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Requiem at the Refuge (Sister Mary Helen #9)

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How do you make God laugh? Tell Him you've got a plan. That's what Sister Mary Helen reminds herself when she sets out to start a new life--as a volunteer in a women's homeless shelter. A savvy octogenarian with an adventurous streak, Mary Helen is no stranger to the shady side of San Francisco's hilly streets. So when a young resident at the Refuge shel
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2000)
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When a new president takes over Mount Saint Francis College, Sister Mary Helen, afraid of losing her job, decides to quit her job and volunteer at a women's shelter with Sister Anne. The job is quite a change and challenge for Sister Mary Helen and she is tired but happy. Happy that is until she finds the badly beaten body of one of the young women who frequented the shelter. The last thing Sister Mary Helen wants is to be involved in yet another murder investigation, but she has no choice. The ...more
Sister Mary Helen, fearful that a new head of St Francis College will replace her and force her to retire,resigns her position to assist Sister Anne at The Refuge, a shelter for homeless women. Although Sister Anne herself first suggested the idea to Sister Mary Helen, she is still surprised the elderly nun accepted her offer to help out and she is worried it will prove to be too much for her. But it is Sister Mary Helen, who, upon finding a body on their doorstep, pursues the clues to track the ...more
This story was a little different with the absence of Sister Eileen and locale changed mainly to outside the college environment. It was fun to see Sister Mary Helen cope with the seedy world of... well, I'll let you find out for yourself. It was another quick read, but very enjoyable one.
Apr 25, 2015 Pat rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Sister Mary Helen resigns as development officer and works at daytime women's shelter with Sister Anne.
Sister Eileen went back to Ireland for a while.
Homeless woman's body found at rear of shelter by Sister Mary Helen.
Michele bookloverforever
sister mary helen resigns her position at the college to preempt being asked to resign by the new head of the college. She serves at a refuge for homeless women in San Francisco. One of their clients is found murdered and of course, Sister Mary helen solves who done it.
It was different from most of her mysteries - the street people from the Refuge gave it a different feeling.

I liked it, and I liked that Sister Mary Helen was embarking on a new career in late life.
Pam Frost Gorder
I thought I had the mystery figured out a couple of different times, but the story kept me guessing. This is the first book by this author that I have read, and now I want to read the others.
Sister Mary Helen is an inspiration for those of us growing older and realizing we can still be involved in life. I love this series.
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Marguerite Gavin did a very good job at being the voice of the characters.
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My review for this series is under Novena for Murder.
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Sister Carol Anne O'Marie was a mystery writer and a nun in the St. Joseph of Carondelet religious order.

She wrote eleven novels with the protagonist Sister Mary Helen, an elderly nun who solves crimes. Most of the books are based in San Francisco.

Her final book, Like a Swarm of Bees, is about the origins of the Sisters of St. Joseph in the United States.

Sister Carol Anne O'Marie and Sister Mauree
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  • Advent of Dying (Sister Mary Helen #2)
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  • Murder in Ordinary Time (Sister Mary Helen, #4)
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  • Death Goes on Retreat (Sister Mary Helen, #6)
  • Death of an Angel (Sister Mary Helen, #7)
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  • The Corporal Works of Murder (Sister Mary Helen, #10)
  • Murder at the Monks' Table (Sister Mary Helen, #11)
Novena for Murder (Sister Mary Helen, #1) Advent of Dying (Sister Mary Helen #2) The Missing Madonna (Sister Mary Helen, #3) Death Goes on Retreat (Sister Mary Helen, #6) Murder in Ordinary Time (Sister Mary Helen, #4)

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