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The Hour of Death – Jane Willan

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In this 2nd book in the A Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery series, Sister Agatha investigates the death of a church member. This book can be read as a standalone.


It’s Christmas time in Pryderi, a picturesque village set in the Welsh Countryside near the Irish Sea. The Pryderi Women’s Art Society is set to hold their annual Christmas gala in the St. Anselm Church. Tiffany Reese, a church member and president of the Art Society, is found slumped in the parish hall. A painting belonging to the victim is also missing. The coroner and the police believe she died of natural causes—but Sister Agatha is convinced that she was poisoned.

Sister Agatha is a nun at Gwenafwy Abbey and the abbey librarian. She also writes mystery novels and hopes to get published someday. She draws her inspiration from the likes of Agatha Christie and Louise Penny.

Someone is desperate to keep their past a secret. Sister Agatha enlists the help of her childhood friend and vicar at St. Anselm, Father Selwyn and they both investigate Tiffany’s death. As Sister Agatha digs deeper into the murder case she learns the seemingly perfect Tiffany had some secrets stewing in her personal life.

I absolutely enjoyed this book and was immediately hooked from the first page. The story flowed well and the characters were likeable and relatable. I enjoyed the dynamics between Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn, and how they worked together to solve the case. I loved the close-knit community and their sense of love and companionship. The other sisters at the abbey were warm and caring and I loved how they supported Sister Agatha.

I was easily transported to this beautiful setting, not to mention all the mouth-watering descriptions of the Welsh cakes, Welsh Tea, buttered scones, and other treats at Sister’s Agatha’s favorite place in the village, the Buttered Crust Tea Shop.

I enjoyed watching Sister Agatha piece together the puzzles using all the clues she gathered along the way. The twists and turns in the book were well done and the outcome was satisfying. I am looking forward to the next book by this author. I would highly recommend The Hour of Death to mystery lovers.

  • Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (9 October 2018)