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Monday, February 3, 2014

"The Goddaughter By Melodie Campbell"

A caper worthy of Donald Westlake, but starring a woman much more savvy than Dortmunder. What more need be said?

Dangerously funny! Be warned, there are sneaky spit-laugh moments throughout. Honestly, I have not laughed out loud, loudly, in the middle of the night so often since I was in third grade and entranced by Freddy the Pig.

The porkers here are Gina’s male relatives and their “business” acquaintances, as befits a woman whose extended family is THE local crime family in their part of Canada. After a courier from another “family” gets killed on their turf, they’re desperate to avoid a gang war and Gina’s the least likely to be searched at the border so….

Oh, did I mention the jewels? Fabulous! And the shoes? To die for, darlings! And the MAN. The kind we’d all like to have at our side (or back, or front) when bullets are flying and bodies are bouncing. There’s a bit of mattress-bouncing too, but the heated action takes place off-page, with only some tasty flirtation around it.

Also, it’s short, a Rapid Read that you can get through in half an hour over your coffee.With due respect for potential choking due to sudden spurts of laughter.

This is an insanely zany caper that unrolls speedily into your eyes and brain with great visual images crafted from fewer words than I would have ever imagined possible. A comic tour-de-force and not to be missed! A heartfelt five stars from me.

The Goddaughter
By Melodie Campbell
Published By Orca Rapid Reads
Pub Date: September 1, 2012
Price: $9.95

Also available for Kindle.

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