Jane Willan's Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mysteries
New in 2018, two great mysteries set in Wales by Jane Willan, who held a wonderful author talk here at
Whelden in November: The Shadow of Death (#1), and The Hour of Death (#2).
From the dust jacket of The Shadow of Death:
"The sisters of Gwenafwy Abbey have cherished their contemplative life-days spent in prayer and reflection,
tending the Convent's vegetable gardens and making their award-winning organic cheese, Heavenly Gouda.
Life seems perfect, except for Sister Agatha, a die-hard mystery fan who despairs of ever finding any real-life
inspiration for her own novel. That is, until the abbey's sexton is found dead under an avalanche of gouda.
Despite the reservations of the local constable, Sister Agatha is convinced it is murder, and the game is afoot.
Armed only with the notes she's scribbled during her favorite podcast, How to Write a Mystery Novel, as well
as lessons learned from crime heroes ranging from Hercule Poirot to Stephanie Plum, Sister Agatha leads the
nuns of Gwenafwy Abbey (and her unwitting sidekick, Father Selwyn) as they begin a race against time to
resolve the death of Jacob, save the abbey, exonerate a beloved postulant, and restore the good name of their
"Sprightly... The rich life and personalities of this religious community, coupled with Sister Agatha's devotion
to the sage advice of a retired inspector turned podcaster, guarantee reader impatience for the next
installment." -Publishers Weekly
"You'll be rooting for Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn all the way in this delightful tale. And you won't see
the last twist coming." -Catriona McPherson, bestselling and award-winning author
JANE WILLAN, About Me: "Reverend Jane Willan is a parish minister and author in Paxton, Massachusetts.
She serves the First Congregational Church of Paxton and lives in the church parsonage with her husband Don
and their two rescue dogs, Magi and Moses...Before becoming an ordained pastor, Jane worked in Boston as a
science editor, a freelance science writer, a teacher, and a brief stint in biological research at Harvard. In 2003,
she became a full-time pastor and took her first church in Iowa...Jane completed her undergraduate work at
Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio. She has a Master of Science degree from Boston University, and a Master of
Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School."