NC Features reporter, Joyce Lavene, and photographer, Jim Lavene, write the Peggy Lee Garden Mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series, Pretty Poison, was an IMBA bestseller, a Barnes and Noble top-pick, and has gone into multiple printings. The next two books are Fruit of the Poisoned Tree (May 2006) and Poisoned Petals (March 2007).
They write the Sheriff Sharyn Howard Mysteries from Avalon Books as well. The first book in that series, Last Dance, was nominated for the Master’s Choice Award for best first mystery novel. Both series are set in North Carolina.
Their new project is Swapping Paint, the first book in the NASCAR Mysteries, scheduled for publication in June 2007 by Midnight Ink. Each book in that series will be set at a different speedway across the country.
They promote with the Carolina Conspiracy, a group of NC/SC mystery authors.