Sister Agatha: The World’s Oldest Serial Killer by Domhnall O’Donoghue

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Sister Agatha: The World’s Oldest Serial Killer by Domhnall O’Donoghue
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Genre: Suspense/Mystery, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (122 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Sister Agatha is a colossal 118 years of age, whose vim and vigour would put the most robust athletes to shame. During a routine check-up, however, her doctor claims she has just a week to live, news that proves to be quite inconvenient, seeing as the beloved sister has one ambition in life: to be the oldest person in the world. At last count, she was the fifth.

However, never one to admit defeat, Sister Agatha concocts a bold Plan B. Dusting off her passport, she decides to leave Irish shores for the first time in her very long life, and using the few days remaining, plans to travel across three continents and meet the only four people whose birthday cakes boast more candles than hers.

And then, one by one, she intends on killing them.

You’re never too old to get into some mischief.

Getting to know Sister Agatha was delightful. I admired her intelligence and resourcefulness, but what really made me like her was her uncanny ability to reveal something new about herself just when I thought I had her all figured out. There were so many cleverly-hidden parts of her personality to discover that I wished her tale would never end so that I could keep learning more and more about her.

This book had a slow beginning. It took me a long time to get into the storyline because of how little was happening to move the plot forward. A big part of the reason why it moved so slowly was because the narrator kept flashing back to things that happened when Sister Agatha was growing up. While I found those scenes interesting, having so many of them did make it hard for me to stay focused on the mystery itself due to how little time the characters spent on it in the first several chapters.

The dialogue in this story was lively. Some of my favorite scenes to read were the ones where two or more characters had in-depth conversations about what was happening around them. Every character had an unique voice and something important to share with the audience. Listening to them talk to each other gave me many opportunities to guess what was going on and what might happen next, so I enjoyed every minute of their discussions.

Sister Agatha: The World’s Oldest Serial Killer should be read by anyone who is on the lookout for something completely unexpected.

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