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. Volume xxi Number 15 . . . . December 12, 2014
Melodie Campbell writes her third book in the Gina Gallo mystery series, following The Goddaughter and The Goddaughter’s Revenge. Campbell's continues her characters and picks up on their lives where the second book had concluded. Gina is busy preparing to get married and still trying to separate herself from her mobster family. Campbell's book is an easy read with twists and turns that make it a thrilling page turner. The conflicts that are created are believable, as well as real. The story is complicated by Gina's family connections and desire to help make things right. Gina’s Great-Uncle Seb, an artist, leaves her a painting that was taken from an Art Gallery, and, in order to gain the second part of her inheritance, a mansion, Gina must return the original and take the fake Seb has painted. As could be predicted, things do not go smoothly.
Campbell's characters are likeable because they have their flaws and are written as real people. The reader knows them because they are true to what Campbell began creating her first book, The Goddaughter. In The Artful Goddaughter, Campbell has advanced what the reader knows and has made the character more multi-faceted. The infusion of humour also balances the mystery and makes this book enjoyable.
A good easy read.
Christina Pike is the principal of St. Paul's Junior High in St. John's, NL.
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