Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Blog Tour: A Dickens Of A Murder by Joyce and Jim Lavene (Review/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

About the Book

Genre: Cozy Mystery, #1 in A Canterville Bookshop Mystery)
Publisher: J. Lavene
Release Date: November 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads...

Christmas at Canterville!

Lisa Wellman and Simon Canterville are surprised to find a dead man on their roof in the midst of rushing to open the Canterville Book Shop in time for the holidays. And not just any dead man – Ebenezer Hart – the man who opposed the book shop opening in Olde Town, Portsmouth, Virginia.
What might be more surprising is when Daniel Fairhaven – Lisa’s ex – turns up at the door of the three-story Victorian house to head the police investigation. She hasn’t seen him in years but the sparks start to fly as soon as they are in the same room together.

Simon and Lisa are obviously the best suspects for the murder. Each of them had something to gain by Hart’s death. Then an attempt on Simon’s life throws that theory into a tailspin.

But the biggest surprise yet comes when the ghost of Charles Dickens turns up to help Lisa with the murder investigation – and writing the mystery novel she has been working on for years.

Without a doubt, Daniel and Dickens in Lisa’s life means trouble. And there’s still the matter of trying to get the book shop open with a killer on their heels.

My Review

What can be better than a Christmas story set in a small town? Toss in the ghost of Charles Dickens and a dead man named Ebenezer and you’re all set for a charming tale of mystery, betrayal and a touch of romance.

This is a sweet, cozy mystery giving readers everything they’d want from a story. It can be read in one sitting with a nice hot cup of tea. A great stress reliever – a real “feel good” story.

Adding in Charles Dickens’ ghost is a clever and unique way to give this story an extra spark. The dialogue between Dickens and Lisa is amusing and sweet. Dickens pushing Lisa to concentrate on her writing as he criticizes it along the way, gave me many LOL hours.

The Lavenes outdid themselves with this one. I would love to see this series continue.

As many of you already know, Joyce Lavene passed away in October. This is a devastating loss to the literary world. I thank her husband, Jim, and their family for continuing to bring these books to her devoted fans. Joyce, please know you will always be missed, but your words will continue to keep us all entertained and happy.

FTC Disclosure: The authors 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 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.

Author Links

Purchase Link

Tour Participants
November 3 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – Review
November 3 – The Mysterious Ink Spot – Guest Post
November 4 – Mallory Heart Reviews – Review
November 4 – Frankie Bow  Interview
November 5 – MysteriesEtc – Review
November 5 – Mythical Books – Guest Post
November 6 – Moonlight Rendezvous – Review
November 6 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Review, Interview
November 7 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review
November 7 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Guest Post
November 8 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review
November 8 – Tea and A Book – Review
November 9 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review
November 9 – readalot – Review
November 10 – fuonlyknew – Review
November 10 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – Review
November 11 – Book Splurge – Review
November 11 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review
November 12 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – Review, Interview
November 12 – THE SELF-TAUGHT COOK – Review
November 13 – Back Porchervations – Review
November 13 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review
November 14 – Community Bookstop – Review
November 15 – Brooke Blogs – Review
November 16 – View from the Birdhouse – Review
November 16 – Student of Opinions – Review

Tour-Wide Giveaway

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    1. Yvonne, this does sound like a wonderful cozy. Thank you so much for hosting this terrific giveaway. I am sorry to hear of Joyce's passing.

  2. Thank you for hosting this giveaway for A Dickens of a Murder which sounds like a perfect book for this holiday season. Joyce was a sweet person, and I miss her.

  3. Great writing team and book theme. Thank you for a nice review and hosting the giveaway. kat8762@aol.com

  4. I love these book tours, and this sounds like a perfect book for the holidays. Love all their books. Missing Joyce.

  5. Thank you for introducing me to these authors and their book.

  6. What a perfect book for the holidays.

  7. Joyce and Jim Lavene's have published several wonderful series and this book is again the start to a new series. Readers will not be disappointed with each chapter. robeader53@yahoo.com


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