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Back in the Habit (Falcone & Driscoll Investigation #2)

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It's been over a year since Giulia Falcone fled the convent, and her new case is the stuff of nightmares: she's going back. Giulia's former Superior General has hired Driscoll Investigations to confirm that the sudden death of Sister Bridget, a troubled young Novice, was a suicide in order to squelch a lawsuit. Did something drive Sister Bridget to desperation? Or was she ...more
Paperback, 299 pages
Published February 8th 2012 by Midnight Ink (first published February 1st 2012)
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Marie
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had never heard of Alice Loweecey until she came into my library to pick up a book that she had on hold! We got to talking and she said she was an author which I thought was really exciting. Before I left for the day, I went looking and found "Back In The Habit" on the shelf. I charged it out and finished it in one day. When people say you write what you know, it couldn't be more true of Ms. Loweecey. Her style of writing is fun and funny but keeps you in sync with the storyline at the same ti ...more
Kay
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Alice Loweecey's books. I'm a "cradle Catholic", no longer practicing, and I think she does a great job portraying both the laity and the religious in her novels.
In this installment, Giulia finds herself headed back to the convent as an undercover agent when Sister Bridget (a novice relocated to the Motherhouse with her fellow nuns when 4 communities of Sisters of St. Francis were combined), allegedly commits suicide. Bridget's family is suing the order for wrongful death, and Giulia's f
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Cyndy Aleo
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, purgie-books
I have purchased Back in the Habit twice: first, the week it came out, and the second time at a book signing with the author, Alice Loweecey, after my father read and loved my first copy. As my taste in books is usually at the opposite end of the spectrum from my father's, that's probably a sign of how fun this book is.

::: The Plot :::

Giulia Falcone has been an assistant investigator for P.I. Frank Driscoll for only a few months, and out of the convent only a short while longer than she's been
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Vickie
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am so happy Alice Loweecey has joined Henery Press, my go-to publisher for my Nook books. I already love this series after just reading the first book and now I know she is in good hands.
What an eye-opening mystery this was. Driscoll and Falcone are hired by the Catholic church to investigate the death of a young Novice at a nearby convent. The same convent Giulia left over a year ago. Now she has to go back undercover and face her dragons. Lead dragon is Mother Superior and she wants the dea
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Our sleuth, Giulia Falcone, newly hired as a Private Investigator in training, is sent to her worst case possible...undercover at the Motherhouse. Eager to gain important clients, Frank Driscoll, head Private Investigator of 'Driscoll Investigations' sees this job as a great opportunity to get better clients and cheerfully assigns traumatized Giulia to the case.

Giulia, now must resume her past as Sister Mary Regina Coelis. As Regina, she must undercover why a Novice committed the most dreadful o
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Deneé
Feb 26, 2012 rated it liked it
I received this book as a Goodreads First Reads. This review is more like 2.5 stars. I love the idea of the book, an undercover investigation in a convent, but it didn't quite pique my interest as much as I would have hoped. It dragged on a bit, and there were some chapters that hardly seemed necessary. I liked the ending, and I felt that if there were other parts and chapters in the book that was as exciting and interesting as the ending throughout the book, this would've gotten a better rating ...more
Susan
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Giulia Falcone is getting used to life outside the convent, and her still incipient relationship with boss Frank Driscoll, when the detective agency gets an assignment requiring her to go back--undercover--to find out why a novice committed suicide. There were only three novices in the convent to start with, and only one was close to the dead girl, whose parents are threatening to sue. No one knows convent routine like Giulia, and nobody else is capable of standing up to the domineering mother s ...more
Judy
Nov 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Imagine the nightmare of having to go back to the convent you left less than two years ago undercover to help the very Mother Superior you left to avoid. Giulia Falcone is persuaded to do this by her boss in Falcone & Driscoll Investigation. It was an interesting look inside a convent during a "homecoming weekend" (a celebration of St. Francis's Day by Franciscan nuns). I hope the ending was rather implausible, otherwise I really feel for the nuns of today. Still it was as exciting as I have ...more
Cathy Spencer
Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book. I thought the premise was good and I enjoyed the insight into convent life. I also liked the heroine's endeavours to make up for lost time in the romance department with her boss, and pick up tips from Cosmopolitan magazine. The solving the mystery part of the story certainly went off in a direction I hadn't anticipated, and I found it just a touch implausible. Also, style-wise, I like my writing a little leaner.

I might add that my husband enjoyed the book very much and could
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Betty
Guila Returns To The Motherhouse.

Giulia enters the Motherhouse of Franciscan community to explore the conditions that cause a Novice to commit suicide. There is excitement as the Nuns prepare to celebrate the joining of the 3 communities on Saint Francis Day. Giulia is not happy to be back as her problems have not changed. As day draws closer she has not uncover any reason The Novices are overwork. Unless Giulia finds the answer it may mean her death. Parental guidance suggested.
Betty
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
Giulia enters the Motherhouse of Franciscan community to explore the conditions that cause a Novice to commit suicide. There is excitement as the Nuns prepare to celebrate the joining of the 3 communities on Saint Francis Day. Giulia is not happy to be back as her problems have not changed. As day draws closer she has not uncover any reason The Novices are overwork. Unless Giulia finds the answer it may mean her death. Parental guidance suggested.

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Haggis Chihuahua
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
SRSLY, an exceptionally good read. I mean, I've actually been dreaming about walking through the Mother House and interacting with Sister Fabian and Sister Mary Stephen. And what charmers those two are. I didn't think it was possible, but Loweecey is getting better. Looking forward to the next in the series.

BTW, I almost never give five stars, so don't let the four stars fool you. This one's well worth your time and money.
Amy
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
I really like the premise of this book, but I had a really hard time with Frank jumping to conclusions and not believing Giulia. Some more character development might have helped with that. I do look forward to reading more in this series and seeing where things go.
Ginger
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Overall I wasn't that thrilled by this book. There was a lot of noodling around the convent and then all of a sudden a very strange ending. Good beach read perhaps, or good for getting your mind off of work/school/etc. if you want something not too taxing.
Sallee
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I could hardly put this down..it was a page turner. Written by a former nun, it gave indepth detail on convent life. The mystery was great and I can't wait to read the first in her series, Force of Habit.
Maureen
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am loving this series! This story is at times funny, shocking, and scandalous as Giulia, the heroine, dons the habit to investigate a suicide at her old convent. The main character is odd enough to be interesting but not off-putting.
Susan
Oct 25, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was just okay. Some scenes were rather drawn out as when one nun becomes ill and Guila and another nun have to clean up the mess. While reading I did wonder if this former nun has a chip on her shoulder where convents are concerned.
Elizabeth
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait for the next installment. This series only gets better.
Donna Redmayne
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even better than the first book!

I really enjoy Alice Loweecey's character development. Giulia Falcone is a fully developed character that is inspiring and likeable. Great read!
Jean
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Good mystery. Love this character
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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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