Fruit of the Poisoned Tree

A Garden Mystery #2

by Joyce and Jim Lavene

Prime Crime

May 2, 2006

ISBN-13: 0425209679

Available in: Paperback

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Fruit of the Poisoned Tree
by Joyce and Jim Lavene

What made Peggy's lifelong friend Park Lamonte drive off a ramp to his death? Park's aged mother suspects his wife, Beth, killed him for the ten-million-dollar insurance policy. The police think so, too. But Peggy has a growing suspicion that there's more to the story.

She's convinced Beth is innocent—even after Park's mother is also killed, and evidence emerges that seems to point to Beth. Can Peggy maintain her gardening business, teach her botany classes, nurture her relationship with her new man, deal with her unruly Great Dane . . . and still find time to extract the truth?



Joyce and Jim Lavene's Bio

People frequently ask us how we began writing together. And how we can write together at all!

Writing together was a natural evolution for us. We have been in several businesses together during our almost thirty year marriage.

Joyce began writing poetry when she was nine. Jim scribbled a little, but mostly read a lot. We decided to work together on a series of stories we told our children to amuse them after Hurricane Hugo hit our house in 1989. Without power or water for weeks, we needed something!

We started writing novels together after that and are still going strong! We also enjoy writing non-fiction about the people we meet in our travels. Ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things with their lives, like the characters we write in our novels.

As for our personal lives, we have three wonderful children, Chris, Jeni and Emmie as well as two fantastic grandchildren, Eric and Gabrielle. We love cats and have too many of them. We have a chocolate Lab named Bear. Jim is into computers, photography and line drawing. Joyce is active in sculpting, alternative medicine and water color painting.

All of our books are purposely written to be vegetarian and inspiring. We believe that we all have a journey that leads to the discovery of ourselves; our ultimate destiny.