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Originally from Quebec, Anne Grobbo spent a number of years working as a news reporter and community editor on suburban newspapers in the Toronto area, and later as a business writer for a large international corporation. For years she combined career with further education, studying piano performance part-time and taking evening courses at University of Guelph.
Fed up with the employment treadmill after 20 years, she began to write the first of the “Gloria Trevisi” mysteries. The story featured an imaginary “daughter” who shared the author’s love of music and respect for the written word, along with her husband’s Italian work ethic and strong family values.
“As a teenager I devoured my parents’ paperbacks, cozy mysteries, spy thrillers, romantic suspense, historic fiction,” she recalls, “and I wanted to create something that wouldn’t embarrass a mom who found her fourteen-year-old daughter perusing her bookshelf. I write for adults, but I think a young adult reader would get a kick out of this series.”
Although her mysteries are solidly grounded in this world, Grobbo is an enthusiastic Trekkie and occasional visitor to Starfest, an international gathering of amateur astronomers held on a hilltop outside Mount Forest, Ontario.
A.R. Grobbo also loves everything rural. She lives in a century home in southwestern Ontario with husband, dog, and cats where she teaches piano, keeps bees, dreams up mystery plots. But she vows that someday, when time permits, she will finish her degree in piano performance.
Something smells in the rural backwater of Plattsford, Ontario.... besides Gloria Trevisi’s septic bed, that is. A local politician-turned-developer is found dead in his own future industrial park. As editor of Plattsford’s local paper, Gloria’s mission is to sort through a maze of local gossip, delve behind the polite facade of rural society, and discover the truth, preferably before her news deadline.
But it won?t be easy if she’s in jail.
Gloria Trevisi, editor of the Plattsford Sun, is hard-working, competent ... and about to get her rabies shots, a result of the discovery of a dead retired farmer and a live rabid dog while taking photos for what was supposed to be an uplifting holiday feature for the Sun’s Christmas edition. Someone, indeed, is suffering from rage, not the rabid kind, as health officials and police puzzle over this unexpected outbreak of a deadly epidemic in Ramsbottom Township. Gloria wants no part of it, especially when she is expecting the return of her prodigal husband, violinist Tony Lambert, who has already sent her a Christmas present that is far too grand for her to reciprocate. As usual, she has her own problems, including some nasty telephone calls, unwanted visits from the past--her husband’s old girlfriend, for one--and a future that holds a confrontation with her in-laws and several uncomfortable needles. As for the present, what should she buy Tony for Christmas? Will she survive the holidays? Judging by the tone of the most recent threatening phone calls, it seems unlikely.
Rumored graft and bribery in township business should have left a certain municipal official wealthy, and an ideal target for murder. So why was he dead and broke? Newspaper editor Gloria Trevisi must find out, before one of her houseguests is arrested…or killed. The Plattsford Sun has all the news that’s fit to print… and more.
A woman is haunted by a dreadful secret, poisoned preserves are killing the locals, and Gloria Trevisi must choose between duty and friendship.
There’s a murdered woman in the washroom, a collapsed roof on the Plattsford Arena, and crime in the woods; not the best time for Gloria’s mother-in-law to visit…
Talk about danger on your doorstep…a mysterious victim in a familiar suit has just paid Gloria a visit, and died. With the corpse on a slab and crucial evidence bagged and labeled, police already have their chief suspect in their sights: Tony Lambert, Gloria’s husband.