The Artful Goddaughter
by Melodie Campbell
Mob goddaughter Gina Gallo stands to inherit two million bucks from her greatuncle Seb, a master forger. But there’s a catch: Uncle Seb wants Gina to make things right and return an extremely valuable painting to the City Art Gallery. If she can’t do it, her rat-face cousin Carmine gets the boodle. Reluctantly, Gina comes up with a plan for a reverse heist, and as she has learned things never go as planned when her family gets involved. The wrong painting gets replaced, and Gina finds herself with two priceless masterpieces in hand! It won’t be long before someone realizes what’s going on.
The Artful Goddaughter is the third novel in a series featuring Gina Gallo, who wants nothing more than to run her little jewelry store. But try as she might, Gina can’t escape the family business, with hilarious consequences.
Fry Reading Level: 3.5
Pub Date: September 1, 2014
- About the author
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 and coming in January 2016, The Goddaughter Caper.
CM Magazine—December 12, 2014
"The infusion of humour also balances the mystery and makes this book enjoyable." Read full review.
Don Graves, Reviewer—June 18, 2014
"A novella with legs and laughter...Strong plot, great zingers and imagery that draws you in and just doesn’t let go...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."