‘Clever and fascinating - a needs to for all Agatha Christie fanatics’ - Peter James
The death Light
Young and fiercely self reliant, Sister Agnes Bourdillon hasn't ever felt the necessity of a wimple to precise her spirituality. yet her power is verified by way of her secondment to Silworth, a South London women’s criminal. She does, although, locate the paintings compelling, as she makes an attempt to barter the community of bullies and sufferers, loyalties and hatreds, prisoners and jailers, looking to appreciate the customarily violent histories that lie in the back of each one lady.
Then the daddy of Cally Fisher, probably the most turbulent inmates, is shot useless. the manager suspect is Cally’s boyfriend. Reminded unnervingly of ways she is wasting her personal mom, who's speedily taking flight from fact in a French nursing domestic, Agnes unearths that she too has develop into entangled in a depressing international that stretches additional than the felony partitions…
Shadow of Death
Agnes is as much as her neck in books. Having been requested to aid tackle the library of the approximately defunct Order in Bermondsey prior to the development is bought, she is trawling via piles of tatty Victoriana and nostalgic lives of the saints.
However, the 17th-century Hawker archive, a suite of fantastically preserved books on spells and magic in addition to hand-written journals, does capture her eye. those inform the tale of Alice, her husband Thomas and their daughter who died in infancy.
Alice’s tale turns out to hang-out the current.
The construction, now an NHS day heart for the mentally unwell, is the backdrop the obstacle of Jeanne-Marie and her daughter Leila in addition to Alice’s narrative.
The line among prior and current turns into hazy, as Jeanne-Marie, like Alice earlier than her, is prey to the boys in her existence and depression.
When unexplained and terrible issues commence taking place and Agnes turns into confident that customers are after anything greater than the most obvious within the Hawker documents, she hurries to guard Leila and lay a few ghosts to rest.
A violent act
Sister Agnes is now, as Father Julius solemnly teases her, a ‘fully paid-up’ member of the convent, yet any strategies that existence may perhaps move extra easily together with her ultimate vows taken are quickly proved incorrect.
Delighted to have escaped the oppressive confines of lifestyles contained in the convent, Agnes is again in her personal flat, operating on the Order’s hostel for the homeless.
But ahead of lengthy, issues take a flip for the more severe: a tender and weak resident, Abbie, is located lifeless, and the delicate peace is shattered.
Though it seems like suicide, questions are raised in regards to the mysterious drug broker Murchison’s impression over Abbie and the opposite younger hostel-dwellers.
What, or who driven Abbie to finish her lifestyles?
But Agnes has greater than that on her brain and her personal prior quickly catches up together with her within the type of gentlemanly American geologist Dr Bretton Laing, bearing information of her long-dead father’s final years.
She can't run from her earlier for ever …
ALISON JOSEPH used to be born in North London and trained at Leeds college. Alison has written approximately 25 radio performs and variations, together with the Sony award-winning abridgement of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Alison was once chair of the Crime Writers organization from 2013-2015 and is a founder member of the Killer girls collective.
Praise for Alison Joseph
‘Christie herself is the fulcrum of this hugely diverting piece, brought with all of the quirky ability that's Joseph’s trademark.’ - Barry Forshaw, Crime Time
‘A refreshingly varied character.’ - Bolton night News
‘Enjoyable … with a satisfyingly plausible end’ Glasgow Herald
‘Nice person who doesn’t commence with a bang and finish with a whimper.’ Newcastle-upon-Tyne magazine
‘One helluva nun.’ Hampstead and Highgate exhibit
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