Friday, March 16, 2018



When mobsters frame her aunt, one psychic dives headfirst into a criminal conspiracy.
Mary Catherine, MC for short, inherited her family’s psychic abilities and a knack for trouble. When her fortune-telling aunt is accused of murdering a Russian mobster and refuses to defend herself by revealing what she saw in a card reading, it’s up to MC to divine the truth.

But if MC isn’t careful, she could end up sharing a jail cell with her aunt … or swimming with the fishes.

The Russian and Aunt Sophia is a madcap cozy mystery novella that could only take place in Florida. If you like surreal plots, well-rounded characters, and quirky comedy, then you’ll love Rita Moreau’s psychic whodunit.

Dive into The Russian and Aunt Sophia to solve a clairvoyant mystery today!

Book Details:

Book title: The Russian & Aunt Sophia, (A Mary Catherine Mahoney Mystery Novella)

Author: Rita Moreau

Genre: Cozy mystery, Novella #1

Self Published (January 16, 2018)

Print Length: 77 pages
Touring with: Great Escapes Book Tours


“My name is Sister Hildegard. I am the mother superior of the Order of the Sisters of Saint Anthony. Saint Anthony is the saint you pray to when you have lost something (or you are lost). My order contains a secret society of nuns who are psychic, including me. It comes in handy when Saint Anthony is busy, and trust me, he is busy.”


Sister, how did you first meet Rita?

Through my childhood friend, Sophia. Sophia is her aunt.  We were told she had a knack at finding things. Part of it her training with the IRS and part of it her DNA. She is a reluctant psychic. We were desperate since we had lost a very old jewel which some say contained supernatural powers. We ordered her to find it, and she did (eventually).

Want to dish about Rita?
She is easily scared by nuns but then who isn’t?

Good point. Why do you think that your life has ended up being in a book?
The author attended the play, Late Night Catechism and found out that nuns are not supported by the Catholic Church. We’re on our own.  She then visited her high school nuns, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Cincinnati, and they told her about the audit of Catholic nuns by the Vatican.  She decided to weave all that into her third book Feisty Nuns.

Tell us about your favorite scene in the book. 

In chapter 11 when we were all in the back seat of Limo Louie’s Cadillac Fleetwood and on the way to Jennifer’s party. We had fun drinking shots out of little red solo cups and comparing our outfits.

Did you have a hard time convincing Rita to write any particular scenes for you?
No, she pretty much obeys my every command. She is a product of parochial schools just like her protagonist, Mary Catherine.

What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere? 
Sit and meditate in the Garden of Saint Hildegard which sits on our convent property.

Do have any secret aspirations that your author doesn’t know about?

I’d love to see the author’s books made into a movie.

If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?

Take a Zumba class.

What impression do you make on people when they first meet you?
I scare them. I am very tall, and I wear my habit unlike modern nuns who wear everyday clothes.
How about after they've known you for a while?
After they have known me for awhile I still scare them.

What's the worst thing that's happened in your life?
When the Vatican decided to audit our order because they decided nuns were out of line and were challenging the all-male priesthood. It pointed out the secondary role nuns, or for that matter women, play in the church. I learned you will get stronger if it doesn’t kill you first.

Tell us about your best friend.

Sister Matilda is short and petite but she carries herself with the same stature as someone as tall as I. She is a walking Wikipedia on any subject. She has a deep love of history. The nuns at the convent do their best to avoid her because it will lead to what they have dubbed: history time. God forbid you ask her a question by accident.

What are you most afraid of?

Flying insects.

What’s the best trait your author has given you?
Strength of character.
What’s the worst?
Impatience, especially with my friend Sister Matilda and her love of history time.

What’s Rita’s worst habit?

Cannot write fast enough. In today’s world an author needs to produce books quickly.

How do you feel about your life right now?
I worry for my order since we do not get any assistance from the Catholic Church. We are getting older, and there are no younger nuns to take our place. If we live long enough, we will run out of funds. They will separate us and send us to the old folk’s homes.

What aspect of Rita’s writing style do you like best? 
Her voice.

If your story were a movie, who would play you? 
Why, myself of course.

Describe the town where you live. 
Fish Camp, a small Florida town near State Road A1A.

Describe an average day in your life.
Busy, putting out fires.

What makes you stand out from any other characters in your genre?

I’m a nun and I’m very tall.

If you could be “adopted” by another writer, who would you choose?
Mary Higgins Clark.

Will you encourage Rita to write a sequel?
Yes. We need the money. She regularly donates funds from her book sales to the sisters.


Rita Moreau is the author of the Mary Catherine Mahoney Mystery series.

A workaholic by nature, upon retirement, Rita Moreau began work on her bucket list, writing a book. Traveling the national parks with her husband George in a vintage Bluebird motor home, (on George’s list), Rita completed her first novel, Bribing Saint Anthony. Back home she completed Nuns! Psychics! & Gypsies! OH! NO, Feisty Nuns and The Russian & Aunt Sophia. Rita and her husband live in a postcard called Florida where he has fun telling everyone he is the author’s husband.

When not writing, she joins PatZi Gil on the Joy on Paper radio program with Book Buzz Mysteries or you can find her teaching fitness classes and doing her best to keep busy. She loves connecting with readers.

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