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Force of Habit (Falcone & Driscoll Investigation #1)

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Giulia Falcone is convinced she's going to Hell. First, because she left the convent. Second, her new job with a private investigator has her sneaking around and lying. Adjusting to life in the outside world isn't easy. Makeup, dating, and sex are all new to her. And despite a crush on her boss Frank Driscoll—a foul-mouthed, soft-hearted ex-cop—Giulia is sure he'd never fa ...more
Kindle Edition, 310 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by Midnight Ink (first published January 1st 2011)
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Martha
Feb 27, 2011 Martha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I liked the premise of the book--ex-nun turns private investigator--but the plot seemed pretty over the top, and the characters did not seem to react in terribly likely ways. (I will overlook the part where the heroine talks about the public library opening at 8 am, which really puts this book in the realm of la-la-land....especially in this era of budget cuts). Is it likely that a boss who has known the heroine for a while, respects and likes her, and knows she was a nun for 10 years, would not ...more
Beth Bernobich
What I loved about this book: I loved the main character, an ex-nun who is trying to earn a living after renouncing her vows, and possibly God. I loved her strengths and her flaws. I especially love that she basically stumbled into her new profession, after answering a job for an admin assistant. And I love how she's trying to navigate her own sexual desires with various men.

But I had two problems with the book...

First is the central mystery of the book and how it gets solved. Guila and her part
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
As I am known for reading mainly cozies, let me state, that this book is Not a cozy, however, it is worthy of a good solid read.

We are introduced to a Private Investigator who plays the violin on the weekend, and his assistant, a former Nun, who plays the flute. His name is Frank Driscoll and her name is Giulia Falcone. Frank is eager to solve the current case of stalking, in order that his firm get references. Giulia is trying to get over her past ten years as a Nun and move on with life.

The s
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Vickie
May 28, 2011 Vickie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FORCE OF HABIT could be seen as amateur sleuth, but it's definitely grittier. Giulia finds herself apprenticed to Frank, her private investigator boss. Giulia is an ex-nun, musician and now a one day private investigator herself.


There are light moments, but it is not a light read. Some terrifying thoughts at work as the bad guy and the thriller scenes are gripping.


I really look forward to reading what comes next. The characters are well written and story is intriguing.


I can definitely highly r
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Ronnie Justice
An ex-nun who spots fashion and furniture the way a gear head spots cars? A bunch of internal whining and self doubt? Hey here's an idea, how about less Lifetime Movie of the Week and try advancing the plot? Know in truth that the only reason I will finish this book is that the library is closed on Sundays.
Elizabeth Maddrey
Jun 06, 2015 Elizabeth Maddrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
delightful! I'll be looking for more in the series. there are some formatting issues in the ebook, but that's not the author's fault.
Fran Stewart
May 11, 2015 Fran Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Force of Habit is a well-crafted story, thoroughly enjoyable (except for some of the gorier parts that are considerably more explicit than the cozies I usually read). Those gory parts are the only reason I rated this book at 4 stars rather than 5. If you like a darker read, you'll probably vote for a five-star rating.

Giulia Falcone, formerly Franciscan Sister Mary Regina Coelis, is one heck of a private eye, even before she gets her license. I was drawn into the story right away, and found mysel
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Hafiza
Jan 31, 2011 Hafiza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love mystery series' with female detectives, and this book synopsis was enough to intrigue me to order this book (Kindle version was not available, so I had to order it the "old-fashioned way by mail") What a happy surprise- this was escellent.

Guilia is a 29 yo ex-Nun. After leaving the convent she got a series of small jobs and has recently landed a job as the assistant to hunky ex-cop/detective Frank. Her first case is to to find out which ex-girlfriend is stalking their client Brent Parker.
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Ramsey Hootman
Force of Habit is a crisp, tightly-written whodunnit with a unique protagonist. Giulia is a "failed" nun, having been out of the convent and essentially trying to make herself disappear for a year. At thirty years old, she has the mental habits of a 60 year old nun and the naivete of a 16 year old girl.

Interestingly, this book did not really come together for me until page 100 or so, when something horrible happens to Giulia. Prior to that, the characters just weren't really solid in my mind. Bu
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Mikaela
Jan 27, 2011 Mikaela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense


The Particulars: Crime, Llewellyn Worldwide, available both in print and e-book

Why was it in my TBR? It was offered for free for awhile, and the blurb piqued my intrest

The Review:

The blurb:
An ex-nun takes a wobbly leap into private investigation
Giulia Falcone is going straight to hell. First, because she left the convent. Second, her new job with a private investigator has her sneaking around and lying. Adjusting to life outside the habit isn't easy. Make-up, dating, and sex are all new to her.
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James
Jul 29, 2015 James rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Judy
Nov 10, 2015 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Since I found there was another series prior to the Giulia Falcone series with the same characters, I went back to that prior series, Falcone & Driscoll Investigation, and started with this one, which is the first of the earlier series, when Giulia was fairly recently out of the convent, and still using Cosmopolitan Magazine as her guide to dating. In this one, she and her boss Frank Driscoll are investigating the stalking of one of his old buddies by a former girlfriend. The question is, wh ...more
Stacy
Nov 01, 2011 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Giulia Falcone is a former nun trying to make her way in the world. She works for P.I. Frank Driscoll, first as his administrative assistant, then as an investigator-in-training. When the case they're working on takes a personal turn, their relationship and Giulia's life are put in jeopardy.

