Sullivan, Winona

Sister Cecile Mysteries
Dead South
Dead South (1996)
From Publishers Weekly
Sullivan, a former analyst for the CIA, portrays the organization as exceptionally inept in her second novel after A Sudden Death at the Norfolk Cafe. When agent Bradley Locke, vacationing in Miami, is abducted after too many drinks with a Panamanian national, the CIA hires PI/nun Sister Cecile Buddenbrooks to find their man. Cecile, who as a teenager infiltrated a spy ring for the organization, agrees and borrows the Miami condo of her lawyer, setting up a facade with 70-something Sister Raphael as representatives of their order in search of retirement property. The lawyer, who's in love with Cecile, gives her a shiny new Ferrari Testarossa, which impresses every man she Raphael meet, including Bradley's kidnappers. While Raphael tracks down a real estate deal, Cecile contacts the Miami CIA representative, who leads her to a killer who wants to make a deal. Meanwhile, the man who originally conscripted Cecile hopes to see her again and flies to Miami with his chicken-pox-infected daughter. Sullivan uses these odd ingredients to spoof CIA operations and agents, but her stilted prose and broad characterization weigh down her tale.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Death's a Beach
Death's a Beach (1997)
DEATH IN HIGH PLACES

In Miami, murder is nothing special. But the brutal slaying of Elliot Barclay proves otherwise. He was rich and he knew the right people. And a few wrong ones too, as beautiful nun/investigator Sister Cecile discovers when she's hired to find his killer. For a chain of violence connects Barclay's banking colleagues, his glamorous girlfriends, and his underworld associates--even Cecile's own charge, twelve-year-old Leonie. And the sharks are still circling.

Barclay's death will not be the last. . . .

Saving Death
Saving Death (2000)
CRIME OF PASSION

Victor Torres had loved many women. Too many, it turned out. Twenty years ago his murder was a Miami sensation, in part because Juan Caldo, the man wrongly imprisoned for the crime, had escaped . . . and vanished.

Now intrepid nun-investigator Sister Cecile is hired by a wealthy Cuban American to find Torres's real killer. On Miami's Calle Ocho, the word goes out: the nosy nun is asking too many questions. And a hit man is instructed to make sure she never gets the deadly answers.

Only God knows whether he'll succeed. . . .




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