Veiled Threat

Veiled Threat

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by Alice Loweecey
     
 

It’s private investigator Giulia Falcone’s second Christmas since leaving the convent. She’s happy to be spending it with Frank Driscoll, even if his switching from boss to boyfriend and back again is giving her whiplash. But Giulia’s holiday is darkened with disturbing news from her friends Anya and Laurel—their adopted baby girl has

Overview

It’s private investigator Giulia Falcone’s second Christmas since leaving the convent. She’s happy to be spending it with Frank Driscoll, even if his switching from boss to boyfriend and back again is giving her whiplash. But Giulia’s holiday is darkened with disturbing news from her friends Anya and Laurel—their adopted baby girl has been kidnapped. When she learns that two kidnappings in nearby communities, both involving same-sex couples, ended with devastating fatalities, Giulia is more determined than ever to return the infant girl to her mothers. With Frank reluctantly backing her and the understaffed police offering little assistance, Giulia goes undercover to snare the kidnappers before they can do further harm.

Praise:

"The blossoming romance between Frank and the innocent Giulia—as well as the ongoing process of Giulia finding her way in the world after living years in the convent (she uses Cosmopolitan to learn about men)—provides character-based appeal for this fast-paced, satisfying mystery."—Booklist

"Absorbing. Loweecey nicely balances humor built around Giulia's re-entry into the world and her attraction to her boss with her suspenseful efforts to save Laurel and Anya's baby."—Publishers Weekly

"A former nun herself, Loweecey infuses her complex heroine with all the knowledge and courage it takes to switch from the convent to crime fighting and pairs a solid mystery with a budding romance." —Kirkus Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Loweecey’s absorbing third mystery featuring Giulia Falcone of Pittsburgh’s Driscoll Investigations (after 2012’s Back in the Habit), former nun Giulia looks into the kidnapping of the adopted baby girl of lesbian partners Laurel and Anya Drury after the Cottonwood, Pa., police are initially unhelpful. Laurel explains that kidnapping infants adopted by lesbians is not an isolated incident in the region. With the aid of Cottonwood’s police chief, James Reilly, they identify a common denominator among the victims—the Wildflower resort. Reilly asks Giulia to go undercover at the resort, which caters to a lesbian clientele. Posing as a housekeeper, Giulia finds plenty of possible suspects among the male and female staff. Loweecey nicely balances humor built around Giulia’s re-entry into the world and her attraction to her boss with her suspenseful efforts to save Laurel and Anya’s baby. Agent: Kent D. Wolf, Global Literary Management. (Feb.)
Library Journal
While former nun Giulia Falcone prepares for the holidays with her boss-then-boyfriend-then-boss-again Frank Driscoll, her friends' adopted baby girl is kidnapped. Worse, the police are ignoring clues that other same-sex couples in neighboring communities have experienced the same crime, with horrifying results. Loweecey's third book (after Back in the Habit) does not shy away from the grim topics.
Kirkus Reviews
A former nun and a private investigator scramble to find a kidnapped baby. Giulia Falcone used to be a nun. Now she's working her way into a business partnership and romantic relationship with Frank Driscoll, who used to be a cop. When two lesbian friends who've recently adopted a baby come to her desperate for help, Frank is far from eager to put in a word with his former colleagues. The homophobic officer handling the case is ignoring information the couple has provided on other babies kidnapped from same-sex couples, babies who were never returned even after the ransom was paid. Instead, Frank's old boss, who'd love to have Giulia work for the police, takes over the case. Together they find the one thing all the kidnappings had in common: a visit to The Wildflower, a resort that caters to lesbians. Going undercover as a chambermaid, Giulia meets a number of people she suspects could be the kidnappers but finds it hard to narrow down the list of suspects. After her friends succeed in raising the ransom money, the police lose the pickup person in a snowstorm. All the phone calls from the kidnappers have included religious rants about the evils of homosexuality, but do they represent the perps' true feelings, or are they just a cover for coldhearted schemers immune to the Christmas spirit? A former nun herself, Loweecey (Back in the Habit, 2012, etc.) infuses her complex heroine with all the knowledge and courage it takes to switch from the convent to crime fighting and pairs a solid mystery with a budding romance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738726403
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date:
02/08/2013
Series:
A Falcone & Driscoll Investigation , #3
Pages:
277
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Alice Loweecey is a former nun who went from the convent to playing hookers on stage to accepting her husband's marriage proposal on the second date. A regular contributor to BuddyHollywood.com, she is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She is the author of Force of Habit and Back in the Habit. The author lives with her family in Amherst, N.Y. Visit her online at: AliceLoweecey.com.

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Veiled Threat 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
This was very enjoyable and I love that Guilia is becoming a more confident person in charge of her life and will stand her ground in order to do that right thing and that she does when the agency take on a baby kidnapping case that has Guilia going undercover once again. The flow of the drama was a good one as each chapter spurned me onto the next as the suspense kept me turning the pages in the intriguing mystery. The side interaction with Guilia, Frank and Sidney was fun as well as the internal dialogue that Guilia has with herself. The ending left us with possibilities and I can’t wait to read the next book in this engaging series.