I very much enjoyed the premise of the former nun as a private investigator. Watching Giulia struggle with the real world after being so sheltered in the nunnery was very interesting. Giulia isn't a shrinking
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Betty
Apr 22, 2015 Betty added it
Life Outside Of A Nunnery

The first mystery in Giulia Driscoll series. She left cloister about a year ago and is still adjusting to life on the outside. She became a nun ten years ago and lot has changed. Working as a waitress she meets Frank Driscoll, a ex-cop working as a PI. He hired Giulia as his assistant and she becomes engaged in case his regarding a stalker. This book needs parental guidance.
Elaine Meszaros
Written by an actual former nun, Force of Habit is the first in an excellent new series from Midnight Ink. Guilia Falcone, an escapee from the sisterhood, finds her new secretarial job for a private detective to be a lot more adventure than she had planned for. The plot itself is a tad weak. However, Falcone's misadventures and thought processes (tainted and twisted by years of Catholicism) are well-worth the read.
Betty
Apr 22, 2015 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first mystery in Giulia Driscoll series. She left cloister about a year ago and is still adjusting to life on the outside. She became a nun ten years ago and lot has changed. Working as a waitress she meets Frank Driscoll, a ex-cop working as a PI. He hired Giulia as his assistant and she becomes engaged in case his regarding a stalker. This book needs parental guidance.
Eleanor Kuhns
May 06, 2015 Eleanor Kuhns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the many books I picked up at Malice Domestic. The main character is a former nun and that certainly adds a zing to the story. A romance and really clever dialog plus an interesting mystery made this a fast and fun read. I will definitely read the rest of the series.
Elisabeth Waters
Jun 10, 2012 Elisabeth Waters rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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Maer
Oct 16, 2012 Maer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an intriguing heroine! Definitely different from the run-of-the-mill characters out there in mystery-land. And I absolutely loved Guilia and her journey as she makes the transition from convent to mainstream. Her life is complicated by her growing feelings for her new boss, an ex-cop turned detective, and the choices she has to make in order to do her job.

The story is quick, the mystery light and romance strong in the shadows.

Loweecey has created fully drawn, believable character in Guilia,
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Freda Witt
ex nun trying to come to terms with leaving the church, and adjust to her new life. Starts job as PI, and has to adjust to being attracted to men.
cat
May 17, 2012 cat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was terrifying and amazing and shocking and so so so good.
(view spoiler)
I never want
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Susan
Giulia Falcone is trying to come to terms with leaving her life as a nun and working for Jack Driscoll's private investigation business. She's promoted to potential partner and given a stalking case to investigate--apparently one of Blake Parker's old girlfriends objects to his engagement and is harassing both Blake and his fiancee with threatening notes based on the Bible. But soon Giulia's name is added to the list, and she is also receiving threats. As the threats escalate, and as Jack starts ...more
Sue
Dec 17, 2015 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was pretty good. Some elements of the story didn't tie together smoothly.
Pam
May 28, 2012 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy all sorts of mysteries, particularly those with a strong female detective character. Giulia Falcone reminds me of Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawki or Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone. She's tough & smart...but Giulia is different. She is also naive in many ways, having spent a most of her adult life in a convent. the mystery itself kept me guessing & I did not see how it all tied together until the end. There was just the right amount of romantic tension...I hope that can be sustained ...more
Cindy
Jun 18, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it's been a while since i've read mystery, but
this was a great way to enjoy it once more.
totally unique take on the genre with a heroine
who's an ex-nun trying to navigate living in regular
society again along with the daunting task of
dating and solving an increasingly disturbing
stalking mystery... giulia is such an original narrator!

the mystery itself is fascinating, frightening
twisty and twisted, with many surprises along
the way.

plenty of things to love in this great mystery
debut. looking forwar
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LynDee
Jul 16, 2012 LynDee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loweecey has a punchy voice and heroine who believably combines a feisty personality (the kind it takes to leave a convent) with an innocence born of living such a sheltered life for so long.

When Giulia, who answers phones at a PI’s office, gets thrown into a biblical stalker case, she finds that the feelins she has for her sexy boss are the least of her work-related worries.

Avoiding spoilers, I’ll say I laughed out loud as I read, though the tense scenes were very well-done, too. I like Giulia
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Cheryl
Oct 05, 2012 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
This was a good story. I really enjoyed it. It was about an ex-nun named Guilia. Guilia plays the flute in the orchestra pit at the theater. Frank is a detective who plays the cello. They also work together at the detective agency Frank owns. Frank is looking for the person who is sending "presents" to his client & fiancee. They narrow it down to one of the clients ex-girlfriends. And the story goes from there....Poor Guilia is just trying to adjust to life as an ex-nun. Can't wait to read t ...more
Loripdx
Apr 28, 2011 Loripdx rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I waited a few days before deciding how many stars to rate this book. I decided to go with 2 stars since I feel the book was quite unbalanced. It seems like the first half of the story was the "clean" part and the second half turned into, I dunno, maybe it should be called pseudo-porn! I sure don't mind rough (I'm a Quentin Tarantino fan, for cryin' out loud), but the way the rough was portrayed in this story was not believable. I would definitely give Book #2 in this series a try, however.
Beth
Aug 31, 2012 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-fun, first-reads, 2012
I received this book via the Goodreads First Reads program, and, unfortunately, wasn't able to finish it. I got about sixty pages in and was bored to tears with the characters, and was turned off by the darker sexual overtones of the book. While the concept of an ex-nun turned private investigator is great, and I believe that someone who doesn't get turned off by the overt sex and violence of the book would probably like it, it just didn't do it for me.
Estelahe
Jun 07, 2012 Estelahe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Although the ebook version had some rather jarring format/conversion issues, I really enjoyed this book and its twist on typical noir. The main character is a former nun who starts working for a private investigator and is adjusting to living outside a convent. Interestingly enough, the author herself is a former nun. I might also point out the ebook is currently free on Amazon.
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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 cookin ...more
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