Fina Fitzgibbons, short and stocky, born and bred in Brooklyn, is an orphan in her late twenties and the protagonist of her own mystery series, the Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn Mysteries.
Descendant of Serafina Florio, protagonist in my historical mystery series, from whom she inherited her ginger curls and jade eyes. Mourning the loss of her mother, murdered some years ago. Abandoned by her father, now deceased. Wife of Denny McDuffy, NYPD Patrolman and mother of twins. Now, by her own admission, about thirty pounds overweight, although she doesn’t like to think about it except to say she soon will go on a diet. Lifelong friend of Cookie Scarpanella whom she met in Kindergarten. Persistently steaming mad at Jane Templeton, NYPD Detective First Class and Fina’s nemesis. Usually exasperated with Kate Fitzgibbons, her newfound half sister. Founder of two small businesses—Lucy’s Cleaning Service and the Fina Fitzgibbons Detective Agency. Favorite foods: pizza, as long as it’s from Grimaldi’s, a parlor underneath the Brooklyn Bridge, followed by tutti fruity ice cream.
I’m working on her seventh book so give me a scenario and I know how she’ll react. Although, truth to tell, she surprises more often than not, causing me to rewrite whole chunks of the story. All of which is to say she’s grown a lot from her first book.
However, her core conflict remains the same: how to balance her need to be first and creative and successful with the rights of others, including the right of privacy and the need to preserve crime scene integrity. Often she tramples on both.
There is deep down inside Fina Fitzgibbons, a still point to her turning world—what some of us would call her essence or soul—a unique and unchangeable personality. She is someone with a heart of gold and a compassion for the down and out; someone who rushes into danger, who loves her husband and trusts him, although (and there are a lot of althoughs in her life) she is unwittingly and indefatigably jealous of Zizi Carmalucci, Denny’s high school sweetheart. In the end, she is a woman who never gives up in her quest to right all wrongs—or at least to make a decent living for her family.
She is someone I have come to know and trust, someone with whom I have many conversations. I invite you to get to know her, too. If you’d like to read her first book, Too Quiet in Brooklyn, email me at gagasue at gmail dot com and I will arrange it.