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The Lost Women of Lost Lake [Hardcover]

Ellen Hart

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Sept. 27 2011 Jane Lawless Mysteries (Book 19)

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.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (Sept. 27 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312614772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312614775
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 15 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #494,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon underscores the bountiful action, which also includes a revelatory scene involving Chess’s girlfriend that would made Alfred Hitchcock proud.”
Yahoo Shine! on The Cruel Ever After

“One of the strengths of Hart’s 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 Jane’s world that we’d fight for a table at the Lyme House Restaurant in Minneapolis just for a taste of Jane’s 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 Minnesota’s 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

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.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Hart should be better known! Oct. 14 2011
By Lev Raphael - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Hart has won tons of awards and nominations for awards, but she deserves to be a national name in the mystery field. Why? Two excellent reasons. Whereas far too many crime writers offer plots that give themselves away, Hart consistently challenges you in book after finely-crafted book. She's simply one of the best plotters around. And then there's her particular take on crime fiction. Lots of writers, perhaps too many, focus their plots on recent happenings/motives, but Hart is fascinated at showing the influence of sometimes decades-old events in the current day. I love this about her work, the way in which we can't escape our own pasts and sometimes get drawn into the pasts of other people. It's eerie, it's dramatic, it's real. Lost Women does what Hart does best and makes me think she's what Loren D. Estleman is for Michigan: a master of the craft, a crime writer's inspiration, a crime writing fan's delight.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book June 27 2012
By Jen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Loved this book. I have read the whole Jane Lawless series and they keep getting better. This one had a twist I wasn't expecting but was a great read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cozy Mystery with a Deeper Twist May 12 2012
By LH422 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
At the Minnesota resort of Jill Ivorson and Tessa Cornell a mystery seems to be brewing. A mysterious man has arrived looking for two aging radicals wanted for the 1960s murder of a policeman. It appears that Tessa may know something about the case. What follows is a period of intense secrecy and suspicion, as some of the people at Lost Lake try to determine what deeds others at the resort have done. Complicating matters is the arrival of Jill and Tessa's nephew, Jonah, trying to escape his parents' arguing by moving in with his aunts.

This is certainly a cozy mystery, enmeshed in a resort community, perpetuated by a restaurateur-cum-sleuth. I appreciated, though, that this book dealt with more social issues than the average cozy mystery. This book touches on domestic violence, youth radicalism, and the secrets of our pasts. I enjoyed the book, and will look for more in the series.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Story Oct. 18 2011
By mnkid - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Ellen Hart's latest Jane Lawless mystery gives the readers what they expect; a good solid mystery with fascinating characters, a real feeling of place and twists and turns that keep them guessing until the very end.
Jane, along with her faithful friend, Cordlia Thorn travel to a northern Minnesota lake lodge owned by their friends Jill and Tessa to help with the local theater production and have a nice visit. Soon after arrival Jane's vacation turns to sleuthing for clues to the past in order to solve a murder in the present.
A narrative full of humor, palpable suspense and peopled with genuine folk (warts and all)power the story to its exciting conclusion.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great amateur sleuth Sept. 27 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Playwright Tessa Cornell severely sprains her ankle. Her wife of twenty six years Jill Ivorsen cares for her mate at the Thunderhook Lodge she owns by Lost Lake. Minneapolis restaurant owner (of Lyme House and the Xanadu Club) Jane Lawless and her best friend the Allen Grimsby Repertoire Theater of St. Paul artist director Cordelia Thorn travel to Lost Lake to help their friends with a sundry of things like cooking.

A man wearing a White Sox shirt arrives at the LaVasser Soda Fountain seeking information about a woman named Judy Clark who is in a Chicago photo from 1968 with the deceased Jeff Briere. Owner Lyndie LaVasser says she cannot help Steven Feigenbaumer as she has no idea who this woman he seeks is. However, she sees Judy Clark whenever she looks into a mirror. Frantic Lyndie calls Tessa accusing her of getting her in the mess over five decades ago. Jane arrives and knows something besides her ankle bothers Tessa, but the woman refuses to reveal what disturbs her. Her wife begs Jane, who has solved mysteries before (see the Cruel Ever Affair), to investigate.

This is a great Jane Lawless amateur sleuth as what happened in riotous 1968 Chicago impacts the present with a long dead cold case returning to life haunting everyone involved. The is some teen triangular angst involving Jill's nephew and two locals, and Jane may have a new beau; both enhance the prime story line of what happened over five decades ago that haunt Lyndie and Tessa.

Harriet Klausner

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