Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: Dae's Christmas Past

Author: Joyce & Jim Laven
Title: Dae's Christmas Past
Publish Date: Nov 4, 2014
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: Great Escapes Book Tours & the authors
Book Blurb: 
When wild horse rescue director Tom Watts is found dead on Duck Road, newly re-elected mayor Dae O’Donnell is determined to find out who killed him. Her friend Jake Burleson is accused of killing Tom even though the two men have been good friends for years.

The problem is the excavation of the horse cult that’s been happening on Jake’s property. Tom and several archaeologists working on the project think that Jake should give up his land to widen the search for artifacts. Jake won’t do that.

It’s not that Jake hasn’t been acting strangely. He shoved one of the ancient stone horses into Dae’s hands when he knew she was afraid to touch it. He’s obsessed with stopping the excavation—maybe to the point of killing Tom.

But Dae thinks there may be more to the story. Jake’s determination has shown her what the horse cult was used for thousands of years ago, the destruction the demon horses brought before they were stopped. She’s afraid something of the past may have already returned to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and there may be more deaths to come.

Featuring Pet Psychic Mary Catherine Roberts!

Review: Joyce and Jim Lavene are two of my favorite cozy mystery writers. I've read books from several of their series. (I love the Ren Faire mysteries) This is book 6 in the Missing Pieces series, and I don't know how I missed the other books!

Dae has special talents when it comes to touching things, psychic talents. That's all I'll say there, you'll have to read the book to find out the rest. When a horse statue gets thrust into her hands things get a little crazy. And what she sees involves a horse cult! OMG! Let me tell you, as things progress with the story and you learn more about the horse cult, you'll see how very creepy it is.

Then when the body is found in the road the only suspect looks like her friend Jake. And when another body turns up, it looks like there's no way he won't go to jail. Both victims had ties to Jake.

This mystery was fast paced and such fun. I loved Pet Psychic Mary Catherine Roberts and her relationship with Dae's grandfather. I'm so excited that she may be a recurring character!  There's one particular scene with the wild horses that was so beautiful and another with a rat. (Yeah, I know..rats...ick...but this scene was wonderful) I loved how all the animals came to her to talk!

Oh and Jessie and Chase from the Ren Faire series make a stop in Missing Pieces for some shopping! I love when stories overlap!

The cast of characters here is wonderful. If you haven't read anything by Joyce and Jim Lavene, this is a god series to start with.

Rating: 5 flowers

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Unknown said...

Thanks for having us here!

Terri said...

This sounds like a great book! Thanks!

Michelle F. said...

I really like this series and hope to see what Dae's getting up to at Christmas.

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