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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Murderous Matrimony--Jim and Joyce Lavene--Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway

Murderous Matrimony
by Joyce and Jim Lavene

Murderous Matrimony
(Renaissance Faire Mystery)
6th Book In Series
Release Date: November 15, 2013
Available For Pre-Order Soon
In less than two short weeks, Jessie Morton will marry Chase Manhattan at Renaissance Faire Village and Marketplace. But so much can go wrong in that short time. A man is murdered in Jessie’s new Arts and Crafts Museum and her assistant is being scrutinized for the deed. Chase’s brother and parents have arrived and are still against their marriage. Wanda’s ghost is busy making Jessie’s life miserable. The Ren Faire wedding of her dreams may never take place. Can Jessie talk Chase into eloping before it’s too late?

My Review:

This was a great cozy with a touch of fantasy.  A great read from Jim and Joyce Lavene as always.  It was a very well written story, and it kept my attention throughout.  There was plenty going on to keep me entertained.  This story has murder, ghosts, dragons, sorcerers, a Renaissance era wedding, and that is just to name a few of the great things in this story.  Jessie is determined to find out who killed "madman Dave" and she kind of stumbles upon who the killer is.  This story is filled with great characters and I can't wait till my next trip back to Renaissance Faire Village, great job Jim and Joyce, keep up the good work. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

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 60 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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Guest Post:

An Affair to Remember

By Joyce Lavene

Murderous Matrimony is a tale worthy of a Renaissance bard, fraught with romance, murder, distraction, and a happy ending. It is a cautionary tale of getting one’s wish, and being careful what you wish for!

Jessie Morton has loved Chase Manhattan for years. They are finally engaged, and now the big, Renaissance wedding is on the horizon. The elaborate wedding gown is being fitted and the plans are laid. It will be an affair that brings all of Renaissance Faire Village together for a day.

There are only a few problems:

1.      The Village has decided to use her wedding as a PR event with another 250 couples sharing Jessie’s big day.

2.      Chase’s parents will do anything they can to break up Jessie and Chase’s relationship and stop the wedding.

3.      A man is murdered, and Jessie’s assistant director of the Arts and Crafts Museum is blamed for it.

There isn’t much Jessie can do about the first two items on her list, but she can help clear her assistant’s name and reputation. With the help of her friends, and a few odd characters, Jessie will find the killer stalking the Village.

And she’ll wrap it up by her wedding day!

Will she live happily ever after?

Alas! No one can see the future.


The authors are giving away to one winner a copy of each of the 5 print books in the Ren Faire mystery series as well as the E- novella, Perilous Pranks. and an E- copy of Murderous Matrimony.
The entire collection, for now, of our Ren Faire Mysteries. Plus a Ren Faire Mystery tote bag to hold all of them.  Use the Rafflecopter to enter!  Good Luck!!!

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  1. I enjoyed the first book in this series but haven't had a chance to read the rest.

  2. I have one of these books and really like i.

  3. I'm looking forward to this series!! I love the idea of Ren Faires!

  4. I've only read one of these books and loved it so much. I would be so thrilled to win all 5.

  5. I enjoyed the wonderful review and guest post. These are new authors for me. Book sounds great. Looking forward to reading it . I commented on "Murderous Matrimony" on Melina's Book Blog and on "Freezer I'll Shoot" on Read Your Writes Book Reviews. Thank you!
    Barbara Thompson

  6. I have read and love every single book in this series! :-D I find them amazing! From page one until the end, the books draw you in and don't let go. I can picture life clearly and see all of the surroundings of the Renaissance Faire as if I were truly there! I have also enjoyed the wonderful, in-depth review of "Murderous Matrimony" and can't WAIT for the book to be released!!

  7. This series is unique and very special. Love the giveaway. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. I haven't read any in this series yet, but I've read other books by them, including two of the Missing Pieces books.

  9. I LOVE this series and her Peggy Lee Garden Series. I haven't tried Missing Pieces yet but will!!!