Synopses & Reviews
Restaurateur and part-time P.I. Jane Lawless is taking some much-needed time off at her familys lodge when her best friend, Cordelia, arrives with news that Tess, one of their good friends, has taken a nasty fall and needs their help with rehearsals for a play that is set to open in a week. When Tess isnt on crutches, she helps run the Thunderhook Lodge, the premier resort on Lost Lake. And while she clearly needs Jane and Cordelias assistance, she isnt exactly acting all that grateful.
A man who claims to be a journalist has arrived in Lost Lake with an old photograph and some questions for Tess that go back decades. His questions have put her on edge, and when he shows up peeking through her kitchen window, everyone else is right there with her. As beloved as Tess is, there are plenty of people who dont care about any so-called journalist and are happy to protect her, but how far are they willing to take it? And when will they need answers to questions that that only Tess can provide?
In The Lost Women of Lost Lake—the most engrossing mystery yet from Lambda and Minnesota Book Award-winning author Ellen Hart—Janes only hope of protecting her friends from the secrets that are surfacing all around them is to uncover the whole truth before anyone else can.
Praise for Ellen Hart
“As ever, author Ellen Hart presents first-rate depictions of her locales and her returning characters.… An appealing homage to Dashiell Hammetts The Maltese Falcon underscores the bountiful action, which also includes a revelatory scene involving Chesss girlfriend that would made Alfred Hitchcock proud.”
—Yahoo Shine! on The Cruel Ever After
“One of the strengths of Harts acclaimed series (this is the eighteenth book) is that the rich details about food, family, and place never undermine the swift pacing of her plots. Readers feel so much a part of Janes world that wed fight for a table at the Lyme House Restaurant in Minneapolis just for a taste of Janes corned beef and cabbage.”
—Star-Tribune (Minneapolis) on The Cruel Ever After
“The Lambda Literary Award and Minnesota Book Award-winning author of seventeen Jane Lawless mysteries knows how to spin a tale full of complex plot lines, fast-paced action, and characters skilled in deception. Fans of the Lawless series and readers who enjoy gay/lesbian mysteries will not be disappointed.”
—Library Journal (starred review) on The Mirror and the Mask
“Ellen Hart, one of Minnesotas bestselling mystery writers, weaves a net of complex relationships. . . . Sweet Poison is as much a psychological thriller about unrequited love as a mystery.”
—St. Paul Pioneer Press
“Hart is at the top of her game.”
—Curve Magazine on The Mortal Groove
“This magna cum laude old-school mystery revolves smoothly around an oily cast of characters.... It’s a high-wire act.” --Yahoo! Shine on The Mirror and the Mask
While caring for a friend after she takes a nasty fall restaurateur Jane Lawless discovers that her friend is actually much more afraid of a tragic accident that took place years ago—and the reporter snooping around it—in Ellen Hart’s most engrossing mystery yet.
About the Author
ELLEN HART, “a top novelist in the cultishly popular gay mystery genre” (Entertainment Weekly), is also a Lambda and Minnesota Book Award winner. The author of eighteen previous mysteries featuring Jane Lawless, she lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit her Web site at www.EllenHart.com.