A smorgasbord of cozy goodness ~Gone By Midnight and Other Stories by Joyce and Jim Lavene ~ Review and Giveaway

Posted: February 11, 2016 in Cozy Mystery, giveaways, Mystery, Paranormal or fantasy, reviews, Short stories and collections
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Gone by Midnight
by Joyce and Jim Lavene


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Gone by Midnight
Genre – Cozy Mystery
Print Length: 149 pages
Publisher: J. Lavene (February 2, 2016)

My Review

How fun. A bunch of short stories from two of my favorite cozy mystery authors. I’ve had plans to read all of their books from every series and I’m working on that. Then these new ones pop up and I have to read them immediately. LOL

What’s a cozy without some quirky characters and a dead body or two. Plenty of that here.

And there’s even some elements of fantasy, paranormal. How cool is that!

I won’t play favorites in this collection but some stood out more than others. Especially those paranormal ones. Love a good ghost tale.

If you’ve not read these authors before, this is a good taste of their writing. Be forewarned, you won’t be able to stop at these.

And for those who’ve read Joyce and Jim’s cozies before, you’ll gobble up these short treats. New and old characters abound, many you’ll recognize. And all of them are fast and fun reads.

Grab your copy. Start from the beginning, or hop around and start anywhere. It’s all good fun from these wonderful authors.

4 Stars



Fans of Joyce and Jim Lavene will thrill at this collection of thirteen short stories—many are set in the worlds of their national bestselling mystery series, including the Missing Pieces Mysteries, the Renaissance Faire Mysteries, the Retired Witches Mysteries, and an upcoming mystery novel!

These stories contain the elements of mystery and fantasy the Lavenes are famous for, as well as some new things their readers have never seen. Several stories feature characters interacting with ghosts, magic, and the supernatural—the healing woman in “Courtship;” the Civil War widow in “One with the Darkness;” the city girl who summons a wizard from the past in “The Magician and the Sorceress/Accountant;” and the young introvert in “Aunt Edna” who finds her calling with help from a ghostly visitor.

Poignant, charming, and captivating, Joyce and Jim Lavene bring their characteristic wit and heart to these stories and introduce each one with a passage about its origin or how it ties into the universe they’ve created. Gone by Midnight is a treasury of tales that will delight the mind and touch the heart from one of the most prolific writing duos of our time.

Authors Joyce and Jim Lavene


Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.

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  1. Mary Preston says:

    Love the idea of 13 short stories.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I read a lot of short stories and collections. You can skip around and often they give you a small piece of a story from a series you are reading. Something to tide you over until the next book. These were fun!

  2. I love short stories when they let me have some kind of introduction into something that’s new to me, Laura. And these sound really good! Thanks for sharing :)

    • fuonlyknew says:

      Me too, Lexxie. I really enjoy these authors and have a bunch of their books so I especially enjoyed getting a glimpse at some characters I hadn’t met yet.

  3. Peggy Hyndman says:

    I’m looking forward to reading this collection of short stories.

  4. I really really need to try this couple. I think I have one of their books I got when it went on sale. Will have to look and see. :)

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I’m sure you’ll enjoy their books, Stormi. Maybe add one of their books to the cozy challenge!

  5. Stephanie says:

    This sounds like a great collection of stories.

  6. holdenj says:

    It looks wonderful and what a great way to meet a couple of the characters in the series I haven’t tried yet!

  7. Sandra Watts says:

    You had me at dead body. :)

  8. I’m glad you enjoyed the short stories! I’m not a cozy mystery reader, but whenever my favorite authors publish short stories, I’m all about snapping them up :)

  9. Sharon F. says:

    I’m not usually a reader of short stories, but these sounds like something to try!

  10. I’m a sucker for good ghosts tales too even if they creep me out and make me paranoid. Like I need to have all the lights on before I can walk into a room kind of paranoia

  11. I missed this one, but I knew it would be good. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

  12. kayekillgore says:

    I’ve loved everything they have written

  13. Sandra Watts says:

    Mid week. Already praying for the weekend. :)

  14. Sandra Watts says:

    Enjoy your weekend. I will sure try to. :)