Melodie Campbell

Billed as the “Queen of Comedy” by the Toronto Sun in 2014, Melodie Campbell achieved a personal best when Library Digest compared her to Janet Evanovich. Melodie got her start writing stand-up and has since been a banker, marketing director, college instructor, comedy writer and possibly the worst runway model ever.

Winner of nine awards, Melodie has been both a finalist and a winner for the Derringer and Arthur Ellis awards for crime writing. She has over 200 publications, 100 comedy credits, 40 short stories and seven novels. Her work has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Star Magazine, Flash Fiction, Canadian Living, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and many more. Melodie lives in Oakville, Ontario and can be found at melodiecampbell.com.

The Gina Gallo mystery series, which are really more capers than mysteries, include: The Goddaughter, The Goddaughter's Revenge, The Artful Goddaughter, The Goddaughter Caper and most recently, The Bootlegger's Goddaughter.

Awards and Nominations

2014 Arthur Ellis Award winner
2014 Derringer Award winner
2013 YMM National Short Story Competition winner
2013 Arthur Ellis Award nominee
2012 Derringer Award nominee
2012 Arthur Ellis Award nominee


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The Artful Goddaughter The Artful Goddaughter
Reading Level: 3.5
Pub Date: September 1, 2014
Price: $9.95
Gina Gallo, Mob goddaughter and unwilling sleuth, tries to return a valuable painting to an art gallery.

Paperback: 9781459808195 $9.95

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The Bootlegger's Goddaughter The Bootlegger's Goddaughter
Reading Level: 3.0
Pub Date: February 14, 2017
Price: $9.95
Do mobsters ever retire?

Paperback: 9781459814134 $9.95

The Goddaughter The Goddaughter
Reading Level: 2.8
Pub Date: September 1, 2012
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A young gemologist who happens to be related to the local mob is reluctantly recruited to smuggle diamonds across the border…with hilarious consequences.

Paperback: 9781459801257 $9.95

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The Goddaughter Caper The Goddaughter Caper
Reading Level: 2.5
Pub Date: January 19, 2016
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A smart-talking mob goddaughter who doesn't want to be one. A bumbling mob family that never gets it right.

Paperback: 9781459810532 $9.95

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The Goddaughter's Revenge The Goddaughter's Revenge
Reading Level: 3.8
Pub Date: October 1, 2013
Price: $9.95
When Gina Gallo discovers that someone has been switching real gems for fakes in the jewelry of some of her best customers, she takes matters into her own hands.

Paperback: 9781459804876 $9.95

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