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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

Kindle Edition, 310 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by Midnight Ink (first published January 1st 2011)
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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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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

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

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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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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
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.
Elisabeth Waters
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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,
It was terrifying and amazing and shocking and so so so good.
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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
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
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
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
I did not think I would like this book much & it seemed a slow start but without my realizing it, I was drawn into the story & became interested in what was going to happen next. I have to say I did really enjoy it & am waiting to read more about these characters. I will be recommending this book & author to my friends.
This was a pretty good story and not bad for a first in series. My big quibble with the book was that Giulia's boss was way too quick to think the worst of her and then treat her like a second class human. That was just all wrong for a boss who was also a friend. I'll read the next in the series.
Force of Habit was a great introduction into the world of Giulia Falcone. She is a great character that I am sure will be developed in subsequent novels.
The mystery was good and what could have been a so-so story developed into a action filled conclusion. Well done for a first novel!
A Michael
The first half and last 20 percent were decent, but that other 30 percent were a bit bizarre. The author seems to have a bit of potential, so might try another of her books. Hopefully, the e-book editing and formatting will be better than the lousy job on this one.
Monica-marie Vincent
Loved this book! Something about the combination of an ex-nun turned private eye just had a certain ring to it. I've recommended it to several people since I've read it and have read it through more times since I got it. Highly recommend this book!
Excellent read about an ex-nun turned private detective. She has a lot of guilt but enjoys the intellectual challenge until a client's stalker starts stalling her too. The perspective of a former nun brings out a lot of moral questions.
Good first effort for a new author. I'm looking forward to more in the series. Book is very intense in parts but well-written in my opinion and I'm looking forward to see how Giulia develops in her life as a former nun. : )
The characters were very likable but the story was only so-so. I'd be willing to give this series another shot to see if the story quality improves any. The last third of the book was better than the first part.
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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 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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