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The Clock Strikes Nun by Alice Loweecey
A Giulia Driscoll Mystery #4
When terrified Elaine Patrick knocks on Driscoll Investigations’ door and insists her house is haunted, Giulia Driscoll’s first response is “we don’t handle ghosts.” When Elaine’s housekeeper and crackpot filthy rich cousin descend on Giulia and demand she find out who’s trying to steal sweet, fragile Elaine’s family business out from under her, that’s a different story. They want DI to provide Tarot readings, ghost hunting sessions, and even an exorcism.
Ghost hunting? There are apps for that. Tarot readings? Experts in the skill are right across the street. Exorcisms? Having a priest for a brother-in-law comes in handy. Giulia plunges into a crash course in all things supernatural, convinced everything happening to Elaine is stagecraft.
Except when it isn’t. Giulia’s about to discover a new dimension to sleuthing, if she can survive attempted murder long enough to see through the web of lies around her client.
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Hi Alice! Thank you so much for stopping by Brooke Blogs. Where do you get the inspiration for your books?
Out of my very weird head in combination with my rather colorful past. Combine the two, add a lot of outlining, hard work, and editing, and a book is born.
How much time do you spend writing each day?
One to three hours. Deadlines are unforgiving.
If you could have dinner with one of your characters, who would you like to have dinner with, why, and what are you eating?
Certainly not Sidney! I’m all for the occasional trip to the bakery. I think I’d like to eat with Giulia’s grandfather-in-law. He seldom appears in person in the books, but he teaches her risqué Irish sayings and he loves to do stunts with the grandkids. Giulia would cook him homemade ravioli and he’d bring a gooseberry tart for dessert. Frank would be so jealous.
Do you have any interesting writing quirks?
My characters talk to me, especially in the middle of the night. My husband just shakes his head when I tell him this.
Also fountain pens. I have one for each book because I love writing with fountain pens.
If you could write from anywhere in the world, where would you like to write from?
Hawaii. Hawaii. Hawaii. We went there on our honeymoon and it’s perfect in every way. I’d make the occasional Iceland excursion to see the Northern Lights. Money’s no object here, right?
What is the best part of being a writer?
Seeing the people in my head come to life and make readers laugh.
Finally, what are you currently working on?
The next Giulia mystery, Nun After the Other. (Did I mention deadlines?) Giulia has to stop a developer from tossing a houseful of nuns into the street. The convent might be haunted.
Thank you again for your time. Wishing you a wonderful tour for The Clock Strikes Nun.
About the Author
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 cooking with them (the rest of the year).