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A Spirited Gift (Missing Pieces Mystery #3)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  373 ratings  ·  61 reviews
As the mayor of Duck, North Carolina, Dae is playing host to twenty North Carolina elected officials attending her first Mayors' Conference Weekend at the Blue Whale Inn. When the body of Mayor Sandi Foxx is discovered the morning after a severe storm, Dae receives a vision through the mayor's ring; that there's a killer among the guests who's as deadly as any hurricane.

Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published (first published December 6th 2011)
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Mayor Dae is hosting the first Mayors conference at the Blue Whale Inn. An unexpected storm comes ashore and the next morning as damage is being surveyed Dae finds the body of Mayor Sandi Foxx. Was she outside during the storm or was she murdered?
Dae is also dealing with her father who she has recently found out about and a pirate ghost who is a very distant relative.
This was an excellent story with an ending I never expected.
Silly, great fun.

A few feeder bands from a hurricane hits Duck as hard as many full-on tropical systems, catching the residents off-guard. Psychic mayor Dae O'Donnell begins the storm by trying to contact her dead mother with medium friend Shayla. Later, she will find that an ancestor has responded, but it isn't her Mom. Meantime, Dae hurries ot help host a regional mayor's conference being held at Kevin's hotel. The storm blows out the power and a few windows. When the lights come back, Dae re
Dae is getting used to her new abilities as she prepares to host the local Mayors conference. Unfortunately it take place on the anniversary of her mother's death. At her annual attempt to summon her mother's spirit she gets a different ancestor : Rafe Masterson the pirate who cursed Duck, NC as he was being hanged for his crimes. He wants her to prove he was unjustly hanged for crimes he didn't commit, in exchange he will tell her where he buried his treasure . Unfortunately a hurricane comes i ...more
This is becoming one of my favorite series. Besides a cozy mystery, there is always light romance, secrets, and some mysticism. The elements are blended altogether into a pleasing story with believable characters in a town that is real.

In this story, Dae O'Donnell, Mayor of Duck, NC on the Outer Banks and her "boy" friend, Kevin, ex FBI Agent and present owner of the Blue Whale Inn, are hosts at a mayor convention when the remnants of a hurricane strikes Duck. In the aftermath, one female mayor
Tyrannosaurus regina
There were things I really liked about this. After all, I'm such a sucker for ghosts and pirates and pirate ghosts. The escalation of the paranormal felt like it worked in service of the story this time instead of feeling intrusive, even though it went far afield of what had already been established. And I'm also a sucker for big coastal storms...probably because I'm a prairie girl for whom they seem fascinating. But I was less than thrilled with the casual sexism which seems to be getting more ...more
Humorous and entertaining, this series delights me far more than the authors' Renaissance Faire Mystery series. The main character and setting are well-developed and intriguing, and I have a sense of Dae as a woman, as a mayor, and as a rooted inhabitant of this interesting slice of the North Carolina Outer Banks' town of Duck. The cast of supporting characters are delightful and possess a nice depth. The "scurvy blackguard" pirate ghost tickled my fancy, and my funnybone, and his story was well ...more
This is the third book in the A Missing Pieces series. It's always enjoyable to visit Duck, NC and Mayor Dae and the interesting residents and this was no exception.

Mayor Dae and Duck, NC is hosting the first Mayors' Conference at the Blue Whale Inn. But as everyone is assembling for the weekends activities an unexpected hurricane comes ashore. The next morning as they are surveying the damage, Dae comes across the body of Mayor Sandi Foxx. At first it is thought that she was outside when the st
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Cozy mystery fans are sure to love this series by Joyce and Jim Lavene. I understand that this is the third book in the series, but it made a fine stand-alone read.

The story is set in Duck, North Carolina where Dae O'Donnell is Mayor of the tiny town. Dae has the ability to find lost objects and to get images from antiques she acquires for her shop, Missing Pieces. Dae lives with her Grandfather, the retired Police Chief of the town. Two additional characters include Shayla, a psychic medium th
Always trying to be innovative, Dae O'Donnell hosts twenty North Carolina town administrators at the first (and hopefully annual) Mayors' Conference Weekend at the Blue Whale Inn in Duck.

