Requiem at the Refuge

Version: Unabridged
Author: Sister Carol Anne O'Marie
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: January 2003
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 30 minutes
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In Sister Mary Helen's latest venture as an inadvertent detective, the elderly nun must make do without her even more elderly sidekick, Sister Eileen. Eileen has gone back to Ireland to be with her dying sister, so Mary Helen has no one with whom to share her fears when the head of St. Francis College dies suddenly and is replaced by the coldly efficient Sister Patricia. Surely, Mary Helen feels, she will be swept aside as too old in the "clean sweep" that Sister Patricia is famous for in the order.

To her rescue comes young Sister Anne, who runs the Refuge, a shelter for homeless women. When a woman from the Refuge is found murdered in the alley, Sister Mary Helen goes to work searching for clues.

In this, the ninth in the author's series featuring the genuinely lovable, independent, and sensible Sister Mary Helen, listeners will be happy to find that age doesn't seem to be slowing her down a bit.

Reviews (2)


Written by Anonymous on March 4th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 1/5

If you're Catholic, you might like this. However, I found the nuns to be gossipy backbiters. The action is slow, and the plot is uninteresting.

Requiem at the Refuge

Written by Margo on May 23rd, 2012

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Disappointing. The plot had real potential, but the construction of the story line was mediocre at best. Not interested in reading another in the series.

Author Details

Author Details

O'Marie, Sister Carol Anne

Sister Carol Anne O'Marie (1933-2009), born in San Francisco, was a nun in the Saint Joseph of Carondelet religious order for over fifty years. A renowned mystery author, she wrote eleven novels featuring Sister Mary Helen, an elderly nun who solves crimes. Sister Carol Anne O'Marie ran a shelter for homeless women with Sister Maureen Lyons in Oakland, California.