Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lynne Hinton: The Case of the Sin City Sister

By Kelly Bridgewater

Back Cover Copy: 

When Eve's biological sister goes missing, the nun heads to Las Vegas to track her down before it's too late.
Years ago, Eve heard God's call to become a nun, but her recent stint moonlighting at her father's detective agency invigorates her so much that she's wrestling with her vocation. She's working with him on a case involving a miner in New Mexico when alarming news develops: her sister Dorisanne is missing. The authorities won’t act without evidence of a crime, but Eve knows something suspicious—and possibly deadly—is afoot. Challenged to put her newfound gifts as a PI to the test, Sister Eve heads west to Las Vegas to uncover clues about her sister’s whereabouts.
What nefarious scheme has Dorisanne become involved in? Is her life in danger? And what is Dorisanne’s estranged husband hiding? Sister Eve will discover there's always more going on in Sin City than meets the eye.

My Review:  

Mysteries are my genre of choice. Lynne Hinton’s first book in this series is called Sister Eye, Private Eye. I have not read that book yet. I was curious at a nun who would be solving mysteries. It is definitely an unique idea and totally unpredictable.

The story starts off right away different than most mysteries because there is a narrative framework of a mystery that takes place back in the late nineteenth century. At first, I had no idea what the past mystery had to do with the missing sister, but as the story moved along it made sense. The puzzle of her missing sister and all the troubles she had found herself in unraveled as Daniel and Eve followed the puzzles and wandered the troubles of Las Vegas. It followed the normal conventions of a mystery.

As for the hero, Daniel, he was two-dimensional and a static character. He really did not change at all. The only thing he did was help Eve solve the mystery and be her partner. There was no love interest between the two, which I originally thought there would be. The heroine, Eve, is a nun who has the most important decision to make because she loves being a detective for her father’s agency, but she also feels the call from God to be a nun. She has some internal thoughts and moments of doubt, but she really does not make the decision either by the end of the book. She was kind of a boring character, even though she was smart enough to solve the case.  

Overall, Lynne Hinton’s The Case of the Sin City Sister, was an unusual mystery with an unique idea, but the characters of Daniel and Eve really had no personality and had no transformation throughout the whole story. The mystery held my attention because I wanted to know where was her sister, but it dragged a little in the middle.
I would recommend the book to other mystery lovers but as a word of caution, the story does move slowly through the middle.

I received a complimentary copy of Lynne Hinton’s The Case of the Sin City Sister from Thomas Nelson through Netgalley and all the opinions stated above are all my own.

Where to connect with Lynne Hinton:
Personal Author Website:  www.lynnehinton.com

Where to purchase books by Lynne Hinton:
Barnes and Nobles
Wherever books are sold

How many of Lynne Hinton books have you read? Are you interested in a mystery that is worked on or solved by a nun?

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