"In Nun But the Brave, the third in Alice Loweecey's page-turning Giulia Driscoll mystery series, Loweecy pulls off an incredible balancing act, whipping up the perfect blend of humor, suspense, and poignancy. I lost track of how many times this book made me laugh out loud, even as I rooted for Giulia and double-checked to make sure my doors were locked. Henery Press has a reputation for publishing great cozies, and Nun But the Brave is no exception!" -Jess Lourey, Lefty-Nominated Author of the Murder by Month Mysteries
"Giulia is a sympathetic, well-drawn character who has built a full life for herself after leaving the convent, but appealing touches of the former nun remain." - Booklist
"Loweecey's characters are colorful without being caricatures, and once again we're lucky that Giulia Driscoll left the convent behind. She solves the crime with a happy mix of online savvy, humor and intelligence." - Sheila Connolly, New York Times Bestselling Author of An Early Wake
"Loweecey is herself a former nun, and she brings to Giulia all of this inner conflict, residual guilt, and disillusionment...and how can you not love an author who quotes from the movies Airplane and Young Frankenstein? Giulia's recent marriage adds a delightful dash of romance, but the real appeal of this series is her genuine likability and fiery independent streak that could never be hidden behind a veil." - Kings River Life Magazine
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.
Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), humorous murder mysteries, book club recommendations, private investigator mystery series.
Books in the Giulia Driscoll Humorous Mystery Series:
• CHANGING HABITS (prequel short story)
• NUN TOO SOON (#1)
• SECOND TO NUN (#2)
• NUN BUT THE BRAVE (#3)
• THE CLOCK STRIKES NUN (#4) May 2017
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...
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 Driscoll, she can be found growing her own vegetables (in summer) and cooking with them (the rest of the year).
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I got this book as an Advanced Reader Copy clear back in 2016, but I just got around to starting it a couple days ago, and just finished it earlier today (sorry, Alice!). This is the third book in the Giulia Driscoll Mystery series, but I’d never even heard of the series before winning this copy from a contest last year, so this is the only one I’ve read. Now I want to read the rest of the series! The characters were engaging, and I was pulled in from the first page. I have a couple friends who are Preppers (although not to the extent of these guys---they’re not convinced the world is going to end any day now, they just want to be ready in case something major does happen---they’re not crazy, just thinking ahead) so I’ve heard some of this before, especially the whole living off the grid idea from one of them. He would be perfectly happy living without technology, as long as he had an endless supply of books to read and a lantern to read them by once it got dark. Of course, he’s not a Luddite by any means, neither of my friends are, they both recognize the value of technology in our society, they just try not to be any more dependent on it than they have to be. They’re more like Giulia in that respect---she does her own canning, grows a lot of her own vegetables, and has other skills that a Prepper would find valuable, but she is perfectly content living in a technology-filled world with working indoor plumbing, electricity, and Starbucks. Being a former nun, however, Giulia could also just as easily live off the grid if she absolutely had to…she just wouldn’t want to. Giulia learns way more about Preppers than she ever wanted to when a client asks her to search for her missing twin, convinced she’s still alive even though everyone else she talks to (other than their brother) is equally convinced that either the missing woman is dead or missing voluntarily, having decided to start a new life elsewhere…which is where the Preppers come in, as she did join them (briefly) before realizing that particular group had some major flaws that she wanted no part of. Until the last couple chapters, I was convinced the person responsible for her disappearance was one person (in my defense, he really did seem like the most likely suspect) only to realize it was someone else entirely. That doesn’t mean there weren’t some shenanigans going on at the Prepper community, but they didn’t involve the young woman’s disappearance. All in all it was a very clever story, and I learned things I didn’t know before about the Prepper lifestyle (and yes, would have been just as happy to not learn, but am not sorry I did), as well as a few things about Catholicism (like what Saint Anthony is the patron saint of…he’s actually the patron saint of Native Americans, something I had never heard of before, and he is also known as the “finder of lost articles,” something else I’d never heard of before…so two more things to add to my vast store of mostly useless trivia). The fourth book in the series is supposed to come out sometime this month, which means I’m going to have to start watching for it to hit our local library’s new shelf sometime around Thanksgiving, and looking for the first two books, so I can get caught up on Giulia and her world!
