Those without magic need not apply.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Apply at the agency. No phone calls or psychic links.
Sunshine Merryweather is a young witch with a passion for colorful clothes and good food. She is the owner/operator of the Purple Door Detective Agency. Her partner, John, was brutally murdered three days ago, and she won't stop until she finds his killer.
Aine is only interested in one thing when she walks into the building with the purple door-locating the last man alive in the branch of the O'Neill family she haunts as abeane sidhe. She has been asleep for 200 years in a ruined Irish castle and realizes that the world has moved on without her. She needs to find the O'Neill heir and encourage him to start a family or she will pass from existence when he dies.
Sunshine sees a potential partner when she looks at the powerful beane sidhe - they could be the next Dynamic Duo! But Aine isn't interested in Sunshine's schemes - until the witch agrees to help her locate O'Neill. Even then, it will be a short-term association at best from Aine's point of view. She has no need of witchcraft.
Neither woman is aware of the danger they face as an ancient assassin stalks the old port city of Norfolk, Virginia. It will take more than simple witchcraft or beane sidhe magic to stop the killer. They will have to work together and combine their talents.
But can Sunshine and Aine put aside their differences to stop the murders without tearing each other apart?
By National Bestselling mystery and urban fantasy authors Joyce and Jim Lavene (Retired Witches and Missing Pieces Mysteries)
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Be My Banshee by Joyce and Jim Lavene I must be a witch. I live behind a purple door. Well, not in actuality but if I could it would be purple. What kind of magic would I be capable of? I would love to apply to The Purple Door Detective Agency. After all, they are hiring and the only requirement is to have magic. Since the salary is commensurate with experience I would gladly start out at the bottom and have my salary grow as my witching ability grows and strengthens. Thus starts Be My Banshee by Joyce and Jim Lavene: “The Purple Door Detective Agency is hiring. Those without magic need not apply. Salary commensurate with experience. Apply at the agency on Brooke Street. No phone calls or psychic links.” The young assistant is a shape shifter. The person applying for the job looks like a hag but she is really a beane sidhe, a banshee. (I didn’t have to look up what this is because the Lavenes give a clear explanation but according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary a banshee is a female spirit in Gaelic forklore whose appearance or wailing warns a family that one of them will soon die.} This particular banshee, Aine, is in town to locate the last of the O’Neil family that she has been with for too many years to count. She has turned to The Purple Door Detective Agency for assistance in finding this man. The main “dectective” with the agency, Sunshine Merryweather, a witch, has her own motives for working with Aine. While she wants to help Aine she needs Aine’s help in solving the murder Sunshine’s lover and previous assistant John Behind all the comings and goings in the agency there is Mr. Bad. Sunshine’s partner who sits in a dark room with the one large window heavily draped in thick black cotton. Who is this mysterious man? We will learn certain things about him through his dealings not with Sunshine but with Aine. SPOILER ALERT: Aine knows him from the past. Will and can Aine and Sunshine (and Jane, the shift shifter) work together to help Aine find and deal with the O’Neil heir and Sunshine solve John’s murder? Be My Banshee is an urban fantasy and Joyce and Jim Lavene are national best-selling authors. This is Volume I in the series. Once you read it you will be eager, as I was, for Volume II. 09.28.15
A new cozy series by two of my favorite authors. I had to read this book. And I love the title for the series, Purple Door Detective Agency. I have a page on Pinterest that’s all about doors and have many pictures of purple ones. I also was excited this was a paranormal cozy. I like the themes of cozies. Pets, sewing, books, and food. And now Paranormal! I’m entering the door now. One thing I know I’ll get when I read a cozy by Jim and Joyce Lavene is colorful characters. Not only are they colorful, they aren’t all humans. Meet Sunshine Merryweather. A private investigator. She handles all of the paranormal cases while trying to keep it from the public eye. The authors description of Sunshine reminded me of Penelope (baby girl) from Criminal Minds. She never leaves the house without make-up on, hair perfectly poofed, and some kind of spangled outfit. Her favorite color is purple, hence the agencies name, and she wears it, works in it, and lives with purple. Sunshine is young for a witch, only 75 years old. She’s got some serious powers though. While a good, witch, you don’t want to get on her bad side. Watch her hair. When you’ve annoyed her, her golden locks start to look more like a strawberry blond. You never want it to go red. Once through the purple door, you’re greeted by Jane, the receptionist. The agency is looking for a new associate, and the waiting room is filled with werewolves, hags, vampires, and other scary characters. I didn’t blame Jane for hiding in the closet. Especially after I learned more about her. Jane is the victim of a spell gone wrong. One cast by none other than Sunshine. She’s still trying to fix it. Jane is a mouse, literally. She can shift to human form. I had such fun with her. She is timid like a mouse, always hungry like one, and likes to nibble on things. Some scenes that had me laughing: Sunshine talking to Jane: “Stay out of the cereal.” “Take messages and try not to nibble on them.” A new client walks through the purple door. Meet Aine, a beane sidhe, or banshee. She needs help and her scream insures she gets it. Aine is looking for the last surviving member of the O’Neill line. She must find him, be there to warn him of his impending death, and lead him to the other side. Woken from a two hundred year sleep, she finds a whole new world. The technology bewilders her but she quickly starts catching on. She’s not there for the job opening, but she gets the job. There’s a job opening because Sunshine’s lover, a werewolf, was torn to pieces several days ago. She not only needs to fill the vacancy. She needs help tracking down his killer. She wants vengeance, in blood. There’s one door at the agency that stays closed. It’s the office of Mr. Bad. That’s what Sunshine calls him. He just showed up one day. Her associate, John, says he’s staying and don’t ask questions. Just who and what is Mr. Bad? And why is he there? She’s never seen his face as he keeps his office blacked out. Very mysterious. And I don’t want to forget Detective Sean O’Neill. He has no clue about his ancestral bloodline or the beane sidhe. Things get interesting when he meets Aine and Sunshine. They keep bumping into each other as bodies continue to pile up. First, he views them as suspects, then as crazy ladies. A visitation from Aine in his bedroom only makes things crazier. What do a witch, a banshee, a mouse, and a detective have in common? They’re all smack dab in the middle of a paranormal investigation and they
What a great start to a new series. This book was such fun to read, I didn't want to put it down Sunshine, who is a witch, has a detective agency for the paranormal kind. Her lover/partner (werewolf) is murdered and she wants to find his killer. She has a mysterious partner, and has a banshee who needs help. You never know who or what is coming next. The mystery keeps you guessing, and with as odd as some of the characters are, you come to love them all. Where else are you going to get a banshee arguing with a shape shifter? I had quite a few laugh out loud moments. Great read, and I can't wait until the next one comes out.
I loved loved loved this book. I really enjoyed the storyline and I was hooked from the first paragraph. I am very excited for this new series. I like Sunshine and her love for purple and found Jane to be funny. I was intrigued by Aine's story and can't wait to read more about her, Sunshine, Mr. Bad, and all of the characters that walk through the purple door!