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I've been to Scarborough Renaissance Faire in Waxahachie, TX, a couple of times, but could not conceive of a place where the staff live it every day. That is the first nice surprise in this latest installment of Joyce and Jim Lavene's Renaissance Faire Mysteries, entitled, "Bewitching Boots".

The shop's name refers to the handmade works of art by the cobbler (no, not apple or cherry...a funny running gag) Bill Warren. He claims they are made with the help of his 'elf magic'. You can almost hear Jessie's eyes rolling; that is, until she has to body tackle a customer whose new purchases have quite literally run away with her. Ok, so maybe it is a little hard to fathom Jessie's disbelief in elf magic, considering she talks to the naked, blue-skinned (from dye), red-haired ghost of one of the victims from an earlier installment of the series.

"Bewitching Boots" is part fantasy, part reality; part murder, part mayhem, and full-on, flat-out entertaining! The authors need to distill and bottle whatever it is that keeps these wonderful stories flowing out of their quills (a little Renaissance humor there). Joyce and Jim Lavene are amazing storytellers; may they continue for a long, LONG time.

(Disclosure: I received an e-copy of Bewitching Boots in return for the unbiased review.) ( )
  LuAnn.Braley | Dec 19, 2014 |
In the latest installment in the Renaissance Faire mysteries, Jessie must figure out who killed Princess Isabelle before the new cobbler takes the fall for it because of his magic shoes. I love a series where I get to visit with old friends like Jessie and Chase and meet new ones like Bill. The earlier books in the series focused more on different crafts you might see at a Renaissance Faire village, and that was fun as well as informative. The last couple have taken a turn more towards fantasy with some magical elements, which is also fun. I wish I hadn't missed out on the book just previous to this one because I would have liked to have known more about what was going on with Wanda and with Chase & Jessie's magical apartment, but the book works just fine as a stand-alone. You don't have to have read the other books in order to enjoy this one. I'm anxiously awaiting the next one in the series and another visit with old friends. ( )
  mitchma | Aug 19, 2014 |
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"Jessie Morton is thrilled when she finds Bill Warren, an old fashioned shoemaker, and he agrees to come back to Renaissance Faire Village with her. She's not so thrilled when claims to have elf magic, and he falls for Princess Isabelle. The dancing slippers Bill makes for Isabelle make him a suspect when the princess takes a leap from the castle terrace. Now, Jessie must find the lady or lord who helped the princess with her last dance before she loses her star attraction" - Back cover.… (more)

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