Lapsed Catholic DI Joe Rafferty isn’t best pleased when he learns his latest case is at the local Roman Catholic convent, where a body was discovered in a shallow grave in the grounds. The nuns’ order is an enclosed, contemplative one, and access to their house and grounds is far from easy. Rafferty is inclined to think that was an inside job. He doesn’t find it as hard as his DS, Dafyd Llewellyn, to believe that nuns are capable of murder. Alternative suspects include the nuns’ doctor and the priest – Father Roberto Kelly, “the greatest sinner in the parish”. Faced with an unholy puzzle, Rafferty and Llewellyn must break the conspiratorial silence of the convent in order to solve the case.
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There is nothing in this tale to recommend it. The story, while somewhat believable, concludes in an absurd, totally UNBELIEVABLE manner. This is the first Rafferty book I've listened to, and will certainly never listen to another. Gordon Griffin, however, did a fine job of narration. Unless you're a fan of the series, avoid this nonsense.
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