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Publication Order of Sister Joan Mystery Books

A Vow of Silence (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Vow of Chastity (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Vow of Sanctity (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Vow of Devotion (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Vow of Penance (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Vow of Fidelity (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Vow of Obedience (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Vow of Adoration (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Vow of Poverty (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Vow Of Compassion (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vow Of Evil (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Dangerous Inheritance (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Footfall in the Mist (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fair Kilmeny (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moonflete (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wayward Madonna (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Master of Malcarew (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Minstrel's Leap (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Enchanted Grotto (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Echo of Margaret (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Greengirl (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flame in the Snow (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lover Dark, Lady Fair (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bond Wife (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Last Seen Wearing (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Name is Polly Winter (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Pilgrim Love (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hoodman Blind (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

About Veronica Black

As a writer, the Welsh author Maureen Peters was very much admired during her lifetime, having amassed a huge and impressive body of work. It was also the case that she would go under several different pen-names as well, from Catherine Darby, Elizabeth Law, and Belinda Grey, to Sharon Whitby, Judith Rothman, and Levanah Lloyd. All of these would focus on different genres, such as romance, history and the Gothic, showcasing a distinct genre style and approach for Peters. One particularly memorable name, though, was that of Veronica Black, under which she would write many different mystery novels.

Under her own name of Maureen Peters she was largely known for writing biographical fiction set around the royalty, but her black pen-name would become highly popular in its own right. Many would come to appreciate her use of suspense and tension, as she would would show a gift for building both of these throughout her stories. Knowing her audience, she really understand the format of the genre, pushing it to the full limit, and making the most of its potential. This could be seen reflected in her use of characters too, as many of them would essentially come alive off the page. Her ‘Sister Joan’ mystery series was testament to this, and has continued to rise in popularity ever since it was first published.

Early and Personal Life

Born in 1935 on the 3rd of March, Maureen Peters was born in Caernarvon, Wales, as she would go on the assume the pseudonym of Veronica Black. Taking many other pen-names as well, she would go on to write a number of mysteries using her Veronica Black moniker. Writing in many different genres, she was well regarded, at she would develop both her voice and her style, becoming an extremely versatile novelist.

Over the years she would divorce twice, while having two sons and two daughters, continuing to write all the time. Her name of Veronica Black would become a highly popular one and, in many ways, superseding her own in the intervening years. Leaving behind a legacy that continues on to this day, her work grows in prominence, as more and more readers discover her books everyday.

Writing Career

The first book that Maureen Peters would write under the name of Veronica Black would be ‘Dangerous Inheritance,’ and this would be written back in 1969. She would then write a number of other mystery titles using this pen-name, many of which were stand-alone titles focusing on the mystery genre. Then, in 1990, she would begin her ‘Sister Joan’ series of mystery novels using the pseudonym, starting with the novel ‘A Vow of Silence.’

This series would continue for eleven titles in total, finishing with the novel ‘A Vow of Evil’ in 2004, which would conclude the franchise. Overall Peters would write over a hundred novels during the course of her lifetime, and many of these would fall across a range of different genres. Her versatility as a writer was admired by many and still finds her fans from across the world to this very day.

A Vow of Obedience

Initially released in 1993, this would be published to much acclaim, setting up the fourth title in the Sister Joan Mystery series of novels. Operating entirely as a self-contained mystery, it managed to recapture a lot of what made the previous three books work so well, giving it something of its own. Published on the Kindle it manages to pave the way for the next book in the series to follow too, bringing another mystery once again.

Working as a solid mystery, this story really carries itself well, bringing in a lot of classic elements of the genre and making them its own. The characters, many of whom have been already established in previous novels, are here brought in once again. With its leading protagonist of Sister Joan as well, it definitely manages to re-establish her as a character too, allowing her to come alive off of the page.

Returning once more to her Cornwell convent following her retreat in Scotland, Sister Joan finds that the school she previously taught at has now been closed. That’s when she discovers the body of the previously missing sixteen year old schoolgirl Valerie within the now empty school, and she has been dressed all in white. It appears that a killer is on the loose, gripped by insanity, and they have a strong obsession to the convent of Sister Joan. Can she find the killer in time before they strike again? Why are they doing this and what’s driving them? Just who is behind a vow of obedience?

A Vow of Evil

Originally brought out through the ‘Ulverscroft’ publishing imprint, this would first come out in 2004 on the 28th of October. Marking the eleventh title in the long-running and highly popular ‘Sister Joan’ series of mystery novels, it follows on with another self-contained mystery. Carrying on in much the same manner as before, it would give her another mystery to solve, and they don’t have to be read in any particular order, although there is plenty for fans to keep up with.

There’s a dark tone to this story, much like the others in the series, and it’s handled with care and expert precision throughout. The story is engaging and Sister Joan herself still feels interesting at this point, despite having spent so long with her. Every turn of the page brings a new surprise, and the world it establishes feels highly immersive, with a rich and evocative atmosphere that’s almost a character in of itself.

It’s been a while since Sister Joan has last solved a murder, and it looks like she may soon have to solve one again. A devil has apparently been sighted in the churchyard nearby, and there’s been several acts of vandalism around the area, along with lit candles being left in the postulancy. Then Sister Joan discovers a body, followed by a younger police-officer going missing, and she must find out why. Can she discover the truth before it’s too late? Why is Sister Gabrielle acting suspiciously? Just who has taken a vow of evil?

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