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The Hour of Death

(Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery #2)

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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  73 reviews
As Yuletide settles upon Gwenafwy Abbey, the rural Welsh convent’s peace is shattered when Tiffany Reese, president of the Village Art Society, is found dead on the floor of the parish hall. Sister Agatha, whose interests lie more with reading and writing mystery stories than with making the abbey’s world-renowned organic gouda, is not shy about inserting herself into the ...more
Hardcover, 314 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books
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James
I chose the Hour of Death by Jane Willan when it became available through a cozy mystery group I follow. I was selected as a reviewer and received a copy of the book earlier this month. It is the second in the Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery series written about crimes occurring in a small Welsh town's church. I usually try to read a book series in order, but I didn't have time to get a copy of the first book before this one; however, based on how much I enjoyed the second book, I'll def ...more
Beata
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I would like to thank Jane Willan, Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley for providing me with ARC in exchange for an honest review*
The Hour of Death is a delightful novel, both easy and enjoyable, and perfect for the readers who want to spend time solving a mystery together with the protagonists. Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn face another murder, this time of a lady who was not that much popular in the Welsh village. Agatha, a nun who loves mysteries and successfully solved a crime not long ago,
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Beata
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I would like to thank Jane Willan, Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley for providing me with ARC in exchange for an honest review*
The Hour of Death is a delightful novel, both easy and enjoyable, and perfect for the readers who want to spend time solving a mystery together with the protagonists. Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn face another murder, this time of a lady who was not that much popular in the Welsh village. Agatha, a nun who loves mysteries and successfully solved a crime not long ago,
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Tari
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first I've read in this series, but I didn't feel lost or confused when it came to the characters. They were well-explained without going into much of the first story or giving any spoilers out.

I really enjoyed the characters of Sister Agatha and her friend Father Selwyn. It was like a Welsh version of the Father Dowling Mysteries from the 80s, only Sister is older in this and I would say Father is a bit younger than Father Dowling. The nuns are all so cool--they have cell phones an
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Kristina
The Hour of Death by Jane Willan is second story in A Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery series. We return once again to Pryderi, Wales and the nuns who reside at Gwenafwy Abbey. Tiffany Reese, president of Village Art Society, is found dead in the parish hall. The police have not ruled it a homicide and Sister Agatha disagrees with their assessment. Sister Agatha dreams of becoming a mystery writer and investigating real cases will aid her writing. With the assistance of her fellow nuns an ...more
JoAn
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
The Hour of Death by Jane Willan is the second book in the Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn mystery series. I hadn't read the first book in this series but didn't have any problems with reading this one. Ms. Willan introduced all of the characters with some background information so that I didn't feel lost.

The plot is smoothly paced with twists that kept Sister Agatha bumbling along as she was sure that Tiffany Reese had been murdered while the local constable and coroner felt the death was by na
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Julia
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were so many things I loved about this book. The setting, the pacing of the story, the writing style. Reading it felt comforting and peaceful. I know that is an odd thing to say about a murder mystery, but I really enjoyed my time reading this.

Learning about life in the Abbey was so interesting. I love the life the nuns have made for themselves there. I enjoyed the mystery too. The last couple chapters I was reading as quick as possible to find out whodunnit. I didn't see the twist coming,
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Ann
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this newer series, Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery series. This is book 2 and has a Christmas theme. We return to Gwenafwy Abbey, in rural Wales and Sister Agatha gets involved in solving the murder of a local artist. When Lucy, a young boarder at the Abbey is targeted with trouble galore, Agatha must divide her time solving the people intent on harming Lucy and the murder. Good cozy with lots of suspects and sleuths. The cast of characters is fun and happy. No strong religious o ...more
Fred
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Hour Of Death is the second book in the A Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery series.

