|Plot Summary of Bad Faith|
St. Martin's, Nov 2002, 23.95, 304 pp.
Once she was known as Mary Naughton, aninvestigative reporter, but a tragic event in her life set her on a new path. She is now known as Sister Agatha an extern nun living in the cloistered monastery of the Sisters of the Blessed Adoration in Bernalillo, New Mexico. She is one of two nuns who have contact with the outside world while the rest of the sisters remain isolated dealing only with one another.
One day when Father Anselm is giving the sacrament to the nuns, he has a seizure and dies. At first everyone thinks he had a heart attack but it isn't long before it is discovered that he has been poisoned. It is unthinkable to Sister Agatha that anybody from the monastery could have done such a horrendous deed but she uses the skills she obtained as a reporter to prove to the police that the nuns are innocent of committing murder.
Readers get an insider's look at a cloistered monastery and will find themselves fascinated by a group of gentle women who have chosen to cut themselves off from the world. The audience will find it very entertaining to see the heroine piece together who did it and why. The Thurlos have another winning series to their credit.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Bad Faith|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in that culture
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- religious figure
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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