Jim Lavene has passed away; his wife and writing partner Joyce Lavene passed away Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at her home. Joyce and Jim were married 44 years, and since 1999, they’ve written award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. Their collaboration resulted in more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications.Their Christmas mystery A Dickens of a Murder was featured on this blog.

In memory of Joyce Lavene: Author interview and giveaway, A Dickens of a Murder | Island Confidential