by Melodie Campbell
Stolen jewels, a cross-country chase and a reluctant mob goddaughter make for a whole lot of laughs.
Gina Gallo is a gemologist who would like nothing better than to run her little jewelry shop. Unfortunately she's also "the Goddaughter," and, as she tells her new friend Pete, "you don't get to choose your relatives." And you can't avoid them when you live in Hamilton and they more or less run the place.
When Gina bumps into Pete at the Art Gallery Gala, sparks fly. So do bullets, when her cousin Tony is taken down by rival mobsters from New York. It turns out Tony was carrying a load of hot gems in the heel of his shoe. When Gina is reluctantly recruited to carry the rocks back to Buffalo, the worst happens: they get stolen. Pete and Gina have no choice but to steal them back, 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.
Fry Reading Level: 2.8
Pub Date: September 1, 2012
- 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.
The Hamilton Spectator—December 22, 2012
"A very funny romp makes this a great rapid read choice."
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine—October 11, 2012
"Campbell tells a hilarious story of the goddaughter of a mafia leader drafted into a jewel-smuggling operation."
Tutu's Two Cents blog—February 6, 2013
"Perfect as an airplane read, or for waiting in the doctor’s office, or standing in line at the DMV...Throw in some drop-dead, laugh out loud funny hotel room and restaurant scenes...Bottom line: you['ll] find yourself quickly finishing one of the fun-est and funniest books I've enjoyed in years!"
Library Journal—September 1, 2012
"Campbell's comic caper is just right for Janet Evanovich fans. Wacky family connections and snappy dialog make it impossible not to laugh."
CM Magazine—January 18, 2013
"Fun to read. As the heroine is forced into helping her mob family and the 'job' keeps getting more and more complicated, the audience is drawn into the situations and is left cheering for Gina to come out on top...The audience will enjoy the romance and...Campbell throws a few twists into the mix to add to the suspense...A drama with a twist of humour to keep the reader reading."
TriState YA Book Review Committee—January 1, 2013
"Will appeal to adult reluctant readers or those seeking a good, short beach read. The author is skilled at what she does."