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My Musing ~ The Clock Strikes Nun by Alice Loweecey

The Clock Strikes Nun by Alice Loweecey is the fourth book in the “Giulia Driscoll” humorous mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, May 2017

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.

Love, love, love this book. When a client comes to her office speaking of hauntings and such, there’s nothing else to do but seek help from your friendly business associate and your brother-in-law priest and what happens after that is a delightfully entertaining jaunt through the world of ghosts, readings and mayhem, oh my!

This was a fun book to read and quickly became a page turner as I had to know what happens next. The author did a great job in setting this mystery, which was nicely done, with a bevy of suspects and it was fun watching how it all played out with clues sprinkled throughout the story. There were some tense moments where the author’s description of a few scenes had me clutching my heart as our heroine faced a perilous situation, but nothing knocks her down. And that twist at the end when all was revealed, I did not see that coming. Great job! The main characters were accounted for and present and all played pivotal roles that enhanced the telling of this tale. The secondary characters were eccentrically entertaining and added to the mystique in this wonderfully engaging tome. Bonus to me was seeing the homage to my favorite monster and other sci-fi mentions. This is by far, the best book in this most endearing series and I can’t wait to see what exciting adventures awaits Giulia and her friends.

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A day in the life with Giulia Driscoll by Alice Loweecey

Never say never. My grandmother used to tell me that when I was in high school and the nuns had their annual Vocation Day. I came home three years running with a colorful brochure about how wonderful the convent was. I’d show it to the family and say “Never” and toss it in the trash.

So what did I end up doing? Entered the convent right out of high school.

You’d think I learned my lesson.

Skip ahead thirteen years. Driscoll Investigations is always busy. So busy sometimes I’ve considered finding a bigger office and hiring a minion for Sidney and Zane, my multi-talented staff.

Everyone knows the rule for a successful business is “don’t turn away work.” But there are limits. We don’t take divorce cases anymore. I have a standing objection to angry, drunk spouses invading the office with violence on their minds.

Then came Stone’s Throw Bed & Breakfast with its staged haunting and loopy hired psychic. Because of that case, DI acquired a ghost hunting reputation. The phone’s been ringing off the hook and my email is overflowing.

New clients; yay?

No. No Ouija Boards. No ghost hunting. No exorcisms.

Are you waiting for the shoe to drop? It was a big shoe. A size 23 in the form of a wisp of a woman who thinks her house is haunted.

Never, I said.

Until her eccentric cousin showed up and said the real trouble was the woman’s business partners: They were trying to force her out of her business. Oh, and maybe the house really was haunted. On top of that, the woman’s housekeeper followed the cousin to our door, insisting the only way to win the woman’s confidence was to go along with the haunting idea.

So now we’re Driscoll Investigations, Ghost Breakers. I’m learning Tarot and my brother-in-law the priest is schooling me in exorcism. I’m having fun with EVP and EMP apps on my phone.

Because it’s all in fun. Ghosts don’t really exist. Never have.

Right?


You can read more about Giulia in The Clock Strikes Nun, the fourth book in the “Giulia Driscoll” mystery series.

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.

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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).

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Cover Reveal ~ The Clock Strikes Nun by Alice Loweecey

I’m thrilled to reveal the cover for the fourth book in the “Giulia Driscoll” mystery series, coming May 30, 2017.

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Title: The Clock Strikes Nun
Series: Giulia Driscoll #4
Genre: Humorous Mystery
Publisher: Henery Press
Website: Alice Loweecey


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.


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).

You can also connect with Alice on her Amazon page.

Book is available for pre-order at retail and online booksellers.

My Musing ~ Nun But The Brave by Alice Loweecey

Nun But The Brave by Alice Loweecey is the third book in the “Giulia Driscoll” mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, July 2016

Nun But The BraveGiulia Driscoll: Survival of the Fittest

Giulia Driscoll’s sister-in-law barges into Driscoll Investigations and promptly passes out from OD’ing on an unknown drug. Two OD’d teenagers are found dead in the park and behind a convenience store. DI’s new client insists her missing twin sister is not dead and enlists Giulia as the “Missing Person Whisperer.” Hooray for steady work?

