Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Gone By Midnight by Joyce and Jim Lavene

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Synopsis: Fans of Joyce and Jim Lavene will thrill at this collection of thirteen short stories—many are set in the worlds of their national bestselling mystery series, including the Missing Pieces Mysteries, the Renaissance Faire Mysteries, the Retired Witches Mysteries, and an upcoming mystery novel! 
These stories contain the elements of mystery and fantasy the Lavenes are famous for, as well as some new things their readers have never seen. Several stories feature characters interacting with ghosts, magic, and the supernatural—the healing woman in “Courtship;” the Civil War widow in “One with the Darkness;” the city girl who summons a wizard from the past in “The Magician and the Sorceress/Accountant;” and the young introvert in “Aunt Edna” who finds her calling with help from a ghostly visitor. 
Poignant, charming, and captivating, Joyce and Jim Lavene bring their characteristic wit and heart to these stories and introduce each one with a passage about its origin or how it ties into the universe they’ve created. Gone by Midnight is a treasury of tales that will delight the mind and touch the heart from one of the most prolific writing duos of our time. 

Review: I tend to LOVE anything written by the Lavenes, so that was what I expected from this short story collection. As you can see from my 3 star rating, I was disappointed in what I read, at least in part. Following are a list of titles and my individual rating for each story. They vary widely, from four stars to one star. 

1) Aunt Edna- 4 stars
2) Inn Of Many Pleasures- 1 star
3) Ghost Dance--3 stars
4) Assassin--3 stars
5) The Courtship--3 stars
6)The Singing Trees Of Jappa--2 stars
7) The Magician and the Sorceress-Accountant--4 stars
8) Fargan Rum--2 stars
9) One With The Darkness--4 stars
10) Cold Karma--4 stars
11) Alice in Renaissance Were-Land--4 stars
12) Gone By Midnight--4 stars
13) Spirit Warrior--3 stars

Rating: Three stars

About the authors
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Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene are a wife and husband team who have written and published more than 70 books since 1999. They live in North Carolina with their family and enjoy cooking, photography and ghost hunting. 

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