Monday, November 2, 2015

First in Series- A Dickens of A Murder by Joyce and Jim Lavene

I am excited for the release of A Dickens of A Murder(A Canterville Bookshop Mystery) by Joyce and Jim Lavene. As you may know Joyce Lavene passed away on October 20th and our hearts were sad to hear this. With this book being released on Tuesday November 3rd, I thought it fitting to start of the month with this fantastic book. I hope you will get a copy and read it in honor of Joyce. Joyce will be forever missed and I am so thankful for her wonderful husband Jim and family. They have touched so many people.

Series: The Canterville Book Shop Mysteries
Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (October 26, 2015)
Language: English

Christmas at Canterville! Lisa Wellman and Simon Canterville are surprised to find a dead man on their roof in the midst of rushing to open the Canterville Book Shop in time for the holidays. And not just any dead man – Ebenezer Hart – the man who opposed the book shop opening in Olde Town, Portsmouth, Virginia. What might be more surprising is when Daniel Fairhaven – Lisa’s ex – turns up at the door of the three-story Victorian house to head the police investigation. She hasn’t seen him in years but the sparks start to fly as soon as they are in the same room together. Simon and Lisa are obviously the best suspects for the murder. Each of them had something to gain by Hart’s death. Then an attempt on Simon’s life throws that theory into a tailspin. But the biggest surprise yet comes when the ghost of Charles Dickens turns up to help Lisa with the murder investigation – and writing the mystery novel she has been working on for years. Without a doubt, Daniel and Dickens in Lisa’s life means trouble. And there’s still the matter of trying to get the book shop open with a killer on their heels.

About the Authors:

Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery and urban fantasy fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. Their first mystery novel, Last Dance, won the Master's Choice Award for best first mystery novel in 1999. Their romance, Flowers in the Night, was nominated for the Frankfurt Book Award in 2000.

They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Penguin, Amazon, and Simon and Schuster that are sold worldwide. They have also published hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in Midland, North Carolina with their family and their rescue pets--Rudi, Stan Lee, and Quincy.

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Here is the link for the book.


  1. Thanks, Shelley. We appreciate your kind words and feel your pain.
    Jim Lavene

  2. I love everything that the J's wrote and will continue reading their work and sharing it to help keep Joyce's memory alive.

  3. I already ordered mine and I am going to start it today. I can't wait.
    Joyce was such a kind and generous person, and she is missed by so many whose lives she touched.

  4. Ordered! It looks like a great story!


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