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Murderous Matrimony

(A Renaissance Faire Mystery #6)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  193 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Includes Perilous Pranks, a novella in the Renaissance Faire Mystery series, PLUS Book Six, Murderous Matrimony. A prank too far: Wanda Le Fey is dead, and Renaissance Faire lover, Jessie Morton, looks suspiciously like the person who killed her. Jessie was simply returning the prank Wanda played on her by dyeing the other woman blue. It wasn't her fault that Wanda was ...more
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Published (first published November 13th 2013)
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Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
In just 2 weeks Jessie Morton and Chase Manhattan will become man and wife in one of the biggest Adventureland events ever. That is if Jessie can get Wanda’s ghost to behave and leaver her alone, get pass the fact that Chase’s family thinks she is all wrong for him and solve a murder or two. Maybe she and chase should just elope.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I love these books. I have never been to an actual Renaissance Faire but because of these books I hope to attend one in the future. What a great
Andrea Guy
Murderous Matrimony is the 6th book in the Renaissance Faire Mystery series. Once again, I jump into a series that is really established. Since I've read many of books Joyce and Jim have written, I wasn't worried about that.

I jumped right into this series and instantly felt like the characters were old friends. I loved the two lead characters, Jessie and her soon to be husband, Chase. They are a wonderful pairing, and I liked that Chase doesn't totally discourage her from trying to find out who
Ruth Hill
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This had to have been one of the more unusual cozy mysteries I have possibly ever read. Part of the problem is that this is the first book I have read from the series. While I had no difficulty jumping into the action, I felt like I was playing catch-up for the first portion of the book. I also was not prepared for the ghost. Now don't be worried. This ghost is not scary. She is reminiscent of "Topper" (I was a fan of the old "Topper films" from old Hollywood).

I reveled in the setting of this
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hear Ye', Hear Ye'
Have you received your invitation to the wedding? What wedding says you? Well it's the wedding of Lady Jessica to that hunky man, Sir Bailiff Chase. In attendance will be Robin Hood and his merry men and Lady Marion, the pirates will leave their ship for the occasion. The Madmen, jesters, ladies in waiting, the minstrels, Merlin and 250 couples, (Adventureland sees this as a huge press advantage) who will also be sharing in the wedding day of Jessie and Chase. King Harold and
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-read, mysteries
Jessie Morton should be the happiest person on earth. In less than two weeks, as the new Director, she will be opening the Renaissance Arts and Crafts Museum in the Village, and she will be marrying the love of her life, Village Bailiff Chase Manhattan. But she is not! Could it be because Adventureland, parent company of the Renaissance Faire, has taken her wedding and turned it into a PR promotion, with another 250 couples joining her to take their vows--all on camera! Could it be that her new ...more
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: joyce-jim-lavene
When it comes to settings, this is bar none my favorite series. I always tell my husband that I want to live with Jessie and Chase at the Renn Faire. I really enjoyed this book (#6) in the series because Chase and Jessie finally get to get married, but not before not one, but two murders are solved. The aspect that is different in this book from others in the series is that there super-natural aspect to it..... a ghost is hanging out with Jessie and causing mayhem throughout Renn Faire Village. ...more
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a great cozy with a touch of fantasy. A great read from Jim and Joyce Lavene as always. It was a very well written story, and it kept my attention throughout. There was plenty going on to keep me entertained. This story has murder, ghosts, dragons, sorcerers, a Renaissance era wedding, and that is just to name a few of the great things in this story. Jessie is determined to find out who killed "madman Dave" and she kind of stumbles upon who the killer is. This story is filled with great ...more
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At the rate the villagers get killed off, it's a wonder there's anybody left. I was really glad to dispose of Wanda though, she was a horrid character.
Michelle Morgan
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Murderous Matrimony by Joyce & Jim Lavene, Chase Manhattan and Jessie Morton plan to marry at the Renaissance Faire along with 250 other couples. They are employed by Adventureland the company that owns Renaissance Faire Village and Marketplace and are taking part in the published weddings. Adventureland is providing the site, cake and flowers. It has been a dream come true for Jessie to work and live at the village. But she is a little unsure of The Great Wedding Fiasco as she refers to it. ...more
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it


This is the first book Ren Faire Mysteries that I have read. It was a fun surprise. It is not only a cozy mystery but full of surprises. Renaissance Faire Village and Marketplace sounds like a fun place to visit. Without the murders of course.

Now I have read three books in the series and the other two reviews are linked below.

