Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Deadly Daggers - 2nd in the Renaissance Faire Mystery series
Author: Joyce & Jim
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: September 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, A Renaissance Faire in North Carolina
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Joyce & Jim's Website/Blog: www.joyceandjimlavene
A fun book set at the Renaissance Village Faire. An exciting mystery series filled with peculiar characters who will make the readers want to go to a Faire and see for themselves.
Jessie Morton, an assistant professor at a local college is a Renaissance Faire junkie and wants to spend her time with all the Lords, Ladies, and what have you at the local Faire. She is an apprentice at the Faire for the summer and is helping Daisy the master swordsmith. Jessie is looking forward to learning the art of forging a sword but things take an unusual turn when Alastair the Great, who is a professional dueler and Daisy's old boyfriend is murdered. There is a rumor that Alastair's daggers are cursed and Jessie is dropped in the middle of a very real and deadly duel while trying to find out who offed Alastair.
Jessie is also having trouble on the home front with her boyfriend Chase's nosy brother. He and Chase's ex-girlfriend are both trying to break up the romance between Jessie and Chase and take him away from the Faire. Jessie is determined to find the killer of Alastair and keep her boyfriend if that's the last thing she does and she refuses to give up without a fight. And, if the murderer has his or her way that's exactly what it will be.
I really enjoyed this story. The mystery was very well thought out and I'm not surprised having read another book by these authors. The characters were very likeable but, there were a lot of romances that confused me from time to time. However, I really LIKED it and am looking forward to more in this series from this duo. Enjoy, and I'll talk to you soon.
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