by Dakota Cassidy
Series: Nun of Your Business Mysteries #1
Narrator: Hollie Jackson
Length: 6 hours and 28 minutes
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
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Narration: 4 cups
My name is Sister Trixie Lavender, and I'm an occasionally possessed excommunicated nun. Okay, that's a lot to swallow at once. But it's true I was booted from the convent after doing something unspeakable. Something I had no control over. Something that lives inside me to this day, exploding out like that chestburster in Alien when I least suspect it. But I have help. My amazing friend Coop-the demon who saved me from an ugly end-remains by my side, loyal and true. She was Hell's best tattoo artist back in the day, and together with my designs, we're opening Inkerbelle's Tattoos and Piercings, right in the heart of Portland's most darling district, Cobbler Cove. Of course, our bid to fit in would be a little less rocky if I could help Coop assimilate with humans, keep a lid on our sassy talking owl, Livingston . . . oh, and if someone hadn't killed our landlord on day one-in our shop. This mystery-loving, bumbling ex-nun and her trusty demon sidekick are on the case! If I don't bumble my way right into my own demise first . .
A formerly possessed nun, demon, and a talking owl open a tattoo parlor …. Then There Were Nun by Dakota Cassidy, the first in a spinoff series offered a fun whodunit with humor, unusual friendships and just a touch of paranormal woo-woo.
Then There Were Nun is the first audio in the Nun of Your Business Mysteries. We first met these characters in Gone Witch Hunting, book seven in Cassidy’s Witchless in Seattle series.
“Sister” Trixie Lavender was excommunicated from the church after a demon possessed her. Coop the person responsible for saving her is in fact a demon. Coop is a talented tattoo artist, who escaped hell, and is desperately trying to acclimate to human life. Together with Coop’s trash talking owl, Livingston they move to small-town Oregon to open a tattoo parlor.
This was fun from seeing them negotiate a rental agreement on the building they want to lease, to Coop dealing with all the complications of being human. In ink hasn’t even dried on the lease when the duo discover a dead body in their building. The dead body turns out to be their crooked landlord Crowley.
The police clear Trixie and Coop but the list of suspects is impressive. Trixie got a taste for detective work when she was in Seattle and the two set out to investigate. The murder-mystery was well done with a few red herrings and twists to keep the reader guessing. The wrap us was clever.
We meet new friends in Oregon, including another tattoo artist named Knuckles. Then there are locals, Higgs and his friend Jay who run the local homeless shelter. This was a fun cast of characters and I look forward to spending more time with them.
As one would expect from Cassidy we get clichés, humor and twists a plenty with the murder investigation. We also get to see this duo establish roots in the community with a delightful thread involving Trixie as she befriends and helps others in the community.
Hollie Jackson offered a fun narration and elevated the humor, snark and unique characters.
Then There Was Nun was a delightfully funny tale and engaging murder mystery. I look forward to the next audio and spending time with the gang at the Inkerbelle Tattoo Parlor.
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The title of this one was the part that caught my eye first because it reminded me of the one by Agatha Christie and I just love that classic. It sounds like this one is quite a fun mystery as well 😉
Hehe..not sure about that but it was a fun listen
Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict
This sounds fun! I have yet to read one of Cassidy’s books, but have them on my TBR. I didn’t know they were cozy mysteries, or is it just this series?
This and Witchless in Seattle are cozy paranormal mysteries.
Oh yes this sounds pretty great. I still haven’t read one but maybe have one or two in my tbr? Not sure. And the narrator is good? I hesitate to use a credit on a 6 hour listen though. Maybe read it soon. Thanks for sharing!
Library maybe? Or watch for eBook price to drop and whispersync.
Interesting — and very unique — premise. Thanks for the post.
Agreed. This is a fun cozy
Tyler H. Jolley
What a fun book! I haven’t seen anything like this in a minute. Thanks for sharing, Kimba.
Happy to do so. Hope you and yours had a lovely Thanksgiving.
Robin enjoys this author. I may have to try something of hers. Thanks for the review. Anne – Books of My Heart
Glad to hear Robin enjoys her.
I enjoy this author, here stuff is pretty funny. I reserved an ebook copy of this at the library. Hope to get to it in January.
Fun. I am delighted the library has it.
I’ve read a couple of her books and liked them. This sounds pretty good too.
Her stories and characters are fun. Thanks Mary.
OH! I have always wanted to try this author and I love paranormal cozy mysteries. I’m picking this up now. Thanks for the review!
Her books are fun. a nice mix of paranormal elements, mystery and humor
What a hoot! I’m excited for this. Must read my books in the other series first, though. 🙂
And that one is still ongoing, book eight will be releasing soon!
Everything about the book sounds great.
It was a hoot, with a nice mystery
Oh it’s been so long since I haven’t read a book by this author!
You need to fix that my friend!
Drat! Just my luck, it doesn’t seem to be available in paper format.
I noticed that. Audio and eBook.
You are naughty leading me into temptation like this. What sounds like a read I’d really enjoy, I’m away to add it not just to my Wanna Read list but my Wish List.
Oh my gosh this sounds like a hoot. Thanks Kim it’s going on my list because I’ve been really nice this year 😉 he he he
Happy listening! I hope Santa brings it???
Rachel @Waves of Fiction
Witchless in Seattle, lol, I love it! This sounds like a lot of fun! I wonder if there’s to be any romance between Trixie and Coop in the future. I always like a little romance in my mysteries. 🙂
Both series are great fun!
A talking owl opens a tattoo parlor! What a fun concept! It sounds like an all-around entertaining read!
He is more of familiar, but yep.
Demon, a nun and a trash talking owl,an interesting blend of characters. I can imagine the fun you had with this one.
It was quite fun Nadene.
is she wearing a habit or a pirate hat? From my view it looks like a pirate nun standing in front of a tattoo parlour. Sounds like a great adventure tho
LOL, they be pirates!