It is charming, silly, fantasy, history, romantic, haunted and crazy. You are not sure what to believe is real and what parts are not. the people who act and
Paula Ratcliffe
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Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
I must say, this is the first installment of this series that I did not enjoy. It seems like someone decided, "Ya know what? Supernatural is hot right now. Let's jump on that bandwagon." Unfortunately, this series already had it's own bandwagon. It had enough going on with the atmosphere created by its unusual setting at the Faire as well as its cast of kooky characters. It didn't need more. (Don't get me wrong. I love paranormal mysteries and read many.) It didn't need to seem split between ...more
I have to be honest, I did not enjoy this book as much as I have the all of the previous ones in this series, primarily because of the new addition of supernatural elements in this one that the others did not have and did not need. The previous stories were just fine without and IMO this one could have been too, the additions of things like ghosts, sorcerers, and dragons did not really add anything and instead did seem to be a bit distracting from the realistic human interactions that made the ...more
Dharia Scarab
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
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.

Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's two weeks before Jessie's wedding to Chase and she has the very dead, very blue Wanda Le Fey still haunting her. Instead of focusing on her big day, Jessie decides to take on the task of solving the murder of Madman Dave, who was killed with a crossbow outside the Renaissance Faire Village Arts and Crafts museum where she is the director.

Will Jessie solve Madman Dave's murder, will she marry Chase and will Wanda stop haunting her? Pick up this fantastic novel in the delightful Renaissance
Blue Ghost

A Renaissance Faire series I am reading out of order and I was surprised to find all the paranormal activity that was not present in the other book I read. I thought it took away from the story. Jessie and Chase are planning their wedding. Adventure Land has decided to use this as a PR stunt. There will 200 couples being at the same time. Before Jessie 's museum opens a body of murder is found. The opening must wait until the police releases the building. Wanda the blue ghost is active
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I am enjoying this Renaissance series very much. Not only do you learn something about that time period, which I like, but the characters are quirky and fun. In this book, Jessie and Chase are finally getting married. Along with 250 other couples. since Adventureland has decided to make this a big publicity event. First though, Jessie will have to figure out how to get rid of Wanda, the naked, blue ghost and also find out who has killed several of the "madmen" with an old crossbow and why.
Mar 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I didn't like this installment of the Renaissance Faire mysteries as much as I did the previous ones. It was too long, and the new supernatural elements are forced and unneeded. It's like the authors decided to jump on a trend. One of their other series, the Duck mysteries, already has the supernatural aspect; this series didn't need that. But I love Jessie and Chase, and they make this worth reading.
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the 6th in the Renaissance faire mysteries. Jessie has been working at the faire in other books during breaks from school and each book was a place she worked at, the Hat maker etc and you learned about different things. This book she is working at the faire fulltime and getting married to Chase. This book introduced a ghost and magic and spoiled the series for me. I will probably try the next one to see if they continue with ghosts and magic.
Shannon Everyday
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy re-visiting the world of the Renaissance Faire Village. They are always fun reads, and the setting always feels fully fleshed out. Jessie's adventures in solving mysteries are always a hoot to follow, and I enjoyed the lead up to her wedding in this book. The main mystery in the book felt a little rushed when it reached it's conclusion, but the interweaving of the characters, is always well done.
Jennifer Oberth
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun little story set at a Renaissance Fair. I thought it would be like a weekend at a Ren Fair, but it's set in a village that operates all year. It was cool and had a nasty blue ghost and magic and all sorts of weird goings-on.

I read this book without having read the others and didn't feel lost at all.
Apr 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I have really enjoyed this series, but this installment went a little too far with the insertion of ghosts, Wizards, and Magic. Stick with reality and I will keep reading. This one was a little disappointing, although it did come with a satisfying conclusion as Chase and Jessie finally got married.
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, e-book
Murderous Matrimony by Joyce and Jim Lavene is a November 2013 publication. I was provided a copy of this book from Bewitching Book Tours/ Roxanne Rhoads in conjunction with an upcoming book tour. My full review will be posted on December 23rd, 2013. Check it out at

Full review will be posted here soon!
April Schilling
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I read this book over the holidays (I got it as a Christmas gift, yay!! ) and I really enjoyed it. I have read the whole series and it was really nice to see them get married. I don't want to give too much away cause, to quote River Song "Spoilers!", so I'll just leave it at this was another great book in a great series and I can't WAIT for the next one!
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: captivating
I really enjoyed this twist it was fun reading about the faire. The characters were a hoot. The book kept me reading and the ghost was a added bonus. Thanks to the author for writing such a wonderful cozy.
Aug 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Jessie and Chase have less than two weeks before their wedding. Someone kills a madman, and Wanda's ghost is causing havoc everywhere at the Renaissance Faire. Exciting goings on, as always.
Extra 1/2 star
Marcy Graybill
Nov 02, 2015 rated it liked it
I don't know if I like this one. Being set in a Ren. festival/village is bad enough, but adding in ghosts. . .
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love the whole series... good clean fun! A wedding, a naked blue ghost, a murder, a prince. How can this not be fun!
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aka Elyssa Henry and Joye Ames, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant

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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