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  • Any of the books by the Thurlos will be enjoyed by people who enjoy False Witness

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      False Witness by Aimee and David Thurlo (2007) is the fourth book in the Sister Agatha Mystery series. False Witness (ISBN 0-312-32212-7), published by St Martin’s Minotaur. In False Witness the Our Lady of Hope monastery is under attack. Not only is their computer system being hacked with threatening messages and viruses, but their gate is destroyed when a stolen SUV is driven through it one night. The owner of the vineyard next door has put is property up for sell and developers are threatening to build a housing development next to the cloistered monastery. To top that off the wiring is failing throughout the monastery and must be replaced. As always money, that is a shortage of money, is a problem.

      The opportunity to make money arises when John Gutierrez, the owner of the vineyard, offers to pay Sister Agatha to find


      his estranged niece. Gutierrez fears he is dying and wants to find his niece so he can leave his money and property to her. Sister Agatha’s investigation soon lands her in danger. She finds that members of the community who have lost jobs because the monastery has begun competing against companies operating in the area. The big threat is more sinister and threatens physical violence against Sister Agatha and the monastery. Throughout False Witness Sister Agatha finds herself acting less as a extern nun and more like a private investigator. She tries to place more trust in God and less in her own abilities. When she does this she finds that she has better results.

      Sister Agatha is an extern nun who joined the monastery after a career in journalism. Throughout the books Sister Agatha uses investigative skills to solve mysteries that occur ...


      • throughout the Bernadillo, New Mexico community. Sister Agatha grew up in the area and knows many of the people from her work as a reporter or attended high school with them. The monastery’s primary mode of transportation is an old beater of a car known unaffectionately as the ant-Chrysler. However, Sister Agatha uses the monastery’s restored, classic Harley complete with sidecar for carrying Pax, the monastery’s retired, trained police dog.

        Aimee and David Thurlo are authors of more than forty books including three mystery series located in New Mexico. Besides the Sister Agatha books, they have written twelve novels featuring special investigator for the Navaho Tribe, Ella Clah. First book in the series is “Blackening Song.” It’s an excellent place to start your Ella Clah adventure. The Thurlo series of four books featuring New Mexico patrolman Lee Nez enters the world of the

        supernatural with Second Sunrise. Lee Nez is a half vampire, sensitive to light, but with great strength, speed, the ability to see in the dark, and supernatural powers to heal himself from injuries. Leaning more toward mystery than toward horror writing, the books are fun reads for mystery lovers.

        Any of the books by the Thurlos will be enjoyed by people who enjoy False Witness. As will novels by Tony Hillerman, Kirk Mitchell, and Margaret Coel. Not to be missed for those who enjoy mysteries featuring nuns are the Sister Theresa novels by Monica Quill.

        False Witness is a fine addition to the Sister Agatha series. I give this book a good solid B or 86%. Rumor has it that a fifth book in the series will be published in the summer of 2008 called the Prodigal Nun I’ll be looking for it.




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