For Love of Livvy by JM Griffin

For Love of Livvy by JM Griffin
Publisher: Lachesis Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Length: Full (248 pgs)
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Poppy

After her favorite aunt is found dead and an alarming box is mysteriously left on the doorstep of her aunt’s house now legally hers, Lavinia Esposito wants explanations. But, having cleared the package of explosives, the local cops are dumbounded by the precious stones which came without an explanation, just an address??her Aunt Livvy’s. Frustrated by the cops’ refusal to share their theories, criminal justice instructor Lavinia Esposito, a.k.a. Vinnie, takes investigation matters into her own hands. Vinnie is soon dragged into situations beyond her control, finding herself in hot water with the law, the crooks, and her Italian father. Willing to put her life at risk to find out what really happened to her beloved Aunt Livvy, and why jewels would be addressed to her aunt, Vinnie plunges ahead with her usual tenacity, bravery, and keen wits to solve and survive this mystery.

JM Griffin has a fantastic voice for cozy mystery genre. Above the fact that I enjoyed the plot of this story, and the unique and varied characters, I loved to read just to let the words and tone roll over me.

For Love of Livvy is a fun, light-hearted mystery. Vinnie is a fun heroine, smart (most of the time) and easy-going, with a group of friends and family that would drive most folks a little crazy. When she receives a package that turns out to be gemstones, and then finds another set of them in the house, she knows the game is afoot. The police are tight-lipped about what exactly is going on, and despite the attraction she feels for the hunky lead detective, she takes matters in her own hands.

Livvy is such fun to read about. She’s seriously attracted to the detective on the case, but also has the super attractive Aaron, her new tenant, to add to the equation. Her gay best friend has a new squeeze and he’s such a hoot. Her parents are a little crazy, too, and the mix makes the book an entertaining read. While perhaps not the most intellectually challenging mystery, it does exactly what I look for in a cozy: entertains.

I can’t wait to pick up the next book in the series and I recommend it to all mystery lovers.


  1. Thank you so much for hosting my book on this tour. I also enjoyed the review and the stars. Thanks again.
    Best regards,


  2. The characters sound interesting

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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