Nun After The Other (A Giulia Driscoll Mystery) by Alice Loweecey


Nun After The Other (A Giulia Driscoll Mystery)
Cozy Mystery 5th in Series
Henery Press (April 17, 2018)
Paperback: 268 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635113266
Digital ASIN: B079H34FXV

Nuns and murder and ghosts, oh my!

Here comes Giulia Driscoll again, and boy, is she in for it this time. It starts when a frenzied Chihuahua leads Giulia and Frank Driscoll to the body of a nun in the street near a convent. The nuns fear they’re being harassed by the biggest developer in town and quickly embrace Giulia as their savior.

Of course the former nun who exposed the drug ring run by a priest and nun will save their home and discover the murderer. And of course not only Giulia takes this job, but also all the other jobs clamoring for her attention. The result: Driscoll Investigations is pushed to its limit.

Then Giulia’s brother falls into a coma and she brings his kids to her house. Talk about a crash course in parenting for pregnant Giulia!

Did we mention the convent ghost? She loves the house, hates the nuns, and chain-smokes. Why couldn’t Giulia’s first honest-to-goodness ghost be shy and sweet?   More important, does the ghost hate the nuns—or the developer—enough to indulge in a bit of murder to liven up the afterlife?

Nun After The Other

At 6:55 am on the first day of school, Giulia's husband Frank and her niece and nephews were sitting at the kitchen table sipping orange juice. Giulia set plates with English muffins, eggs, and bacon in front of them. Frank slid into the head chair and Giulia set him a plate with twice the amount of food plus a cup of coffee. Instead of his fork, Frank picked up his phone and put it on speaker.
“Mom? I want you to know I never appreciated you enough growing up.”
His mother’s voice said, “I wish I had a tape recorder handy.”
Giulia said from the stove, “I’m the witness.”
Frank’s mother said, “Why the sudden homage from my youngest son at seven o’clock in the morning?”
“Giulia’s niece and nephews are staying with us for a few days. They’re thirteen, twelve, and eleven. In the space of half an hour, starting at six thirty, she has everyone in the house sitting at the table eating a home-cooked breakfast.” He winked at Giulia. “I’m not worthy.”
“You are quite right,” his mother said. “Now hang up and eat your breakfast while it’s hot.”
“Yes, mom.”
Giulia brought her own breakfast to the table. Over the rim of her first allowed pregnancy coffee of the day, she saw three pairs of eyes staring at her and Frank.
“Is there egg in my hair?”
Cecilia said to her brothers in a perfect imitation of mansplaining, “You see? This is how normal families interact.”

Who, other than Alice Loweecey, would think of combining the Exorcist and Scooby-Doo?
Nuns who watch and quote horror films and old detective noir films and books.
Who can turn cigarette smoke into a lethal weapon! (It would work on me.)
While I am not Catholic and was spared a religious school upbringing, these tough talking nuns did intimidate me. They see their neighborhood crumbling and are determined to stay until the very end to complete their mission. In fear for their own well being, they adopt the cutest little attack dog ever.

Former nun Guilia Driscoll is a P.I. Do you believe in coincidence? Her office is across the street from a psychic shop. I won't spoil the fun of that connection. And all the literary references! Those you don't immediately get you will want to look up for later. This book is one amazing discovery after another. Who really is behind the crimes is a combination of I-told-you-so and oh-really? The reasons are well thought out.
We also get a look into Guilia's personal life and look forward to her future as a parent.

You can read this book as a stand alone but Guilia and her coworkers are fascinating and you'll want to read the whole series. 

 About the Author

Alice Loweecey is a 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).
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