Handbags, Books...Whatever

Handbags, Books...Whatever (http://www.vickibatman.blogspot.com) is the website of Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction. Handbag lover. Avid Jazzerciser. Mahjong player. Yoga practioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocaholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Guest author Joanne Guidoccio on Handbag and Book - A fine Italian bag and a #newbook #readsuspense #RLFblog

While I can’t remember the exact year I bought this purse, I know that it’s somewhere between fifteen and twenty years old, well on its way to achieving vintage status. Like many of you, I am attached to my purses and struggle to part with them. Alas, the straps and bottom are starting to show significant signs of wear, a definite sign that its days are numbered.

Made in Italy, “La Diva” has lived up to its name: the fine straw texture and leather accents give off classic and sporty vibes. The longer straps add to its versatility: it works as a handbag and shoulder bag. The two zippered sections and additional inserts (keys and phone) are roomy enough to accommodate the essentials as well as my iPad Mini and camera. As for colors, it compliments all my summer wear from casual to dressy casual.

Each summer, I receive many compliments and questions about where to buy it. Unfortunately, the purse boutique that graced downtown Guelph for decades closed its doors several years ago. During its final days of operation, I dropped by wearing this handbag. The owner’s eyes glistened as she recalled the many “La Diva” purses she had carried and sold to satisfied customers. I have discovered the website (https://www.ebags.com/brand/la-diva) but doubt that I will be buying my purses online. I need to feel and try them on for size.

Two things I know for sure...It has been my favorite summer purse, and I don’t look forward to replacing it.

While not usually a big deal, one overlooked email would haunt teacher Gilda Greco. Had she read it, former student Sarah McHenry might still be alive.

Suspecting foul play, Constable Leo Mulligan plays on Gilda’s guilt and persuades her to participate in a séance facilitated by one of Canada’s best-known psychics. Six former students also agree to participate. At first cooperative and willing, their camaraderie is short-lived as old grudges and rivalries emerge. The séance is a bust.

Determined to solve Sarah’s murder, Gilda launches her own investigation and uncovers shocking revelations that could put several lives—including her own—in danger. Can Gilda and the psychic solve this case before the killer strikes again?

Jim whistled. “You sure don’t like it easy. With all your millions, you’d think this crap could somehow miss landing on you. But you do seem to attract it.” He chuckled. “Might be something to address with a therapist or maybe the psychic you’ve just met.”

“I didn’t just meet Cassandra. I got to know her and her parents very well during those seven months I taught in Parry Sound. They’re good people.” I could tell by his tone that he was dismissive of Cassandra’s psychic powers. While I was also skeptical, I did feel the urge to defend her. She had been so sincere and so open. I couldn’t fathom the notion of Cassandra faking or putting on the airs of a psychic. It wasn’t in her nature to be deceitful.

“I’m sure they are,” Jim said. “But let’s face some facts here. Most psychics need to make a living. I don’t doubt this lady has some intuitive ability—as many women do—but I don’t think it’s enough to catch a murderer. The constable is grasping at straws. What did you say his name was?”

“Leo. Leo Mulligan.”

“Tall, dark-haired guy. Good-looking and a bit of a rascal.”


“He’s evolved.” I immediately regretted my response. Knowing Jim, he would pounce and tease me.

“And you’re interested,” Jim said, chuckling. “What does your boyfriend think about this cozy reunion you’re having with a more evolved constable?”

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Joanne!! So happy you are here with me today and showing off your bag and book!


Angela Adams said...

"It has been my favorite summer purse, and I don’t look forward to replacing it." -- I know how you feel, Joanne. I have similar feelings for a pair of black shoes that I have. I love those shoes, have had them for years, and they're totally unfit for wear after so many years. I just keep them in the closet because I can't stand the thought of getting rid of them. Best wishes with your book!

Joanne Guidoccio said...

Thanks for hosting me, Vicki :)

Joanne Guidoccio said...

Hi Angela, I'm also attached to my shoes. Right now, I have two pairs of Clarke sandals that will survive this summer but need to be replaced next year. Thanks for dropping by. :)

Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction, blogger at Handbags, Books...Whatever said...

Hi, Joanne! So happy to have you. I feel that way about a special jacket, skirt, dress when it comes to replacing. So hard because I want another just like it!

N. N. Light said...

What a beautiful purse, Joanne! I love it! :)

I'm more of a shoes (especially flip flops) addict. I go nuts when it's summer and love to pick up some comfy flip flops when on vacation.

-- MRS N

Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction, blogger at Handbags, Books...Whatever said...

Hi, N. N.! I love flip flops too. A friend introduced me to Havianas. Hugs!

Joanne Guidoccio said...

Hi Vicki, Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could show up at a factory and "clone" our favorite shoes, purses, and clothes. Or visit a reasonably priced artisan (shoemaker, seamstress, etc.) and get duplicates made. Food for future thought. :)

Joanne Guidoccio said...

Good to see you here, Mrs. N. I also love my flip-flops, so comfy!

N. N. Light said...

Hi Vicki!

Yes, I love Havianas, too. I have three pairs of their flip flops (one baseball team, one tropical and one purple one). I love how they stay on your feet and don't smell bad when I sweat. lol!

N. N. Light said...

Hi Joanne! I like your plan to clone shoes, purses and clothes. Just when I find the perfect shirt, shorts, pjs or shoes, they disappear from the market. I've been known to buy a few of the same shoes so when one breaks down, I have a back-up. ;)

Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction, blogger at Handbags, Books...Whatever said...

I like the plan to clone too. I do subscribe buy one in every color philosophy. lol

Melissa Keir said...

What a beautiful bag! I wish you all the best with your latest release!

Joanne Guidoccio said...

Thanks Melissa! :)

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