(creator: Janet O'Daniel)
|Sister Maureen is the director of St Margaret's Home. She is a very capable, business-like, and busy person who used to be a highly effective coach for the boys' basketball team, and also proves to be an observant and shrewd detective. She appears in just the one short story reviewed below.
Janet O'Daniel was the pseudonym for Janet Cichetti (1921- ) and Lillian Ressler Groom who also jointly used the name Lillian Janet for a whole series of historical novels, of which the most well-known was the children's novel Garrett's Crossing. I would welcome more information (and photographs) about them. If you can help, please contact me via my Guestbook.
Death of an Alumnus (1998)
Then ex-resident Eddie arrives for the grand opening. Now an expert basketball player, he gratefully tells Sister Maureen, "I remember your pins. You always had a lot of big safety pins around you to pin up your skirts and your veil when you were showing us how to make jump shots." Another ex-resident Artie Hoffman, on the other hand, had been a nasty piece of work, but Sister Maureen has to greet too many other important guests to worry too much about him. But then his dead body is found - stabbed with Roger's knife. The sheriff soon discovers that both Roger and Artie had had every reason to hate him, but it is Sister Maureen, who had known both the suspects so well, who notices the tell-tale clue that reveals the real murderer. She's an engaging character and it is a pity that this is her only appearance.
Used copies of the Thou Shalt Not Kill anthology are available (but be careful: there are other books with this title).
|The story Death of an Alumnus is included in the Thou Shalt Not Kill anthology, published in 1992.|