The missing sister’s trail leads to married, pregnant, ex-nun Giulia’s first experience with online dating sites, to the delight of her husband and employees. Those dates lead her to local Doomsday Preppers. They grow their own everything, and that everything may be connected to the drugs, her sister-in-law, and the missing twin. These Preppers are about to learn the true meaning of doom.

This is one of my favorite series and I love this latest entry. I immediately became engrossed in all that was happening in this fast-paced and action-filled drama that quickly became a page turner. Skillfully written, this multi-plot tale kept me intrigued as I watched Giulia tackle her latest case with great aplomb. The author had a way with the verbiage and descriptive narration that awakened my curiosity as this tale took on a frenetic tempo with an intensifying course of action that was engagingly riveting. Snappy conversations and a foray into the unknown enhanced the telling of this story that created a wonderfully entertaining read as I look forward to more exciting exploits with Giulia and her friends.

Giulia Driscoll’s Deprivation by Alice Loweecey

Nun But The BraveOne side benefit from being a nun is you get used to name changes. I was born Giulia Falcone, then I became Sister Mary Regina Coelis for ten years. When I jumped the wall (yes, there really was a wall, but I walked out the front door) I was Giulia Falcone again. Now I’m married and my name is Giulia Driscoll. In a few months I’ll also be “mom.”

It’s a wild ride. My assistant Sidney tells me I should stock up on sleep. She should know, because her Jessamine is cutting teeth and no one in their house is getting any sleep. It’s a good thing I love coffee.

Speaking of the best beverage in the world, I’m limited to only two cups per day for the duration of the pregnancy. Two cups! I enjoy a beer or a glass of wine in the evening, but giving up alcohol while pregnant isn’t remotely as difficult as the Draconian coffee rule. I know when children misbehave some mothers remind them of how long they were in labor. When my little one misbehaves, I’m going to remind him (or her) of the Great Coffee Deprivation.

There I go, speaking in capital letters again. It’s a holdover from my latest case. My client hired me to find her missing twin sister and the trail led to a local Doomsday Prepper compound. The best way to infiltrate it was to go undercover as a Prepper myself. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Not when the way in requires a plunge into online dating and a match with Preppers.

Since Preppers are obsessed with surviving after nuclear war or a worldwide electromagnetic pulse, they look for childbearing potential. In other words, the Pelvis of the Future. Ten years in the convent did not prepare me for the photos and videos on dating sites or men who did not respect personal space. Only my need to remain undercover prevented me from breaking a couple of wrists.

My husband Frank thought my dating tribulations were funny. He also has a nickname for the baby which will most definitely not become the baby’s actual name, assuming it’s a boy. I admit I’m hoping it’s a boy. I could use a change after living with anywhere between five and ninety-five women for ten years. Then again, if it’s a girl I can show her how to take care of herself. So can her daddy. I’m pretty sure he’ll be the type of father who will be cleaning his gun on the porch when potential suitors arrive.

If it’s a boy, I can do the same. It‘s safe to say Sister Mary Regina Coelis is long gone. Nuns don’t carry a Glock. This baby’s mama does.

Right now I wish I was carrying an extra-large French roast with hazelnut syrup. This baby owes me so much coffee.


Nun But The Brave is the third book in the Giulia Driscoll humorous mystery series, published by Henery Press, July 12, 2016.

Giulia Driscoll’s sister-in-law barges into Driscoll Investigations and promptly passes out from OD’ing on an unknown drug. One teenager is found dead in the park and another behind a dumpster. DI’s new client insists her missing twin sister is not dead and enlists Giulia as the “Missing Person Whisperer.” Hooray for steady work?

The missing sister’s trail leads to married, pregnant, ex-nun Giulia’s first experience with online dating sites, to the delight of her husband and employees. Those dates lead her to local Doomsday Preppers. They grow their own everything, and that everything may be connected to the drugs, her sister-in-law, and the missing twin. These Preppers are about to learn the true meaning of doom.

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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).

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A Day in the Life with Sidney Martin by Alice Loweecey

Second To NunOMG baby! I know I’m supposed to be all mature and everything now that I’m a mom and married and running my own house and everything, but Jessamine is the sweetest, most perfect, most beautiful baby ever and she makes my life perfect! Don’t tell Olivier, my husband, because I may have told him that he makes my life perfect. But who says there’s a limit to perfection?

