Gilda Joyce: The Bones of the Holy

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When Gilda Joyce's mother announces her engagement to a man from St. Augustine, Florida, Gilda is appalled. She hasn't even given him the "Joyce Family Application" yet! But as the wedding preparations get under way, Gilda realizes she has much bigger concerns. Why does her soon-to-be stepdad keep calling Mrs. Joyce by his ex-wife's name? And why is Mrs. Joyce acting like she's possessed?

With only a few short days before her mother says "I do," Gilda knows this much for sure: ...

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Overview

When Gilda Joyce's mother announces her engagement to a man from St. Augustine, Florida, Gilda is appalled. She hasn't even given him the "Joyce Family Application" yet! But as the wedding preparations get under way, Gilda realizes she has much bigger concerns. Why does her soon-to-be stepdad keep calling Mrs. Joyce by his ex-wife's name? And why is Mrs. Joyce acting like she's possessed?

With only a few short days before her mother says "I do," Gilda knows this much for sure: it's going to take every ounce of her sleuthing skill and psychic savvy to solve this one!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Uber-cool teen sleuth Gilda Joyce has to step in when her mother's new life threatens danger. Pragmatic mom has suddenly gone ga-ga over a plump antiques dealer named Eugene Pook and plans to marry and live with him in St. Augustine, Florida. Gilda does not despair. Armed with her deceased dad's typewriter, her notebooks and her disguises, including a plumed hat, Gilda decides to penetrate the heart of a decades-old mystery involving a ghost in a white gown who looks just like her mother. Local author Jennifer Allison blends the chilling with the comedic in stylish writing that skillfully shifts point of view to offer a nuanced, deeply felt novel with an intricate plot. This fifth book in the unique Gilda Joyce series will leave readers hungry for the sixth. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
Kirkus Reviews

In this fifth Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator installment, amateur sleuth Gilda travels to historic St. Augustine to encounter a ghostly woman in white and ends up literally buried in another baffling mystery.

Horrified when her mother returns from a getaway weekend in St. Augustine engaged to an antiques dealer named Eugene Pook, whom she met on the Internet and plans to marry immediately, Gilda experiences her "psychic signal," a tickling in her left ear, warning something unusual or dangerous is about to occur. Arriving in St. Augustine for the wedding, Gilda finds Eugene to be "older, plump, walruslike" and definitely weird. She loves the ghost tour of St. Augustine, "one of the most haunted cities in the entire United States," but is surprised when Eugene's 12-year-old neighbor confesses she's seen a spectral woman in white in his house. Gilda discovers Eugene had been jilted years before by his fiancée, Charlotte, who looked just like Gilda's mother and mysteriously vanished. Now Eugene seems to be re-creating his aborted wedding. Could the woman in white be Charlotte's ghost? Local ghost tales, Gilda's spy records, letters and travelogue flesh out the account of how this sassy wannabe investigator tries to save her mother from Charlotte's fate.

Gilda fans will rally to her latest caper, while newcomers should revel in her ghostly escapades in old St. Augustine. (Mystery. 10-14)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525422129
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/9/2011
  • Series: Gilda Joyce Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 960,416
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.36 (w) x 5.76 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Allison (www.gildajoyce.com) lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and three children. This is the fifth book in her Edgar Award—nominated Gilda Joyce series.
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  • Posted January 13, 2012

    Can't recommend highly enough

    All I can say is that there had better be more of these. If this is the last one I'll be very perturbed.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    Great read!

    I can easily say that this is one of the best paranormal books I have read. Very well done! Love the whole series!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Awesome

    Read

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    *Bone Chilling Mystery*

    This series gets better and better with every mystery. The story behind the mystery for this book leaves you thinking and shivering....the wonders of this haunting ghost and who she is and why is she is makeing contact with Gilda, the results can be shocking! I a sure you this book will not leave you hanging but ready to join Gilda in another one of her great mysteries as a psychic investigator. ( Also it will leave you wanting to try a fried peanut butter sandwich :D )

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Love this series

    I have not actually read this yet, but I love this series. I bought the sample and can't wait to start it. Last year a teacher reccomended these books to me. My friend and I became obsessed. These are great mysteries, and not scary ones. I would reccomend this to any girl, even if they don't like mysteries. I don't really like mysteries but I loved this series. Great books. A must read. Funny too. Gilda is a character you will fall in love with. READ THIS SERIES! DON'T OVERLOOK IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    One of the most haunted place in the U.S.

