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Bewitching Boots

Jessie is thrilled when she finds Bill Warren, an old fashioned shoemaker, and he agrees to come back to Renaissance Village with her.

She’s not so thrilled when claims to have elf magic, and he falls for Princess Isabelle. The dancing slippers Bill makes for Isabelle make him a suspect when the princess takes a leap from the castle terrace.

Now, Jessie must find the lady or lord who helped the princess with her last dance before she loses her star attraction.


Murderous Matrimony

This one is 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 Murderous Matrimony book 6 in A Renaissance Faire Mystery Series 5 stars. I really enjoyed this book and would like to visit a real Renaissance Faire one day.

~ inspiremichelle


Ghastly Glass

I always enjoy the Lavenes’ Renaissance Faire mysteries. They give you a backdrop of the faire while weaving a tale that is filled with delightful characters and a killer plot. Their books are always fast reads and Ghastly Glass is no exception. So, if Halloween is one of your favorite holidays, or if you just want to read a really good mystery, then you should be reading Ghastly Glass.

~ Cheryl Green


Harrowing Hats

I find myself looking forward to my adventures with Jessie and all the knaves, knights, wrenches and fools as we travel to the Renaissance Faire. This year it's even more exciting as a whole new group has been added to the Village and the residents are not happy which adds yet another element for humor and strife. 

~ Lori Caswell