With Our Blessing

With Our Blessing by Jo Spain is a well-done detective/police procedural.  It's the first of a series, set in Ireland. The back story is a familiar issue from recent news--the historic convents who ran laundries which sometimes virtually imprisoned unwed mothers. The horrific crime which opens the book sends the team on a search through the past and a potential revenge motive. The characters of both the nuns and police are complex, weaving elements of their personal lives into their responses to professional pressures.