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Treacherous Toys

Treacherous Toys, September 2012
Renaissance Faire
by Joyce and Jim Lavene

Featuring: Jessie Morton
304 pages
ISBN: 0425251586
EAN: 9780425251584
Kindle: B007A9KZN6
Paperback / e-Book
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"A Renaissance village at Christmas could be deadly"

Fresh Fiction Review

Treacherous Toys
Joyce and Jim Lavene

Reviewed by Leanne Davis
Posted November 23, 2012

Mystery Hobbies | Mystery Cozy | Mystery Amateur Sleuth

Jessie Morton has another apprenticeship at Renaissance Faire Village with the new toymaker. Chris Christmas has the look of Santa with a merry wife and a slew of children who act as his elves.

Jessie is always grateful to spend more time with her boyfriend, Chase, the village bailiff. When Chris is found dead after one day in the Village, Jessie and Chase will be drawn into another investigation. They will learn secrets about the Christmas family and the King and Queen that will rattle their small community.

This one will prove even more dangerous than previous investigations. Jessie will learn how dangerous a woman scorned can be as she fights for her life. Thanks to her ingenuity and stubborn nature, Jessie will expose the killer and nearly deliver the Queen's baby before getting some rest.

This series just gets better with each new book. Jessie and Chase make a great couple and Jessie is just starting to realize that. As always, the residents of the village add a little quirkiness and crazy fun to the story line.

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Hail ye, hail ye, and welcome to the Renaissance Faire Village. Here, assistant 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 unhappy holiday?


Jessie Morton is getting just what she wished for this holiday season at the Renaissance Faire Village—working as an apprentice to the new toy maker. But when Chris Christmas is discovered dead just hours after her arrival, Jessie’s holiday plans start to melt away.

Jessie can’t imagine who would want to silence the toy maker, but apparently the red-cheeked Chris Christmas liked toying with the ladies. Although it may be her shortest apprenticeship ever, she wants to unwrap the truth before word gets out in the village that it’s not safe to be Santa—or one of his helpers...

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