Friday, November 6, 2015

Review & Giveaway- A Dickens of a Murder

Review

A Dickens of a Murder by Joyce and Jim Lavene
The First Canterville Book Shop Mystery

The story starts in mid November as we meet Simon Canterville and Lisa Wellman, a unique duo who, while knowing each other for about a year, just became partners in a new venture-a book store. Looking at their Victorian shop they see a man and ponder what he's doing on their roof. While still attempting to figure out the truth of the matter the police arrive on the scene, but it's not just any patrol office, it's the Deputy Chief of Police, who happens to be Lisa's ex-husband. Unfortunately, the man on the roof is not the cable man, he's a dead man!

Joyce and Jim Lavene have brought another great group of characters to life in their new Canterville Book Shop Mystery series, featuring Simon Canterville, the slightly mysterious, steely, yet vulnerable, older partner and Lisa Wellman, the woman who needed a change after the loss of her mother and was willing to take a risk on a new venture. Lisa is down to earth, and I think mystery fans will find a distinct kinship in her, a former librarian who goes into partnership of a book store giving her extra time to write her own mystery novel! Sounds like heaven to many of us! Also endearing are the facts she remembers from her many classes about crime and how she relates them to her current situation. We have our nefarious characters as well; the ne'er do well son, the neighbors, and of course, our victim. The most unique character however, is the ghost of Charles Dickens. The Lavenes have a knack for making the paranormal normal. It seems almost natural that the ghost of Dickens would appear in a Victorian book shop, even if it is located it Portsmouth, Virginia, not England. What was even more normal was Lisa's initial reaction!

The Lavenes lay out a brilliant plan by telling us that many literary ghosts have appeared in the shop. In A Dickens of a Murder we meet and say goodbye to Charles Dickens. Now we're hooked-what literary figure will appear next?! Literary ghosts aside, there are other reasons I'm hooked on this new series. I want to return to the Canterville Book Shop to see how the store flourishes, to see how Lisa's book progresses, if her relationship with Daniel progresses, if the ghost hunters return, and yes, whose ghost will show up next!

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24 comments:

  1. A Dickens of a Murder sounds like a fantastic cozy, and the cover art is gorgeous! I am looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  2. I would love to get the chance to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. Thanks for the great giveaway! rlepree(at)musfiber(dot)com

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  4. All the books I've read written by Joyce and Jim Lavene have been wonderful reads.

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  5. Joyce Lavene will be missed, but her work...she, will always be with me. kat8762@ol.com

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  6. I really want to read this due to it's the last one Joyce worked on with hubby. She will be missed but hope hubby continues the wonderful work ptclayton2@aol.com

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  7. I love your mysteries & this such an awesome giveaway, Thanks for this chance. Linda May lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  8. Would love to have a copy of this. This one is special to me.

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  9. Sounds interesting. Love book shop mysteries.
    thanks

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  10. Looks like a great new story! Can't wait to read it! Thanks for the extra chance to win!

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  11. It sounds great and looks good. But it would be a honor to have on of their books.

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  12. Sounds great and I'm keeping my fingers crossed

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  13. Sounds like a fabulous read.

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  14. I so enjoy these type of cozies, so much more than thrillers. These do not keep me awake at night. Plus I love the puns. I can never think of them at the right time. There is such a nice sense of humor in these.

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  15. A dead man on the roof - guess who doesn't want to get up on the ladder now and clean out the gutters?!?

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  16. This book sounds really great. I have heard many wonderful things about the Levines and their books. Thank you for the chance to win this one.

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  17. Wow! So many entries that you have to tweet for! I gave up twitter because I kept getting so many emails that there was suspicious sign on on my account. And I really don't like twitter. But the book sounds great!

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  18. Della at deepotter@peoplep.com Teaser was most intriguing. Thanks for this chance

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  19. I love these books. I go see the play this was based on every year as a Christmas present from me to me. Thank you for all the good entertainment. slpetera@yahoo.com

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  20. I love the books tours and have enjoyed all of their books. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  21. I've loved every book they have written. RIP Joyce, we miss you

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  22. I love this awesome duo! I'm sure this is another winner!

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  23. I'm sure this will be another really fun book. Thanks for the chance to win.
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