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Preparing for a Wonderland Adventure

May 1997

I was in the thick of my teaching career and very much involved in the extra-curricular life of the school. So, when admin asked for volunteers, I agreed (along with four other teachers) to accompany a bus-load of students to Canada’s Wonderland, the 330-acre theme park located in Vaughan, Ontario about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Toronto.

It would be my first time visiting the theme park, and I was determined to go on a few roller coaster rides. Having shied away from the experience during my childhood and adolescence, I knew it was now or never. To ensure that I wouldn’t back out, I shared my goal with colleagues and students.

Continue reading on Vicki Batman’s blog.

On a Greek Culinary Journey

Gilda Greco, protagonist of Too Many Women in the Room, and I have a special fondness for Greek cuisine. We appreciate the simple and elegant flavors of foods and beverages that can be traced back to Ancient Greece.

Continue reading about ten milestones from Greek culinary history on the Sisterhood of Suspense blog.


An Unlikely Source of Inspiration

Once I get the initial spark of an idea, I like to play around with a What-If scenario and after much deliberation come up with a title for the novel. Only then can I start writing the first draft.

That MO worked well for Book 1 of the Gilda Greco Mystery Series:

Spark: Dead blondes turn up in dumpsters throughout the city.

What if… A woman wins a $19 million lottery and returns to her hometown, only to find herself the primary suspect in the murders of four blondes. Can she prove her innocence and solve this case before it’s too late?

Title: A Season for Killing Blondes

Book 2 presented a challenge. I toyed with several storylines about a Greek restaurant, a charismatic chef, two murders, and a group of women who didn’t always get along. Frustrated with these disjoint elements, I turned my attention to shorter pieces and hoped that inspiration would soon arrive.

It came from an unlikely source.

Continue reading on the Just Romantic Suspense blog.


Easy Avgolemono

After all her guests stormed out of the restaurant, Gilda Greco (protagonist of Too Many Women in the Room) took refuge in the steaming goodness of Chef David Korba’s Avgolemeno, a Greek lemon chicken soup that warms up body and soul while releasing endorphins.


Find out more about Too Many Women in the Room and get the tried-and-true recipe for Easy Avgolemono on Peggy Jaeger’s blog.


On Sale for 99¢ – Too Many Women in the Room

Blurb

When Gilda Greco invites her closest friends to a VIP dinner, she plans to share David Korba’s signature dishes and launch their joint venture— Xenia, an innovative Greek restaurant near Sudbury, Ontario. Unknown to Gilda, David has also invited Michael Taylor, a lecherous photographer who has throughout the past three decades managed to annoy all the women in the room. One woman follows Michael to a deserted field for his midnight run and stabs him in the jugular.

Gilda’s life is awash with complications as she wrestles with a certain detective’s commitment issues and growing doubts about her risky investment in Xenia. Frustrated, Gilda launches her own investigation and uncovers decades-old secrets and resentments that have festered until they explode into untimely death. Can Gilda outwit a killer bent on killing again?

Reviews

“A tale which far exceeds the bare bones of storytelling convention, offering the reader well-rounded characters and a narrative that doesn’t skimp on the details.” InD’Tale Magazine

“Too Many Women in the Room is the perfect blend of mystery, suspense, romance, and humor. The premise is intriguing and kept me guessing.”
Jane Reads Blog

“The plot moves along at a steady pace with subplots adding to the tension.” Christa Reads and Writes Blog

“Filled with delicious cuisine, complex characters, and a murder mystery, this story will leave you guessing until the very end!” Jacquie Biggar

“Guidoccio masterly pulls the reader in with her finely detailed scenes, a strong and very likable female lead, and an intriguing plot.”
Jo-Ann Carson

“This story is so well written; love the first person narrative and the nicely layered plot. This is cozy mystery writing at its best.” Beth Dale

“What’s not to love? Spicy food and an even spicier mystery. The book is peppered with both intrigue and recipes!” Nancy Fraser

“Once again, Joanne Guidoccio has given her readers a plumb good mystery. I can usually figure out who the killer is in most mysteries, but this one had me guessing and guessing again until the killer was revealed.” Margaret-Mary Jaeger

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On Sale for 99¢ Until October 27