It’s only been a few years since I started working for Driscoll Investigations, and back then I was probably the goofiest admin Frank and Giulia Driscoll—actually she was Giulia Falcone then—ever saw. So much has changed since then! First Olivier and I got married, then Giulia and Frank got married, then Frank went back to being a police detective again and Giulia took over the business and made me her assistant! When that all happened, boom, boom, boom, I knew I had to settle down and get mature in a hurry.

Giulia is a whiz at running a detective agency. I wouldn’t have thought being a nun for ten years was good training for that kind of thing, but it’s almost like that old radio show, The Shadow. My dad used to play old recordings of it on long car trips when we were little. A spooky narrator always said, “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows.” That’s exactly how Giulia does it. It’s like her natural power, but maybe all those nun years sharpened her skills.

We have so much business we’re always busy. And then Jessamine came along. Now I’m super-busy at home and super-busy at work.

Speaking of super-busy at work, would you believe our latest client thinks her lighthouse B&B is haunted? Puh-lease. It’s awful how gullible some people are. I bet you a thousand dollars the “ghost” is a seagull trapped in the attic or a family of squirrels in between the walls. It doesn’t matter, because it’s more work for Driscoll Investigations, which means money for Jessamine’s future college fund. Right now it also means I get to temporarily be in charge while Giulia investigates the “haunting.”

Me in charge! This is so cool. Don’t tell Giulia, but if somebody comes through the door claiming they have a poltergeist or a Woman in White or the Dullahan is after them, I’m going to direct them to the Tarot Shoppe across the street. They’re the ones who got us into this haunted silliness in the first place.

Shh. It’s between you and me.


You can read more about Sidney in Second To Nun, the second book in the “Giulia Driscoll” humorous mystery series, published by Henery Press. The first book in the series is Nun Too Soon.

About Second To Nun

The Other Side has hired Driscoll Investigations. The owner of Stone’s Throw Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast insists that a tarot reading told her to hire Giulia to evict the family ghost. Since the ghost is cutting gas lines and flooding cellars, Giulia and her husband Frank head to the B&B to discover the real perpetrator.

The client also has a family legend: A highwayman who stole a pile of gold. Giulia has a pile of suspects, including a psychic the client hired to conduct weekly séances. So much for romance with Frank at this getaway.

Instead, Giulia’s juggling arson, creepy clown dolls, and the psychic going all Exorcist on her. Then the ghost tries to push the client off the lighthouse and throw Giulia down three flights of stairs. It should’ve known better than to mess with an ex-nun. Giulia has connections and she’s about to use them.

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About the author
Loweecey 2015Baker 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 Driscoll, she can be found growing her own vegetables (in summer) and cooking with them (the rest of the year).

Visit Alice at www.aliceloweecey.net, on Facebook and on Twitter

My Musing ~ Second To Nun by Alice Loweecey

Second To NunSecond To Nun by Alice Loweecey is the second book in the “Giulia Driscoll” mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, September 2015

The Other Side has hired Driscoll Investigations. The owner of Stone’s Throw Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast insists that a tarot reading told her to hire Giulia to evict the family ghost. Since the ghost is cutting gas lines and flooding cellars, Giulia and her husband Frank head to the B&B to discover the real perpetrator.

The client also has a family legend: A highwayman who stole a pile of gold. Giulia has a pile of suspects, including a psychic the client hired to conduct weekly séances. So much for romance with Frank at this getaway.

Instead, Giulia’s juggling arson, creepy clown dolls, and the psychic going all Exorcist on her. Then the ghost tries to push the client off the lighthouse and throw Giulia down three flights of stairs. It should’ve known better than to mess with an ex-nun. Giulia has connections and she’s about to use them.

Gold, Clowns, and Physics, Oh My! That is what faces Giulia when she takes on her latest case that brings her and Frank to a bed and breakfast where someone is trying to destroy the client’s business. Is it a spirit or is there a human factor afloat? Inside the cover of the fast-paced and action filled drama awaits the answer and what a fun ride it was to be with Giulia on this outing. The author knows a thing or two in her descriptive style to tease me with haunts and the like. Most of the suspects are within reach and I loved how the author played them off of each other, providing me with clues then changing direction until the final reveal when it all fell into place. Giulia is such a fun heroine with her dogged pursuit of the truth and with Frank and her staff by her side; she’ll always fight for justice.

