A Finder's Fee (Missing Pieces Mystery Series #5)

A Finder's Fee (Missing Pieces Mystery Series #5)

by Joyce Lavene, Jim Lavene

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The mayor of Duck, North Carolina, Dae O’Donnell, is a woman with a gift for finding lost things. Sometimes it leads her to lost keys or earrings—and sometimes it leads her to murder…

Two weeks before the mayoral election, Dae gets sidetracked from her political aspirations by a spirit in need of rescuing. An antique amber necklace allows Dae to connect with Maggie Madison, a witch who wants Dae to rebury her bones so she can rest in peace. But digging leads Dae to an even bigger mystery, a forty-year-old murder with ties to Randal “Mad Dog” Wilson, her mayoral opponent.
Dae wants to run a clean race, but town sentiment is mixed about whether she’s using her abilities to get the election to go her way. And when she learns that her own grandfather—the former sheriff of Dare County—might be mixed up in the long-buried tragedy, Dae will have to uncover the real killer and put Maggie to rest, before her political career ends up six feet under…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425252314
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Series: Missing Pieces Mystery Series , #5
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 195,201
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Joyce and Jim Lavene have written more than forty novels together, including the Missing Pieces mysteries, the Renaissance Faire mysteries, and the Peggy Lee Garden mysteries.

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Praise for A Spirited Gift : 

“An engaging mystery…fans know this writing duet can always be banked on for a strong thriller.”—Genre Go Round Reviews

“Readers will find themselves drawn into the investigation of the death. Throw in a little ghostly activity, the promise of a pirates’ treasure and the reader will be hooked.”—Fresh Fiction

Praise for A Touch of Gold:

“Paranormal amateur sleuth fans will enjoy observing Dae use cognitive and ESP mental processes to uncover a murderer…Readers will enjoy.”—Midwest Book Review

“The Lavenes once again take readers into a setting with a remarkable past, filled with legends and history…The characters are vivid and fascinating.”—Lesa’s Book Critiques

“Spunky and interesting characters…Another great read by the Lavenes!”—The Romance Readers Connection

“Will have cozy mystery lovers on the edge of their seats until the very last page…Jim and Joyce Lavene are superb storytellers.”—Fresh Fiction

Praise for A Timely Vision:

“Grabbed my attention on page one. A psychic mayor who finds lost things—and dead bodies? A secret room locked for decades? Puzzles are unraveled and secrets spilled in a fast-paced paranormal mystery full of quirky characters you’ll want as friends.”—Elizabeth Spann Craig, author of Quilt of Innocence

“A delightful yarn. Few amateur sleuths are as charming as this psychic mayor sleuth in a small coastal town where murder stalks the dunes and ghosts roam the Outer Banks. Kept me turning pages until it was done.”—Patricia Sprinkle, author of Friday’s Daughter

“This opening act of a new amateur sleuth is a wonderful mystery…The heroine is sassy and spunky…Joyce and Jim Lavene have…another hit series.”—Midwest Book Review