I have loved the first two books in this entertaining series. At Gwenafwy Abbey, the older nuns are also allowed to live their dreams and Sister Agatha’s is to be a mystery writer. Sister Agatha and her investigating partner, Father Selwyn, make a dynamic duo and when Sister Agatha might need to be reined in a bit, Father Selwyn is there to get her to back off. The nuns of Gwenafwy Abbey are there to giv
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Melina
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book caught my eye because I like books set in the United Kingdom and also because the story occurs during the Christmas season. I am so glad this book caught my attention because it was very good. I really liked the character of Sister Agatha. She and the other nuns of Gwenafwy Abby blow the stereotype of nuns out of the water. I feel that the author actually portrayed what nuns are really like in this story. When a local woman, Tiffany who is president of the local art society, is found d ...more
Melodie
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Thanks to #NetGalley for the opportunity to read this one! I didn't read the first in this series, but had no trouble following the story. I really liked Sister Agatha. Usually nuns are not my thing, but she's not your typical nun! A good mystery and other likable characters made for an enjoyable read. I'd read another in this series!
Seraphia
The Hour of Death by Jane Willan is a cozy mystery set in modern day England. The author sets the time around Christmas, leading up to Christmas day as a small Welsh town prepares for the Yuletide celebrations. The author paints a picture of peace and tranquility that is shattered in more ways than one. A company is looking to develop the land around the quiet village, and then murder comes in to shock all who live there. The murder victim is well known but not well liked. A nun, Sister Agatha, ...more
Linda
For those readers who enjoy Father Dowling and/or Father Brown mysteries, this is a wonderful modernized series, featuring the mystery solving skills of Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn, based in and around Gwenafwy Abbey in Wales. In this second book of the series, Sister Agatha becomes convinced that the death of resident Tiffany, found dead in the parish hall, was not of natural causes. Her investigation provides her with several suspects and no lack of motives, but convincing Constable Barnes ...more
Deborah Almada
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a new author and a new series for me. I was lucky enough to win an ARC copy. I just loved the setting of this book, Wales, the characters, a charming small village, an Abbey full of nuns and a neighborhood priest Father Selwyn. What more could you ask for, the holidays are coming and we are in the middle of Advent!!! If all of this doesn't scream cozy to you I don't know what will!!

Unfortunately there is a move to modernize the village that is upsetting many, including the nuns, and the
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Helen
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful read! Murder in the Parrish hall at Christmas time! This was my first Jane Willan book but it won’t be my last. Nuns and a vicar on the trail of a murderer was a blast. Sr. Agatha is a wannabe mystery writer who just happens to solve crimes in a tiny welsh village. Along with Fr. Selwyn and the rest of the nuns at Gwenafwy Abbey they’ll stop at nothing to reveal a local “artist’s” killer. But they must act fast in order to stop another murder from happening.
Kate
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Hour of Death is the second book in a series by Jane Willan set in Wales. While I haven't read the first book, I felt like I was able to follow along easily.

Sister Agatha, while a nun, also fancies herself a nun-detective and a mystery writer. When the body of a not-well liked woman shows up, Sister Agatha is one of the few who believes it's murder and not just a simple heart attack. She drags her friends along as she tries to solve the crime during Advent season.

