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Bad Faith (Sister Agatha #1)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  324 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Once she was Professor Mary Naughton, investigative reporter, teacher, and free spirit. Now she is Sister Agatha of Our Lady of Hope, a cloistered, financially-struggling monastery in New Mexico. As an extern-a nun who handles her order's dealings with the outside world-she is used to having her faith and newly-acquired patience tested. But when popular chaplain Father ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 2nd 2004 by Minotaur Books (first published 2002)
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Jul 03, 2008 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rebecca by: Jen Inglis

Well, this was a fun start to my month long NunRead. :-) I've long been a fan of nun mysteries (Sister Steve of the Father Dowling series on TV, Peter Tremayne's Sister Fidelma)...actually make that clergy mysteries, period. Of course Umberto Eco's  The Name of the Rose is on top of the list.

This first book in the Sister Agatha series has the earmarks of a first novel in a series in that it is lacking in character development but has all the components of a good story. Nuns make pretty good sleu
Oct 27, 2010 Spuddie rated it really liked it
#1 Sister Agatha mystery set in a cloistered monastery in New Mexico. When the monastery's chaplain collapses and dies during a Mass at the monastery and it's later determined by the coroner to be poison, the sisters are the obvious first choices for suspects. Sister Agatha is one of only two externs--nuns who deal with the outside world--and she is absolutely certain that it wasn't anyone within the cloister who would harm the priest they all revered. When the local sheriff--an old flame of ...more
Mar 16, 2012 Sally906 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Sister Agatha worked in journalism before becoming a nun so when the priest is murdered in the chapel and the nuns become suspects the Reverend Mother asks Sister to work with the police of course this means working with the sherif with whom she had a love affair while at university.

While the book is set in a nunnery and most of the characters follow their faith this book is not out to convert you - the investigation and the sister's spiritual journey in coping with the fact that murder has been
Jean Dotson
Nov 07, 2016 Jean Dotson rated it really liked it
fun and entertaining. love the series
Oct 01, 2016 Thea rated it it was amazing
I really liked the first book in this series.
Dec 05, 2015 ChrisGA rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by the Thurlos, and I am hooked. I enjoyed the insights into Sister Agatha’s vocation and the life of a cloistered nun. She vividly shows us the joy and peace of the lifestyle, but she also sees the real world for what it is. As an extern, she is in both worlds. I loved her reluctant efforts to solve the mystery and at the same time protect the sisters’ serenity. The comment:” If you didn’t want me to meddle, Lord, you should have added another commandment,” seems to sum ...more
This is the 1st book in the Sister Agatha cozy mystery series. Reads like most cozies - not gripping but OK for a light quick read. Sister Agatha is now a nun living in The Sisters of the Blessed Adoration monastery located in the New Mexico dessert. She handles most of the order's dealings with the outside world. She drives an aging station wagon and a Harley motorcycle equipped with a side car which is perfect for the convent's dog! The priest dies during mass and the nuns become suspects for ...more
Dharia Scarab
Jun 07, 2015 Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
May 12, 2012 Gretchen rated it really liked it
This was a very enjoyable mystery with good character development. Sister Agatha is a no-nonsense nun who uses her investigative skills from her life before the convent...a nice read after the heavier books, but then, um.. this was lighter and enjoyable and makes me wonder why I read ponderous books.
Michele bookloverforever
Mar 25, 2011 Michele bookloverforever rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
sister agatha is an extern nun in a cloistered order. that means she is the one who deals with the public and community: she deals with tradespeople, doctors, does the shopping etc. She also was an investigative reporter in her prior now she solves mysteries that come their way with the help of local law enforcement. humorous too. clever, witty.
Olean Public Library
-Father Anselm is poisoned. How? Why? It was interesting learning a little about cloistered life and monasteries. Sister Agatha is a tough bird. Her red Harley and Big German Sheppard make the book fun to read.
Pamela Ames
Aug 17, 2015 Pamela Ames rated it it was amazing
The first in a series that helped me understand a
world so different from my own ... done with a touch
of love and whimsy (a Nun on a red Harley!) ...
the warmth and humanity strikes one as a reason
not to question other peoples choicves.
Linda T
Jul 05, 2013 Linda T rated it really liked it
Great main character - Sister Agatha is strong and capable. The plot worked. No excessive violence.

It is interesting to read a murder mystery that has so much respect and affection for a strict cloistered religious life.
Jul 18, 2013 pinar rated it really liked it
well developed characters and not a bad plot. finished in three days and am now on to the second book in the series.
Dec 31, 2009 Julie rated it really liked it
How you can combine murder and spiritual enrichment in one story is quite astounding but Aimee Thurlo accomplished it with this book. I am looking forward to reading others in this series.
Sep 16, 2014 Sara rated it liked it
Continuing to meet my current need for detective novels. Interesting to read about life in convent; main character used to be investigative reporter and professor. Set in New Mexico.
Jul 19, 2015 Homerun2 rated it liked it
Shelves: series-in-limbo
Readable, but a little preposterous for my taste. If the idea of a Harley riding, pool shooting nun is ok with you, then give it a try.
Jenn LeBow
Mar 16, 2012 Jenn LeBow rated it liked it
Fun little mystery series. I like the way the nuns' spiritual life is woven into the story in a matter-of-fact way.
Lisa Corathers
May 16, 2011 Lisa Corathers rated it it was amazing
Great mystery series set in New Mexico that involve nuns, an abbey in need of repair, and the Anti Chrysler!
Tina Bembry
Jun 02, 2010 Tina Bembry rated it liked it
I learned a lot about cloistered life from this mystery. I'd never heard of extern nuns before, for one example! I enjoyed the peek into the lifestyle...
Catherine Woodman
Jul 29, 2011 Catherine Woodman rated it really liked it
A new series for the couple who write the Ella Clah series--this one with a sleuthing nun--very good
Jul 19, 2010 Nancy rated it liked it
Good start to a new series. Sister Agatha acquires a red Harley, a retired police dog and solves the murder of the priest who visits the monastery.
Nancy Wilson
I started to read this and it probably would have been ok but it was never going to be good--too much nonsense to wade through to even get to the story.
Mary Mahoney
Apr 19, 2010 Mary Mahoney rated it it was amazing
Who killed Father Anselm and why? I had fun figuring it out with Sister Agatha. It wasn't all that obvious.
Msmith rated it it was amazing
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Aimee and David Thurlo are the authors of the Ella Clah mysteries, the Sister Agatha mysteries, the Lee Nez vampire novels all set in New Mexico. David grew up on the Navajo Indian Nation, and Aimee, a native of Cuba, lived in the southwest for forty years.

Aimée passed away peacefully at her home on the morning of February 28, 2014, after a brief struggle with cancer and related complications. She
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