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.