    Historical Williamsburg, Virginia. I went there on vacation and we did this thing where we went to a tavern at night and the guide told ghost stories (not colonial ones from like a million years ago, they were about things that happened recently.) The most haunted place on the property would be the Peyton Randolph house. The guide once took a group to the place and a couple took pictures and the third one had snow in it. Another time a guard was doing his rounds in the house and he didn't check in so they sent another guard to go find him. The other guard found him in the basement with his flashlight trained on a blank wall, a petrified expression on his face, and- here's the big one- his gun drawn. They never take it out unless they feel their life is threatened. Another one takes place at the tavern where we were sitting; King's Arms Tavern. There was a manager named Erma and she was kinda bossy. Erma died and the employees always say good night or good morning to her even after she died. If you don't, you will mysteriously trip or feel a punch in your stomach. One time a guy and his friends thought it might be fun to do the "ghost tours" before they got shipped out. The tour guide told the group to say good night to Erma and one guy said he wasn't gonna do it. A few feet later he fell like he was punched in the stomach. He stuck his head up and exclaimed, "That was awesome!" What do you think of my real and recent ghost stories?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    JENNIFER ALISON ROCKS:)

    LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted December 12, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Jennifer Allison has done a great job in this last book in the G

    Jennifer Allison has done a great job in this last book in the Gilda Joyce series.  First she set it in one of my favorite places in Florida, St. Augustine.  This was the perfect setting to put Gilda in.  Gilda’s mom is acting strange and Gilda knows it involves a man.  She is not impressed with anything except the fact that the man owns a shop with vintage clothing.  This is Gilda’s all time favorite thing.  Gilda and her mom fly to Florida for the upcoming wedding.  She is to be joined by her brother at a later date.  Once he arrives they learn that things are not what they seem.  They stumble into trouble that could cost them their lives.  Can they help solve a mystery from long ago.  You’ve got to read this to find out what Gilda comes up with and how she solves this mystery.  This book is full of the fun and mystery that is one hundred percent Gilda Joyce.  For me it was full of the history of St. Augustine.  Jennifer definitely did her research on this one.  If nothing else maybe this will entice the reader to come to St. Augustine to check out some of the wonderful history and maybe even check out a ghost or two.  Definitely one of my favorite of her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Moar

    I hope that there will be a sixth book :3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Favorite series

    I need more Gilda books but I've read the whole series! :(

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I loved this book sooooooooo much! I got it a my local library not knowing a singal thing about it. Now because I read it it is my 2nd favorite series!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Gilda: info

    A broad winged female griffon with white feathers and brown wings/fur. She has yellow eyes and a bullyish/coolish attitude. Formerly friends with a pegasus named Rainbow Dash before she turned to the pony/dragon lifestyle. Is the leader of a multigriffon tribe. (Multigriffon means they dont single any out.) The most she ever does for a signature is a capitol g. If shes feeling creative she puts gildash up. Always was laughed at for being daughter of two grey griffons. 2 years old.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Hi

    Its the fith and i live gilda

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Montana problem

    The problem is. Is that i live in montana and some books. Like this one for instance arent in the bn stores. I dont really want to buy it on my nook because i like the feel of the books and smell of pper. I know call me weird. But its true. :(

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Is this the third or fourth?

    HELP PLEASE RESPOND I NEED TO KNOW ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Love!!!!!!

    Jennifer Allison shoould defenetly keep writing these books i have read all of them and they are absolutleyy amazing !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Hi

    It so good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    WOW!!!! BEST BOOK EVER

    Thiis book is many things especially: CONFUSING WEIRD COOL CRAZY AND THET BEST BOOK I EVER READ

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    I lovveeee Gilda!!

    I love Gilda Joyce and have read all the books in her series. And yes sadly I do think this is the last one. You know once I emailed Jennifer Allison, the author, and she wrote back. You should email her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    fantastic!

    Great book!

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