A small Caravaggio painting hangs in the chapel of Doon Abbey in Kildare, which attracts visitors to the abbey from afar. One night, however, the painting disappears…
The Sister Superior is unwilling to cooperate with the police, as this would compromise the abbey’s silent-order ethos. Alice Dunwoody, a novitiate at the abbey who heard strange sounds on the night of the theft, persuades Sister Mercy Superior to allow her to investigate, with the help of the abbey’s computer-savvy librarian, Sister Mary Magdalene.
As the nuns try to track down the painting, the list of possible suspects – and the body count – multiplies. The mystery continues to weave a web of intrigue in each of the book’s chapters.
Devised and edited by Peter Cunningham and written by a cast of well-known Irish writers, Sister Caravaggio builds into a seamlessly woven work of fiction, rich with humour, energy and suspense — not least the unsolved mystery of which author actually wrote each chapter.
Maeve Binchy, who died in 2012, was an award-winning novelist, playwright and short-story writer. Her novels have been translated into 37 languages and have sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.
Peter Cunningham is an award-winning novelist and columnist. He is best known for his historical novels, including The Sea and the Silence (2010) and The Taoiseach (2003).
Neil Donnelly is an award-winning playwright. He has written plays for the theatre, including the Abbey Theatre and the Gaiety Theatre, for radio, including for RTÉ and the BBC, and for the screen.
Cormac Millar is a crime writer, literary translator and academic writer. His novels are An Irish Solution (2004) and The Grounds (2006).
Éilís Ní Dhuibhne is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer and playwright in both English and Irish. Her novel The Dancers Dancing was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for fiction.
Mary O’Donnell is the author of 11 books, both poetry and fiction, including The Light-Makers, Virgin and the Boy and The Elysium Treatment.
Peter Sheridan is an acclaimed novelist, playwright, screenwriter and director. His memoir 44: A Dublin Memoir was nominated for an Irish Times Literature Prize.