J.J. Cook is pseudonym for authors Joyce and Jim Lavene. J.J. Cook writes the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries which started in 2013 and is set in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. This series features Fire Chief Stella Griffin, who solves crime with the help of her predecessor, who just happens to be a ghost… J.J. Cook also writes the Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery series which started in April 2014 and is set in Mobile, Alabama. It features Zoe Chase. She has always wanted to own her own restaurant—but first, she’ll have to serve up a heaping helping of meals on wheels, with a side of mystery... When she’s once again passed over for a promotion at work, Zoe decides to take the big leap and go for her dream. She quits, gives up her fancy digs, and buys a fixer-upper diner in a shady part of town. To keep above water during the renovation, she buys a used food truck to serve the downtown. Together Jim and Joyce write the Renaissance Faire Mysteries started in 2008 and set in South Carolina. It features assistant college professor and USC doctoral candidate Jessie Morton who also studies medieval crafts every summer at Columbia, S.C.'s Renaissance Faire Village. She finds herself entangled in murders. Joyce writes the Missing Pieces Mystery series which started in 2010 and takes place in North Carolina. This is a seaside-set paranormal mystery. It features Dae O'Donnell, a woman with a gift for finding lost things-and the stories behind lost lives. Dae O'Donnell is the mayor of Duck, North Carolina-and the person everyone turns to when they've lost something. One touch and Dae can find it, and missing pieces seem to find their way to her, whether she wants them to or not.
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