“In a nursing home on the outskirts of Cork, an elderly nun lies dead. She has been suffocated. It looks like a mercy-killing – until another sister from the same convent is found viciously murdered, floating in the Glashaboy river. The nuns were good women, doing God’s work. Why would anyone want to kill them? But then a child’s skull is unearthed in the garden of the nuns’ convent, and DS Katie Maguire discovers a fifty year old secret that just might lead her to the killer… if the killer doesn’t find her first.”
The fifth in the Katie Maguire series (and the fifth I’ve read), I was looking forward to reading Blood Sisters. As with the other books, I was drawn straight into the action with a murder (the nun) and a mystery (the skull). There was less gore this time round, which I think I’ve mentioned before is becoming my preference with the books I read, and I’ve noticed this has been the case in the last few novels.
I think it’s because Katie is a more rounded character now and her world more solid so there is less need. I have come to like her a lot as a person, though she doesn’t always seem to have the best judgement, and I find the descriptions of what it is like for her to be a woman in the Irish Garda interesting – I can’t believe it is as sexist in real life as Masterton makes out but if it is it’s shocking that this is the case in this day and age!
I would like to see other characters filled out more and was a bit disappointed with Katie’s boyfriend John’s development. He has been in most books since the first one and I can’t get a bead on him – though I can’t say I like him as much as I do Katie and can’t necessarily see what she sees in him (which is where I think her judgement is most questionable).
I was also slightly disappointed in the ending. It involved very little detecting on Katie’s part and I did feel a little bit like Masterton had run out of steam and didn’t know where to go. A shame really as otherwise a good story and good book. Liked (didn’t love) it.