The first book of a series involving a modern day monk who helps the local Cape Cod police force solve crimes. The author does a good job of setting the scene and giving us a view of close-knit community life. I am looking forward to reading A Matter of Diamonds, the next in line.
If you love Cape Cod, a Matter of Roses is for you. Manuel's style and voice feel like your most comfortable and cherished moccasins. Add to that a stimulating and fun, first rate mystery, and you have a must read novel.