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Posted May 21, 2012
From a writer that I consider an invaluable mentor comes the story of a rogue nun who just won't tolerate wrongdoing in her town...and I like it. Force of Habit is one of the funniest, most engaging stories I've read in a long time. Bell's quick, snappy dialogue and wry sense of humor combines with a fast-paced, easy-to-read writing style that will gleefully drag you along whether you wanted to go or not.
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Posted November 14, 2012
Posted May 2, 2012
What fun Force of Habit is to read.
A nun, who used-to-be a Hollywood starlet and party animal, who just happens to know martial arts, becomes a vigilante against dangerous men in LA. Who wouldn't love reading about that? In James Scott Bell's expert hands, this story comes to life. It is well-crafted with quick and succinct dialogue and fun characters.
I'm hoping to see more of Sister Justicia in the future.
author of: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain
Posted April 29, 2012
Sister Justicia isn't your average nun...unless your average nun is a martial arts-trained former celebrity who's gone through rehab and come out on the other side with a distinct call to take up the habit. Unfortunately, she also has some habits--habits that get her in hot water with her superiors but that help her solve a crime wave with nuns the victims.
James Scott Bell has crafted a protagonist who ranks right up there with Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum.
I can hardly wait to read more adventures of Sister J.
Posted April 29, 2012
I knew I was in for a gut-busting laugh riot when I read the opening sentence:
"Sister Justicia Marie thought it was going to be a beautiful day in LA, full of mercy and grace, until she had to break a man's finger at lunch."
It only gets better from there.
Sister J is an ex-actress with martial arts training for movies she wasn't in, and a tendency to be a smartmouth. This helps her out when dealing with criminals, but not so much when dealing with her priest.
Someone has been beating up nuns, and Sister J takes it on herself to figure out who, and why. Along the way, she ponders some philosophical questions: does God condone violence, if said violence deters evil people from hurting innocents?
This is only a novella with a possibility of being a series. So there's some plot threads that don't get resolved, although the story's main plot is all tied up with a bow. It left me panting for more.