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A Finders Fee 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Mayor Dae O'Donnell is once again up to her ears in trouble in the latest Missing Pieces mystery from Joyce and Jim Lavene. This writing duo has produced some great cozy mysteries over the years and A Finder's Fee does not disappoint. Readers will enjoy the psychic abilities of the lead character as well as a ghostly presence in this one. A witch from the 1700's is tapping Dae's ability to find missing things and this time it's not car keys or a missing piece of jewelry. It's her bones! Readers will love the campaign trail with Dae and the gang from Duck, North Carolina as the election looms and her opponent might be the murderer! A Finder's Fee is a great addition to the Missing Pieces mystery series. Husband and wife writing duo, Joyce and Jim Lavene have found a good niche with these psychic related cozies. I like the fact that Dae's abilities are a bit uncommon even in the psychic community. She can find things. Your every day items as well as long lost heirlooms, but this gift usually leads her to murder. The Lavene's use humor and wit to bring A Finder's Fee to life. The townspeople from Duck are quite eccentric and some are even every bit as psychic as Dae herself. The dialogue is always comical and gives a lighthearted feel to the story. This is just one of the ingredients that make this a great series. The addition of witch Maggie Madison to this installment in the series will provide a lot of fun moments for the reader. Maggie seems to take over Dae's personality at the oddest of moments and provides humorous, as well as, frightening moments. I liked the fact that through Maggie and the rescue of her bones, readers are able to learn more about the past of several of Duck's inhabitants, including Dae's opponent for the upcoming election, Mad Dog and Dae's grandfather. The back story in these novels is always interesting and informative. It gives a lot of credibility to the story and engages the readers interest. Finding a skeleton in a race car, might seem a little odd to some readers, but it's typical of this quaint little North Carolina town. Duck is fun place to be and readers will find themselves wishing they were citizens in this very eclectic place. Townspeople like Kevin and Shayla, Dae's friends and partners in crime, have become like old friends to readers of the series and it's always fun to go back and visit them. But new additions to the series are always appearing. The Lavene's know how to keep the readers interested and turning those pages. The mystery aspect of this one was well thought out and planned. Each clue was positioned to take the reader off on a different tangent. Keeping the killer elusive, but right in front the reader as well. I like the fact that Joyce and Jim Lavene tantalize the reader by keeping the murderer just out of site until the end. I had some trouble figuring this one out until the last couple of chapters. I finally settled on who I thought it was and ended up being wrong. LOL! It happens. This is a great addition to the series and readers will be left wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In an entertaining but errie case, Dae wars with the spirit inside her while trying to solve a 40 year old murder. Maggie was killed when her home collapsed on her during a stuorm, and more than any thing, she wants to have a decent burial and lay beside her pirate husband. In trying to excavate Maggie's house, Dae and friends discover the corpse of a long dead drag racer in his opponent's car. Now Dae will have to solve the murder while locating Maggie's sweetie's burial plot. Well wtitten and well paced
TessT More than 1 year ago
I cannot give enough praise to Joyce and Jim Lavene regarding this book. Without a doubt it is the best book I have read so far this year. I hated to see it end, and kept hoping for so many thing to happen now, but I finally realized that if they included everything I wanted to know about, there would be no more books.  Reconnecting with Dae and Kevin is always a pleasure, and I am a huge fan of Gramps. Was very glad to meet Shayla's grandmother in this one. I love the way that our senior citizens are woven into the Lavene's books. After reading all the books in this series, I feel as if I know all the townfolk in Duck, and think that I would like to live there and become one of them.  I can't think of enough words to tell you all how I felt about this book, but just a few are amazed, delighted, excited, and always grateful, for having the friendship of the Lavenes, through social networking, and for the chance to review their wonderful books. 
chefdt More than 1 year ago
A Finder's Fee is the fifth book in the A Missing Pieces Mystery series. Another delightful book from the Lavene's The election is just around the corner and Mayor Dae O'Donnell is has been missing for three days. It seems that Dae's father had sent her an amber necklace and when she put it on, she met the original owner, Maggie, who lived during the late 1700's. But for Maggie to rest in peace, she wants to be buried next to her lover and asks Dae's helping in making this happen. The problem that Dae faces is not knowing exacting where Maggie's bones or those of her lover are. Dae soon finds that Maggie house was located where the new Town Hall is being built. With the help of Kevin they begin excavating one evening and before they can find Maggie's bones, they find an old race car with a body in it. Unfortunately the car was her opponents, Mad-Dog, car. He hadn't seen it since the evening of the crash with Lightning Joe. As it turns out the body in the car is Lightning Joe. More disturbing to Dae is that there is the possibility that her grandfather or the current sheriff might have something to do with the burying of the car. Time is definitely of the essence with election coming up soon. Red-Dog's supporters are saying that Dae made this discovery so that she could be assured of being reelected. Most of the characters from previous books are back to help Dae sort through the case Lightning Joe's murder. And Maggie is an enjoyable addition, what with her speaking her mind through Dae's mouth. Definitely looking forward to reading about the next adventure in Duck, NC.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
A Finder's Fee is the fifth book in this particular series, involving the residents of Duck, North Carolina, in particular, Mayor Dae O'Donnell, who has a knack for finding lost items. This time, she is seeking the bones of Maggie Madison, long dead, whose spirit is now sharing Dae's body. But while searching for her bones, she discovers a buried wrecked race car, complete with the skeleton of the long missing Lightning Joe Walsh. And the most likely murder suspect turns out to be her rival in the current mayoral campaign. Can she solve this murder mystery before the election and will she ever be able to give Maggie's spirit the peace it needs? I found this to be an enjoyable read with action that quickly moved along. Although I had not read other books in this series, there was enough background description provided to enable me to become familiar with all the regulars. I am looking forward to the next book in this series, especially after the teaser provided at the end of the story. Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.