While not usually a big deal, one overlooked email would haunt teacher Gilda Greco. Had she read it, former student Sarah McHenry might still be alive.
Suspecting foul play, Constable Leo Mulligan plays on Gilda’s guilt and persuades her to participate in a séance facilitated by one of Canada’s best-known psychics. Six former students also agree to participate. At first cooperative and willing, their camaraderie is short-lived as old grudges and rivalries emerge. The séance is a bust.
Determined to solve Sarah’s murder, Gilda launches her own investigation and uncovers shocking revelations that could put several lives—including her own—in danger. Can Gilda and the psychic solve this case before the killer strikes again?
“Gilda, could you drop by tomorrow?” Constable Mulligan said, his voice cracking. “I’d like to wrap up this investigation as soon as possible. Give her parents some closure.”
Did he think he could wrap it up in a day? And what on earth could I contribute to the investigation? It didn’t make any sense at all. “Uh…I’m sorry. I’m having trouble with all of this. I don’t know—”
He cleared his throat. “We could meet for lunch at Trapper’s Choice Restaurant. They have fresh pickerel on Fridays.”
“I have clients scheduled for appointments all afternoon.” Or most of the afternoon. I liked to close the ReCareering office early on Friday afternoons.
“You’re still working?” he asked, surprise overtaking his previous gruffness. “I didn’t think you’d need to…I mean, you should be okay…”
He knew about my lottery win. Not surprising, since the lottery people had plastered my name and face everywhere when I won nineteen million dollars in Lotto 649. A quick Google search would have revealed my four-year-old lottery win. Old news, but still there on the second and third pages.
Tempted to end the conversation, I realized I couldn’t turn my back on Sarah or any of the others who might still be in danger. I mentally scanned my calendar. I had a two o’clock appointment and would be free to leave around three. I calculated the distance and figured I could drive to Parry Sound in ninety minutes or so. I added an extra hour and shared my plans.
“Great! You’ll have a couple of hours before the séance.”
“What séance?” Were Friday night séances a regular occurrence in Parry Sound? And why would someone like Constable Mulligan, who didn’t sound like a touchy-feely type of guy, attend one?
Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in?
I’m very happy with the cozy mystery genre. While I enjoy reading psychological thrillers, I could never imagine myself in one of them. Thankfully, the writer shares my feelings.
Do you like the way the book ended?
Of the three books in the series, I like this ending the best. The other two endings could be described as “Happily for Now,” while this ending is definitely “Happily Ever After.”
Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?
Sigh! I was hoping for Books 4 and 5, but it looks like the writer wants to take a break from the Gilda Greco Mystery Series. But I’m not losing hope…she might change her mind in late October. She may get the “bug” when all she starts receiving all those NaNoWriMo emails and notices.
What do you do for a living?
A retired teacher, I have devoted my second act to career counseling. In 2011, I opened the first ReCareering office in Northern Ontario.
What is your greatest fear?
I have so many goals I wish to accomplish. I fear I’ll run out of time.
What do you wear when you go to sleep?
What is your most prized possession?
A hard question to answer. To be truthful, I don’t think I have “one” specific item that fits that description. In case of emergency, I would definitely reach for my purse and car keys. Other than that, everything else in my life is replaceable.
What do you think your greatest weakness is?
I overthink each new situation. Before making a decision, I’ll spend days (sometimes longer) researching and journaling about all the options. Underlying all that angst is a strong perfectionist streak I’m working hard to eradicate.
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In 2008, Joanne Guidoccio took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes cozy mysteries, paranormal romance, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.
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