Author: Joyce Lavene

Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling paranormal mystery fiction as themselves and J.J. Cook. 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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Putting on the Witch - Retired Witches Mysteries, #3

Putting on the Witch
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780425268278
  • Release: 2016-10-04
  • Authors: Joyce Lavene, Jim Lavene
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Seasonal / Holiday, Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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In the latest mystery from the bestselling authors of Looking for Mr. Good Witch, the retired witches of Wilmington, North Carolina, are ready to kick up their heels...

With their coven’s spell book still missing, Molly and Elsie—along with their ghostly friend Olivia, her daughter Dorothy, and her boyfriend Brian—are all on edge, especially now that Dorothy’s infamously wicked father is back in the picture. So when they receive an invitation to an exclusive Witches Ball, the ladies jump at the chance to dress up and have some fun.

The castle locale is spectacular and the party is hopping, but the festivities come to a swift end when a member of the Grand Council of Witches is murdered. With the whole place on lock down, the coven is determined to find the cunning killer, even with an angry council and a real Spanish Inquisitor breathing down their necks...


Looking for Mr. Good Witch - Retired Witches Mysteries, #2

Looking for Mr. Good Witch
  • Number: 9780425268261
  • Release: 2015-10-06
  • Authors: Joyce Lavene, Jim Lavene
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Supernatural, Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Everyone’s favorite retired witches from Spell Booked have returned and are diving into troubled waters to find a sinister sea witch…

WITCHY WOMAN

A sea witch has been leaving bodies in her wake up and down the Carolina coast, baffling authorities who are finding drowning victims with no water in their lungs. The fin-icky female will continue to kill young male witches until she finds her perfect man—the one who survives her mating ritual—so she can live for another hundred years. And now coven hopeful Brian Fuller is about to be ensnared in her net.

Retired witches Molly and Elsie, along with the ghost of Olivia and her daughter Dorothy, need all the help they can get to stop the sea witch. Aided by a selkie and a crème puff–craving mermaid, they’re determined to keep Brian out of her murky clutches. But are they all about to get in over their heads?


A Watery Death - A Missing Pieces Mystery, #7

A Watery Death
  • Number: 1512391182
  • Release: 2015-05-28
  • Author: Joyce Lavene
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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It’s the Fourth of July weekend in Duck, North Carolina and twenty-thousand visitors are on hand to enjoy the parade, the festivities – and learn about the murder of Captain Bill Lucky. Lucky is the captain of the new gambling ship, Andalusia II, which is modeled after the famous ghost ship that haunts the small town on the Outer Banks. Whispers of unusual sea creatures surround Lucky’s death. It isn’t the first time that mermaids have been seen in Duck, but it’s the first time one of them has been accused of murder. Mayor Dae O’Donnell has her hands full with setting up the parade, convincing her friend Trudy she shouldn’t call off her wedding, and getting her shop, Missing Pieces, ready for the summer crowd. Dae doesn’t ask to be involved in Lucky’s death, but she can’t ignore it. If someone from the sea isn’t his killer, who is? And will he or she strike again to lay the blame on the town’s watery visitors?


Spell Booked - Retired Witches Mysteries, #1

Spell Booked
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780425268254
  • Release: 2014-12-02
  • Authors: Joyce Lavene, Jim Lavene
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Supernatural, Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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The national bestselling authors of the Missing Pieces Mysteries summon up the first Retired Witches Mystery in a brand new supernatural series...

Once upon a time in Wilmington, North Carolina, three witches ran a curio shop named Smuggler’s Arcane. But as the years passed, their magical powers started to fade?leaving them no choice but to conjure up a retirement package?  

Before they could blink their eyes or twitch their noses, Molly, Elsie, and Olivia somehow became eligible for AARP. But they can’t fly off to Boca Raton just yet. First they must give up their magic, recruit and train three new witches, and pass on their cherished spellbook.

They’ve barely begun to consider potential practitioners when Olivia winds up dead and their spellbook is stolen. To honor their friend and reclaim their spells, Molly and Elsie are about to go wand-to-wand with a dangerous young witch more powerful than the trio was in their prime. And this time they’re going to need more than magic up their sleeves


Murderous Matrimony - Renaissance Faire Mystery, #6

Murderous Matrimony
  • Number: B00GOA74N6
  • Release: 2013-11-13
  • Authors: Joyce Lavene, Jim Lavene
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Supernatural, Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: J. Lavene
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Novel length supernatural mystery at about 55,000 words.

In less than two short weeks, Jessie Morton will marry Chase Manhattan at the Renaissance Faire Village and Marketplace. But so much can go wrong in that short time. A man is murdered in Jessie's new Arts and Crafts Museum and her assistant is being scrutinized for the deed. Chase's brother and parents have arrived and are still against their marriage. Wanda's ghost is busy making Jessie's life miserable. The Ren Faire wedding of her dreams may never take place. Can she talk Chase into eloping before it's too late?


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