A Sad Farewell



This week’s blog is going to be short and sweet on my part. As most of you know by now the cozy mystery family lost one of our own this week. Not only was Joyce Lavene a talented and prolific author, but she was a kind and widely loved woman as well. I never had the privilege of meeting Joyce in person but we did message and email a few times about one thing or another and she seemed to be a sweet and gracious woman.

Joyce and her husband, Jim, wrote several series including the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade series and the Biscuit Bowl Food Truck series.

This blog is my platform to honor this beautiful woman who meant so much to so many.

Joyce Lavene



16 thoughts on “A Sad Farewell

  1. Mari Krampach says:

    Honest tribute, I’ve read a few of her books and they were very good. It’s always sad to say goodbye but her books will always remind us of her.

  2. Guillianne kolb says:

    I’m sorry about your friend..and never having met someone doesn’t mean they weren’t a friend..I lost a friend on fb and it really hurt even though we never met..so again I’m sorry for your loss and the loss of the cozy family

  3. sb8857 says:

    I had just gotten to know Joyce Lavene on Facebook and fell in love immediately, as so many had before me. She will be sorely missed from the Cozy Mystery Venue. I look forward to learning more through her books, husband Jim Lavene, and fellow authors and fans. I have posted on Joyce and Jim’s sites and will continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers in the days to come, especially Jim, who was blessed to have her as his writing partner and wife for 44 years. My heart aches for Jim and their family! Thank you for a lovely tribute Kathi.. ❤

  4. sallycootie says:

    There are a handful of authors who, even though we have never met them in person, make us feel like friends through their interaction with us, their generosity, their posts and events, the peeks into their lives so we see them as “real” people that are fun to be around, and of course their wonderful books. Joyce was one of those people. You are another one, Kathi.

  5. Like you, I’d never met Joyce in person but interacted with her on FB and messages. Her generosity of spirit, joi de vrie was so evident and translated into all of her series as well. I am a great fan of Sweet Pink Pepper and Taxi for the Dead series and know others readers were thrilled with her other series. She leaves a great void and my condolences to her family and reading family.

  6. Debbie S says:

    I had never met her but I followed her and her husband on FB and enjoyed her comments, she seemed like a fun, loving person. I have read a few of their books and have many more on my tbr list. I enjoyed the books I read so much. It was such a shock to see that she had passed, she will be missed by many, her husband and family are in my prayers.

  7. Laura says:

    It was such a shock to hear about her passing. The cozy community has let her family know how much she and her writing meant to us. She has a wonderful family as well.

  8. Peggy Hyndman says:

    I was first introduced to Joyce and her wonderful books through a Facebook contest and have been reading Joyce and Jim’s books ever since. Although I never met her in person, I was blessed to know her through Facebook, personal messages, and emails. I looked forward to seeing her good morning posts each day and replying to them. She always took the time to respond to our posts and seemed to sense when an extra word or two would comfort someone. She had a way of making each of us feel important. Her spirit will live on in the many people she touched and the wonderful stories she’s shared with us.

  9. alice says:

    She will be missed. Her stories will keep her spirit with us. I always feel like my favorite authors are friends even though I have never met them.

  10. Karen says:

    so sad I love her missing pieces series the second series of the i rs I read I had the privilege of getting to knoe hed througb FB she was so kind and always answered any questions I asked she will be missed . I feel very relieved that Jim will continue their writings thanks Kathi for such a nice tribute to her

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