Wednesday, May 31, 2017

THE CLOCK STRIKES NUN

The Clock Strikes Nun by Alice Loweecey

 
Cozy Mystery 4th in Series 
Henery Press (May 30, 2017) 
Paperback: 268 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1635112153

E-BOOK - ASIN: B06XD1D3PW

When terrified Elaine Patrick knocks on Driscoll Investigations’ door and insists her house is haunted, Giulia Driscoll’s first response is “we don’t handle ghosts.” When Elaine’s housekeeper and crackpot filthy rich cousin descend on Giulia and demand she find out who’s trying to steal sweet, fragile Elaine’s family business out from under her, that’s a different story. They want DI to provide Tarot readings, ghost hunting sessions, and even an exorcism.
Ghost hunting? There are apps for that. Tarot readings? Experts in the skill are right across the street. Exorcisms? Having a priest for a brother-in-law comes in handy. Giulia plunges into a crash course in all things supernatural, convinced everything happening to Elaine is stagecraft.
Except when it isn’t. Giulia’s about to discover a new dimension to sleuthing, if she can survive attempted murder long enough to see through the web of lies around her client.


I want to applaud Author Alice Loweecey for having the courage to stretch the boundaries of what her cozy readers may accept and appreciate.

Driscoll Investigations thought marital and divorce cases could be tawdry and preferred other types of work, but when this case takes a sinister turn, they find themselves almost looking forward to a "nice" but safer nasty investigation. It starts out seemingly simple enough - check into the financial dealings at Dahlia, a fashion empire. The young owner has a few quirks, stemming from a traumatic childhood. Still, she comes across creative and sweet, endearing.
After DI accepts the case, the stakes are raised. Could they also use alternative methods to check into rogue spirits haunting the woman's house, her "castle." 
Being a former nun, Giulia calls herself a Cradle Catholic and has deeply held beliefs. 
How far will she stretch those and her moral code to come up with answers for her client?


 This is an unusual cozy mystery with many facets and some surprising twists.
I appreciated how the team could laugh at themselves and at situations that would otherwise drive them crazy. These clients are a bagful of new experiences for DI providing them with much to think about.  I loved all the references to popular detective shows and mysteries.

Please read my full review here.

About The Author

Baker of brownies and tormenter of characters, Alice Loweecey recently celebrated her thirtieth year outside the convent. She grew up watching Hammer horror films and Scooby-Doo mysteries, which explains a whole lot. When she's not creating trouble for her sleuth Giulia Driscoll or inspiring nightmares as her alter-ego Kate Morgan, she can be found growing her own vegetables (in summer) and cooking with them (the rest of the year).
Twitter: @AliceLoweecey
Goodreads: Alice Loweecey


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