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A Touch of Gold by Joyce and Jim Lavene


Cover art: A Touch of Gold Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: A Touch of Gold - 2nd in the Missing Pieces Mystery series
Author: Joyce and Jim Lavene
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
ISBN-13: 978-0-425-24024-3
Release Date: March 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, the Outer Banks of North Carolina
Overall Rating: 3.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
The Lavene's Website/Blog: www.joyceandjimlavene.com

Dear Readers,

Dae O'Donnell is the Mayor of a little North Carolina town on the Outer Banks called Duck. This area is rich in pirate lore as there are sunken vessels in the area and everyone is always looking for buried treasure and the ghosts of pirates that died in the ocean storms of long ago. Dae has a rare gift handed down from her grandmother in that she can find lost objects by holding the hands of the person who lost said objects and seeing them in her mind. These things are mostly keys, jewelry and small things that are prone to disappear but, on occasion she runs into trouble.

Max Candle, a good friend of the mayor is curator of the Duck Historical Museum and, long ago, he contributed a wooden chest full of gold that he had discovered washed up on the shore. The population of the small town of Duck is always ready to hear tales of long ago pirates and their treasures but, things really get interesting when a cannonball is fired from an old cannon into the museum, making matchsticks out of the building. Unfortunately, the cannonball also kills Max, after which, it is found that the chest of gold has disappeared.

Dae is on her way to the museum when the explosion occurs and is injured in the blast. After this, she finds that her gift has improved and she sees strong pictures in her mind detailing the history of whatever object she touches. Her sometimes significant other, ex-FBI agent Kevin Brickman is helping her discover the meanings of her visions. Although the townspeople think the problems with the museum was touched off by the ghost of a pirate, Dae thinks that the problem derives from a modern-day pirate.

An interesting puzzle that needs solving and many deep, dark secrets are revealed in a quirky mystery full of curious characters and plots. The second book in this series (1. A Timely Vision). I recommend it to all cozy readers. Enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.


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