Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Giveaway!!! Great Escapes Blog Tour: Dead Girl Blues by Joyce and Jim Lavene

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 409 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: J. Lavene (April 7 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Tour Participants 

April 6 – Back Porchervations – Review
April 7 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Guest Post
April 8 – MysteriesEtc – Review*
April 9 – fundinmental – Review*
April 9 - readalot – Review *
April 10 – Babs Book Bistro – Review, Guest Post*
April 11 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review*
April 12 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review
April 13 – Tea and A Book – Review, Interview
April 14 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post*
April 15 – fuonlyknew – Review*
April 15 – Lilac Reviews – Review, Guest Post
April 16 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post
April 17 – Community Bookstop – Review*
April 18 – A Chick Who Reads – Review*
April 19 – Brooke Blogs – Review*
April 19 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Review, Interview


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Book Description

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 daughter, Kate. With her ghostly mother-in-law's help, Skye hopes to be there until Kate is old enough to take care of herself.

But three years into her twenty-year service to Abraham Lincoln Jones, the man who gave her the extra time, Skye is beginning to think life might have been easier before she died.

Abe asks her to investigate the murder of his sorcerer, Harold the Great, a man who was a victim of too many snakes. And the Life Extended People ( LEPs - a nice term for zombies) who work for Abe have begun turning into ghosts and disappearing. Only Lucas, the possibly evil, amnesiac sorcerer who lives with Skye and her family, can save her from being the next victim of the deadly curse.

To make matters more complicated, Skye has found a lead in solving the riddle of her husband's death. She has never believed Jacob died as a result of the crash, but hasn't been able to prove it. Many other people have lost their lives in the same lonely stretch of highway that he did three years before. Skye goes against Abe's express wishes to discover the truth with a crazy man bent on vengeance.

Life was simpler when she could just take out a gun and shoot someone.

About the Authors

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. 

My Review

Dead Girl Blues by authors Joyce and Jim Lavene is the second book in the Taxi for the Dead series. It is a paranormal mystery. Paranormal mysteries are not my usual read, but I find that Jim and Joyce Lavene are a great writing team who are able to give credibility to whatever subject they take on in a mystery series. Their writing style allows the reader to get right into the story.

The main character in Dead Girl Blues is Skye. Skye is actually dead. She was a Nashville police officer who was killed in a car accident along with her husband. She was offered a twenty year extension on her life to raise her daughter. She is considered an LEP - Life Extended Person. When a LEP's 20 years is up they need to move on...but many don't want to. That is where Skye comes in. She picks them up, and many are unwilling, and takes them on to their final destination. Skye works for Abe, who has some issues to work through in Dead Girl Blues that provide problems for the LEP program. Skye also is trying to solve the mystery of what happened when her husband was killed.

Ghosts, zombies, werewolves, sorcerers....there is a lot of paranormal going on here in this cozy mystery. But it all works and makes for an enjoyable read. The characters are all believable and interesting. If you are looking for a new cozy mystery series then give Dead Girl Blues a go.


  1. Thanks for having us here as a stop on our blog tour!!

  2. Nice review and (I agree) Joyce and Jim's books are always interesting, whatever the subject.

  3. I enjoy everything by Joyce and Jim, would love to win this. Great review.

  4. I will definetly be reading this series. It sounds great.