Give ‘Em Pumpkin To Talk About by Joyce and Jim Lavene Great Escapes Book Tour – Review & Giveaway

It is my turn today to host a stop on the Great Escapes Book Tour for this new book/series by Joyce and Jim Lavene!

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Give ‘Em Pumpkin To Talk About
by Joyce and Jim Lavene

pumpkin to talk aboutGive Em Pumpkin To Talk About
(Pumpkin Patch Mysteries Book 1)

Cozy Mystery
Setting – Virginia
Publisher: J. Lavene (August 4, 2015)
Paperback: 228 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1515190134

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 went to visit and found her grandparents had vanished. No amount of searching has brought answers.

Now Sarah is faced with other issues when a man is killed who claimed to have information about what happened to her grandparents. She learns of a Confederate chest of gold that is said to be buried on the property, and treasure hunters who are willing to do anything to get their hands on it.

Were her grandparents murdered for the gold? Sarah can’t sell the land and go back to her life until she has answers. But the cost of the answers may be her life.
Includes farm-fresh recipes!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This series is off to an AWESOME start!

Imagine your grandparents just disappearing, clothes in the closets, food on the table, poof they are just gone. An investigation at the time turned up no leads and their property just sat there. Now Sarah Tucker has come back to ready the place for sale. She hadn’t been there for 16 years. She sees someone has been taking some care of the property. A friend from her past. She finds after reconnecting with him and others she really needs answers before she can sell the place and walk away. She has too many wonderful memories that have come rushing back. She is all set to meet with a man that may help her but he is killed before they have a chance to talk.  In her quest to find answers elsewhere she learns a treasure may be buried on the property and that opens the door to many possibilities that may not only help her find out about her grandparents but also why the man who wanted to help her was killed.

I was swallowed up by this story from the very first page.  Misty River is one of those small towns that young folks tend to leave as soon as they are able but those that stay or never leave realize the joy a small town can bring. A town where everyone knows your name and all your business but is there to help you in times of need or celebrate the times that are happy. A town where everyone gathers to raise a barn, a neighbor helps you mow your lawn, or an old friend helps you solve a mystery or two.

We meet Sarah Tucker, a very strong woman, that starts out with one objective that soon twists as she caught up in all the happenings of Misty River and trying to solve the murder.

Joyce and Jim have created some spectacular supporting characters. Jack who has been basically squatting on her grandparents farm, her friend Kathy, who was her best friend back all those years ago when she visited her grandparents, Mr. Pope and his family that live on the place next door, and Sheriff Morgan, who seems to see the best in everyone, even though someone has to be a murderer. Everyone remembers Sarah grandparents and how Sarah always came to visit. They also remember the pumpkin patch that thanks to Jack is still producing pumpkins. There is even a cameo of a couple characters for one of the Lavene’s other series, Dr. Peggy Lee and her husband, Steve Newsome, formerly of the FBI.

The Lavenes has penned a fantastic mystery with so many twists and turns you will nor be able to put this book down until you reach the last word.  Al I can say is I hope we don’t have to wait too long for the next installment because I want it right now!

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10497504_10203996507538565_7985334038155587208_oAbout these 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, 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.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

32 thoughts on “Give ‘Em Pumpkin To Talk About by Joyce and Jim Lavene Great Escapes Book Tour – Review & Giveaway

  1. Thank you for featuring this book and for the great review. I’ve added this book to my must read soon list.

  2. That reminds me, I better go and check our pumpkin patch before it starts raining here…again. Luckily, I have a lot of books to keep me busy once the sky opens up. :O)

  3. Thanks for featuring Joyce and Jim Lavene’s new series. Love their books. Once
    I start reading one I can’t put it down.

  4. Love your Mysteries, they take me to a special place for awhile & I love them, keep them coming.

  5. I love seasonal mysteries and I thank you for telling me about them. Good job on this site!

  6. A new series by the Lavenes is something very special! I can’t wait to read “Give ‘Em Pumpkin to Talk About,” even setting aside a special time where no one can disturb me!

  7. What a great review, Lori! I can’t wait to start this new series, Joyce and Jim have such wonderful ideas and characters! Thanks!

  8. I love your blog…loaded with valuable insights and information. I appreciate the opportunity to win a book in which I am very interested.

  9. Yea what a great contest! I love pumpkin muffins, donuts, bread, pie…this is a series I can get into!

  10. I love every series by Jim and Joyce Lavene that I’ve read. I would love to win a copy.

  11. Joyce and Jim Lavene write so many terrific series and this sounds like another one. They are so much fun to follow on FB as well. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  12. I adored this book and it was the first time I got to start one of their series at the beginning! No having to go back to the start. LOL

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