Deadly Daggers (Renaissance Faire Mystery Series #3)

Deadly Daggers (Renaissance Faire Mystery Series #3)

by Joyce Lavene, Jim Lavene

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Overview

Jessie Morton's latest apprenticeship at the Renaissance Faire is in service to Daisy, the master swordsmith. But when a professional dueler-and Daisy's former flame-is murdered, it's up to Jessie to keep a sharp eye out for the killer.

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ISBN-13: 9780425236444
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/07/2010
Series: Renaissance Faire Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 303,032
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 Retired Witches Spellbook mysteries, the Missing Pieces mysteries, the Renaissance Faire mysteries, the Peggy Lee Garden mysteries, and the Sharyn Howard mysteries. They also write short stories, non-fiction articles and teach writing workshops. Their hobbies include gardening—they’re certified Master Gardeners—and attending Renaissance Faires.

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Deadly Daggers 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
A Renaissance Faire Mystery Berkley Prime Crime Mystery Release Date September 7, 2010 3rd Book in this Series Greetings and Salutations, It's a Renaissance Faire complete with Robin Hood and his Merry Men, a Pirate Queen and her Pillagers, a Brotherhood of Monks, a Wizard, Serfs, Fairies, Wenches and Nobility, what could go wrong. This tome, following Wicked Weaves and Ghastly Glass, finds college professor, Jessie Morton, apprenticing with master sword-smith Daisy, as she continues research for her Ph.D. dissertation, Proliferation Of Medieval Crafts in Modern Times. Excitement in the village is growing as it is learned that the famous, Alastair the Great, a master dueler, also thought to be immortal, is making a special appearance, for a duel, at their faire village. Jessie is stunned to learn that Alastair and Daisy were involved in a courtly love affair several years ago. Alastair is also known for his collection of deadly daggers and possession of these daggers may be the cause of his untimely death, which also lays to rest the question of his immortality. Due to their past and a her victory over Alistair in a surprise preview of the main event, Daisy is a prime suspect for his murder. She also has no alibi for the time of the death and one of the deadly daggers is found in her bag. The case seems open and shut, but Jessie and her boyfriend, Sir Bailiff, Chase, thinketh there is much more to the story, as the daggers continue to be found all over the village. Jessie is doing everything she can to find the real killer when Chase's brother and his ex-fiancee, show up at the village to drag Chase back home to the family business no matter the cost. She will find the killer and fight to keep her man if it the last thing she does, and if she is not careful it just may be. I LIKED IT!!!! This has been an enjoyable series, set in a magical place and time, with a truly colorful cast of characters, and more than their share of mysterious happenings. My one problem with the series was the many love stories taking place in the backgrounds, both present relationships and past, it was sometimes a little overwhelming. As these are cozy mysteries there are no steamy love scenes, just the perception of them in the background. The story is full of humor and is a great whodunit, a true mystery. It will be interesting to see where Jessie apprentices next. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Berkley Prime Crime, a division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Marlyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The third of the Lavenes' Renaiassance Faire Mysteries (after Wicked Weaves and Ghastly Glass) has doctoral student Jessie Morton apprenticing at Swords and Such, home of the Village's swordmaster Daisy Reynolds.The start of Jessie's apprenticeship is delayed a bit, however, because famous swordsman Alastair is visiting for a demonstration, and has challenged Daisy to a duel. Once Jessie meets Alastair, she's pretty sure Daisy will win, but protocol says she must not.Daisy, it turns out, once had a tempestuous relationship with Alastair, and has no intention of losing. After the duel, Alastair blood-soaked corpse is found in his bed, and Daisy becomes the chief suspect.Jessie is certain that Daisy is not guilty, and since her boyfirend, Village bailiff Chase Manhattan doesn't seem to agree, she decides it's up to her to convince the police of Daisy's innocence, with many mishaps ensuing.For the uninitiated, Jessie's dissertation is called "Proliferation of Renaissance Crafts in Modern Times", and her research involves spending each summer with a different craftsmith at Faire. Ignoring the fact that this means her dissertation could take years and years to finish, this is a great premise for a series.The Lavenes have done a great job describing what life might be like at a permanent Renaissance Faire theme park while skilfuly creating an enjoyable mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the book has a decent plot, it is far too long-winded to maintain reader interest. Too much extraneous information and fillers make the book tedious to read. The authors should hff ave condensed it to make the pace fast enough to avoid boredom. Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wisteria entered the room, not even looking around before she began to change, quickly pulling on the dress instead of the rags she wore. Nodding to herself, Wisteria allowed herself to glance once about the room. Dresser, bed, nightstand. Better than she had had in a very long time. Allowing she slightest flicker of a smile to touch her lips, Wisteria turned, making her way back out of the room.
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I am dieing to get it!!!!!!!
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AmominIllinois More than 1 year ago
A quirky group of people and an interesting setting help move the story along
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harstan More than 1 year ago
During the school year, Jessie Morton is an associate professor of history at the University of South Carolina also working on her dissertation. In the summer, she is part of the Renaissance Faire Village as an apprentice to different craft artisans. This year she works under the tutelage of Master Armorer Daisy Reynolds. Everyone connected to the Faire knows of Alistair the Great swordsman. Daisy, a hefty woman, is supposed to battle Alistair and lose, but she goes all out as she was attracted to him twenty years ago and when she tried again this year he dumped her just like before. . When they put on their sword fight, she creams him. The next time Alistair is seen, he is dead with a sword thrust through his chest. Daisy is the initial prime suspect, but attention soon turns elsewhere. In between her apprentice job and time with her lover the bailiff Chase Manhattan, she searches for Alistair's missing sword as Jessie seeks who would have a motive to murder the legendary Faire swordsman. The Lavene duet can always be counted on for an enjoyable whodunit as shown by the latest Renaissance Faire mystery and the previous two entries (See Wicked Weaves and Ghastly Glass). The Faire is a community with societal rules and culture populated by eccentrics who prefer to reside with the traveling troupe year round. That is what makes it difficult for "snowbirds" to participate. Jessie proves herself so is one of the few received openly though she knows she is not Peter Pan as Wendy grew up. The amateur sleuth is cleverly woven so that suspects seem everywhere once the story line spins from just Daisy as the killer. Filled with twists and red herrings, Deadly Daggers is a delightful mystery. Harriet Klausner