Thursday, September 10, 2015

Blog Tour: Be My Banshee by Joyce and Jim Lavene (Review/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

About the Book

Be My Banshee
(Purple Door Detective Agency Book 1)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
File Size: 367 KB
Print Length: 196 pages
Publisher: J. Lavene (September 1, 2015)
Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The Purple Door Detective Agency is hiring.

Those without magic need not apply.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Apply at the agency. No phone calls or psychic links.

Sunshine Merryweather is a young witch with a passion for colorful clothes and good food. She is the owner/operator of the Purple Door Detective Agency. Her partner, John, was brutally murdered three days ago, and she won’t stop until she finds his killer.

Aine is only interested in one thing when she walks into the building with the purple door–locating the last man alive in the branch of the O’Neill family she haunts as a beane sidhe. She has been asleep for 200 years in a ruined Irish castle and realizes that the world has moved on without her. She needs to find the O’Neill heir and encourage him to start a family or she will pass from existence when he dies.
Sunshine sees a potential partner when she looks at the powerful beane sidhe - they could be the next Dynamic Duo! But Aine isn’t interested in Sunshine’s schemes - until the witch agrees to help her locate O’Neill. Even then, it will be a short-term association at best from Aine’s point of view. She has no need of witchcraft.

Neither woman is aware of the danger they face as an ancient assassin stalks the old port city of Norfolk, Virginia. It will take more than simple witchcraft or beane sidhe magic to stop the killer. They will have to work together and combine their talents.

But can Sunshine and Aine put aside their differences to stop the murders without tearing each other apart?

By National Bestselling mystery and urban fantasy authors Joyce and Jim Lavene (Retired Witches and Missing Pieces Mysteries)

My Review

Sunshine Merryweather, owner of the Purple Door Detective Agency, has her work cut out for her. Her partner and lover, John, was murdered and Sunshine is determined to find his killer. However, she cannot do this alone. So when Aine, a banshee, shows up looking for a member of the O’Neill family, Sunshine makes a deal with her. Sunshine will help find the last O’Neill and Aine will her help her locate John’s killer. Sounds easy enough, but nothing is that easy. Did I mention that Sunshine is a witch?

Not only is Sean O’Neill the person Aine is looking for, but he’s also the lead detective in John’s murder case. Sean doesn’t realize it yet, but he needs magic to help him with this case. Did I mention that John was a werewolf and shapeshifter?

Sunshine and Aine have no idea what or who killed John, but one thing they are sure of – it wasn’t any mortal. The death had been so violent they are sure it was done by something mystical. The entire city is in danger when other shapeshifters are brutally killed.

The best way to describe this book is paranormal meets cozy mystery. You get the best of both worlds with this one. It’s not a genre I’m used to reading, but it hooked me from the first page. It has everything from witches to shapeshifters to a banshee. We even get a mouse shapeshifter that shifts into a timid woman. Oh and there are a couple of mortals tossed into the mix as well as a Mr. Bad who nobody really knows but seems to be in charge of everyone and not someone to be taken lightly.

It’s a fun book and includes an epic battle. Another edge-of-your seat, page turner for this author team. Readers are always guaranteed an exciting adventure when they open a book by Joyce and Jim Lavene. They haven’t disappointed me yet. I’m looking forward to my next visit to the Purple Door Detective Agency.

FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

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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  1. Thanks, Yvonne! I had never read anything like Be My Banshee, either, and it hooked me, too!

    1. Thanks Patricia! We'd never seen anything like it either but it was fun writing it!

  2. I love the writing team of Joyce and Jim Lavene, and am excited about the theme of this new book... And I love purple doors!

    1. We love purple doors too, Kathleen! I guess you know that already, right? Thanks for stopping by!

  3. The blurb is appealing and your review is wonderful. I may have to get this one.

  4. Replies
    1. Paranormzy mystery!? LuAnn, you crack me up! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Thanks for hosting our blog tour stop here today, Yvonne! We always enjoy visiting you!

  6. Love purple, love the cover. A banshee should be really interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. I really, really want a print copy of "be my banshee". I've enjoyed every books of the Lavene's that I've read.


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