I particularly enjoyed lear
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Kacey/Kris
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even though this is the second book in the series it is my first read. Halfway through the book I ordered the first one. This was a very enjoyable read. Once I started I couldn’t put it down. I found every eligible time available to be able to finish this book. The characters and story line made you feel like part of the story and that you lived in the village with them. I can’t wait to get the first book to read.
Gail C.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Hour of Death by Jane Willan features Sister Agatha as the protagonist in this gentle mystery that takes place in a small town in Wales. She is helped in her endeavor by Father Selwyn with additional assistance by some of her fellow nuns and the mother superior. The convent to which they belong is somewhat unconventional in that personal dreams are noted and encouraged when the sisters reach a certain age, thus Sister Agatha has started pursuing her goal of becoming a mystery writer. This i ...more
Katherine
It's Christmas time in the Welsh Highlands, a lovely setting, near the Irish Sea. Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn are investigating the death of Tiffany Reese. Along with the discovery of her death, a painting is missing. The coroner and local authorities believe she died from natural causes, but Sister Agatha is convinced she was poisoned.
This is a delightfully, charming story with a puzzling mystery. Sister Agatha is so likable and Father Selwyn is a warm, caring individual. The two work well
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Jerry Goddard
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hour of Death is the second in the Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn mystery series and it continues the charm and intrigue of The Shadow of Death. When the body of a local artist, Tiffany Reese, is found in the Parrish Hall of St Anselm’s Church, the authorities declare the cause a heart attack. But Sister Agatha is skeptical. With her restless curiosity and purple lambskin Smython’s notebook, Sr. Agatha begins her own investigation, searching for clues, gathering evidence, and, to local Cons ...more
Mary
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2nd Installment in the Sister Agatha an Father Selwyn series. I did not read the first in this series and although the story can stand on its own I think I would have preferred to have the first book. The body of a Tiffany Reese, president of the art society, if found in the parish hall. Sister Agatha, has lots of suspects and there are a lot of red herrings thrown into this story. I enjoyed and will go back and purchase the first in the series to read the first one so I am fully caught up when ...more
Jan
The characters are so clearly presented that I would recognize them at a gathering! Sister Agatha is marvelous and her thought processes are clear and usually on target while Father Selwyn makes a perfect sounding board. The local constable thinks that she is seeing murder where none exists, but there are other malignant things going on as well as all of the Advent fun and an amazing sudden overabundance of orders for the convent's special cheese. No spoilers here! An excellent cosy!
I requested
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Lois
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found the book very well written. The story moved quickly to keep me captivated. The characters were described so I could mentally "see" them. I found the narrative repetitive in spots but it didn't take away from the story. Overall I loved this book. I highly recommend this book to all cozy mystery fans. I will be looking forward to reading the other book in this series!
Vbloemer
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s Christmas time in Pyredi, Wales and the sisters at Gwenafwy Abbey are busy with the Advent season and cheese making. The town is also in turmoil because of a construction project that no one really seems to want except the developers. So when a local woman, Tiffany Reese is found dead in the Parish hall, Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn, take it on themselves to solve this mystery even though the local constable has called it a death by natural causes. Sister Agatha’s senses tell her there i ...more
Katreader
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE HOUR OF DEATH by Jane Willan
The Second Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery

Advent has just begun and Sister Agatha has decided to give up carrying her detective notebook, with a little persuasion from Reverend Mother. After all, this should be a time of work and prayer instead of contemplating murder mysteries. Sister Agatha regrets this decision when she hears that the too perfect head of the Woman's Institute has been found dead in the parish hall. Everyone assumes Tiffany died of a hea
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Tessa
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hour of Death by Jane Willan is the second novel in the Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery series. Set in the small village of Pryderi, Wales, the story begins when the president of the Village Art Society, Tiffany Reese, is found dead in the church. While the police do not consider her to have been murdered, a local nun and part-time sleuth, Sister Agatha, disagrees. Sister Agatha, with the help of her long-time friend Father Selwyn, is determined to solve the mystery of what happened ...more
Tiffany
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
An absolutely charming, cozy mystery! The series follows an aspiring crime-writing nun, who moonlights as a sleuthing nun, along with her friend, the vicar, Father Selwyn on a small, island in Wales. It's set at Christmas time, so the perfect story to curl up in a warm blanket with some tea and dive into this little town. Sister Agatha is just lovely and feisty. This series reminded me very much of G.M. Malliet's series, that also follows a small-town, British crime-solving Vicar. I loved the ot ...more
Sandra
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a devotee of religious-clerical mysteries, so I was delighted to read this. Set in a Welsh Anglican convent, the cozy mystery novel has all of the elements I love: an intriguing setting, an independent and feisty protagonist. and a well-written, well-constructed plot with all the red herrings you could want. Sister Agatha (who likes to think she was given the name in religion of "Saint" Agatha Christie), armed with her notebooks, her faith, and her devotion to mystery-writing podcasts, is wr ...more
Jeanne
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Hour of Death is the second book in the Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn mystery series by Jane Willan.

I thought the story started off slowly and it seemed odd that a nun immediately jumped to the conclusion it was murder when the police didn’t. A bit into the book, Sister Agatha’s behavior was explained and it all made sense. I hadn’t read the first book so that may have made a difference. The pace picked up and I couldn’t put it down.

It was fun reading about the nuns and their different int
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Pamela Mitchell
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this delightful Christmas mystery set in the charming Welsh countryside with interesting characters and a good mystery with a lot of suspects, twists and turns that kept me entertained and intrigued from beginning to end. Even though this is the second book in the series, it is the first I have read from Ms. Willan but had no problem reading it as a standalone. With her descriptive writing style, I felt like I was in the middle of all that was happening. I really liked Sister Agatha a ...more
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