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Wicked Weaves: A Renaissance Faire Mystery Kindle Edition

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This jolly series debut from the husband-and-wife Lavene team serves up medieval murder and mayhem. USC doctoral candidate Jessie Morton studies medieval crafts every summer at Columbia, S.C.'s Renaissance Faire Village. While working with basket weaver Mary Shift, Jessie gets a shock when Mary's estranged husband, Joshua, is murdered in broad daylight. She quickly learns the actors at the Faire may be hiding more than their mundane lives. Jessie is certain that Mary is innocent of the murder, but also suspects the old weaver knows more than she's revealing. The situation becomes more complicated as secrets from Mary's turbulent past comes to light. Faire bailiff Chase Manhattan (whose hilarious name goes oddly unremarked) occasionally distracts Jessie with the promise of summer romance, but her focus is on solving the mystery. Fans of the Lavenes' Peggy Garden mysteries will appreciate Jessie's charm and determination as she sets out to clear her teacher's name. (Sept.)
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  • File Size: 626 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425223302
  • Publisher: Berkley (August 30, 2008)
  • Publication Date: September 2, 2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001F37L2G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cherrie Redd on April 15, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really like these cute quick read mystery books, and this book had potential, but fell a little short of keeping my attention in a steady manner. Told in the first person, it was a little confusing in areas, and choppy. There were places where the characters' conversations really made no sense. One example of this is that the main character, a woman named Jessie, has a twin brother who constantly borrows money from her. In one "scene" she and two others are sitting in the Renaissance Village cafe and the brother comes in, already owing her $100, and asks her for another $20 for a date he has. Jessie becomes embarrassed and flat out denies him anymore funds. The brother gets irritated and Jessie's "love interest" spots him the $20 to shut him up. Afterward, Jessie and her beau leave the cafe and the beau proceeds to tell her how he understands and that her brother just needs to be more responsible and learn to stand on his own two feet. Did I mention Jessie and her brother are in their 30s? This completely contradicts the fact that the beau just loaned him money which he will probably never see again! There are several of these examples throughout the book which to some may seem minor, but leave me shaking my head.

Another issue I have with the book is there is a constant sexual tension or insinuation in almost every interaction that does not deal directly with the mystery storyline. Okay, she's hot for this guy, we get it. It really doesn't add to the plot, and they overtalk wanting to go back to his place; they have time to, they don't have time to, she wishes they had time to. Like too much swearing, gets old after awhile.

Lastly, there were some serious editing errors, which kind of jump off of the pages when you are reading.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Casey's Mom on August 8, 2009
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I like the characters and the setting. However, Jessie, who is working on her Phd dissertation, thought and acted more like a seventeen year old than a 20 something woman. I found her petty and self-centered at odd times and at other times lacking in sympathetic understanding. If her maturity matched her education level this would be a good series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Priscilla Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 21, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am not sure how our writing due, Jim & Joyce Laverne, come up with the locals and interesting characters for all their wonderful books, but I am sure glad that they do. In this new book "Wicked Weaves," the entire story takes place in an amusement park called, "Renaissance Faire Village." What a place this is. All of the characters that work, and live there are in costume of the Medieval times. We have a King and Queen and all their noble servants in toe. We also have craftsmen of the era and shops along the way for tourists to shop in as if they were in that time. I found just this part of the storyalone extremely interesting before I even got to the mystery. I actually wanted to visit Renaissance Faire Village myself.
Our main character, Jessie Morton, worked at the Village every summer. Every year she would work with one of the craftsmen learning their trade. This year she was with, Mary, a woman who weaved Gullah basket. Besides leaving the weave Jessie helped Mary in her store.
Mary was a mysterious woman that no one really knew much about, and it wasn't long into the read before a dead body is discovered. Whose body? None other than Mary's husband whom she has not seen for years and years. Immediately suspicion is thrown on Mary as the killer and Jessie is also implicated. Certainly not something she wanted to experience. All clues seem to confirm that Mary is guilty, but Jessie knows this could not be so; the problem, how to prove it? And just what about her past is Mary trying so hard to keep hidden? Soon it begins to unravel as her brother and son show up in the story. Who knew Mary had a son? And why was he never in Mary's life before? Ah! the plot thickens to the delight of the reader...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By withav on October 24, 2008
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The setting for this mystery is unique and was a pleasure "to visit" for a while. I liked the characters' witty names for their shops and overall this was a great read. I will be looking for the next installment.
The authors' Poison Petals series is great too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rushmore VINE VOICE on April 6, 2009
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As someone who annually visited the local Renaissance Faire in my younger days, I thought it would be fun to read about it from an insider's point of view. Indeed, the conceit of living the Renaissance life 24/7 is the best part of the story. Unfortunately, the writing is rather clunky and it's hard to care whodunit. However, the atmosphere and details are fun. Not a total waste of time, but a bit of a disappointment.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Virginia E. Demarce on December 17, 2009
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I really wanted to like this book better than I did. I've taken children and grandchildren to Renaissance Faires, so I expected to enjoy the setting. It was well-handled, except that inconsistencies kept popping up. In one place, Bo-Peep had an automated sheep because live animals except for the jousting horses had been banned from the ground; then she showed up with a flock that had been sheared in the spring, so I had to go back and look again for the first passage.

The heroine's emotional insecurities were enough to tempt a person to admonish this supposed Ph.D. candidate to pull on her big girl panties and deal with it. Okay, so she has a history of short-term relationships. She didn't need to agonize over and over and over and over and . . .
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