Blog Tour With Giulia Driscoll by Alice Loweecey

Nun Too SoonI taught high school for ten years. English and Sex Ed. You’d think wrangling teenagers in the most boring and most embarrassing of subjects would prepare me for anything.

You’d be wrong. I know I was. You see, my teaching years were also my convent years. I used to be known as Sister Mary Regina Coelis. (Don’t blame me. I didn’t pick it.) Back then nuns wore habits, which was a black dress with matching veil. The habit still inspired fear in most students. That gave me an advantage.

Now that I’m running Driscoll Investigations on my own, nobody fears a short woman with curly hair. My husband Frank and I used to run it together, but we kept butting heads. We also lost the dividing line between work and home. So he rehabbed his leg and returned to the police force and I became the owner of DI. Now we only bring work home some of the time, which makes for a better marriage. Well, at least what we think is a better marriage. Being a Bride of Christ is vastly different from being the wife of a physical man with, er, all that entails.

Culture shock. It requires an adjustment period.

That was an understatement. I prefer precision in my choice of words.

Culture shock. One of the reasons for the phrase, “It’s five o’clock somewhere.”

I’m not complaining, though. Almost every day I get to be the face of justice to deadbeat dads, bail jumpers, and so many kinds of con artists. Insurance frauds and straying spouses make up the biggest percentage of our “cheaters” clientele. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that most people are decent and hard-working, and that we’re all just trying to make a good home for our families.

I have my terrific staff to remind me of that. Sidney is the eternally perky Christmas Elf. She and her husband are expecting their first baby any day now. She’s still trying to get me to eat healthy and all-natural, but you can have my flavored coffee when you pry it out of my cold, dead hands.

There’s also Zane, my genius admin. He’s a refugee from the telemarketing job from Hell. He’s still getting used to a job where the boss and the employees joke with each other. Sidney and I will keep working. He almost made a joke the other day. That’s progress.

Four years ago, when I left the convent with the clothes on my back and $200 in my pocket (they had to return my dowry; it’s the rules), I had no idea where my life was heading. Now I have a successful business and every morning I wake up in my own house next to my husband. Except for the occasional all-night stakeout, when I wake up in the front seat of the Nunmobile with a crick in my neck.

The Nunmobile is my little Saturn Ion. My very own car. Not bad for someone who used to leave the convent to teach school with only a house key in my pocket. A car. A home, A family. My own vegetable garden. Easy access to flavored coffee. Bringing justice to clients.

I definitely have no complaints.


You can read more about Guilia in Nun Too Soon, the first book in the new “Giulia Driscoll” humorous mystery series, published by Henery Press. For more information about Giulia’s past, check out Force of Habit, Back to the Habit and Veiled Threat.

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Meet 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 Giulia Falcone-Driscoll, she can be found growing her own vegetables (in summer) and cooking with them (the rest of the year).

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My Musing ~ Nun Too Soon by Alice Loweecey

Nun Too SoonNun Too Soon by Alice Loweecey is the first book in the new “Giulia Driscoll” humorous mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, January 2014 [Note: Read more about Giulia Falcone-Driscoll’s backstory in the three previously release novels from the “Falcone & Driscoll Investigation” series.]

Giulia Falcone-Driscoll has just taken on her first impossible client: The Silk Tie Killer. He’s hired Driscoll Investigations to prove his innocence and they have only thirteen days to accomplish it. Talk about being tried in the media. Everyone in town is sure Roger Fitch strangled his girlfriend with one of his silk neckties. And then there’s the local TMZ wannabes—The Scoop—stalking Giulia and her client for sleazy sound bites.

On top of all that, her assistant’s first baby is due any second, her scary smart admin still doesn’t relate well to humans, and her police detective husband insists her client is guilty. About this marriage thing—it’s unknown territory, but it sure beats ten years of living with 150 nuns.

Giulia’s ownership of Driscoll Investigations hasn’t changed her passion for justice from her convent years. But the more dirt she digs up, the more she’s worried her efforts will help a murderer escape. As the client accuses DI of dragging its heels on purpose, Giulia thinks The Silk Tie Killer might be choosing one of his ties for her own neck.

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.