Force of Habit by Alice Loweecey is the first book in the new “Falcone & Driscoll Investigation” mystery series. Publisher: Midnight Ink, February 2011

Giulia Falcone is convinced she’s going to hell. First, because she left the convent. Second, her new job with a private investigator has her sneaking around and lying. Adjusting to life in the outside world isn’t easy. Makeup, dating, and sex are all new to her. And despite a crush on her boss Frank Driscoll—a foul-mouthed, soft-hearted ex-cop—Giulia is sure he’d never fall for an ex-nun.

Her first case involves drop-dead handsome Blake Parker, a man with immense wealth and an ego to match. He and his fiancée are getting disturbing “gifts” with messages based on biblical verses. When Giulia is drawn into the stalker’s twisted game, salacious photos of her appear, threatening her job and her friendship with Frank. No one imagines—least of all naïve Giulia—the danger ahead, when following the clues turns into a fight for her life.

Meet Giulia, former nun, now working for a private investigator. When her boss involves her in one of his cases, not only will she learn more than she imagined, but will it will test Giulia’s self worth and the core that is Giulia. What a ride! The evenly-paced and well-written story kept me glued to the pages. In order to assist Frank, Giulia has to come out of her comfort zone and do things she normally wouldn’t do like spy and lie, to get the job done. When the case gets too risky, Giulia draws on her strength and motivation to handle the threatening situations that arises. This was a good mystery and I can’t wait to read the next book in this engaging series.

*new-to-me author

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