Joyce and Jim Lavene are award-winning photojournalists, which somewhere along the way, they decided to write novels and since then, they have been hooked on that genre. They started out publishing romance and mystery novels in 1999 as themselves, and under the pseudonyms Joye Ames, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. The bestselling marriage writing team have written and published more than 65 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.

Book List in Order: 56 titles

  • 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 ...


  • Three years ago in 1867, Julia Jackson was a well to do young woman from Boston whose fiancé, Jonathon, was killed right before her eyes. Obsessed with finding the killer, a man whose face she saw only in a flash as he walked up and shot Jonathon, s...


  • 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 Witc...


  • Down the mountain from Sweet Pepper, Tennessee is Christmas Tree Valley, a place filled with hundreds of Christmas tree farms where generations of growers have made people’s lives brighter. Yet even here in this quiet, postcard-perfect corner of th...


  • Christmas at Canterville! 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 wh...


  • 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 auth...


  • The Purple Door Detective Agency is hiring. Those without magic need not apply. Salary commensurate with experience. Apply at the agency. No phone calls or psychic links. Sunshine Merryweather is a young witch with a passion for colorful clothes and ...


  • When a fairy named Apple Blossom is found dead in a fountain, Ren Faire lover Jessie Morton makes a wish she lives to regret—that her husband, Chase Manhattan, is no longer the Renaissance Faire Village Bailiff so he doesn’t have to look for the ...


  • First in a New Series Richmond attorney Sarah Tucker returns to sell her family’s abandoned farm in Misty River, Virginia despite unanswered questions about her grandparents’ disappearance sixteen years earlier. Sarah was only twelve when she wen...






  • 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,...


  • It’s spring in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of forensic botanist and garden shop owner, Peggy Lee. This spring has been beautiful, as always, with flowering trees and blue skies. But a killer is on the loose, and seems determined to destroy ever...


  • National Bestselling Authors of Broken Hearted Ghoul and Dae’s Christmas Past When Nashville cop Skye Mertz and her husband, Jacob, are killed in a wreck, Skye is given the opportunity to come back for twenty years to raise her five-year-old daught...


  • 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 t...


  • Featuring Pet Psychic Mary Catherine Roberts! When wild horse rescue director Tom Watts is found dead on Duck Road, psychic mayor Dae O’Donnell is determined to find out who killed him. Her friend, Jake Burleson, is accused of killing Tom even thou...


  • Jessie Morton is thrilled when she finds Bill Warren, an old fashioned shoemaker, and he agrees to come back to Renaissance Faire Village with her. She’s not so thrilled when claims to have elf magic, and he falls for Princess Isabelle. The dancing...


  • Part-time garden shop owner/part-time forensic botanist, Peggy Lee is trying to discover if the death of Ann Fletcher 20 years ago was an accident - or foul play. In return, she hopes to receive more information about her late husband's death. She kn...


  • Read the first novel in the Taxi for the Dead Paranormal Mysteries: Broken Hearted Ghoul It’s been two years since Skye Mertz agreed to drive Abe’s Taxi for the Dead, transporting his zombie workers back to the man who gave them an additional twe...


  • Includes Perilous Pranks, a novella in the Renaissance Faire Mystery series, PLUS Book Six, Murderous Matrimony. A prank too far: Wanda Le Fey is dead, and Renaissance Faire lover, Jessie Morton, looks suspiciously like the person who killed her. Jes...


  • The mayor of Duck, North Carolina, Dae O'Donnell, is a woman with a gift for finding lost things. Sometimes it leads her to lost keys or earrings--and sometimes it leads her to murder... DIRTY CAMPAIGNING Two weeks before the mayoral election,...







  • The mayor of Duck, North Carolina, Dae O’Donnell, is a woman with a gift for finding lost things. Sometimes it leads her to lost keys or earrings -- and sometimes it leads her to murder… LITTLE GIRL LOST When her boyfriend Kevin’s ex-fia...


  • Hail ye, hail ye, and welcome to the Renaissance Faire Village. Here, associate professor Jessie Morton spends her summers honing her skills and finding the lady, lord, or serf whodunit. But when she comes for Christmas, will murder mean a very unhap...


  • As the mayor of Duck, North Carolina, Dae is playing host to twenty North Carolina elected officials attending her first Mayors' Conference Weekend at the Blue Whale Inn. When the body of Mayor Sandi Foxx is discovered the morning after a severe stor...


  • Hail ye, hail ye, and welcome to the Renaissance Village. Here, assistant professor Jessie Morton spends her summers honing her skills and finding the lady, lord, or serf whodunit. When the village chocolatier is murdered, Jessie finds herself in a v...


  • Long before he became curator of the Duck Historical Museum, Max Caudle discovered its greatest treasure-a wooden chest full of gold. But a thief with his eye on the gold fires a cannonball into the museum, destroying the building-and killing Max. ...


  • Hail ye, hail ye, and welcome to, the Renaissance Village. Here, Jessie Morton, an assistant professor at a local college, spends her time honing her skills and finding the lady, lord, or serf whodunit. But this time she finds herself in the midst of...


