The Lost Women of Lost Lake by Ellen Hart
(Jane Lawless Mysteries)

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Restaurateur and part-time P.I. Jane Lawless is taking some much-needed time off at her family’s 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 isn’t on crutches, she helps run the Thunderhook Lodge, the premier resort on Lost Lake. And while she clearly needs Jane and Cordelia’s assistance, she isn’t 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 don’t 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—Jane’s 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.


About Ellen Hart

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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 nineteen previous mysteries featuring Jane Lawless, she lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Published September 27, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 333 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Jane imagines that her time will be spent cooking for the longtime couple while Tessa’s sprained ankle heals, but it appears that something much greater is amiss in their hosts’ apparently idyllic lives.

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In Hart’s engaging 19th Jane Lawless mystery (after 2010’s The Cruel Ever After), the lesbian restaurateur, who’s taking a well-earned vacation at the family cabin in northern Minnesota, tries to decide once and for all whether to partner with longtime friend PI A.J.

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Review: Jane Lawless accompanies her friend Cordelia to Lost Lake when their mutual friend, who's directing a local play there, is unable to continue in her role, having fallen and badly sprained her ankle.

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When Nolan assures Jane he'll be fine with just Mouse for company, Jane trips off with Cordelia, neither one realizing that the real drama will be played offstage, as the director/playwright and one of her longtime friends, a local store owner, are about to be outed for a crime committed more tha...

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