Advent of Dying (Sister Mary Helen #2)
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Advent of Dying (Sister Mary Helen #2)

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Readers have come to delight in the murder-solving exploits of septuagenarian Sister Mary Helen and her cohort Sister Eileen, two nuns with a nose for nabbing killers. Publishers Weekly calls the Sister Mary Helen Mysteries "refreshingly different" and a "heady mix of humor and suspense." Once you meet this spry, clever sleuth, you'll want to make a habit of reading her ad...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 19th 2001 by Minotaur Books
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Linda Rawlins
Advent of Dying is the second book about religious sleuth Sister Mary Helen, written by Sister Carol Anne O'Marie in 1986. In Advent of Dying, Sister Mary Helen's ecclesiastic secretary, Suzanne, invites her and several other nuns, to a bar, to witness her debut as a blues singer. No one was as shocked as Sister Mary Helen who always suspected Suzanne of being a former nun. When Sister Mary Helen goes to speak to her the following day, she finds Suzanne dead with a silver letter opener protrudi...more
Sister Mary Helen might be a nun and she may be in her 70's but don't think that stops her or slows her down. An avid mystery reader, she was sent to Mount St. Francis to retire and do research when the murder of the head of Mount St. Francis history department interrupted her retirement and she helped Inspector Kate Murphy solve the murder. When her receptionist Suzanne invites her to the Sea Wench to hear her sing, she is a bit surprised as Suzanne is so quiet normally but she happily agrees a...more
Scott L.
Sister Carol Anne O'Marie writes nice cozies. They are not in the same high quality category as an Agatha Christie or a Rex Stout, they are a pleasant read and a nice diversion. Advent of Dying is just that. The style of the book doesn't depend so much upon a mystery and a reveal as it does on the character's personalities, which O'Marie does a nice job at developing. In fact, it almost should not be called a mystery novel. But it is a nice read, hence the three stars - if it were just for the m...more
This time I wanted to throttle Sister Mary Helen on occasion. It really irks me when people don't think to tell the police about crucial things, especially when they seem to tell the police about everything else.
Other than that, I liked the mystery. There were moments when Kate was pondering pregnancy that I wondered how little Sister O'Marie knows about having a baby, but then maybe there's a lot I don't know.
Marianne Jay
The Sister May Helen series isn't meant to be a "Great Work of Literature", they are fun, light reads which leave you smiling at the end.

I picture adorable Betty White at Sister Mary Helen and all is right with my world.

I was sad to have found out that Carol Anne O'Marie, the author, passed away last year.

I was hoping we could have a little more of Sister Mary Helen.

When Sister Mary Helen's secretary is murdered and she finds the body, she takes on the case because she wants the killer caught before Christmas is upon San Francisco. this book was great. Again I felt like it was wrapped up to quickly, but I love the character development in these books and throughout the series.
2nd installment in the escapades of Sr. Mary Helen, Sr. Eileen, and Sr. Anne. I cannot wait for the next one. The Sisters on Holy Hill will help me stay up late at night:-)
Sister Mary Helen is a hoot!

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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.

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