Saturday, November 7, 2015

Blog Tour- A Dickens of a Murder by Joyce and Jim Lavene

I love when Joyce and Jim Lavene visit my blog and that is why this is a hard post for me to do. For those of you who do not know Joyce Lavene passed away on October 20th. She was an amazing author and great friend and I truly do miss her. Their new book in a brand new series A Dickens of a Murder (Canterville Book Shop Mystery series) was released on October 26th,just in time for getting into the spirit of Christmas.

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.

I was so captivated by this book. Lisa Wellman and Simon Canterville are strong characters that really pull you in to the story. Lisa is a writer and joins with Simon to open a book shop in the quaint little town of Portsmouth VA. Joyce and Jim paint a vivid picture of this town and you will feel like you are there. So when a body is found on the roof Lisa has to find out what happened before the killer finds the next victim. You won't be able to stop reading this book once you start.
From the beginning you could feel the sense of Christmas and the joy it brings. I enjoyed this book, it was hard for me to read it because it made me think of Joyce but in Honor of her I dived right in and am very glad I did.

Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.

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  1. Thanks for hosting us, Shelly. We really appreciate it. Love you guys.

  2. Looking forward to reading this first in a new series. I know it will be bittersweet for me but I will be thinking of Joyce and the family when I read it.

  3. I absolutely love the sound of the plot of this..the dead guy on the roof...what a great beginning. I would love to read this. Thanks for the Contest.

  4. I so want to read this book during the Christmas season---I just hope I can read it without tearing up too many times.

  5. I love Christmas-themed stories!

  6. Reading this would be a perfect addition to the season.

  7. Thanks for the chance.

    Becky Prazak


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