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Back in the Habit (A Falcone & Driscoll Investigation) Paperback – February 8, 2012
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About the Author
Alice Loweecey is a former nun who went from the convent to playing hookers on stage to accepting her husband's marriage proposal on the second date. A regular contributor to BuddyHollywood.com, she is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She is the author of Force of Habit and Back in the Habit. The author lives with her family in Amherst, N.Y. Visit her online at: AliceLoweecey.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Giulia, now must resume her past as Sister Mary Regina Coelis. As Regina, she must undercover why a Novice committed the most dreadful of sins, suicide. What drove this young woman to such lengths when she could have escaped the convent (jumping the wall,) and from the safety of her family's home quit the life?
In this novel we are introduced to Giulia's former foes and reasons that she found convent or community life just too much. There is such evil running through the halls that I found this book to be a page turner. I do wish a better balance had been offered though.
Mas. Loweecey does write a compelling mystery. I was held enthralled by the storyline and wondering what would happen next. Was I shocked? A bit, I must admit. Now, I will go see if she has published a new book lately.
The writing is good, the pace is quick and readers will care about the main character.
However, the plot was thin and predictable. The premise wasn't plausible to me. For one thing, a superior of the order would be elected, and this one seems forced on the community. (That's not a spoiler: Giulia, the heroine, spills all on the first couple of pages.) The order seems very old-fashioned, to say the least, and it's hard to imagine why anyone would join, let alone stay. Still, Loweecey has some good scenes with nuns sharing a sense of community; I'd have expected the heroine to acknowledge the good as well as the bad. And do convents have bad food? I visited a friend who'd joined a convent, many years ago; the food was excellent!
The crime itself seems a little far-fetched, mainly because it would be hard to keep a big secret in a tight community.
It would be interesting to hear from some nuns and ex-nuns. The author herself is an ex-nun but she may have taken some literary license!
Regardless, the book was one of the better mysteries I've read this year and one of the best from a new author. I'll look forward to the next volume in the series.
A little over a year earlier Giulia Falcone had left the convent, leaving the home she had known for the past decade and accepting the rejection of her family to face life in the outside world. She had managed to learn how to support herself and even begin a new career as a private investigator. When one of her chief tormentors from the convent came into the office seeking help Giulia was amused by the irony of the situation, at least until she discovered that the case would take her right back behind those covent walls. Would she be able to go back to the life she had been so eager to flee?
This is an odd little series of cozy romance mysteries. The premise is great, Giulia learning how to cope with life outside the convent provides lots of material for interesting stories. Her partner, Frank Driscoll, apparently has some back story of his own that is slowly being revealed that will probably add to the on going story arc. There characters are being filled out quite well in a way that will keep readers coming back for more. The mysteries themselves are clever, going beyond the usual weak fare that is often found in cozy romance mystery series.
It is too bad that the author (and her editors) have not followed through on these great beginnings. There are scenes that go on too long, covering ground that has already been well trod. The dialog often times needs to be polished and tightened in many places. The biggest problem though is the continuing plot line of the romance between Giulia and Frank. This 'does he really like me? What'll I do if he tries to kiss me?' stuff is more appropriate to a story aimed to the middle school crowd rather than an adult audience.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ive enjoyed other novels by this author and feel her main character is my friend and "partner in crime"! Another "Guilia adventure".Published 2 months ago by Janice Rowand Manzo
I really enjoy Alice Loweecey's character development. Giulia Falcone is a fully developed character that is inspiring and likeable. Great read!Published 8 months ago by psyprof73
Yes, I bought all three books in this series! And I am picky about stories about nuns and also about writing style! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kathleen N.
I got the first one in the series free and was addicted. I ended up getting every one printed before I stopped. Excellent premise, Excellent writing!!! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Renee Belew
Alice Loweecey has the ability to write believable characters and intriguing plots. I enjoyed the interplay of the characters and how she made them come alivePublished 18 months ago by Grandma
My three star rating derives from averaging the well-written characterizations of the convent Sisters/convent community politics - four stars - with only two stars for the mystery. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Salinger