The latest sleuthing adventures of bouncy young Sister Joan, a nun in a Cornwall convent. As in A Vow of Obedience (p. 247), Sister Joan has a professional assist from Detective Sergeant Mill, and, again, eerie appearances and most unpleasant death abound within and without the convent. As Sister Joan is just beginning to wrestle with her dislike of grim Sister Jerome, who arrives like a storm cloud from the order's London house, there's a puzzling call from the bustling housekeeper for the two local priests: aloof Father Stephen and newly ordained, glowering Father Timothy. Then the housekeeper is found dead. Before the murderer is brought to justice, there will be three grisly murders, and a bloody ax will appear on the convent's chapel altar. Among the other mysteries: What could explain the random slashing of trees? And why is the housekeeper's purse so important? Sister Joan explains it all for you -- with the help of Sergeant Mill. The identity of the murderer may be no surprise to seasoned mystery hands, but this popular series offers peaceful convent decorum, with a giddy streak of gore and a likeable sleuth.