The Goddaughter Caper
A smart talking mob goddaughter who doesn't want to be one. A bumbling mob family that never gets it
Strange things keep happening in
Steeltown. A body shows up in the trunk
of Gino’s car. Another is mistakenly
shipped to Nico’s new store. And what
about that stack of coffins that appear to have fallen off a truck?
When everything points to Mad Magda and the
Last Chance Club from the Holy Cannoli Retirement home, Gina is determined to
get to the bottom of it.
But she’ll have
to act fast, because the
police are right behind her.
The Artful Goddaughter!
(book 3 in The Goddaughter series)
buy link: Amazon
CANADIAN MYSTERY REVIEWS.
THE ARTFUL DAUGHTER.
By: Melodie Campbell.
Orca Book Publishers.
The Artful Daughter is a novella with legs and laughter.
International award winning author, Melodie Campbell’s third Goddaughter mystery is the best of a
winning trio of stories. The second one, The Goddaughter’s Revenge recently
took home Canada’s Arthur Elllis award for best novella and America’s Derringer
Strong plot, great zingers and imagery that draws you in and
just doesn’t let go. Gina Gallo, the leggy beauty, about to wed inherits a
stash of cash from her deceased uncle that comes with a condition…reverse an
old crime with a new one and get him to his final reward. And she’s off with
her crew of relatives anyone would love to hide. The scam is delightful, the
plot, setting and dialogue move with page turning intensity which makes the
Artful Author’s third crime ride a blast and a laugh.
THE GODDAUGHTER'S REVENGE
"real gold" Hamilton Spectator
"a deliciously funny tale" VOYA Magazine
WINNER of the 2014 DERRINGER AWARD and
the 2014 ARTHUR ELLIS AWARD!
Great review of THE GODDAUGHTER'S REVENGE from the October issue of VOYA:
The Goddaughter’s Revenge is a mysterious story about a jewel heist with a twist. Filled with Italians and a country singer best friend, this story delivers a lot of tongue-in-cheek one-liners and a type of slapstick comedy one might expect in some mobster movies. The main character, a jewelry store owner, and her assistant embark on a quest to switch out fake gems for the genuine ones. In the end, all is solved and the culprits are held responsible for their wrong-doings in old-style mobster fashion. Campbell weaves a light, airy story with witty humor and a heroine with a likeable personality. This easy read has all the elements necessary to interest any reader, as well as teach lessons about literary elements like setting, plot, and characterization. It is a topic of high interest and readers will want to continue reading. This story will elicit a smile and a laugh or two. Give this to readers who enjoy a deliciously funny tale.
"REAL GOLD. SHORT, SHARP & FULL OF WHAT MAKES A RAPID READ FEEL LIKE A GREAT CUP OF COFFEE." Don Graves, The Hamilton Spectator
21 Weeks on Amazon.ca Canadian Detectives Bestseller List!
"Campbell's comic caper is just right for Janet Evanovich fans. Wacky family connections and snappy dialog make it impossible not to laugh." Library Journal review of THE GODDAUGHTER
"Hilarious" Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine review of THE GODDAUGHTER
"A very funny romp" Hamilton Spectator review of THE GODDAUGHTER
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Stolen jewels, smoggy Steeltown, and a reluctant mob Goddaughter make for a whole lot of laughs -
Gina Gallo is the Goddaughter. She’s also a gemologist who would like nothing better than to run her little jewelry shop, but as she tells Pete, reporter for the Steeltown Star, “you don’t get to choose your relatives”. And you can’t avoid them when you live in smog-infested Hamilton, and they kinda run the place.
When Gina and Pete bump into each other at the Art Gallery Gala, sparks fly. So do bullets, when Gina’s cousin Tony is taken down by a rival gang from New York.
Tony was a courier, carrying hot gems in the heel of his shoe. When Gina reluctantly agrees to carry the rocks back to Buffalo, the worst happens: they get stolen. By a complete amateur. It’s embarrassing, that’s what it is. So Pete and Gina are determined to steal them back from the dame who made off with them, even though philandering politicians, shoe fetishists, and a trio of inept goons stand in their way.
It’s all in a day’s work, when you’re the Goddaughter.