Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Goodbye to a good friend

Friends, we're devastated to share with you news of the passing of one of our bloggers, Joyce Lavene, who died unexpectedly on October 20, 2015. Joyce and her husband, Jim, were married 44 years. They wrote together, and had great fun creating an amazing array of characters in more than 60 books. They wrote several series as Joyce and Jim Lavene; as J.J. Cook, they created two more, including the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade series and the Biscuit Bowl Food Truck series.


Many of us met Joyce and Jim at the Malice Domestic Mystery Convention, where she warmly welcomed new cozy authors, and offered kind, generous advice. She was sweet and lovely, and we will miss her deeply.

Please join us in keeping Jim and their family in your thoughts and prayers. We welcome your reminiscences in the comments.

32 comments:

  1. I am broken-hearted. Joyce and Jim were among the very first people I met at Malice. Joyce was always so kind. She was a wonderful writer and a lovely person. My heart goes out to Jim and their family. She will be missed by all of us.

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  2. I'm sorry that I will never get the chance to meet Joyce. I have heard such wonderful things about her. My prayers go out to her husband and family.

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  3. I've had several lovely conversations with Joyce and Jim at Malice and at the Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival. Just absolutely the warmest, friendliest people. My heart aches for Jim. My heart goes out to him and the rest of their family.

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  4. I was so, so sorry to hear of Joyce's passing. I saw Joyce and Jim at conferences such as Malice Domestic, and Joyce was delightful and generous and sweet. My condolences to Jim and the rest of their family.

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  5. I am still stunned by this loss for the whole mystery community. Although I never met her in person, I felt I knew her, not only from her books and online presence, but from the wonderful stories people who met Joyce told of her. My thoughts are with Jim and their family.

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  6. Reading all the posts I've seen about Joyce just reinforces what I already knew--she was a warm and wonderful person who lived a life that touched so many. Thank you, Joyce, for being a good friend, and hugs to Jim. Nice people. We should all have such a legacy!

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  7. And why that comment from me was published as Unknown is anybody's guess!

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  8. Joyce was a wonderful friend to all of us here at Killer Characters, supportive and kind. I saw her several times at the Malice Domestic conference. That smile! She lit up the room. I'm glad she left us so many books to read and enjoy. I feel for you, Jim.

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  9. I am terribly sorry to hear this. She was a great supporter and inspiration even in the cyber world. What a loss!

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  10. Joyce was one of the first writers I spoke to at my first Malice, and she encouraged me to talk to her agent, who later became mine. I loved the way she described working with her husband, and it was a very successful partnership. She will be missed.

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  11. News like this numbs me. I didn't know Joyce personally, but can tell she was a warm woman and a credit to our genre. Condolences to Jim.

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  12. Gosh! What to say. She always respected her readers, their thoughts, ideas..and encouraged them to dig deeper...
    She would "talk" to me on FB everyday- was always interested in my flowers, garden, woods..and...small personal things...
    she had a kind word everyday, for everyone, and was helpful to their spirits....Her writing will be missed HUGELY- but, her spirit..what she GAVE of herself to others...will be sorely, painfully, missed.

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  13. Never met her in person, but she would email or pm or FB. Her humor, warmth and gracious approach to life will be missed by her readers. My sincerest condolences to her husband and partner, Jim.

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  14. This is such a loss. My thought and prayers are with Jim and his family.

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  15. I was so sad when I first heard this:( I never had the pleasure of meeting her in person but I feel like I got to know her through the many books that she and Jim wrote.

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  16. i knew joyce through social media and from her amazing mystery novels. She was one of my inspirations. She introduced me to many worlds through her books and I thank her for that.

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  17. i knew joyce through social media and from her amazing mystery novels. She was one of my inspirations. She introduced me to many worlds through her books and I thank her for that.

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  18. I knew Joyce from Facebook, but was a fan of her books for a long time. I recently won a contest and the prize was a werewolf figurine and a copy of Looking for Mr. Goodwitch. I received the book Monday. To read of her death was shocking, I thought it was a horrible joke.
    Even though I've never met her, I felt a connection with her. Her books have brought joy and laughter to me, for that I say thank you.
    Rest in Peace & Blessed Be

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  19. love all the books..Will keep the family in prayers..only knew from Facebook where I know lots of authors..sorry for the loss..

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  20. In addition to all the writing she did, Joyce consistently contributed a lot behind the scenes here at Killer Characters. She will be truly missed.

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  21. I wish I'd gotten to know her in person. What a gem,

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  22. Warm and welcoming - that was my first impression of Joyce when I met her at Malice Domestic. It's an impression that has lasted, too, through all she did for Killer Characters and her Facebook groups. She was a tireless promoter of cozy mysteries and authors. And such an amazing writer. A bit of a genius, I think. And kind. And will be missed so very much.

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  23. I may have only known her on Facebook but she made you feel like she was your best friend. Always warm and caring. My heart breaks for her family and all of her Cozy family too.

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  24. Wow, I am stunned. A wonderful writer and clearly an amazing wife, mother and friend. RIP.

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  25. I was very sad to hear of the passing of Joyce Lavene. She communicated with me about a prize I had won sharing her humorous adventures with the postal service. I have so many of her books...she will not be very far away. kat8762@aol.com

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  26. Prayers for all of you. I love to curl up with a blanket and a good book also(any time of year). Also love to watch Notre Dame football.
    Thereadmaster(at)me(dot)com

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  27. Sad news and my thoughts go out to her family with prayers. What a amazing writer she was in our cozy community. In fall I look forward to my cozies, flannel pj, tea , blankets as much as possible. seascapelife at gmail (dot) com.

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  28. I was sadden when I heard the news, and I am still at a loss for words to express what I am feeling. I didn't know Joyce very well, but she was always kind and sweet. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.

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  29. I clearly missed a treasure by not having the chance to meet Joyce. What a loss to our industry, our readers, her husband and family, and all her many friends. And a reminder to those of us left to cherish our loved ones every day.

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  30. What sad news to hear of today. I have enjoyed so many of their books. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers to her husband and family.

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  31. Almost three years ago when I started my journey into reviewing and blogging, Joyce and Jim were among the very first authors to give me a chance. To have faith in me and to encourage me. I've had many lovely online conversations with Joyce, and had the great honor of meeting Joyce and Jim this past August in Sullfolk, VA. I walked into the room where Joyce was sitting, she looked up at me, jumped out of her chair, smiled and said my name, and I found myself in the warmest embrace. She hugged me like I was a long lost friend. She'll never know just how she made me feel that day, but I will treasure it my heart always. I say I will miss her doesn't begin to cover it. The mystery community has lost one of it's brightest shining stars. My prayers will remain with Jim and their family. And Joyce will forever remain in my heart. Joyce, your book is now closed, but your story will forever continue on.

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