Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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

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

About the Book

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?

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.”

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).



Twitter: @AliceLoweecey

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Interview with Alice Loweecey

1. What is your favorite part of this book and why?
The ghost! She turned out quite different from the way I’d outlined her. When she appeared (see what I did there?) she took over the book with her own, forceful personality and I ran with it.

2. If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Sidney the all-natural everything person. IRL she’s way too perky for me to hang with for more than an hour, but I’d want to see her techniques for cooking without processed sugar and any other additives. I love to cook.

3. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
Dracula. If you were to ask me for my writer’s wildest dream, it would be to create a character so iconic that movies, plays, cartoons, spinoffs, action figures—everything—are being created from it more than a hundred years later.

4. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Can I say it depends on the book? 99% of my characters are completely made up. But for an earlier book, Back in the Habit, a few of the nuns were based on nuns I lived with back in my convent days. (Shh.)

5. What made you want to become a writer?
When I was 9, I read Eleanor Cameron’s The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet. The book is a product of its time: when I grew up there were zero books with adventurous heroines and at the time I was too young to appreciate Nancy Drew. Mushroom Planet thrilled me and gripped my heart and I wanted to write a book like that myself.

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