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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Book Review - Harrowing Hat: A Renaissance Faire Mystery by Joyce and Jim Lavene

The brand-new cozy mystery, "Harrowing Hats: A Renaissance Faire Mystery" by Joyce and Jim Lavene, has just about all of my favorite things wrapped up in one story!  I love hats, I love arts and crafts, I love going to Renaissance fairs (when I can!), it is set in the South (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina), and I love cozy mysteries!  Therefore, reading this book was probably a pretty near perfect experience for me!  Hope you'll agree -

About The Book:

Dark, Unsweetened Death

Life in Renaissance Faire Village is pretty sweet for Jessie Morton - until one of the Three Chocolatiers is found drowned in a vat of chocolate.

A hat pin sticking in his eye seems to pin the murder on hatmaker Andre Hariot. But he is only one on a long list of Village folk who might have wanted to see the Chocolatier dead.

As Andre's apprentice, Jessie feels a special obligation to clear Andre and bring at least semisweet justice to the killer.

This is book four in Joyce and Jim Lavene's Renaissance Faire series, and each book just keeps getting better and better. I love how the Lavene's keep enhancing the relationship between Jessie and Chase, her love interest without being too over-the-top with their actions - very nicely done!  And the continuation of favorite characters in the storyline, such as Merlin, Portia the cranky costume lady, the handsome pirates, the fun-loving Robin Hood and his merry band, will delight loyal readers of this charming series.

I can't wait to see what Joyce and Jim have up their mutton-sleeves for the next installment!  Huzzah!

About the Authors:

Joyce and Jim Lavene have been writing together for more than 11 years and have had more than 50 books published in several different genres as well as non-fiction. They consider themselves fortunate that there are readers and publishers who share their eclectic tastes in life! They live in North Carolina with their family, their cat, Quincy and their dog, Rudi who all contribute greatly to their work and their lives.

For more information on the Lavenes and their writing, check out their website at http://www.joyceandjimlavene.com/

My thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.


Joyce Lavene said...

Thanks for the nice review, Sharon!

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

You are so welcome, Joyce! Love this series, and can't wait for the next book! And looking forward to the new series too!