she finds the murdered body of the art professor who was testing two objects to determine their authenticity. While Sister Agatha is there, more objects go missing, the handyman vanishes and Sister Agatha sees the `ghost' that is haunting the halls at the inn. At her wit's end, Sister Agatha baits a trap and hopes that the killer and thief fall for it.

Aimee and David Thurlo have written an exciting amateur sleuth novel showcasing a nun who is deeply religious yet is a witty, inquisitive and a brilliant crime solver. A convention of mystery writers is staying at the retreat, giving readers, an insiders' look at the world of writing and getting published. The mystery is well crafted, the characters are brilliantly developed and the storyline is so fascinating it is impossible to put THIEF IN RETREAT down until the audience finds out who killer is.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Religious art objects disappear Jan. 22 2009
By Karen Potts - Published on
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Sister Agatha is an extern nun for Our Lady of Hope monastery, and as such she connects with the outside world when doing the order's business. She has also gained a reputation as an amateur sleuth, a pasttime she had some preparation for as an investigative reporter before she became a nun. When some religious art begins disappearing from a resort near the monastery, Sister Agatha's archbishop asks her to try to find out who is stealing the works. She goes to the resort on the pretext of sorting out some items that are to be returned to the monastery and encounters an interesting group of artists, a mysterious ghost, and an unfriendly sheriff. The authors take the reader through the requisite red herrings until Sister Agatha finally discovers the truth about the missing articles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thief In Retreat June 23 2008
By William Hurst - Published on
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After finishing the "Ella Clah" series I was searching for something to read and it was suggested that I look at the "Sister Agatha" series. I just did not think that the same authors could possibly write two good series at the same time. I was wrong. This is a great series and once again I suggest that you read the series in order. Start with "Bad Faith" and read straight thru to "The Prodigal Nun". There is no way you can go wrong with this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted mystery Oct. 5 2013
By W. Christmann - Published on
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I Googled "Catholic novels" and discovered the Sr Agatha mysteries. Although the first novel was weak in sentence structure and composition, the following books improved and each has served up mystery and suspense with a lighthearted air. I enjoy the main character, Sr Agatha, and chuckled at the bits of humor like the monastery's old clunker which the nuns refer to as the "AntiChrysler". I appreciate reading how the cloistered nuns live within the confines of the monastery. The Thurlo Sr Agatha mysteries are a good diversion from the heavy political novels I normally read. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Quick Read July 14 2006
By Connie L. Delong - Published on
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As usual the Thurlos do a good job with an engaging mystery.

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