Giulia Falcone, P.I. in training, is caught in her worst nightmare: She's going back into the convent. Giulia’s former Superior General has hired Driscoll Investigations to confirm that the sudden death of a troubled young Novice was a suicide in order to squelch a lawsuit. What could have driven the sweet young nun to such a decision? Or was she murdered? Giulia puts the habit back on―which puts a serious damper on her budding romance with her boss―and returns to the Motherhouse to investigate. A gathering of 200 nuns--there ought to be a term for that, like "a murder of crows"--surrounds her with chaos, fights with an old rival, and circumstances blocking her investigation at every turn. And time is running out.
Loweecey's entertaining second mystery featuring PI Giulia Falcone (after 2011's Force of Habit) takes ex-nun Giulia back to exactly where she doesn't want to be the convent she left a year and half earlier. Giulia's nemesis, Sister Mary Fabian, superior general of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Greater Pittsburgh (aka "the Puppet Master"), hires her to go undercover to determine the truth behind a young novice's suicide. Giulia, confronted with her old demons, real and imagined, soon realizes that donning the habit is messing with her mind as much as the mysterious behavior of the dead novice. Outside the convent, she struggles to adjust to her new life, which includes a burgeoning romance with her present boss, Frank Driscoll. The well-paced plot and intriguing inside look at convent life more than compensate for the heroine's often distracting internal dialogue and some over-the-top villains.