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Summary

Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn make sleuthing a work of art. But will they paint themselves into a corner when they investigate the Village Art Society president's death?

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 case. With the not-entirely eager assistance of Father Selwyn, she begins her investigation.

Sister Agatha has no shortage of suspects to check off her naughty-or-nice list, until finally, Tiffany's half-brother, Kendrick Geddings, emerges as the prime suspect. There never was any love lost between Tiffany and Kendrick, and of late, they had been locked in a vicious battle for control of the family estate. But if Sister Agatha thinks she has the case wrapped up, she'll have to think again. 

As the days of Advent tick by, Sister Agatha is determined to crack the case by Christmas in The Hour of Death, Jane Willan's perfectly puzzling second Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn mystery.

©2018 Jane Willan (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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why so many Americanisms

why when set in a village in north Wales do Welsh people use American words and phrases never heard Any one in St Asaph use term police cruiser even the dog's name is pronounced in American small things but off putting.

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The British people do not use words like ‘police cruiser’, ‘trashcan’, ‘sidewalk’ or ‘zucchini’. Why oh why hasn’t this author omitted her Americanisms while writing a book set in beautiful Noth Wales! It just undermines the storyline and makes the book very hard to listen to! Just lazy

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Gripping Tale, brilliantly narrated.

So good, I couldn't stop listening despite being long past midnight. Will certainly welcome more.

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Ok but too much american references

Story ok but the use of american names, eg sidewalk etc extremley irritating and understanding of geography of wales also rather poor.

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At least get a decent voice actor

The narrator doesn’t have to be Welsh but it might help if you set a story there I gave up listening sooo boring to listen to I might just read the book .Does no one check the recording before it’s released ?…

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Alone? Fine. Paired with Book 1? Copy + Paste...

I originally listened to this book (2) first and then went back within the same few days to listen to book 1. When first listening to this one I thought it was decent, albeit a bit repetitive and heavy on name drops of mystery/crime authors and books. There is a strange amount of intensely described food mentioned that made me very hungry... The performance was good and the accents were so enjoyable. However, my main issue with this book arises when you pair it with Book 1. It seems like some passages are just completely copy and pasted. I understand the need to reintroduce some basic info in later books in a series but this is just too much. Its lazy writing and if reading/ listening to them too close together you feel like you're having Deja Vu.. At one point the author is describing in detail a fancy notebook and it is WORD FOR WORD. I just feel like the author could've done better. Side Note: are this nun's only duties praying like once a day, making cheese, and doing some light online book shopping? What does a nun actually do...

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A good story and characters you warm to, but some jarringly awful mistakes from the narrator. Going at it hammer and tongues!!! She said that twice! Don't they listen to these before they publish them??

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  • Tammy Cullers
  • 20-03-20

Just what I needed!

Amidst the toil and turmoil of these crazy days, I found the two books in this series an amazing escape. The characters are lovable, the setting perfect, and the narration is perfect! Oh yes, the mystery is intriguing as well! :)

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  • Marianna J. Groth
  • 21-11-20

Loved it and every character within!

Great cheery mystery, good plot, especially nice before Christmas. I want more from this author!

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  • One Drama Queen
  • 11-11-20

Agatha,Anglicans and Angels equals Awesome!

I love the combination of mystery, Church life with the Welsh culture. This Southern Episcopalian mystery fan is in high cotton!

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  • Wild Horses Flying
  • 13-03-21

Liked a lot

The main character, Sister Agatha, is a little irritating bcz she's such busybody at times but the preponderance is of likeable characters who have warm and interesting interactions with enough friction (for me) to keep the book from being to sweety nice. There's also a satisfying twist to the plot.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-02-21

Enchanting Characters and Charming Story

What a TREAT Jane Willan’s cozy mysteries are - and Helen Lloyd’s narration is SUPERB! The characters are serenely hilARious and Willan’s ecumenical progressive Christian underpinnings are waaay beYOND refreshing after the dreadful past four years we have endured over here in the US from Trump and his red hat racist white evangelical Christian-in-name-only.pals.

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  • Donna
  • 17-11-20

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Yes, this is a step away from my hard line favorites. Thoroughly enjoyable
cast from the Min Pin (my favorite dog) to a convent filled with detective wanna be amateurs chasing clues, suspects while wondering how Agatha Christie and the new famous
inspector Gamache would handle the sticky situations the women get into.
The author creates lovely mind pictures, the narrator does a fine job and entertained me with a few un- usual pronunciations. Gouda cheese is now gowda cheese. I will give a listen to the previous book even though there is no MinPin in it.

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  • Paulette
  • 24-03-21

I love the Gwenafwy Abbey Nuns

I enjoyed the interaction and support that the nuns in Gwenafwy Abbey have with each other. They are a loving family, who’s willing to help out Sister Agatha in her investigations. Bishop Susan is something else in both books! WOW! I love their version of the nativity scene. Very cute. Use what you got. It gave me a chuckle. The story have some twist and turns that I didn’t foresee and kept me guessing until close to the end. Another enjoyable story. I understand there is a third book. My eyes don’t allow me to read extensively anymore so I need to listen to books in Audible. I sure hope that the third book becomes available in Audible soon.

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  • C. and P. Horn
  • 15-03-21

Why are Willan’s Sister Agatha stories such delights?

There is nothing deep here or even especially new; in fact, the mystery story itself is workmanlike and logical, but hardly unusual. I think the intertextuality with other mysteries is part of the appeal. It draws the reader of others in this genre and delivers amusing and even thrilling comparisons with old friends. Part homage, part witty characterization, the presence of Penny, Christie, Evanovich, and a radio detective how-to expert just add to the fun. And the interesting and deftly rendered setting of North Wales is a backdrop to enjoy. Even the religious Discussions are anything but ponderous and dull. It’s worth a listen/read for any mystery fan.

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  • Debbie
  • 06-03-21

Advent, Art and Atrocities at the Abbey

It is advent time at Gwenafwy Abbey and the nuns are busy preparing for Christmas, as well as making their famous gouda cheese. Recently getting their wares on line, they've started to enjoy some success and orders are starting to come in. In addition a new lodger, Lucy is residing at the Abbey, not a nun, but a young artist from America, come to paint, bringing her little miniature pincher with her. All the town is getting ready for the holidays, and Father Selwyn's music director is busy practicing for the Christmas cantata with the choir. All is well underway, when the president of the Village Art Society is found dead on the floor of the parish hall. And her famous painting is also missing. When the local authorities want to call it a heart attack, Sister Agatha is quick on the scene and taking photographs . . . since she's absolutely certain it is murder. After all, nobody could stand the spiteful and conceited Tiffany Reese, even if she was a member of the choir and first to volunteer for everything. It takes some time for Sister Agatha to convince anyone that it really is murder . . . but her sidekick, Father Selwyn is her first reluctant accomplice in investigating who might have wanted the woman dead. 😉 I absolutely LOVE all the characters in this series, the young nun who used to be a chef and was welcomed wholeheartedly by the nuns in the first book (and now feeds them all as if they are in a five star restaurant), the basketball playing Reverend Mother, the gardening nun, the knitting nun and of course, the sleuthing and mystery writing nun, Sister Agatha. This story takes many twists and turns and I didn't see where any of them were going. Excellent tale and great resolution! I am hoping for this series to continue!

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  • Caprilounge
  • 03-03-21

I want to be a part of this wonderful community!

Lovingly created fully dimensional characters! If I could get on a plane and go there... mystery laid out better in this second book. Please give us more!

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