Book Review: Deadly Daggers by Joyce and Jim Lavene

Deadly Daggers (A Renaissance Faire Mystery, #3)Deadly Daggers by Joyce Lavene

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It’s the third week of our cozy mystery readathon on my blog @ This Is My Truth Now and we’re reading Deadly Daggers, the third book in the Renaissance Faire series, by Joyce and Jim Lavene. Based on my read of the first two books, I was still apprehensive going into week three. I did like this book a little more than the last two, but the same issues that concerned me earlier continue to occur. Perhaps it’s the style from 10-15 years ago versus today, or that the sub-genre was exploding with a multitude of themes in the early/mid 2000s, but something just seems rushed and ‘off’ with this series.

It’s 100% clear the authors can write and are well experienced in the Renaissance. I like these aspects of the books, but I’m not a fan of the randomness and the disconnected scenes that jar me from just relaxing in the read. If those were fixed, it’d be a solid 4-star series all the way. But looking at it from an overall perspective, the good parts only balance out the bad parts and leave me with a mediocre feel for the books. I’ve been told other series by these authors are better, so I might give them a chance in the future.

In this caper, the character of Daisy was great. She’s a strong woman who takes no prisoners and fights for her rights. When she appears to be the villain, she tells the cops to look elsewhere and stop bothering her. Go Daisy! I wish Jessie had some of these characteristics. She’s a strong protagonist, but she falls way too weak in her knees when Chase is around. She waffles between anger and immaturity, but when she’s focusing on the crimes, she’s got a dynamite head.

I hope book 4 keeps things on the up and up, but I’m worried, ma, I’m worried!

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  1. I really do love a cozy mystery! They’re a new-ish thing for me, because I grew on classic crime fiction and Golden Age mysteries. Some are definitely better than others though. And I think they do generally lack a certain finesse

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  2. I finally finished the first book the other day. I’m a little slow right now with getting my review written because I am still fighting this sickness but hopefully I will have it posted sometime this week. Unfortunately I don’t think I’m going to continue with the series though because I wasn’t into it enough to want to waste anymore time on it.

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