But a rainstorm that unexpectedly turns into a hurrican strands the visitors on the island. The next morning, Dae finds one of the mayors, former news anchor Sandi Foxx, dead in the rubble of the inn's toolshed.

Having found Sandi's ring a few hours earlier, and receiving a vision of Sandi being threatened with a
Dae O’Donnell, mayor of Duck, North Carolina, decides to hold a two-day mayor’s conference at the Blue Whale Inn. The conference is just getting started when a severe storm moves in, forcing everyone to hunker down at the inn, which is owned by her boyfriend Kevin Brickman. After the storm, Dae finds a ring belonging to Mayor Sandi Foxx. Dae has a gift that enables her to find lost things others are looking for as well as learning about missing objects by touching them. When Dae picks up Sandi’s ...more
Lynn Demsky
Mayor Dae and Duck, NC is hosting the first Mayors' Conference at the Blue Whale Inn. But as everyone is assembling for the weekends activities an unexpected hurricane comes ashore. The next morning as they are surveying the damage, Dae comes across the body of Mayor Sandi Foxx. At first it is thought that she was outside when the storm hit and was killed when a tool-shed was ripped apart. But it is soon learn that she was murdered. This doesn't come as too much as a surprise for Dae, as she had ...more
Kelly Knapp
Feb 03, 2012 Kelly Knapp rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any mystery lover from 12 to 108
Recommended to Kelly by: my daughter
A Spirited Gift by Joyce and Jim Lavene

This is the first book that I have read written by this dynamic partnership. Dae is the mayor of Duck, North Carolina and has planned a weekend convention of nearby mayors. Dae also has a gift. Until recently, she could return lost items to their owners, simply by touching the owners or the lost item.

In addition, she believes that it may be possible to contact spirits and has been attempting to contact her mother each year on the anniversary of her death.
Cathy Cole
First Line: "I'm nervous."

Dae O'Donnell has good reason to be nervous. As mayor of Duck, North Carolina, she got the bright idea of inviting twenty small town mayors as well as their spouses and assistants to the Blue Whale Inn for her first Mayors' Conference Weekend. Unfortunately a storm got its own bright idea of becoming a hurricane and heading right for Duck, contrary to what every weather forecast predicted. With the power out and trees crashing through windows, there's little time for Da
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This novel has us following pirates, chasing murderers, enduring hurricane bands, rebuilding Duck, NC, and dealing with personal issues like finding lost Fathers, and do you really know your boyfriend?

Our sleuth, Dae O'Donnell, the Mayor of Duck, NC, is busy trying to contact her Mother's spirit on the anniversary of her death. Mother doesn't come through, however, some unusual 'spirit balls' do and cause a sense of dread in Dae. However, Dae hasn't time to dwell on the lack of communication as
Ann aka Iftcan
Book 3 in the Dae O'Donnell series. In this one, Dae and the town of Duck are hosting a gathering of OBX mayors when a tropical storm veers off track and hits the Blue Whale, the inn owned and run by Dae's boyfriend Kevin. In addition to the storm, there is a murder, various people running around and, my favourite of all the many interesting people that inhabit Dae's world--her ancestor, the ghost of pirate Rafe Masterson.
Enjoyed this installment in the series, though having the ghost helping solve the mystery was a little bit out there. Also, Trudy is referred to as a best friend of Dae's, but she doesn't seem like a bestie, really. Although these things struck me as a bit odd in this book, I did enjoy the historical aspects of the story, as well as the storylines about the father and the hurricane aftermath. The cliffhanger at the end has me wanting to read the next one!
The Lavenes write entertaining mysteries but this is my favourite so far. I had visited Duck, NC this summer after reading the first two books in the series and now the town is very vivid in my mind's eye. But the real fun is the ghost of a pirate who winds up haunting our heroine. I found it all very charming and light while the mysteries were still engrossing enough to keep my attention. I am pretty stingy about 5 star reviews, and I am having a hard time finding words to explain why I feel th ...more
This is the third book in the Missing Pieces Mystery.

