Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Devious - 32nd in the In Death series
Author: Lisa Jackson
ISBN-13: 978-0-7582-2565-8 (Hardcover)
Release Date: April 2011
Year/Setting: Present, New Orleans/LA
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual/Sexual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild/Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Intense/Extreme
Lisa's Website: www.lisajackson.com
Valerie Renard, an ex-policewoman, is in the process of divorcing her husband Slade and has moved back to New Orleans where she grew up. She has bought a partnership in a Bed and Breakfast in the city and is settling in. Not too far from her is the St. Marguerite's Cathedral where her sister Camille resides as a novice nun.
Sadly, Camille is killed by an unknown assailant in the church. She was found, strangled viciously, and dressed in an old and tattered wedding dress. Her body was arranged with her hands folded on her chest and clutching a rosary, covered by an Altar Cloth. The two New Orleans Detectives handling the case, Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya (who have been front and center in other Jackson books), begin to investigate and find that Reuben went to high school with Camille and dated her at that time. He is advised, by his partner, that he shouldn't have anything to do with the case but doesn't take the advice. For Reuben, the case is heartbreakingly familiar as his Aunt, also a nun, was murdered in much the same manner.
Getting back to Valerie, she decides to try a little investigation on her own - helped by her soon to be ex-husband - and succeeds in hindering the police at every turn. The longer the investigation goes on the more unexpected things become. It is very apparent that St. Marguerite's is not the calm and serene place that it is thought to be. There are many different personalities to deal with including the novice nuns, and the Mother Superior. Also, the handsome Father Frank O'Toole, who very definitely has his own agenda. So, you better keep score as the characters appear and disappear with frequency.
This is a very good book with a good plot, if you can keep up. There are more murders before it's over, and you will certainly be puzzled as to who is doing all this. Although certain plot points are not very easily explained, fans of Jackson will ultimately understand.
Until next time,
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