A former nun and a private investigator scramble to find a kidnapped baby.
Giulia Falcone used to be a nun. Now she’s working her way into a business partnership and romantic relationship with Frank Driscoll, who used to be a cop. When two lesbian friends who’ve recently adopted a baby come to her desperate for help, Frank is far from eager to put in a word with his former colleagues. The homophobic officer handling the case is ignoring information the couple has provided on other babies kidnapped from same-sex couples, babies who were never returned even after the ransom was paid. Instead, Frank’s old boss, who’d love to have Giulia work for the police, takes over the case. Together they find the one thing all the kidnappings had in common: a visit to The Wildflower, a resort that caters to lesbians. Going undercover as a chambermaid, Giulia meets a number of people she suspects could be the kidnappers but finds it hard to narrow down the list of suspects. After her friends succeed in raising the ransom money, the police lose the pickup person in a snowstorm. All the phone calls from the kidnappers have included religious rants about the evils of homosexuality, but do they represent the perps’ true feelings, or are they just a cover for coldhearted schemers immune to the Christmas spirit?
A former nun herself, Loweecey (Back in the Habit, 2012, etc.) infuses her complex heroine with all the knowledge and courage it takes to switch from the convent to crime fighting and pairs a solid mystery with a budding romance.