Gilda's not one to let the horrible, awful, tragic things in life stop her in her tracks. When her beloved dad dies, she sets about keeping herself busy by embarking on several careers. Her stab at writing a novel doesn't really come off, so Gilda decides that her other role - that of psychic investigator - is the ons the one she will make a huge success! Luckily, her break comes in the form of her weird distant relation, 'Uncle Lester', who is troubled by the ghost of his late lamented wife. Lester and his even weirder daughter - a pale-faced hostile girl of Gilda's age - are unable to 'move on' because of the ghost in the tower who visits every night. Gilda can't wait to get her teeth stuck into this one - the minor fact that her uncle lives thousands of miles away in San Fransisco doesn't bother her either. Gilda's looking forward to spending the school summer vacation away from her chain-smoking mother and dimwit of a brother! But when she arrives she finds her relations less than welcoming, if not downright obstructive. Anyone would think they didn't take her psychic powers seriously!
But somehow, Gilda gets to the bottom of the ghost mystery and makes a new friend of her young cousin, too. No surprise to the reader as Gilda is an unforgettable, heart warming character with a wonderfully funny narrative voice...
Gilda - Investigator Extraordinaire is the talented Jennifer Allison's first novel for children. First published by Penguin USA in 2005, she is following it up with Gilda and the Ladies of the Lake, which will be published by Hodder in August 2007.