A Watery Death by Joyce and Jim Laverne Review and Guest Post

06 Jun

FTC Disclosure: I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


It is my pleasure to welcome Joyce and Jim Laverne to the blog today. I love their books and am very excited to have them visit today.

Where Legends Begin

By Joyce and Jim Lavene

From A Watery Death

Missing Pieces Mystery #7

Where and how do legends begin?

We’re probably seeing things now that will be legends someday in the future. Legends are usually based in real-life occurrences that are told and re-told. What about the events of 9-11 in this country? Stories are filtering out of survivors in Tibet who have amazing stories. These are all fodder for legends.

A legend begins to take on a life of its own after a few retellings. As we can see from the legends surrounding John Kennedy’s death, most people hardly know what’s real and what’s not after only a few short years. What about the legends surrounding the sinking of the Titanic? Bigfoot? The abominable snowman?

And yet, sometimes legends can be real.

For centuries people didn’t believe that the city of Pompeii existed, thinking it was only a legend. Yet it was always there waiting to be found. Even though sailors declared that the giant squid was real, we didn’t believe – until we found one.

And what about mermaids, mermen – people who live in the sea? Where did their legends come from? What part of their story is real and what part is made up?

In A Watery Death, the people of Duck, North Carolina are faced with what they think is real and what is legend. Take a quick trip to the Outer Banks where legends have been born, and see what you think!

Thanks Joyce and Jim. It makes you stop and think about what simple thing you do today that might end up as part of a legend some day.

Now for my thoughts on A Watery DeathNow, picture me frantically trying to pull on what little hair I have (back in March my school did Bald for Bucks and my hair isn’t a half inch long.)  Why am I trying to yank out what little hair I have? Simple! This is the first book in The Missing Pieces series that I have read and I just have to go back and read the first six. And my schedule right now is so crazy, if I add more books to my reading schedule, something else is going to have to go. Ah, who needs sleep anyway?

Seriously! I LOVED this book.  I knew from the opening paragraphs this was going to be a great read. Even though I want to go back and read the previous six books, it isn’t necessary to do so before reading A Watery Death.   The story moves smoothly as a read alone, but if you are new to the series as I am, you will find that you like the characters so much you will want to read more about them.

Dae is a wonderful character. There is something about her that just pulls the reader in. Perhaps her gift isn’t just finding missing pieces, but finding readers who need a good story? The Lavenes do a fantastic job of mixing the magical with the practical. Even if you tend to be skeptical like Kevin, you can’t help but enjoy the magic that surrounds Duck, North Carolina. Oh, and that’s another reason I enjoyed this book so much. My husband and I spent a good bit of his military career at Ft. Bragg, so visiting Duck, North Carolina was like going home.

A Watery Death has a little something for everyone: murder, romance, mystery and small town ambience. Summer is here and if you are looking for a good summer read, then don’t miss the one. And while you are at, join me in reading the other books in the series, too.

Check out the tour page over at Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book. There’s a rafflecopter giveaway for all seven books in the series plus an Amazon gift card.


A Watery Death
by Joyce and Jim Lavene
For fans of cozy mysteries, A Watery Death should be high on your TBR list!
~Back Porchervations

…perfectly paced and engaging.
~I Wish I Lived In a Library

Full of charming yet quirky townsfolk, matrimonial upheavals and some psychic, time traveling magic, this is a town to get lost in.
~Laura’s Interests

Jim and Joyce have done it again. They have crafted and entertaining whodunit that will keep you turning pages and guessing till the very end.
~Melina’s Book Blog

A Watery Death
By Joyce and Jim Lavene
A Missing Pieces Mystery
7th in Series
Cozy Mystery


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. Like her predecessor, the Spanish treasure ship replica has been a boon to the hardy residents of Duck, but it has proven unlucky for her captain.

Mayor Dae O’Donnell has her hands full with setting up the parade set, convincing her friend, Trudy, that she shouldn’t call off her wedding, and getting her shop, Missing Pieces, ready for the summer when she makes most of her money for the year. She doesn’t need the problems involved with a local murder.

But Captain Lucky involves Dae when he asks her to buy an artifact from him that is supposed to be able to summon mermaids. He says he needs money to get out of town for a few days until some problems are resolved. Dae is glad to help him, but isn’t prepared to find him dead in his quarters on the Andalusia when she returns the keys he dropped at her shop.

It isn’t the first time that mermaids and mermen have been seen in Duck, but it’s the first time one of them has been accused of murder. While her grandfather and her fiancé, Kevin, struggle to believe such a thing is possible, Dae is left trying to prove her new friends are innocent.

joycejimAbout 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.

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8 responses to “A Watery Death by Joyce and Jim Laverne Review and Guest Post

  1. Patricia

    June 6, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Great review! Loved it!

  2. Nancy Roessner

    June 6, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I’m reading the Sweet Pepper mysteries, out of order, but still captivating. I do know the magic of Joyce and Jim Lavene writing, under whatever name I find them. This series I know will be great, too. Thanks for the review!

  3. kayekillgore

    June 6, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Great review, I love this series and the Lavenes.

  4. Ruth Nixon

    June 6, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Love Duck and Dae, Sweet Pepper and Peggy Lee.

  5. Brooke Bumgardner

    June 7, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Wonderful review! I have read just one book with Dae as well, and thoroughly enjoyed it!


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