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Monday, September 14, 2015

Apply at the agency. No phone calls or psychic links - Be My Banshee by Joyce Lavene & Jim Lavene

The Purple Door Detective Agency is hiring.
Those without magic need not apply.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Apply at the agency. No phone calls or psychic links.


Published: September 1st, 2015

The Purple Door Detective Agency is hiring.
Those without magic need not apply.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Apply at the agency. No phone calls or psychic links.

Sunshine Merryweather is a young witch with a passion for colorful clothes and good food. She is the owner/operator of the Purple Door Detective Agency. Her partner, John, was brutally murdered three days ago, and she won’t stop until she finds his killer.
Aine is only interested in one thing when she walks into the building with the purple door–locating the last man alive in the branch of the O’Neill family she haunts as a beane sidhe. She has been asleep for 200 years in a ruined Irish castle and realizes that the world has moved on without her. She needs to find the O’Neill heir and encourage him to start a family or she will pass from existence when he dies.

Sunshine sees a potential partner when she looks at the powerful beane sidhe – they could be the next Dynamic Duo! But Aine isn’t interested in Sunshine’s schemes – until the witch agrees to help her locate O’Neill. Even then, it will be a short-term association at best from Aine’s point of view. She has no need of witchcraft.

Neither woman is aware of the danger they face as an ancient assassin stalks the old port city of Norfolk, Virginia. It will take more than simple witchcraft or beane sidhe magic to stop the killer. They will have to work together and combine their talents.

But can Sunshine and Aine put aside their differences to stop the murders without tearing each other apart?

Why a Banshee?
by Joyce Lavene
From Be My Banshee
Purple Door Detective Agency #1

I’ve had more than a few people ask this question: Why write about a witch and a banshee running a detective agency together?

The answer must have to be – why not?

First of all, I love witches and other paranormal, supernatural creatures and lore – including the beane sidhe (correct spelling). The beane sidhe is a fascinating creature woven throughout Celtic mythology. She is not evil but rather sad, doomed to haunt a family only to remind them when it’s time to die.

She has several different forms she can use to appear to the family members. There is a beautiful young woman who can appear, helpless and unsure where she is. There is the terrifying crone with skeletal features who seems more a curse. And there is the older woman, gentle and kind, dressed in black mourning clothes.

I think the beane sidhe must have been a strong woman to be treated this way – a woman who did things she probably shouldn’t have done. She was punished for those things by becoming a bane on a family and yet, what she did wasn’t meant to be malicious. The problem seemed to be mainly in the delivery of the message.

How great would it be to team up two women – a witch and a beane sidhe – to solve mysteries? What lurks behind the purple door where they live and work? That’s what I wanted to explore with this book. They say a witch lives behind a purple door – but what if she had a beane sidhe helping her?

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About the author:
Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant.

They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.

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Peggy Hyndman said...

Joyce and Jim Lavene's books are all wonderful. I'm looking forward to seeing the illustrations in the print copy of Be My Banshee ... I hear they are awesome!

Unknown said...

Thanks for hosting Be My Banshee here today!

Unknown said...

Thanks, Peggy!

collenga said...

Wow, sounds like a very intriguing book! I can't wait to check out your series. Thanks for sharing!

Jan Lee said...

I love this premise and want to read this book!! When I hear the word detective in any sense, it's like an addiction to me LOL