Mary Maxwell-Hume is an enigma. She earns a living as a piano teacher, but also belongs to an obscure order of nuns. Their rules appear curious: although the nuns wear red habits occasionally, the order has a peculiar dress code: nuns wear ‘only as much as is necessary to preserve due modesty’ – plus liberal doses of Chanel No.5 perfume. There’s the faintest hint that Mary might be a bit of a hustler, but she uses her sensual powers in such a way that nobody really minds – except for the odious Theodore Plews of Lamberts Auction House in Edinburgh. Anyway, who would dare suggest that a woman of God might not all be all she seems? Eventually, she engages a young police constable as her faithful ‘assistant’... This series of short stories combines into an entertaining novella with more than an occasional twist. Why not sit back and enjoy where Mary Maxwell-Hume leads you?
The Discreet Charm of Mary Maxwell-Hume by Gordon Lawrie, (ISBN 9780993026263) is available now from all good bookstores in the UK, online on Amazon, and on Kindle. It is also available direct from this website, priced £5.99.