Author Julie Seedorf

Monday, July 13, 2015


KILLING WEEDS 
FATAL FAIRIES
by Joyce and Jim Lavene

KILLING WEEDS 
Book 8 in the Peggy Lee Garden Mystery series 
by Joyce and Jim Lavene


It’s spring in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of forensic botanist and garden shop owner, Peggy Lee. This spring has been beautiful, as always, with flowering trees and blue skies. But a killer is on the loose, and seems determined to destroy everyone and everything she cares about. When her garden shop, the Potting Shed, is brutally vandalized, Peggy doesn’t realize that it is only the beginning. Her son, Paul, who has been moonlighting as a private detective to investigate the death of his father, John Lee, is suspected of murder when a mink coat lined with poison kills the woman who is wearing it. Peggy identifies the particularly deadly blend of botanical poisons in the coat. Unfortunately, her work as a specialist with plant poisons makes Paul even more interesting to the police. When attacks against her and her family continue, Peggy must go back through her years of sleuthing to finger the person responsible . . . before it’s too late.

MY REVIEW


Wow! The first six chapters of KILLING WEEDS had more things happening than I’ve read in entire books. But it’s not surprising to me that authors Joy & Jim Lavene had my full attention in this mystery so quickly, because they have in every book I’ve read by them.

This was a wonderfully written story with plenty of mystery coming from every direction. There was never a dull moment. I turned each page eagerly awaiting what would come next. The Lavenes have taken the twists and turns associated with mystery and supersized them.  When the reveal came, I was completely shocked!

I love that each chapter started with the names of poisonous plants and information about them. It just goes to show the research the authors did for their story.

There was only thing I didn’t like about this book…it had to end. L I just wanted more an more!

Check out the back of the book for Peggy Lee’s Garden Journal, a yummy recipe, and gardening tips for keeping our bee friends happy.

FATAL FAIRIES
Book 8 in the Renaissance Faire Mystery series
by Joyce and Jim Lavene 


When a fairy named Apple Blossom is found dead in a fountain, Ren Faire lover Jessie Morton makes a wish she lives to regret—that her husband, Chase Manhattan, is no longer the Renaissance Faire Village Bailiff so he doesn’t have to look for the fairy’s killer and ruin their plans to go away for their first wedding anniversary. Trapped in a timeless ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ experience, Jessie is transported to a different Village to face the consequences of her wish where Chase isn’t the Bailiff, and he’s not married to her. Jessie’s fairy godmother who granted the wish tells her that she must find a way to make Chase fall in love with her again, and they must discover who killed Apple Blossom, if she ever wants to go back to the life she knew.

MY REVIEW 


Authors Joyce & Jim Lavene have a wonderful way of making a story come to life. In this latest installment of the Renaissance Faire Mystery series I could hear the sounds, smells the scents of enticing food, and see every detail as described. It was just like I was standing in the center of it all.

Magic has been doing all sorts of things at the Ren Faire in the past installments. But this time, everyone’s lives are changed. FATAL FAIRIES was such a fun ride. Leave it to these authors to come up with such an out of the box story for a cozy. J

I really did enjoy this story so much. It’s the perfect addition to an already fantastic series. Filled with fun, mystery, and action, you’ll find yourself engrossed in this book that you’ll be surprised when the ending sneaks up on you like it did me. And what an ending it was!

I’m really looking forward to my next trip to the Renaissance Faire, but only with the Lavenes as my tour guides. 

Both of these great books are available now at 
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and Amazon for Kindle

   

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6 comments:

  1. Thanks, Lisa! I love Joyce & Jim's books! It's hard to choose a favorite.

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  2. These sound great. I have both in my tbr :-)

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  3. I'm a fan of both series. Seems likes it's been forever since there's been a new Peggy Lee book.

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  4. I've been reading Joyce and Jim Lavene's books since I first discovered them! The Peggy Lee books are fascinating and I would be thrilled to be selected for this book.
    I'm also extremely fond of Sweet Pink Pepper series, Taxi For the Dead Series, and am eagerly awaiting the Banshee series!

    Kathleen Bylsma h5apby@yahoo.com

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  5. Killing Weeds sounds like a great book. Loved your review. Will put it on my TBR list. Thanks, Lisa.

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