Nov 06 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: A Dickens of A Murder by Joyce and Jim Lavene

Posted by Jennifer in 5 Stars, Blog Tour, Cozy Mystery, Giveaways, Reviews / 6 Comments

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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 Author:

joycejim(1)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.




Review of A Dickens of A Murder

Review (5 Stars):  I absolutely adore these authors and I love each and every book that they write.  A Dickens of A Murder is a charming whodunnit that will please the bibliophile that lives in all of us.  Lisa Wellman has decided to leave her life as a librarian and open Canterville Book Shop with her good friend, Simon Canterville, when tragedy strikes.  The body of the man that opposed Simon’s new bookstore is found shot to death with Simon’s dueling pistol.  Now, Lisa and Simon must find the killer before they are the next victims on the killer’s list.

This book had everything for me with humor, suspense, a well-written mystery and a ghost of famous author.  Absolutely delightful.  This is the first book in a brand new series and I enjoyed every minute of my time with Lisa and Simon.  I can’t wait to see what is next for these characters in the next book of the series and what trouble they may find next.

The Lavenes are amazing talented authors and I get choked up every time I think about how much Joyce will be missed.  She was a beautiful person and I’m so glad that this book was dedicated to her.

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6 Responses to “Blog Tour & Giveaway: A Dickens of A Murder by Joyce and Jim Lavene”

  1. Jim Lavene

    Thank you for hosting this. I’m sorry I’ve been really busy today with paperwork. We really appreciate all the effort you are doing for us.

  2. Jeanetta

    A Dickens of a Murder is on my list of book which I want, and I adore the cover art. Thank you for the giveaway.

  3. Jeanetta

    A Dickens of a Murder sounds like a wonderful book. I will miss Joyce for she was always sweet and generous.