7 May 2015.
Excerpts from the Rule of the Order of the Handmaids of St Lucy preface each chapter. They explain cleverly the modern life of the nuns of Monksbury Abbey and the medieval nature of the life style of these nuns. They have, however, developed a healthy mail order trade in foods, herbs, pottery and other handmade items. The problem for Max is the poisoned fruit cake from the abbey which was apparently intended to poison Lord Lislelivet. Max Tudor is the vicar of the nearby village of Nether Monkslip and, since he is an exMI5 agent, the bishop, who has oversight of the abbey, asks Max to investigate the poisoning incident.
Max eventually reaches a solution by staging a Hercule Poirot style gathering of all involved.
I like the style of this series - the apparently cosy village and, here, the abbey are presented with some delightfully wry comments on the reality of life there. The lighthearted atmosphere in which the book begins is gradually deepened into a serious situation and a series of mysteries with very serious ramifications. Max elucidates the whole thing with great panache!
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
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