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Old Habits Die Hard: The Case of the Missing Mother Superior (A Patrick and Grace Mystery, Book 3) [Paperback]

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Patrick O'Mally and Grace Johnson are a couple of senior citizen sleuths from New York City who have endeared themselves to readers around the world. Now they return in OLD HABITS DIE HARD: The Case of the Missing Mother Superior. Sister Babs makes her first appearance in this Patrick and Grace Mystery. She is a hilarious psychic nun, who says, "My habit has a habit of its own"--a secret pocket sewn to the inside of her habit in which she hides a bottle of Drambuie, which she insists she uses "only for emergencies." Sister Mary Margaret, who does not like Sister Babs in the least, shares "Oh, yes, they say she only gets a 'vision' when she's 'in the spirit.' I've seen her in action; it's when she's 'in HER spirits!'" This one is so much fun that if I were a Catholic I might be afraid of being excommunicated! Of course, if you listen to the REAL news in the Church, this one seems pretty mild.

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Pages   164
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.57 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 14, 2006
Publisher   Star Publish
ISBN  1932993495  
ISBN13  9781932993493  

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I loved every minute reading this one.  Jun 14, 2006
Retired NY cop Patrick O'Mally and Grace Johnson arrive at Philip Douglas's office just in time for another mystery. Philip is the director of the Haven of Rest Homeless Shelter and is almost beside himself due to the constant phone calls from Father O'Brien. Father O'Brien needs Patrick and Grace to locate the Mother Superior. No one seems to know where Mother Superior has disappeared to. Their only clue is a cryptic note attached to a bottle of Old English Furniture Polish and set upon a pile of old nun habits.

Things get really odd when Sister Babs enters the picture. Sister Babs is known to be psychic, having some sort of premonition powers. One thing is for sure, Sister Babs seems to know a lot more than she is telling. There is no love lost between Sister Mary Margaret and Sister Babs either. Yep, something smells and it is NOT just Old English.

**** A prim and proper mystery, appropriate for all ages. I found the plot getting more and more interesting as curious, and often humorous, events led up to a fantastic ending. Author Janet Elaine Smith writes compelling mysteries that no one would be ashamed to have found by a teen on the book shelf or coffee table. I loved every minute reading this tale. ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
Just plain fun to read!  Apr 22, 2006
Patrick and Grace, the silver-haired sleuths from In St. Patrick's Custody and Recipe for Murder, are back at last! I've been waiting for this book ever since I finished reading their previous adventures, and I suspect I've had plenty of company.

This time retired New York City cop Patrick O'Mally and lively widow Grace Johnson find themselves enlisted to help their good friend, Father O'Brien, after Mother Superior disappears. The beloved nun is getting on in years, and some among her sisters think she's wandered off in a dementia-fueled daze. But the clues Patrick and Grace discover say otherwise: a pile of old habits (as in "nuns' habits"), a can of Old English Furniture Polish, and a note pinned to the top of the pile with - of all things - a diaper pin. "Old habits die hard," the note says.

Now, what in the world could that mean? And what does Sister Babs, a nun whose eccentricities amuse Patrick and Grace while her gift of second sight terrifies everyone else, know about Mother Superior that others don't? The answers come as they always do in a Patrick and Grace mystery. Bit by bit, adventure by adventure, in a tale spiced with plenty of humor and tied together by love and faith.

Just plain fun to read!
Outstanding Story!  Apr 21, 2006
Once again Janet Elaine-Smith has out done herself with her imgination and humor. Sister Babs is a character unlike no other. A physic nun with the ability to solve most crimes. Mother Superior has disappeared but can this Spirited Nun help solve this strange mystery. Sister Babs does take a wee nip every now and then. I can really identify with her too ! Although Sister Mary Margaret, would have thrown poor Babs in the broom closet...permenantly if she could. Perhaps Sister Babs done something to Mother Superior.

Follow along with this nun in detectives' clothing and see what she discovers. Her methods may be a bit unorthodoxed and often she is found in the most unusal places and in situations that are ...hmmm...let's just say un-nunly.
Yes,this writer has introduced us to a new character. The loveable and quick witted Sister Babs. Iam sure that she will be well remembered for all time. This book is a must have to add to your collection of Janet Elaine- Smith's books.
If you never have read her work before ..well now is the time as this one sure will get you hooked and when your done, come back to this site and order the rest of her books for your libary. You will be glad you did!
Old Habits Die Hard is sure to become a best seller!

Barbara Williamson-Wood: Writer and Author


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