Dae has got all the neighboring mayors to a conference that is being held in her town. There is a big storm/hurricane that comes up before the guests can leave and everyone is huddled in the ballroom to sit out the weather. There are no lights, (you'd think that they'd at least have a flashlight, camplight or some other battery light handy in a hotel) so no one can tell if anyone moves or not. When the storm ends, they start doing a head coun
I absolutely LOVE this series!!! These characters are so much fun...
This book answers a lot of questions... And the ghost of Rafe Masterson appears to Dae for her to help him clear his name.
There is a Conference for the Mayors around the area, at the Blue Whale. The first night there is a storm that roles through and
Mayor Sandi Foxx is found dead. Their main suspect also ends up dead. Can Dae find the killer or will they get away with it??

Dharia Scarab
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
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I loved a good portion of this book - the plot about avenging her ancestor was a lot of fun! And the modern day murder plot was interesting with some good twists and ties to the past. Still, I was turned off by a lot of flat dialogue. There were more than a couple of instances when I had no idea what kind of emotion the authors were trying to convey until scenes were over. An argument between Dae and Kevin was only apparent to me after one of them walked away in a huff, and arguments between Dae ...more
A mystery set in a classic style with a group of stranded folks in a storm. Could have been eye-rolling Christie-bootlegging, but it's an homage and nicely done.
Dae has her hands full with hosting the Mayors' Conference for her neck of North Carolina, a hurricane and a murder. There are other wee bits to contend with and I like how the authors keep Dae real. I don't have to wonder, "How does she do all that?" like I do with some cozy characters. Dae doesn't try to do it all, she knows how to la
Sandy Neal
Light mystery story involving mayor of an Outer Banks small tourist town who has a gift for finding out things by touching a person or object. Twist at the end.
I've read books 1, 2,3 and 5 of this series and thought this was the best so far. Somehow I managed to skip it and #4 so had to go back after reading #5. I still have #4 to read.
I enjoyed this book, but not as much as the first one in the series. I really think there was WAY too many stories going on in this one. THe authors threw everything at the readers with this book. There was a historical mystery, a murder from 30 years ago, the recent murders AND the introduction of Dae's dad. I wish the authors had not introduced a ghost into the whole thing. The fact Dae has visions is a stretch as it is, and now they have her seeing ghosts and it just seems to be a bit much. I ...more
I really like this series but this was not my favorite. Having said that, I did enjoy reading this book just not as much as the first two. I like the setting most of all, but I also like the characters and the supernatural twist.
This is the third in the Missing Pieces series. I found that the authors took a different twist with this one as they added more of a fantasy/supernatural aspect to it as well as a more complex plot. In the previous two books, I felt that events were more real. This one had a lot more going on than one simple mystery, but it was still a fun read and kept me interested in it until the very end. However, the ending was disappointing in that it adds another twist and leaves some of the plot unresol ...more
Debbie Heaton
In Lavene’s mystery novel, Dae is hard at work hosting the first ever Mayor’s Conference Weekend at the Blue Whale Inn. After an unexpected hurricane leaves everyone stranded, Dae finds an expensive ring belonging to Mayor Sandi Foxx whose body is found later that day. After picking up on a vision through the ring of someone threatening her with a gun, Dae is convinced this is a case of murder. Whatever the cause, Dae is determined to identity the killer regardless the cost.

Dae O’Donnell is a wo
Wonderful summer read! Beaches, pirates, ghosts and several twists. Great fun.
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Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene are a wife and husband team who have written and published more than 70 books since 1999. They live in North Carolina with their family and enjoy cooking, photography and ghost hunting.
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Other Books in the Series

Missing Pieces Mystery (7 books)
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  • A Touch of Gold (A Missing Pieces Mystery, #2)
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  • A Finder's Fee (A Missing Pieces Mystery #5)
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  • A Watery Death (A Missing Pieces Mystery, #7)
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