Monday, January 7, 2013

On Tour and a Giveaway: The Goddaughter by Melodie Campbell

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. ~~ synopsis from Goodreads

My thoughts about The Goddaughter ~~

This book is part of the Rapid Reads series from Orca Book Publishers, which is exactly what it is, a rapid read. The Goddaughter is 134 pages and can easily be read in one sitting. And the story is really good too, so you are going to want to read it in one sitting anyway!

I loved the characters of Gina and Paul. They really seem to be a pair. And this book has it all, the mafia of course, but there is also action, drama, humor and romance. And shoes! Everything you need, right?

I was a little bit disappointed when I got to the end of the book but only because I wished it would have been longer. It would be really great if there is a sequel in the works so we could find out more about Gina and Paul and what happens next. This story has that potential.

Thanks for the great read, Melodie!

About the author

Melodie Campbell has been a bank manager, marketing director, college instructor, comedy writer, and possibly the worst runway model ever.

Melodie got her start writing comedy (stand-up and columns). In 1999, she opened the Canadian Humour Conference in Hamilton. She has over 200 publications, including 40 short stories, and has won 6 awards for short fiction. Her third novel, The Goddaughter (Orca Books), is a comic mob caper. Melodie was a finalist for the 2012 Derringer Award (US) and Arthur Ellis Award (Can), and is the Executive Director of Crime Writers of Canada.

Melodie was invited into the Toronto Press Club in 1994. There is no truth to the rumor that she once did a somersault off the Press Club billiard table.

Connect with Melodie

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  1. Thanks for the giveaway! This sounds like a great read. I love a good mafia book.

  2. Your review was interesting and captivated my interest. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Great review. Thank you for the international giveaway!!!

  4. There is a sequel! I've just finished writing THE GODDAUGHTER GETS REVENGE - it's at the publisher now. Usually, it's a year in publication before the book is out. I'll let everyone know on my website and blog.

    Thank you so much for this wonderful review - and for having me on your site! Thanks everyone who commented (Can you tell I'm Canadian? )

    1. Thanks for stopping by Melodie - I'll keep a watch out for your new book!

  5. The concept of "Rapid Reads" is interesting, especially as you say you really liked this.

  6. Thank you for the giveaway. This book sounds great!

  7. The cover alone makes me want to read this book.

    1. I hear ya Jackie - I am such a cover lover and this one is beautiful, and intriguing.


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