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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 Giulia Falcone-Driscoll, she can be found growing her own vegetables (in summer) and cooking with them (the rest of the year).
I finished it!!! Excellent read. I am intrigued by Zane and Jane... Want to get to know them better. I am hoping Giulia doesn't move too far away from convent related scandals. Of course, those could keep a series alive and interesting for several more books. The Author obviously does a great deal of research. It shows in the relentless, realistic, plot twisting details. I was totally sucked in! Also left me wanting several varieties of pastry and coffee and thinking I hate Giulia for all she eats and seemingly stays so svelt!! I think I gained ten pounds just imagining all the goodies! Hoping to really get to know the new characters and meet mini Sidney! I can imagine either s/he will be named Willow Cloverfeild or something super classic like Josephine! Depends on ithe winner... Sidney or Oliver. I think what I like most about the Giulia Falcone-Driscoll Mysteries is the growth of the characters and the endless possibilities of what they will be caught up in next! I also think the author does a great job weaving Giulia's beliefs into the story. Contrary to popular belief, leaving the convent doesn't mean faith is abandoned necessarily. Characters who are real, believable and multidimensional! Alice Loweecey nailed it!!! Looking forward to Second to Nun in the Fall 2015!!
This book's author uses her past life and career as a Nun to create the main character...Giulia Falcone-Driscoll. Ms. Loweecey is able to blend real life with fictional to draw a character both memorable as well as believable.
Our sleuth, now happily married to a police detective who adores her, Frank, has taken over his Private Investigation company. The employees are also easy to like. Sidney, a heavily pregnant assistant who is married to a psychologist and they own an alpaca manure company had me on tenterhooks as she capably carried on her duties while being 37-weeks along. Has a wicked sense of humor and I learned Alpaca poop is almost no-odor!
Then there is Zane and he is the Administrative Assistant with a brain power that amazes one. Zane is slowly learning how to relax and share the office with a Boss who enjoys life and our Sidney. Zane is also an amazing gamer and has a voice like 'Bogey's.'
Giulia Falcone-Driscoll knows her staff is running at capacity with a large embezzlement case as well as constant Catholic Diocese Employment checks. However, when a plum 'Silk Tie Killer' case comes across her desk...looking for a case of probable doubt...she can't resist. Giulia's sense of Justice has been tweaked and even though their might be a slight conflict of interest, heck she has to take on the assignment.
This novel will have you chuckling, angry, almost disagreeing with Giulia's judgment, but, surprised at the ending, but...not. I'm not going to say any more than...please give this novel and series a read. It is truly enjoyable.
What a funny (and fun) book. Giulia Driscoll is a reformed nun (OK, that's 12 years of Catholic school talking, actually she mustered out) who has turned Private Investigator. Guilia is a delightful mix of clay footed human with a dash of pious. He husband is a police detective (yes, she's married), but this isn't one of 'those' books where he 'helps' her with the investigation so she can take all the credit. Not at all. Instead. Giulia and her team of two actively investigate two very complicated cases and bring down the bad guy. There are scenes in this book that are laugh out loud funny. I want these people for friends and can't wait to read the next book.
Giulia is back and I’m so thrilled that she graced my path in this amusing whodunit that hosts a slick and savvy former nun who takes no gumption from anyone. I loved the flow and the execution in this fast-paced and action-filled drama that kept me engaged and entertained from beginning to end. Boasting an exceptionally diverse cast of characters, humorous banter and witty repartee and just plain fun in the offices of Driscoll Investigation, this is a brilliant return and I can’t wait to see what cases Giulia and her team tackle next.
Giulia Falcone-Driscoll, formerly Sister Mary Regina married Frank who was running the Driscoll Investigation. Frank ends up leaving the investigation office and goes back to being a Police Detective, leaving the agency to his wife. Sidney is her assistant, married to Oliver and ready to have her baby. Zane a relatively new employee and then Jane who is hired to be a temp when Sidney goes on maternity leave. Driscoll agency is hired to find evidence that Roger Fitch did not kill his girlfriend Loriela Gil. Plus they are working another case to find out who is embezzling money from Atlantic and Roger Fitch's name comes up in that investigation also. Giulia feels the 2 cases are connected but how. Kept me guessing the whole way through.
"Nun Too Soon" is the quintessential cozy mystery! Great read for a summer vacation, or a weekend getaway! Likable and thoroughly capable heroine, thoroughly despicable bad guys, and a wonderful supporting cast of characters! This is a book for the times you want just plain old entertainment and you're not looking for something deep and meaningful or anything to strain your brain. The clues are plenty "twisty and turny" in the beginning, and as the true character of the prime suspects comes out, you're along for the harrowing ride to the final outcome! On to Book #2 in the series!
I truly hope Ms. Loweecey decides to continue this series! It's a delightful read and Giulia is a unique character, refreshingly forthright without being strident or obnoxious. Funny, bright, and light-hearted, they're good mysteries but quick reads. These four books are keepers for my permanent collection. Highly recommended!
I really enjoyed the cozy mystery. It was funny at times and then serious and then suddenly all goodness broke out. I look forward to reading more in the series. If you get the time get NUN TOO SOON and have a enjoyable time.