After ten years spent living with 150 nuns and attempting to believe the best in people, former Sister Mary Regina Coelis has adjusted to her new married life as Giulia Falcone Driscoll, private investigator.
While many of her cases are distasteful, usually her life is not in danger.
The day MacAllister Stone stormed into Giulia's office and forcibly dragged her across the street to the local fortune teller's storefront, life was not only about to get dangerous but also weird.
Mac, as everyone calls the vibrant, 70 year old woman, owns a lighthouse themed bed and breakfast. She claims it is haunted by a family ghost that is trying to evict her and her guests. The psychic, Lady Rowan, had told Mac to consult "she who uncovers the truth," who fortunately had a office across the street. There are other psychic connection throughout the book to "The Veiled Woman" and La Llorona, (a vision calling one to one's death) or the White Woman.
I will admit I am listening to Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor as I write this review. It makes great background music for any of the lighthouse tower scenes.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho9rZ...
When she learns more about this case, Giulia muses that she "was thinking that removing a ghost requires a different type of investigator." however, when she sees what she will be paid, she dismisses her thoughts about it being a "one-in-one-thousand chance the troubles are supernatural" and makes arrangements for her police detective husband to accompany her on a mini investigating vacation at Stone's Throw.
This book is a mixture of kitsch and cozy and well thought out clues to follow, along with slight references to Scooby Doo. The suspects are interesting enough, all with possible motives.
There is creative, colorful dialogue, such as "the guests...resembled an explosion in a crayon factory," and "By this time the ghost ought to be able to give a TED talk on multitasking."
Giulia observed that the psychic suspects were not "following the huckster's rulebook," meaning following common patterns of swindlers. I also appreciated that Giulia used ANY resources at her disposal including internet searches for how to life fingerprints and praying to whichever patron saint covered retrieving clear prints.
A fun, well paced cozy that is not like all the others.
I did receive this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Baker of brownies and tormenter of characters, Alice Loweecey recently celebrated her thirtieth year outside the convent. She grew up watching Hammer Horror and Scooby-Doo Mysteries, which might explain a whole lot. When she’s not creating trouble for Giulia Falcone-Driscoll, she can be found growing her own vegetables (in summer) and cooking with them (the rest of the year).