Treacherous Toys (Renaissance Faire Mystery Series #5)

Treacherous Toys (Renaissance Faire Mystery Series #5)

by Joyce Lavene, Jim Lavene

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Treacherous Toys (Renaissance Faire Mystery Series #5) by Joyce Lavene, Jim Lavene

Hail ye, hail ye, and welcome to the Renaissance Faire Village. Here, associate professor Jessie Morton spends her summers honing her skills and finding the lady, lord, or serf whodunit. But when she comes for Christmas, will murder mean a very unhappy holiday?


Jessie Morton is getting just what she wished for this holiday season at the Renaissance Faire Village—working as an apprentice to the new toy maker. But when Chris Christmas is discovered dead just hours after her arrival, Jessie’s holiday plans start to melt away.

Jessie can’t imagine who would want to silence the toy maker, but apparently the red-cheeked Chris Christmas liked toying with the ladies. Although it may be her shortest apprenticeship ever, she wants to unwrap the truth before word gets out in the village that it’s not safe to be Santa—or one of his helpers…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425251584
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Series: Renaissance Faire Mystery Series , #5
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 650,168
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Joyce and Jim Lavene have written more than forty novels together. They also write short stories, non-fiction articles and teach writing workshops.Their hobbies include gardening—they are certified Master Gardeners—and attending Renaissance Faires. 

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“This jolly series…serves up medieval murder and mayhem.”—Publishers Weekly “[A] terrific mystery series.”—
“The Lavene duet can always be counted on for an enjoyable whodunit.”—Midwest Book Review

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Treacherous Toys 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Bookworm124 More than 1 year ago
I love this series and the latest book is every bit as fun and entertaining as the rest. If you are a fan of attending Renaissance Fairs then this series is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
Treacherous Toys by Joyce and Jim Lavene Jessie and Chase find themselves at an impasse. Jessie wants to be independent and self supporting but Chase wants her to depend on him and think about taking their relationship to the next level. When Jessie is furloughed for the next six weeks from her teaching position she finds herself doing Christmas at the Renaissance Faire and Market. Jessie Morton is all set to do an apprenticeship with Chris Christmas making toys, but someone kills Santa soon after her arrival. Jessie now finds herself helping Santa’s wife Christine and their eight children find out who killed Chris. You will have to join Jessie as she finds a killer to see what trouble she gets into. I promise you will enjoy this great read. Joyce and Jim Lavene has written over 60 novels. I found Treacherous Toys to be a fun mystery with a Renaissance setting. It is well written, fast paced and a easy read. The characters are undeniably funny and well thought out. I don’t read many books other than Christian but found this one to be enjoyable and a clean read. I give Treacherous Toys book 5 in A Renaissance Faire Mystery Series 5 stars. I really enjoyed this book.
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rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS I liked Treacherous Toys. It is the 5th book in the series but second one I have read. I liked this series. This is a cozy mystery. It starts the drama right away. I was surprised with who the murder was. It is fun book. I like the Renaissance Faire Mystery. It would be fun to visit a village like this. Jessie Morton is supposed to be a apprentice Toy Maker. She also plans to finish her Doctorate. Her first day at the village this year she ends up taking pictures of Father Christmas and the children. Her boyfriend is Chase the Bailiff. Chris Christmas is a toy maker and father of 8 children who help make toys and dress as elves. They are new to the village this year. When Jessie comes back after her lunch to start working on the toys she is knocked out and when she wakes up she finds Chris dead on the floor. Chase is the Bailiff for the village. He wants Jessie to move into the village with him full time. Their are lots of suspects. Lots of drama and fun. Their is a Queen & King living in the Castle with a court and servants. Pirates living on Pirate ship, jousts with knights. Lots of fun characters. I will read more books by Joyce and Jim Lavene in the future. I was given this book by the authors for purpose of review. Published September 4th 2012 by Berkley 304 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my cup of tea but I agree it was fun to read.
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Dollycas More than 1 year ago
This series features Jessie Morton, an assistant history professor at the University of South Carolina at Columbia that may be out of a job after the holidays. She returns to Renaissance Faire Village to work as an apprentice for her dissertation - "The Proliferation of Medieval Crafts in Modern Times". It is Christmastime at Renaissance Faire Village. Jessie's wishes are coming true as she apprentices for a new toy maker. Unfortunately Chris Christmas's time at the Faire is abruptly cut short when he is found dead shortly after Jessie's arrival. Jessie befriends Chris's wife and helps her with their children in hopes of learning who would have wanted to put Father Christmas on ice. She is doing her best to unwrap the clues to track down who was very, very naughty and protect those who are very, very nice. What a wonderful time at the Renaissance Faire Village. Snow is falling, a skating rink in the village green, wreaths on the doors and candles in the windows. Christmas coming to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and it's a balmy 80 degrees. Father Christmas and his elves are hearing the children's wishes and there are many special events at the Faire. Sounds like a lot of fun until the head elf, Father Christmas himself, is found dead in his workshop. Then Jessie and Mrs. Christmas are almost run down by a horse and other injuries and close calls start happening. Oh and don't forget Queen Olivia is entering the last month of her pregnancy and has the whole village hopping as she practices her plan for getting to the hospital. This installment is extraordinary. I really enjoyed Christmas at the Faire. The characters jump right off the pages. Jessie's relationship with Chase is getting more serious. She is plotting revenge after she gets pranked. Then she finds herself in a precarious predicament. There is never a dull moment when Jessie is at the Faire. I wanted to find out whodunit but I didn't want the story to end. These stories are just plain fun to read and enjoy. This holly jolly installment is the best one yet. I am already booking my next trip to the Renaissance Faire Village. I can't wait to see what kind of murder and mayhem hits the village next but with authors like Joyce and Jim Lavene I know it is going to be fantastic!!
SnowBears2 More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific series - lots of fun with a Renaissance Faire in SC. One of the best things about this is how the authors handle a non-professional protagonist. In cozies, there's a fine line between a protag acting on their own and being safe about it. Often, when there's a love interest for the main character, a plot can get mired by the "official" (police) person and the heroine. Joyce and Jim Lavene have managed to straddle that fine line with Jessie investigating but not getting in the way of the police and with her boyfriend's concern over her safety and his being too controlling and angry about her involvement. The mix is just right - he's concerned but he knows she's going to continue investigating. And she does things on her own but not too much to make her "too stupid to live." <g> It's great that he's not always angry about her investigating and I love, love, love the ending! A great fun read.