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SISTER EVE, PRIVATE EYE

“Lynne Hinton grabs you and doesn’t let go until the last page is turned. I hope, no, I pray we haven’t heard the last from Sister Eve, private eye.”

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Sister Eve, Private Eye
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ALSO IN THE DIVINE PRIVATE DETECTIVE AGENCY MYSTERY SERIES

Sister Eve, Private Eye

Copyright © 2015 by Lynne Hinton

All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means—electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, scanning, or other—except for brief quotations in critical reviews or articles, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

Published in Nashville, Tennessee, by Thomas Nelson. Thomas Nelson is a registered trademark of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc.

Thomas Nelson titles may be purchased in bulk for educational, business, fund-raising, or sales promotional use. For information, please e-mail [email protected]

Publisher’s Note: This novel is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either products of the author’s imagination or used fictitiously. All characters are fictional, and any similarity to people living or dead is purely coincidental.

ISBN 978-1-4016-9148-6 (eBook)

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Hinton, J. Lynne

The case of the Sin City sister / Lynne Hinton.

pages cm. -- (A Divine Private Detective Agency mystery ; 2)

Summary: “When Eve’s biological sister goes missing, the nun heads to Las Vegas to track her down before it’s too late. Years ago, Eve heard God’s call to become a nun, but her recent stint moonlighting at her father’s detective agency invigorates her so much that she’s wrestling with her vocation. She’s working with him on a case involving a miner in New Mexico when alarming news develops: her sister Dorisanne is missing. The authorities won’t act without evidence of a crime, but Eve knows something suspicious -- and possibly deadly -- is afoot. Challenged to put her newfound gifts as a PI to the test, Sister Eve heads west to Las Vegas to uncover clues about her sister’s whereabouts. What nefarious scheme has Dorisanne become involved in? Is her life in danger? And what is Dorisanne’s estranged husband hiding? Sister Eve will discover there’s always more going on in Sin City than meets the eye”-- Provided by publisher.

ISBN 978-1-4016-9147-9 (softcover)

1. Nuns--Fiction. 2. Private investigators--Fiction. 3. Missing persons--Investigation--Fiction. I. Title.

PS3558.I457C37 2015

813’.54--dc23

2014044565

15 16 17 18 19 20 RRD 6 5 4 3 2 1

This story is about the bond between sisters, so since I have the best sister in the world, it only makes sense that I would dedicate this book to her.

To my sister, Sharon Bender, I am grateful and blessed to have you in my life. If you ever go missing in Vegas, I will find you.

CONTENTS

PROLOGUE

ONE

TWO

THREE

FOUR

FIVE

SIX

SEVEN

EIGHT

NINE

TEN

ELEVEN

TWELVE

THIRTEEN

FOURTEEN

FIFTEEN

SIXTEEN

SEVENTEEN

EIGHTEEN

NINETEEN

TWENTY

TWENTY-ONE

TWENTY-TWO

TWENTY-THREE

TWENTY-FOUR

TWENTY-FIVE

TWENTY-SIX

TWENTY-SEVEN

TWENTY-EIGHT

TWENTY-NINE

THIRTY

THIRTY-ONE

THIRTY-TWO

THIRTY-THREE

THIRTY-FOUR

THIRTY-FIVE

THIRTY-SIX

THIRTY-SEVEN

THIRTY-EIGHT

THIRTY-NINE

FORTY

FORTY-ONE

FORTY-TWO

FORTY-THREE

FORTY-FOUR

FORTY-FIVE

FORTY-SIX

FORTY-SEVEN

FORTY-EIGHT

FORTY-NINE

FIFTY

FIFTY-ONE

FIFTY-TWO

FIFTY-THREE

FIFTY-FOUR

FIFTY-FIVE

FIFTY-SIX

FIFTY-SEVEN

FIFTY-EIGHT

EPILOGUE

READING GROUP GUIDE

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

PROLOGUE

A
PRIL
19, 1889

Caleb Alford stood on the rustic, wood-paneled porch of his childhood home and placed the small piece of turquoise in the front pocket of his jacket. The air was still, quiet. He took in a long breath, strapped on his canvas pack, and stepped down. He walked down the front steps and along the dirt path all the way to town without ever looking back.

It was four o’clock in the morning as he set out, the darkness thick, stars and moon barely lighting the way, the night a long woolen blanket pulled across the eastern North Carolina farmland he had called home all of his life.

His pack was heavy, making the walk a bit slower. He had everything he would need: an extra pair of work pants, two winter shirts, thick wool socks, a leather vest, a new pair of long johns, biscuits, dried beef, two small apples, and the roll of dollars he had saved for fourteen months. He had a few tools—a small pick and
two tin pans—roped to the bottom of the pack, along with a lantern given to him by his father, a sleeping mat, a pair of gloves, and a map drawn and labeled by Judah Gardner that included every detail the old man could recall. Mr. Gardner, a comrade of his uncle, had just returned from the mines. He had quite a story to tell, and Caleb Alford wanted to hear it all.

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