Killing WeedsI love my life. I’m a mother to Paul, and a grandmother to little Rosie.

I have my garden shop in Charlotte, NC, The Potting Shed, and my other interests working as a part-time forensic botanist for the city.

Some days, my life is hectic, and some days I putter in the garden with my plants. I have an enormous love and respect for growing things – some might say I have a very green thumb!

Recently, I had a few days I wish I could have avoided when my son was arrested for murder and my garden shop was all but destroyed. I almost lost one of my best friends, and I was suspended from my work for the city.

They say things like this make us stronger, but these things almost broke my heart. I’m fortunate to be surrounded by good friends and family who helped me through this ordeal, but I hope I never have to go through anything like it again. Besides my first husband’s death, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever lived through.

And I have the scars to prove it.

You can read more about Peggy Lee in Killing Weeds, the 8th book in the “Peggy Lee Garden” mystery series, published by J. Lavene. The first book in the series is Pretty Poison.

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About 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, Penguin, Amazon, and Simon and Schuster along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. Visit Joyce and Jim at

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