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Table of Contents
 
 
PRAISE FOR
A Touch of Gold
“Paranormal amateur-sleuth fans will enjoy observing Dae use cognitive and ESP mental processes to uncover a murderer . . . Readers will enjoy Team Lavene's second Dae in a life of a Duck tale.”
—
Midwest Book Review
PRAISE FOR
A Timely Vision
“Grabbed my attention on page one . . . Puzzles are unraveled and secrets spilled in a fast-paced paranormal mystery full of quirky characters you'll want as friends.”
—Elizabeth Spann Craig, author of
Pretty Is as Pretty Dies
 
“A delightful yarn . . . Kept me turning pages until it was done.”
—Patricia Sprinkle, author of
Friday's Daughter
 
“Filled with likable (if eccentric) characters and boasts a vividly realized small-town setting.”
—Booklist
 
“This opening act of a new amateur sleuth is a wonderful mystery due to memorable eccentric characters including Duck. The whodunit is complicated enough to keep readers entertained and stymied . . . The heroine is sassy and spunky . . . Joyce and Jim Lavene have . . . another hit series.”
—Midwest Book Review
 
“A leisurely mystery that had me guessing almost 'til the very end . . . It was fun and the characters were likable . . . I could almost smell and feel the salty sea air of Duck as I was reading.”
—A Cup of Tea and a Cozy for Me
 
“This is a mystery with strong characters, a vivid sense of place, and touches of humor and the paranormal.
A Timely Vision
is one of the best traditional mysteries I've read this year.”
—Lesa's Book Critiques
PRAISE FOR
Wicked Weaves
“Offers a vibrant background for the mysterious goings-on and the colorful cast of characters.”
—Kaye Morgan, author of
Celebrity Sudoku
 
“Fast-paced, clever, delightful.”
—John Lamb, author of
The Treacherous Teddy
 
“Jolly . . . Serves up medieval murder and mayhem.”
—Publishers Weekly
 
“[A] new exciting . . . series . . . Part of the fun of this solid whodunit is the vivid description of the Renaissance Village; anyone who has not been to one will want to go . . . Cleverly developed.”
—Midwest Book Review
 
“Joyce and Jim Lavene have teamed up for yet another terrific mystery series . . . A feast for the reader . . . Character development in this new series is energetic and eloquent; Jessie is charming and intelligent, with . . . saucy strength.”
 
“I cannot imagine a cozier setting than Renaissance Faire Village, a closed community of rather eccentric—and very interesting—characters, [with] lots of potential . . . A great start to a new series by a veteran duo of mystery authors.”
—Cozy Library
PRAISE FOR THE PEGGY LEE GARDEN MYSTERIES
Poisoned Petals
“A delightful botany mystery.”
—The Best Reviews
 
“A top-notch, over-the-fence mystery read with beloved characters, a fast-paced story line, and a wallop of an ending.”
—Midwest Book Review
 
“Enjoy this pleasurable read!”
—Mystery Morgue
 
 
Fruit of the Poisoned Tree
“I cannot recommend this work highly enough. It has everything: mystery, wonderful characters, sinister plot, humor, and even romance.”
—
Midwest Book Review
 
“Well-crafted with a satisfying end that will leave readers wanting more!”
—Fresh Fiction
 
 
Pretty Poison
“With a touch of romance added to this delightful mystery, one can only hope many more Peggy Lee Mysteries will be hitting shelves soon!”
—Roundtable Reviews
 
“A fantastic amateur-sleuth mystery.”
—The Best Reviews
 
“For anyone with even a modicum of interest in gardening, this book is a lot of fun.”
—The Romance Readers Connection
 
“The perfect book if you're looking for a great suspense.”
—Romance Junkies
 
 
Perfect Poison
“A fabulous whodunit that will keep readers guessing and happily turning pages to the unexpected end. Peggy Less is a most entertaining sleuth and her Southern gentility is like a breath of fresh air . . . [A] keeper!”
—
Fresh Fiction
 
“A fascinating whodunit with unusual but plausible twists and plenty of red herrings.”
—
Genre Go Round Reviews
Berkley Prime Crime titles by Joyce and Jim Lavene
 
Peggy Lee Garden Mysteries
PRETTY POISON
FRUIT OF THE POISONED TREE
POISONED PETALS
PERFECT POISON
A CORPSE FOR YEW
 
Renaissance Faire Mysteries
WICKED WEAVES
GHASTLY GLASS
DEADLY DAGGERS
HARROWING HATS
 
Missing Pieces Mysteries
A TIMELY VISION
A TOUCH OF GOLD
A SPIRITED GIFT
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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author's
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A SPIRITED GIFT
 
A Berkley Prime Crime Book / published by arrangement with the authors
 
PRINTING HISTORY
Berkley Prime Crime mass-market edition / December 2011
 
Copyright © 2011 by Jim and Joyce Lavene.
 
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We'd like to dedicate this book to Chris and Jamie,
who helped us know Duck better—and find out
where all the skeletons are buried.
 
Thanks! J & J
Chapter 1
“I'm nervous.”
“There's nothing to be nervous about. Just hold my hands and close your eyes.”
I did as my friend Shayla Lily said. We were seated at an old rosewood table that had once served as a spot where Thomas Jefferson ate breakfast and attended to his morning business. In the candlelight, the aged patina glowed, making shadows and depth in the wood.
“I can't help it,” I said, even though I knew I was supposed to be quiet. “It's been a year.”
“It's just like riding a horse, sweetie. Except you're on back this time and I have the reins.” Shayla tossed her rich black hair and took a deep breath. “Are you ready now?”
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