Title: Nun But the Brave - Giulia Driscol Mystery Book 3 Author: Alice Loweecey Published: 7-12-2016 Publisher: Henery Press Pages: 292 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women Sleuths, Cozy Mystery, Amateur Sleuths; Police Procedural ISBN: 13: 9781635110494 ASIN: B01E5YNFLC Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4.5 Stars I received a copy of "Nun But the Brave" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Description From the Publisher: 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 behind the police station. 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. Books in the Giulia Driscoll Humorous Mystery Series: · CHANGING HABITS (prequel short story) · NUN TOO SOON (#1) · SECOND TO NUN (#2) · NUN BUT THE BRAVE (#3) · THE CLOCK STRIKES NUN (#4) May 2017 My Review of "Nun But the Brave": If you have never read any of Alice Loweecey's books ou are in for a treat. Former nun and now married private investigator Giulia Driscol is a character that makes one hunger to read more about. Originally introduced in the Falcone & Driscol Investigation series where she meets and marries her husband, Frank. We are now seeing her sister-in law. The returning characters are all well done and we meet a few new ones. Unique plots from Loweecey are common. She does a wonderful job of bringing the characters and scenes to life for the reader. Pulling them in and making them a part of story that flows quickly with plenty of twists and turns. Giulia goes where angels fear to tread to find the answers and help her clients and family. My rating of "Nun But the Brave is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Another great Giulia Driscoll Adventure! This is the third book in the Giulia Driscoll series and I have read them all in order. It is not necessary to read them all, but what I have noticed is that Giulia's character, along with Sydney and Zane have definitely developed with each subsequent book and the cases they have dealt with are more detailed and interesting. I love the quirkiness of the DI staff along with her husband Frank and the police she works with. If you have not read any of the books in this series, it will become apparent quickly that Giulia is an ex-nun. In this book she is hired by a woman to find her missing twin. The police think she disappeared by choice but her family and some of her co-workers and friends do not believe that is the case. As Giulia delves into the case, she ends up going undercover on a doomsday dating service. She meets some interesting people and it becomes a little dangerous for both her and the child she is carrying. We also meet her niece in this story. It was mentioned in a previous book that her brother will not speak to her or let anyone in his family see of speak to her since she left the convent. Her niece wants her to find out what has happened to her mother. She ODs at the beginning of the book which is totally out of character for her. Frank is also investigating the overdose deaths of three teenagers. As the story progresses, Giulia begins to think that all these things are tied together. This is a very good, funny at times, cozy-mystery series. Nun But The Brave is a very good cozy with a great plot that has several things going on, but it is well-written and not the least bit confusing. The pacing of the book was excellent, and the various characters were realistic. Giulia makes several references to being a nun being similar to cult-like living, at least in the subservient, non-questioning side. I recommend this book for lovers of mystery and PI procedure. It has a very engaging and intriguing storyline that I think will appeal to many different people. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Ex-Nun Giulia Driscoll has just met with a grandmother who needs Giulia to find her lost granddaughter. Not long after a woman stumbles into the office, apparently high on something, she starts mumbling about her children. Everyone there realizes she needs help, but the problem is she's Guilia's sister-in-law. Who better to write a mystery series about an ex-nun turned detective than an ex-nun? Alice Loweecey's characters are colorful, exciting, humor and have just the right amount of love. FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
This is a great book; this is the third book in the A Giulia Driscoll Mystery series written by Alice Loweecey. This book can be read as a standalone, but once you read this one you will want to go back and read the other books in this series. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
[I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising] "George Orwell was right: All Preppers are equal, but some Preppers are more equal than others." Giulia and her husband Frank are up to their necks in trouble yet again. Driscoll Investigations is doing well. Frank is still on the force. Zane and Sidney are still holding down the fort when Giulia goes undercover. And then, Giulia literally runs into her sister-in-law, and the whole thing goes TILT. With Anne being hospitalized, Giulia calls her brother who is getting closer to a rubber room himself, and after the information is relayed, he proves he'll never be "normal". She fears for her neice and nephew as she tunes him back out of her life. As this is going down, a client comes in with a missing person case. Little could she know the two cases dovetail as Giulia goes undercover as a mousey woman and learns more than she wants about people getting ready for the end of the world as she gets to infiltrate a "Doomsday Prepper" compound and their charismatic leader. Will she find the lost sister? Will she find what caused her sister-in-law's collapse? And, can a Doomsday Prepper live on home grown coffee and goat's milk? I started this book about six hours ago, and literally haven't stopped reading. I love this author's quirky sense of the absurd coupled with her tight descriptions of the action drving the story forward. Henery Press landed a winner with Alice Loweecey. Here's hoping her inventiveness keeps the "Nunmobile" running a long time