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The Corporal Works of Murder (Sister Mary Helen #10)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  107 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Readers have come to delight in the murder-solving exploits of septuagenarian Sister Mary Helen, a nun with a nose for nabbing killers. Publishers Weekly calls the mysteries "refreshingly different" and a "heady mix of humor and suspense." Once you meet this spry, clever sleuth, you'll make a habit of reading her adventures...

"...Bury The Dead."

On the feast of St. Francis
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 16th 2003 by Minotaur Books (first published August 3rd 2002)
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Dec 28, 2015 Donna rated it liked it
Great addition to this series about an elderly nun who comes across a lot of dead bodies and helps solve their murder
Kimberly Ann
Jan 25, 2016 Kimberly Ann rated it it was ok

I liked the mystery, I did not like the protagonist, for a Nun she's a nasty busy-body, who shows no respect or decorum......

An undercover police woman is murdered, the nun goes out of her way to make trouble for the undercover police officer who is running the Tattoo parlor next to the Rescue Mission.... How stupid is it that the Undercover cop blows his cover to the nun and she in turn blabs & uses his name in public.....
Dec 22, 2014 CJ rated it really liked it
I actually liked this one better than some of the others although I'm a little tired of the homeless shelter setting - too depressing. Other plot points were very believable, and SMH's involvement not as contrived. She's become rather like Miss Marple and Jessica Fletcher: don't invite them to your town unless you're ready for someone to croak!
Fredrick Danysh
Aug 25, 2014 Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it
Sister Mary Helen has retired after decades of teaching. Now she works at a refuge for homeless women. When a young homeless woman is shot doors down from the refuge, Sister Mary Helen hears her whisper the word 'pity' with he dying breathe. It turns out that she was an undercover police woman. Then another undercover officer is killed and the old nun gets hot on the trail despite police warnings.
Morag Gray
Dec 16, 2010 Morag Gray rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like cosy mysteries; someone wanting a light diversion
A pleasant (if a murder mystery can be described as pleasant) with a lively, elderly nun, Sister Mary Helen as sleuth. Set in San Francisco, the story opens with a new homeless woman appearing at the Day Refuge where Sister Mary Helen works. Later that day the woman is shot dead, the first in a series of murders that puzzles Sister Mary Helen and the team of detectives she helps/hinders/exasperates.

This is an undemanding read. Sufficient characterisation to make the characters a little bit inter
Sep 08, 2011 Hapzydeco rated it liked it
Set in a seedy corner of San Francisco this tenth book in the Sister Mary Helen series is a realistic cozy in which a Miss Marple/Jessica Fletcher character becomes the Flying Nun. Although not dull at times the novel had me humming refrains of Joe Zawinul's classic.
Sep 14, 2013 Kyrie rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I wanted something light to counter the nonfiction I've been reading. This however wasn't it. It was clunky, with clues dropped like bricks everywhere. I figured what was going on almost immediately and who long before anyone else did. Not her best work.
Scott L.
Jun 29, 2013 Scott L. rated it liked it
A nice little cozy. The solution is not convoluted like a Rex Stout or Agatha Christie; in fact it is almost too easy. But this is really such a pleasant read that one can forgive Sister O'Marie for not being more deceptive.
Mary Newcomb
Sister Mary Helen can't help but be in the middle of a murder investigation. This one seemed fairly simple to resolve (at least for me). Of course I got more information than the investigators did.

Marianne Jay
Jun 14, 2015 Marianne Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have
Sister Mary Helen is wonderful!!!! The perfect combination of humor and suspense.
Nov 07, 2012 Jeanne rated it liked it
a simple mystery but enjoyable
Dec 30, 2013 mumto2 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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Other Books in the Series

Sister Mary Helen (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Novena for Murder (Sister Mary Helen, #1)
  • Advent of Dying (Sister Mary Helen #2)
  • The Missing Madonna (Sister Mary Helen, #3)
  • Murder in Ordinary Time (Sister Mary Helen, #4)
  • Murder Makes a Pilgrimage (Sister Mary Helen, #5)
  • Death Goes on Retreat (Sister Mary Helen, #6)
  • Death of an Angel (Sister Mary Helen, #7)
  • Death Takes Up a Collection (Sister Mary Helen, #8)
  • Requiem at the Refuge (Sister Mary Helen, #9)
  • Murder at the Monks' Table (Sister Mary Helen, #11)

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