This is part of an excellent series about a nun turned PI.

Here we have family issues – her brother and his wife and their children for her to deal with, her very new pregnancy, and then there are her clients.

And one of her clients seems to have got involved with a group of people who are preparing to live off the grid just in case of Doomsday.

Now Doomsday seems to be a fad amongst people in certain US states -  not so much here in the UK but then we don’t have quite as much wilderness for them to get lost in and they certainly couldn’t hunt for their meat! Not a legal pastime here.

Now you can watch a reality TV show – on YouTube that was aired on National Geographic and there is a Face book page too: https://www.facebook.com/doomsdaypreppers/.  And you can play a game based on this too – to get you ready for your own prepping I guess.  And if you want support there is probably a group meeting near you. I did find a UK shop for UK preppers and a website so I investigated more. They are trying to prepare for natural disasters as well as man-made – which of course include hurricanes. They have a current blog about the 5 best herbs to know about and they surprised me as to which were chosen:
  • Burdock for a poultice for bruises and burns, and a root for carbs.
  • Dandelion for detox and diuretic (piss en lit as the French call it);
  • Plantain for insect bites, rashes, ski infections. Use in a tea for IBS.
  • Yarrow for anti bacterial, anti inflammatory, a oultice for deep wounds – which follows, and in a tea for high blood pressure and colds;
  • Self-heal for fevers and viruses.
I also love the ‘voice’ of the convent school teacher. Back in the day I ha done too – and got offered several school teaching posts based on it!

As she says: ‘in or out of the convent, crabgrass is easier to uproot than Franciscan values’. These being Respect, Compassion, Service and Integrity.

Some notes on items that interested me in the book:

Coffee growing outdoors in the US is very unlikely but possible in a greenhouse – my plats are currently over-summering there – not growing well but they do take 4-5 years to grow to flowering size. Perhaps they should use the type that likes to grow in shady forest?

Sheep cheese – an Italian that has never eaten Pecorino? Seems unlikely to me. We personally love Pecorino. Pecora means sheep in Italian after all. They come in different ages which makes a difference to taste. They are always slightly salty and make a great alternative to Parmesan. The older the cheese is, ie over 6 months, the drier and more crumbly.

I have had read books in this series before and liked them and this was satisfying in its conclusion where all the questions were wrapped up.

4 stars. I received this free book in exchange for an honest review

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