Have you ever seen a nun fly?

Death at the Cafe
A Reverend Annabelle Dixon Mystery (Prequel) #0.5
by Alison Golden (GoodReads Author)
Kindle edition, 179 pages 
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, Oct 24, 2015
Also available in paperback

GoodReads Summary:  
A brand new female vicar. An accident-prone nun. Two friends. Two killings.
Annabelle and Mary are best friends. But when one gets framed for murder, can the other one save her?

Assigned to St. Clement's Church in an inner-city borough just outside Hackney in London, Reverend Annabelle Dixon brings an enthusiasm and drive to her clerical position that baffles her mentor, Father John, but which soon gains her fans and admiration. Annabelle is not your typical vicar, but her strengths prove to serve her, and those around her, very well.

When Annabelle plans to meet her longtime friend, Sister Mary, a Catholic nun visiting from West Africa, at a local café, little does she know that she will soon find herself embroiled in a mystery of deadly design. Their meeting place is awash with horror, with Sister Mary standing in the middle, shaking, her hand over her mouth and a dead woman at her feet.

Armed only with a note, a disappearing dart, vague hints, and a love of cake, this quick-thinking, quick-footed holy woman must gather the clues, pacify a detective, and find the real perpetrator before both she and her friend wind up in jail.

Part Sherlock, part Father Dowling, Annabelle is a new kind of detective – one who sees the truth in the most unlikely places. If you love solving puzzles, then this suspense-filled, endearing, cozy mystery is just for you. Enjoy following our amateur sleuth as she careers around London. It will have you guessing until the very end!

Included in this book are recipes for:
– Cherishable Cherry Blossom Cupcakes
– Cherubic Chocolate Caramel Bars
– Jubilicious Jam Turnovers
– Teresa's Surprise Cake 


My Disclaimer:  I received this book free through the author's newsletter on the basis of a "read and review". This is my honest review for which I am not receiving any compensation of any kind. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review:  
Annabelle and Mary were raised together in London's East End. One grew up slim and fair and became a Catholic nun in Africa with the nickname the Accidental Nun. The other grew up to be a large woman with dark hair and became an Anglican minister who people thought was just the woman for the job once they got to know her. So when Annabelle found a crowd around where she was supposed to be meeting Mary, she wasn't surprised. She simply wondered what had happened this time.

Knowing this was a prequel to an already existing series, I felt this was a pretty good introduction to the main character. The book gives you some of the actual information about Annabelle's childhood as well as letting you see her in action in the city where she grew up. It demonstrates her character quite well, I think. And with the way it ends, I'm curious now to see how that works out, too. For the woman who chose to get off the bus and walk because it would be faster, I have to wonder how she will do in the countryside. But that's what she has always wanted and that's where the Archbishop finally lets her go. So, I have Book #1, Murder at the Mansion, waiting patiently for my attention.

If you're a fan of cozy mysteries and aren't sensitive about the church connection or perhaps like the church connection, this series is for you. I strongly recommend trying the prequel, Death at the Cafe whether you've read any of Ms. Golden's other work or not. It's fun and funny if you let it be. Match yourself against Reverend Annabelle and see if you solve the mystery before she does. 


Book #1 in the series is Murder at the Mansion