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Thief in Retreat: A Sister Agatha Mystery Hardcover – Large Print, Mar 2005

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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."
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
exciting amateur sleuth Nov. 13 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Nun with her German shepherd on a 'hog'. Aug. 10 2015
By E. Ervin - Published on
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Sister Agatha is fast becoming one of my favorite characters in my summer reading plan. I like her almost as much as I have liked Ella Clah and that is saying quite a bit. Thief in Retreat was a most interesting book with a unique setting. I enjoyed reading about the monastery that was turned into a resort/motel/hotel or whatever and the work the owners were doing on it. The antique icons that were stolen fascinated me as I did not particularly know anything about Indian or western art especially of religious nature. It was always a terrific mental picture to see Sister Agatha and Pax riding along on their motorcyle with the side car. That is beyond amusing to me. I also liked how Sister Agatha explained that she wore sweat pants under her habit when she rode her 'hog'. This is a good series that is one that most people who like westerns or even books with a religion tone would enjoy I know that I am loving this series.
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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Thief In Retreat June 23 2008
By Bill H. - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.