Gilda Joyce:Psychic Investigator by Jennifer Allison
Posted January 29, 2012on:
Gilda Joyce: Pyschic Investigator was another good book. Ms. Allison seemed to add her own twist to this mystery novel. It almost appeared that events were happening to our main character and she was not even sleuthing! Since almost any thing can happen in life, I was left to my own devices and trying to guess what was going to happen next…and I was wrong on more than one occasion. For a brief minute, I got bummed but that quickly passed.
In this book, Gilda Joyce is a 13-year-old who spies on many people (including her neighbors)! One day she receives a letter from a distant relatives (an uncle) who invites Gilda to come spend a few weeks with him and his daughter (Juliet). As soon as she arrives, Gilda realizes that her Uncle’s house is quite gloomy, almost as if a weight of regret is holding down the house. At first Gilda and Juliet did not get along well but as they get to know each other it got much easier. Juliet soon reveals that the “weight” holding down the family was that Juliet’s Aunt Melanie jumped out of the large tower in the backyard. Of course, Gilda decides she is going to “solve” this mystery.
After a bit of investigating Gilda discovers a few things. Aunt Melanie ”fell out” of the window the night before she was supposed to go to a retirement home … Aunt Melanie was going into the retirement home because she had a mental problem. Gilda continues to find out more information because Juliet speaks in her sleep and one night Juliet said that when the angel talks that is when the door will open on the tower. Juliet and Gilda go investigating and find a key in the mouth of the angel in the backyard. They open the door to the tower and discover that Aunt Melanie painted all over the inside of the tower. It is through the Aunt Melanie’s painting that we learn that she was sooo unhappy about being sent away that she threw her self out the window. She did not realize that her brother (Gilda’s Uncle) was sending her away because he loved her…she just thought that her brother was trying to get rid of her. That is the close to the mystery. Gilda goes home a few days later, but her mystery solving career has just began.
The author made this book very easy to understand (yet you did not feel as if the author was talking down to you). Ms. Allison also impressed me by using so many descriptive words that a picture of each scene was painted din my mind (kind of as Aunt Melanie painted the tower). This book also had quite a bit of humor in it.
The moral is that anything can be discovered by hard work. It is through hard work, that just about anything can be accomplished.