Thursday, November 8, 2018


 A Different Kind of Reunion (A Gilda Greco Mystery)
by Joanne Guidoccio

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series 
The Wild Rose Press, Inc (April 23, 2018) 
Paperback: 236 pages 
ISBN-10: 1509220380 
ISBN-13: 978-1509220380 
Digital ASIN: B07BSTTNS2

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?

Character Interview with Gilda Greco

The US has been in a state of lottery fever recently, with record amounts being up for winning. Do you have any suggestions for potential lottery winners?

You may be tempted to shout the news, share on all social media, or phone everyone in your circle. Instead, take a pause. You don’t have to act right away.
In fact, it may be a good idea to wait a few days before picking up the check. If you need to drive to a major center, ask a relative or close friend to drive. Consider hiring a taxi or Uber. You can afford it!

Once you have the check in your hands, visit your financial planner, banker, or accountant. If you don’t have a reliable money person in your life, ask family and friends for recommendations. You will need someone who is trustworthy to guide you in this next chapter of your life.

Or for those dreaming about winning?

As an exercise, you might want to think about what you would do with a $10 million win.
How much would you set aside for the future, give to family and friends, donate to charity, and spend on yourself? If you should win more or less than $10 million, make the adjustment. i.e.
If you win $7 million, multiply the set amounts by 0.7; if you win $19 million, multiply the set amounts by 1.9.

But more important, don’t put your life on hold waiting for that unlikely event to occur. Instead, downsize your million-dollar dreams to your present reality.
For example, if you would like to travel extensively and visit the other continents, start with your own state or country. Make small monthly donations to your favorite charity—every bit helps.

Sounds like excellent advice.

What was your biggest surprise after winning a lottery?

After eighteen months, I started to feel restless. I had visited six of the seven continents, donated to my favorite charities, and paid off mortgages and loans for family and friends. But that wasn’t enough to satisfy me. I needed a new direction in life, so I decided to go back to school.
Once a nerd, always a nerd!

How would you say it has changed your life the most?

Everything in my life changed. I moved back to my hometown, started a new career, reconnected with an old flame, and found myself embroiled in three murder investigations.

Tell me a little about the energy at the séance.   Were there more believers there, or at least open-minded people?

I suspect we were all non-believers but too polite (and afraid) to admit our doubts to the psychic and detective. While we had been asked to attend, there was some intimidation involved. Not participating would have invited too many questions and doubts. The first séance was a bust.
As for the second séance, you’ll have to read A Different Kind of Reunion to find out the details.

Did your thoughts about psychics shift after this experience?

The psychic, Cassandra Coburn, was one of my favorite students. I was torn between my fondness for her and what actually ensued at the séances. In the end, I was able to reconcile those feelings, but I don’t think I’ll be attending too many other séances.

 Joanne Guidoccio   seems to be digging up many of your well-hidden past secrets. Is it any relief to have some of these brought to light? 

I was relieved to have the details of my disastrous marriage brought to light. For too long, I had been harboring negative feelings toward my ex-husband. I’m hoping that women in similar situations will be inspired to share their painful divorce stories with trained counselors or sympathetic friends.

Are you afraid that she may find something, and share it, that you are not ready to face?

I have other secrets...I hope she’ll be kind and sympathetic if and when she chooses to reveal them. 

About the Author

 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 have been 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.

  Where to find Joanne...

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