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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Dead Girl Blues by Jim and Joyce Lavene, Review and Guest Post

Dead Girl Blues
 By Joyce and Jim Lavene
• Genre – Cozy Mystery (PARANORMAL)
When Nashville cop Skye Mertz and her husband, Jacob, are killed in a wreck, Skye is given the opportunity to come back for twenty years to raise her five-year-old daughter, Kate. With her ghostly mother-in-law’s help, Skye hopes to be there until Kate is old enough to take care of herself.
But three years into her twenty-year service to Abraham Lincoln Jones, the man who gave her the extra time, Skye is beginning to think life might have been easier before she died.
Abe asks her to investigate the murder of his sorcerer, Harold the Great, a man who was a victim of too many snakes. And the Life Extended People (LEPs – a nice term for zombies) who work for Abe have begun turning into ghosts and disappearing. Only Lucas, the possibly evil, amnesiac sorcerer who lives with Skye and her family, can save her from being the next victim of the deadly curse.
To make matters more complicated, Skye has found a lead in solving the riddle of her husband’s death. She has never believed Jacob died as a result of the crash, but hasn’t been able to prove it. Many other people have lost their lives in the same lonely stretch of highway that he did three years before. Skye goes against Abe’s express wishes to discover the truth with a crazy man bent on vengeance.

What I Thought:

With all the Zombie craze going on today, I was a little skeptical about this one, but I didn't need to be as it isn't like the other Zombie books and/or shows.  You didn't have a corpse walking around moaning and groaning trying to eat live humans.  These Zombies, or LEP (Life Extended People) are pretty normal, just like regular humans, they only have twenty years on earth, though. This was a well written story with a great storyline.  Abe wants Skye to find out who killed his sorcerer.  This book has a lot of mystical creatures, so if you are a fan of that type of thing, this is the book for you.

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


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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First Book in Series
Broken Hearted Ghoul (Taxi for the Dead Paranormal Mysteries) (Volume 1)

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A Word from the Spirit World

With Addie Mertz

By Joyce and Jim Lavene

I’m Addie Mertz, and I’m a ghost.

That’s right. I feel like some kind of freak admitting it, but there it is.

I knew I was dying when my son and daughter-in-law were involved in a terrible wreck. My son, Jacob, died. I wanted to die with him, but there was more work to be done.

My daughter-in-law, Skye, died too, but I was able to introduce her to the man who’d brought my husband back for twenty years – Abraham Lincoln Jones. He offered her the deal so she could keep the state from taking Kate away. Skye did the one smart thing she did in her life, besides marrying Jacob, and took him up on it.

Coming back from the grave?

I don’t remember much. It was as though one minute I was alive and struggling to breathe as the cancer overcame my lungs. The next minute, I was back in my old home, Apple Betty’s Inn. I looked up as Skye and Kate were coming back from my funeral.

Imagine their surprise when they saw me!

It hasn’t been easy. There are so many things I can’t do anymore. But I’m learning. Skye brought home this man, Lucas, who claims to be a sorcerer – except he can’t remember who he is or what he’s supposed to do most of the time. He’s been helping me learn what I can do.

This ghost thing doesn’t come with instructions, you know!

It’s worth it, though, to help Skye with Kate. They need me, even though sometimes Skye doesn’t act like it. It’s not like I wanted to leave my family. I know Jacob didn’t want to go either.

I hope Skye quits messing around with Lucas and gets busy finding the person who really killed my son! Now that’s a person I’d enjoy terrifying!



  1. Enjoyed the post. I like Joyce and Jim's LEPs (life extended people) better than the brain-eating zombies on TV, too!

  2. Thanks for having us here, Melina! Hugs!!

  3. This book is "my cup of tea", looking forward to reading it!

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