Monday, November 16, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway - A Dickens of a Murder by Joyce and Jim Lavene

A Dickens of a Murder
(Canterville Book Shop Mystery 1)

Cozy Mystery
Print Length: 208 pages
Publisher: J. Lavene (November 3, 2015)
ASIN: B015269QSI


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.

My Review
I love cozy mysteries, books set in bookstores, Christmas novels, and books by Joyce and Jim Lavene.  With all that said, this was a perfect weekend read - fun and relaxing, and a great start to a new cozy series.

Lisa is a great protagonist, gifted not just at bookselling but also solving mysteries.  I enjoyed the romance and sparks between Lisa and Daniel as well.

The mystery was well plotted and moved at a quick pace.  I loved the ghost story element with Charles Dickens' ghost!

I am a longtime mystery reader, and a fan of the Lavenes.  I was saddened by Joyce Lavene's recent passing.  This lovely Christmas mystery is a nice way to continue her writing legacy.

I recommend this novel highly for anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries.   Make some cocoa or hot tea and settle in for a delightful read!

About The Authors
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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A Print Copy of A Dickens of a Murder, A Book Christmas Ornament and a $20 Amazon Gift Card

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I received a copy of this book from Great Escapes Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.


Peggy Hyndman said...

I have enjoyed each of the books written by Joyce and Jim Lavene ... they are wonderful reads. Thank you for sharing your stories and talent with us.

Birdhouse Books said...

I feel exactly the same way. I see the names Joyce and Jim Lavene on a book and immediately know I will love it.


Anonymous said...

Love all the books by Joyce and Jim Lavene.
Becky Prazak

Gaelicark said...

I really like the premise of this book... The Lavene books are always fun to read!

Kelly Braun

holdenj said...

Looks like another intriguing series by the Lavene duo. Thanks.