Monday, August 3, 2015


I am so excited to a stop on 
authors Joyce & Jim Lavene's 
book tour for
Book 1 in the Pumpkin Patch Mystery series

First in a New Series Richmond attorney Sarah Tucker returns to sell her family’s abandoned farm in Misty River, Virginia despite unanswered questions about her grandparents’ disappearance sixteen years earlier. Sarah was only twelve when she went to visit and found her grandparents had vanished. No amount of searching has brought answers. Now Sarah is faced with other issues when a man is killed who claimed to have information about what happened to her grandparents. She learns of a Confederate chest of gold that is said to be buried on the property, and treasure hunters who are willing to do anything to get their hands on it. Were her grandparents murdered for the gold? Sarah can’t sell the land and go back to her life until she has answers. But the cost of the answers may be her life. Includes farm-fresh recipes!


I get very excited each time authors Joyce and Jim Lavene have a new book out. But a whole new series? Yes please! I dived into GIVE ‘EM PUMPKIN TO TALK ABOUT (don’t you love that title) with great enthusiasm and it continued to grow with each page.

There is a mystery within the mystery of this story. One that deals with protagonist Sarah Tucker’s missing grandparents. It’s going to be fun to learn more about that storyline in future installments. As for the main mystery in this book, it was done perfectly. It was very intense trying to figure out who the killer was. Something I never learned until the reveal, because I didn’t have a clue. It was brilliant!

These skilled writers have done it again. They’ve penned a book that had me completely transfixed. Their style of writing feels as though it was so effortless to them. (I bet they would say different). It just flows across the pages.

Fans of the Lavene’s Peggy Lee Garden Mysteries will be thrilled by a fun cross over. And the Missing Pieces series got a nod as well.

Brava and Bravo Joyce and Jim Lavene. You have another hit on your hands!

Readers will also want to check out the back of the book for Pumpkin Word Lure, Types of Pumpkins. And delicious pumpkin recipes! 

Available for purchase now

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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  1. Love to be here, Lisa! Thanks for having us! Have a very pumpkin Monday!

  2. I love these authors and their series. I was lucky enough to get an advance peek at this book and I agree with you that it was wonderful and liked that the killer remained a true mystery to me until the end. Thanks for the review.

  3. Can't wait for this one!

  4. Thanks for the review of Give them Pumpkin. Cannot wait to read

  5. Thanks, Lisa! I think the Lavenes have another hit, their books!

  6. Love this books. All the series. Looking forward to this new one.

  7. This book sounds great!! Love to get in on the beginning of a series.

  8. I've been looking forward to beginning this new series for what seems like ages. The wait is almost over and your review has caused me to ratchet up my anticipation even more!!

  9. I love all their books! They can write as many series as they want. I would read and buy them all. They are awesome writer's.

  10. Can't wait to read it!!!

  11. I love these authors and all of their series. Looking forward to the Pumpkin Patch mystery series.

  12. I am excited about reading another book by this!

  13. I always enjoy reading Joyce and Jim Lavene's books. This one is outstanding and to be the beginning of a new series make it even more so. I love the settings they use as well as the details they include.

  14. Ooh I love anything with Pumpkins and this sounds great.

  15. Two of my fav authors with the start of another great series!

  16. The love all of their series. I know this one will be just as great. I do not like to eat pumpkin but I love to decorate with them.