A Dickens of a MurderI’m Lisa Wellman. I love reading. I’m a former librarian, now a hopeful book shop partner and mystery writer.

So we’re two weeks before the Canterville Book Shop opens in Olde Town, Portsmouth, Virginia, and there’s a dead man on the roof.

I can handle buying books, figuring out how to help our customers, and everything else my partner, Simon Canterville, doesn’t understand. But how do I handle a dead man on the roof – especially when it’s Ebenezer Hart – the man who was fighting to keep Simon from opening our book shop?

And who is the police detective they send out to investigate? My ex-husband – Daniel Fairhaven. We were only together for six months twelve years ago. I hate to admit it but when I saw him my heart went zing like it used to.

Please! Not now! It didn’t work twelve years ago and nothing has changed.

Six weeks until Christmas and everything is falling apart. How could things get any worse?

Never ask that question. You might wake up with the ghost of Charles Dickens in your bedroom. Ugh. I don’t know who is worse – Daniel or Dickens – both of them scares me.

Lucky I’m a budding mystery writer so I can figure this whole thing out. After dozens of classes, conferences, and workshops, I must know as much about solving a murder as Daniel, right?


You can read more about Lisa in A Dickens Of A Murder, the first book in the NEW “Canterville Book Shop” mystery series, published by J Lavene.

About A Dickens Of A Murder

Lisa Wellman and Simon Canterville are surprised to find a dead man on their roof in the midst of rushing to open the Canterville Book Shop in time for the holidays. And not just any dead man – Ebenezer Hart – the man who opposed the book shop opening in Olde Town, Portsmouth, Virginia.

What might be more surprising is when Daniel Fairhaven – Lisa’s ex – turns up at the door of the three-story Victorian house to head the police investigation. She hasn’t seen him in years but the sparks start to fly as soon as they are in the same room together.

Simon and Lisa are obviously the best suspects for the murder. Each of them had something to gain by Hart’s death. Then an attempt on Simon’s life throws that theory into a tailspin.

But the biggest surprise yet comes when the ghost of Charles Dickens turns up to help Lisa with the murder investigation – and writing the mystery novel she has been working on for years.

Without a doubt, Daniel and Dickens in Lisa’s life means trouble. And there’s still the matter of trying to get the book shop open with a killer on their heels.

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About the author
Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery and urban fantasy fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. Their first mystery novel, Last Dance, won the Master’s Choice Award for best first mystery novel in 1999. Their romance, Flowers in the Night, was nominated for the Frankfurt Book Award in 2000.

They have written and published more than 70 novels that are sold worldwide for Harlequin, Penguin, Amazon, and Simon and Schuster. They have also published hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in Midland, North Carolina with their family and their rescue pets—Rudi, Stan Lee, and Quincy.

Visit them at: www.joyceandjimlavene.com, on Amazon, on Facebook and on Twitter

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