Author Showcases Local Scenes in Mystery Novel

Longtime author, journalist brings drama and mystery to serene Southern California scene

Jill Amadio. Courtesy photo

Jill Amadio. Courtesy photo

By Andrea Papagianis

Tosca Trevant is a Cornish speaking, unrelenting reporter, rifled in controversy over her British gossip column.

At the request of Buckingham Palace, Trevant is reassigned to Southern California where local author and Dana Point resident, Jill Amadio takes readers on a perplexing, coded journey to bring a serial killer to justice.

“Mysteries are cerebral,” Amadio said. “They are a puzzle that you have to figure out. There are relationships like in a novel, but a mystery propels readers forward to piece the story together.”

In her first mystery novel, Amadio introduces readers to journalist turned sleuth Trevant, who shares a number of similarities with her creator. Amadio is originally from a seaside port town in Cornwall, England, but has called Dana Point home for 12 years.

After years as a journalist, covering topics from crime to cars on the East Coast, in England, Spain and Thailand, Amadio found herself writing biographies and ghost-writing for the likes of a U.S. ambassador.

The first in Amadio’s mystery series, Digging Too Deep: A Tosca Trevant Mystery, is available on Amazon in print and digital forms starting Sunday, December 1. In Digging Too Deep, Amadio takes readers on a ride from a renamed, idyllic Balboa Island to settings on UCLA’s campus and back.

The Dana Point Library will host Amadio for a book signing Monday, December 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and the author will hold a tea chat at Mystery Ink, in Huntington Beach December 7 at 2 p.m. For more on Amadio, visit her website at

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One Response to “Author Showcases Local Scenes in Mystery Novel”

  1. Les Goldberg
    December 2, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    I loved it! F or someone who has never written a mystery novel before, it was brilliantly constructed and the characters are well-developed to be interesting and memorable. I could envision this book and the series Amadio proposes to be “made-for-TV” quality. Move over, Angela Lansbury.

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