Sister Carol Anne O’Marie. Requiem at the Refuge (2000) 288 pp.
After Sister Cecilia dies in her sleep, Sister Patricia replaces her
as the president of San Francisco’s Mount St. Francis College. Sister Patricia
has a reputation for bringing in new blood. This frightens eighty-year
old Sister Mary Helen, who is not ready to retire. Rather than wait to
be fired, Sister Mary Helen resigns and begins working at The Refuge, a
center for battered and homeless women. The manager of the Refuge, Sister
Anne. strongly feels that her friend Sister Mary Helen can contribute.
Everyone in the convent knows that where Sister Mary Helen goes, homicides
follow. The Refuge proves that theory as Sister Mary Helen finds the murdered
corpse of a prostitute named Melanie. A few hours earlier, Melanie had
blurted out the names of people who she feared. Detectives Gallagher and
Murphy begin to investigate knowing full well that Sister Mary Helen will
do her own sleuthing.