  • Meet Dae O'Donnell, a woman with a gift for finding lost things. Sometimes it leads her to lost keys or earrings -- and sometimes it leads her to murder... A TIMEPIECE OF TROUBLE The mayor of Duck, North Carolina, Dae O'Donnell wears many hats. She...


  • Hail ye, hail ye, and welcome to Renaissance Village. Here, Jessie Morton, an assistant professor at a local college, spends her time honing her skills and finding the lady, lord, or serf whodunit. But now she's in water hotter than the fiery glass s...


  • No rain means profits are wilting at The Potting Shed, so Peggy Lee joins her mother on a "bone harvest" expedition for the local historical society. But she stumbles upon a perplexing mystery--how a fellow volunteer became a corpse with curiously re...






  • Mary Catherine has a rare gift - she can talk to animals. A flamboyantly dressed four-time widow, Mary Catherine pulls top ratings for her pet psychic radio show and helps run an animal shelter. Then one day Mary Catherine hears pitiful thoughts of a...


  • Hail ye, hail ye, and welcome to the Renaissance Village. Here, Jessie Morton, an assistant professor at a local college, spends her summers honing her skills and finding the lady, lord, or serf whodunit. But this time she gets tangled in a deadly we...


  • Meet Peggy Lee: part-time forensic botanist, detective's widow, and owner of the Potting Shed, an urban gardener's paradise in downtown Charlotte. While the summer heat is stifling her shop's business, death is always in season... While attending ...


  • On the road to the Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway, NASCAR fan and ex-cop Glad Wycznewski is expecting nothing more than speed on the raceway, a cold beer in his hand, and love in the RV with his beautiful wife, Ruby. So when Glad fi...


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    As the snow falls in Diamond Springs, the mood shifts, bringing with it a string of suspicious events. The death of deputy David Matthews has Sheriff Sharyn Howard more determined than ever in her quest to find his killer and solve the murder of her ...


  • Meet Peggy Lee: botanist, detective's widow, and owner of The Potting Shed, an urban gardener's paradise in downtown Charlotte. With the beautiful spring weather, business is booming--and death is in full bloom... Peggy Lee is just about to delive...


  • You don't argue with a woman like Ruby. At least I try not to. She's got a race car engine inside a Rolls Royce body. She's not a little thing, but she's someone you can hold on to. Unless she's up and running in another direction, like now. QUALIFY...


  • Meet Peggy Lee: botanist, detective's widow, and owner of the Potting Shed, an urban gardener's paradise in downtown Charlotte. Mild winters keep the store thriving all year round, but there are plenty of people with colder intentions... What made...



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    This time the mystery for Sheriff Sharyn Howard and her Diamond Springs deputies hits a little bit closer to home. After a speeding boat flies up over the pier and onto the street, the sheriff's department investigates. They become personally involve...






  • Meet Peggy Lee: botanist, detective's widow, and owner of The Potting Shed, an urban gardener's paradise in downtown Charlotte. Mild winters keep the store thriving all year round, but at least one person in the city has colder intentions... It's ...



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    Reluctantly, Sheriff Sharyn Howard has been forced to attend a training school for the local law enforcement officers. For years she's managed to skirt around it, but now it's time for her to take a helicopter up to Sweet Potato Mountain to attend a ...



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    Things are heating up in Montgomery County, North Carolina. The new police department is having trouble with the local sheriff's office in Diamond Springs--feuding over jurisdiction and a new murder case. An old Mercedes with a corpse inside is fo...



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    A Legacy of Murder The elusive Silver Dollar Gang is robbing homes in Diamond Springs, North Carolina, keeping Sheriff Sharyn Howard and her deputies busy. Adding to the tension, an arrest in nearby Rock Springs leads Sharyn to investigate a deat...


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    It’s one week before the election in Diamond Springs when an old car rolls down Main Street with flames shooting out of it and a dead body in the backseat. A day later, a man is found dead on Diamond Mountain, trapped in a net that was supposed to ...


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    More like a nightmare… Diamond Springs sheriff Sharyn Howard is up for reelection and it's tough going for the no-nonsense lady lawman. With her good ol' boy opponent in the lead, a crime spree hits her small North Carolina town. First a popular...


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    Buried in the past An unsolved murder closed the Bell's Creek campground twenty-five years ago, and now, despite rumors that the land is haunted, the camp is about to be reopened. Final preparations are under way when a woman's bloodstained dress ...






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    By all accounts, it looked like Darva Richmond's death was simply a tragic accident. Her body, mauled by a bear, was found by her husband, Donald, near their campsite in Diamond Springs, North Carolina. To everyone's shock, the dead woman was the sis...


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    Bones of Contention The skeleton of a young boy is unearthed and hung in the chapel of an old reform school. Soon afterward, one of Diamond Spring's wealthiest citizens storms into Sheriff Sharyn Howard's office to confess to the forty-year-old crim...



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    Half a century ago, in Sheriff Sharyn Howard's small Colorado town, a Navy plane piloted by a local war hero plunged mysteriously into a Diamond Mountain lake. The plane and the two servicemen inside were never recovered. Now a Pulitzer Prize-winning...


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    When the local prom queen is found murdered in the high school parking lot, Sheriff Sharyn Howard gets a double shock. The crime scene, complete with the victim laid out in pristine fashion, is eerily similar to another prom-night murder that occurre...


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