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The season of Epiphany is in full swing at Gwenafwy Abbey when 10 new nuns from a convent in Los Angeles join the community of Anglican sisters in Wales. They bring energy, youthful enthusiasm, and more electronic equipment than Sister Agatha could have imagined. 

The arrival of the new nuns brings something else to the Abbey - a bit of unexpected notoriety. Claire Pennoyer, an ambitious young reporter for the Church Times, interviews the new sisters for a feature story. Murder is the last thing on anyone's mind when Claire is found dead on the beach, her mobile phone in the sand. A tragic death, says Constable Barnes. A selfie gone bad. Meanwhile, Sister Agatha is unconvinced and puts on her detective's hat. Clues abound including the mysterious discovery of a missing key baked into the king's cake for the feast of Epiphany. Sister Agatha's tangled list of suspects includes even the abbey's residents - and the beloved archbishop of Wales. Worst of all are her worries about the abbey's beloved Shetland pony, Bartimaeus, who may be reaching the end of a noble life. 

Time is running out as Sister Agatha uncovers a shocking reality. Will she reveal the truth hidden in an ancient document before it is too late?

©2020 Jane Willan (P)2021 Tantor

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  • Karen Vincent
  • 03-06-21

Please go back to the old narrator!

There are only three of these in the series so far, but I have loved all of them. The delightful Sister Agatha and her fellow nuns make for an interesting and amusing group of investigators. The narrator for this one was lacking, however. She was trying so hard to put on a Welsh accent that the effect was "sing song" and began to get on my nerves. Still, I enjoyed it because of the story. Spoiler alert - this one will make you ugly cry.

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  • Beatrice
  • 09-05-21

3 and a half

Abide with Me is well written mystery but not as humorous as the first two books in this series.

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  • Diane M
  • 11-07-21

Best one yet.

This book in the series stirred more emotion in me than I would ever have believed.

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  • Paulette
  • 27-06-21

Started slow but ended great

I had a hard time understanding the new narrator so I had a hard time understanding what was going on in the beginning. Because of that, it seemed like the story was dragging. Unlike others who reviewed this book, I preferred the dialogue better that the narration of the story. The narrator seem to come alive during the dialogues. I eventually changed the speaking speed to 1.1 and had a better time listening to the story. I understood the second half of the story better and I enjoyed it very much. I sure hope there will be another book, only not so long of a story.

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  • DaisyJ
  • 18-06-21

Disappointing narrator

We quickly grew accustomed to the talent of Helen Lloyd from the previous Sister Agatha book. This narrator was robotic and didn’t have the same voice / accent range that we enjoyed. At times, it was difficult to listen to.

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  • oregonic
  • 16-06-21

Enjoyed every minute

Loved the story and narration. I will be watching out for more books from this author.

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  • TJ#5
  • 14-06-21

Love the stories

I really liked the other two books and was surprised that this book was narrated by someone else. I just about returned it but decided to stick it out and I’m glad I did. I love the series.

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  • Caprilounge
  • 10-06-21

Meh

I am SO disappointed! The first two books of the series were sooo warm and engaging and the narration so wonderful that I wanted to join the Order! This book left me flat; I had to speed up the narration because it went so slowly. The new narrator seemed to savor the inflection of the Welsh accent to such an extent that the up and down sing-song way the characters spoke became annoying (Sorry, Ms. Dixon!) The series is called The Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mysteries - but Father Selwyn is not a key character this time around. Since Sister Agatha has proved herself to be a good detective, why do her compatriots continually balk at her deductive observations? And why does she continually doubt herself? ~Worst part? The culmination and the motives of the killer. ~ Best part? The inclusion of Sister Gwyneth in Sister Agatha's adventures. If there is a next one, I hope it will be better.:-(

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  • The Nonna
  • 29-05-21

Much more “polished”!

I’m so glad I stuck with this series! The first two books were enjoyable but repetitive. Now I can’t wait for a fourth!
There’s been a change in narrators too. While they have both been fine, neither has seemed quite right for the various characters.

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  • N. J. Miin
  • 23-05-21

It gets better and better!

I have enjoyed the first 2 books in the series, and find the storyline and mystery get better with progression. This 3rd book is well written with twists that take you by surprise.

A small qualm though is with the narrator, who is different from the first 2 books. I did find the reading dull and monotonous initially, and struggled to differentiate the different characters as they sounded similar. The deep voice and serious tone did not bring out the fun in Sister Agatha, perhaps that was why a previous reviewer said the book was less funny? However, as the book progressed, I got used to the narrator's voice and reading style, and was enjoying the book a lot.

I understand Jane Willan, the author, is starting on book 4, and look forward to it.