Former nun Chris Bennet enjoys her life as a wife, mother, and part-time college professor but she maintains ties to her old convent and is especially close to Sister Joseph, the Mother Superior. When a young woman named Tina appears on Chris doorstep, she brings with her shocking news. Tina, a novice at Chris former convent, claims that she is the daughter of Sister Joseph.

Chris is shocked but nonetheless invites her in. Tina claims shes trying to uncover the truth about her birth parents and would like Chris to help. Although her motives are different, Chris also wants to know the truth. However, she barely starts investigating when Tina is murdered, ironically on Mothers Day.

Chris discovers that there is more to this case than meets the eye, and that perhaps everything she has believed for years is a lie.

Events from the past haunt the present in THE MOTHERS DAY MURDER. There are plenty of secrets and subplots here to keep the pot boiling, and Chris is a wonderful heroine. Newcomers to this extremely popular series will find this a good place to start. (Apr., 272 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg