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Quiet as a Nun

Author:

Antonia Fraser

Title:

Quiet as a Nun

Category:

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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Rating:

4.5

ISBN10:

0670585564

ISBN13:

978-0670585564

Publisher:

Viking Adult; First Edition edition (September 12, 1977)

Language:

English

Subcategory:

Mystery

Pages:

176

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In Antonia's Fraser's first work of fiction we meet Jemima Shore, a refreshing addition to the considerable list of investigators in the mystery genre. Jemima's first task is to solve a murder in the secluded tower at Blessed Eleanor's Convent in Sussex. The victim -- an old school friend -- left a puzzling note stating: "Jemima will understand what is going on here. Jemima knows..." But Jemima doesn't.
uspeh
Antonia Frasier writes wonderful history and I think I have read all of her books--so it seemed easy to pick this venture into a different genre. Unfortunately the requirements of mystery writing require pacing, a modicum of suspense and (my preference) some character definition. The heroine is called to her old Catholic school to investigate the death of a former friend who joined the convent and turned up dead. A letter addressed to Jemima Shore from the deceased has been found. Or something like that. Halfway through the book, I could not figure out why the victim reached out to the heroine, who in fact did not like the old 'friend'...and red herrings were popping up like whack-a-moles at a carnival. The head of the convent has some meat on her bones, but no other character seemed to take on a life of her own. The book slipped down the pile of books that wait on my bedside table as a nagging reminder that I must finish what I start...someday.

I take nothing away from Ms. Frasier as a historian but history -- not mystery -- is where she should stay.
Rainpick
although the plot is easy to follow it still kept me guessing until the end. very entertaining and a really good read
Mr.Twister
I did enjoy the story but I felt it took longer than nescessary to get to the solution.
Dogrel
What a good and clever job of a book this is. Antonia Fraser, not surprisingly, writes fluently and well. A nun dies of anorexia, it would seem. There is not much support for the convent in the surrounding community. Convents are too austere, too strange for ordinary people to conceptualize in present day England.
It turns out that an old girl, Jemima Shore, a TV personality, an investigator of causes and outrages, is summoned to look into the matter of the death. The nun is her former classmate. Jemima attended school at the convent for two years during the war.
The dead nun was an heiress. She had ownership of the grounds on which the convent is situated. Through her untimely death, the convent gained the land. She had threatened to turn the property over to poor people. Jemima Shore's television program, unbeknownst to Jemima, had triggered a controversy over the property in the convent community.
Initially Jemima refuses to get involved. When a contemplated trip abroad falls apart, she reconsiders her decision. The number of deaths and inexplicable occurrences grow and Jemima Shore is compelled to enter labyrinths-- physical in terms of the convent lay-out, mental in terms of the minds and personalities of the inhabitants.
Chinon
This is the first book of the Jemima Shore series and was published in 1977 so it seems a little dated but I suppose, similar to some of the older writers like Christie, as time passes the details will seem less dated and more "classical". The story is low key and the murders are not really recognized as such until the book is far advanced. It is a short novel at less than 200 pages and because the approach is a more gentle one it is not high on action and the suspense element is very muted. There are some unexpected twists and the perpetrator was, for me, a little unexpected. I found the book a little boring because I am used to a faster pace but I would recommend it for a child who likes mysteries or a person who does not want violence, profanity or graphic sex scenes in the books they read.
Wrathmaster
It's odd to note that Lady Antonia Fraser, famous for her historical biographies, decided to try writing mysteries as a lark; she turns out to be the best mystery writer I have read since Agatha Christie! Possibly that's because, unlike so many other mystery writers, she does not copy or imitate Christie, Doyle or the other old masters of the genre. Instead, in Jemima Shore, she has created a startlingly original character; one who does not resemble any literary detective of the past. Fraser is also great at characterization (one of Christie's weak points); her creations are vivid and frighteningly real. This is her first Jemima Shore novel; sadly, many of the others are out of print, but if you can find them, read them.
Kerry
Antonia Fraser (better known to many for her historical novels) is a stellar mystery writer in the classical style. It's been twenty-some years since this mystery book was written, and it doesn't feel stale or dated to read. Jemima Shore is an interesting detective-- conflicted, maturing, and unsure of herself-- she makes an excellent vehicle for exploring a nunnery on the brink of change and for finding a murderer within its walls.
I love this book! It was made into a superb (and very, very spooky) mini-series by BBC starring Joanna Lumley as Jemima. I hope it gets released on DVD!


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