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The Mortal Groove (Jane Lawless Mysteries
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Ellen Hart was named the 2017 MWA Grand Master, the most distinguished lifetime achievement award offered in the mystery community. Ellen Hart's newest Lambda Award Finalist The Mortal Groove is a haunting and accomplished tale of dark secrets.Minneapolis restaurateur and amateur sleuth Jane Lawless is in the middle of ringing in the New Year when the biggest financial backers in Minnesota politics break up the party with a backroom proposition for her father: How'd he like to be the state's next governor?Flattered, Ray Lawless, a retired attorney, agrees to run, and the latecomer's sprint to the state capital is a huge success until reporters start digging. He and his family are fair game, but worse than that, so are the men running his campaign. Their secrets, involving the mysterious death of a young woman, have been buried since the summer they all came home from Vietnam. Unfortunately for Jane and her father, those secrets won't stay that way for long in Hart's ominous addition to her widely acclaimed mystery series.
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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 fifteen mysteries featuring Jane Lawless, she lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Hart's engrossing 15th mystery to feature lesbian restaurateur Jane Lawless (after 2006's Night Vision) will make excellent election-year reading. When Jane's father, Ray, is drafted to run for governor of Minnesota, the whole family gets involved in the race. Ray's chances look good until a fearless reporter, Melanie Gunderson, who happens to be in Jane's social circle, begins sniffing around a decades-old unsolved murder that might involve several of Ray's key staffers and financial backers. When Melanie is brutally attacked, Jane decides to solve the cold case herself. Her search takes her to smalltown Iowa and draws her into a debate about patriotism and military service that, although ostensibly about Vietnam, has contemporary resonance. The book isn't flawless; Hart gratuitously puts her own name on a list of queer lit authors, and Jane's long-distance lover, Kenzie, deserves a bigger role. Still, those are minor quibbles with an otherwise fun whodunit. (Dec.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Engrossing . . . Excellent election-year reading." --Publishers Weekly"Hart offers another solid entry in her entertaining Jane Lawless mystery series... Loyalty, fairness, and the law are compellingly probed in this increasingly thoughtful series." --Booklist on The Mortal Groove"Hart is at the top of her game." --Curve Magazine on The Mortal Groove"Pitting sib against sib in a deadly game, the fourteenth Lawless mystery gets highly dramatic." --Booklist on Night Vision"Jane Lawless and her trusty sidekick, Cordelia Thorn, are the most refreshing, entertaining, and cerebrally stimulating duo since Rex Stout's unbeatable combo of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin." --Baltimore Alternative -Engrossing . . . Excellent election-year reading.- --Publishers Weekly-Hart offers another solid entry in her entertaining Jane Lawless mystery series... Loyalty, fairness, and the law are compellingly probed in this increasingly thoughtful series.- --Booklist on The Mortal Groove-Hart is at the top of her game.- --Curve Magazine on The Mortal Groove-Pitting sib against sib in a deadly game, the fourteenth Lawless mystery gets highly dramatic.- --Booklist on Night Vision-Jane Lawless and her trusty sidekick, Cordelia Thorn, are the most refreshing, entertaining, and cerebrally stimulating duo since Rex Stout's unbeatable combo of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin.- --Baltimore Alternative Engrossing . . . Excellent election-year reading. "Publishers Weekly" Hart offers another solid entry in her entertaining Jane Lawless mystery series Loyalty, fairness, and the law are compellingly probed in this increasingly thoughtful series. "Booklist on The Mortal Groove" Hart is at the top of her game. "Curve Magazine on The Mortal Groove" Pitting sib against sib in a deadly game, the fourteenth Lawless mystery gets highly dramatic. "Booklist on Night Vision" Jane Lawless and her trusty sidekick, Cordelia Thorn, are the most refreshing, entertaining, and cerebrally stimulating duo since Rex Stout's unbeatable combo of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. "Baltimore Alternative"" "Engrossing . . . Excellent election-year reading."---"Publishers Weekly""Hart offers another solid entry in her entertaining Jane Lawless mystery series... Loyalty, fairness, and the law are compellingly probed in this increasingly thoughtful series."---"Booklist "on "The Mortal Groove""Hart is at the top of her game."---"Curve""Magazine" on "The Mortal Groove""Pitting sib against sib in a deadly game, the fourteenth Lawless mystery gets highly dramatic."---"Booklist "on "Night Vision""Jane Lawless and her trusty sidekick, Cordelia Thorn, are the most refreshing, entertaining, and cerebrally stimulating duo since Rex Stout's unbeatable combo of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin."---"Baltimore Alternative" "Engrossing . . . Excellent election-year reading."---"Publishers Weekly" "Hart offers another solid entry in her entertaining Jane Lawless mystery series... Loyalty, fairness, and the law are compellingly probed in this increasingly thoughtful series."---"Booklist "on "The Mortal Groove" "Hart is at the top of her game."---"Curve" "Magazine" on "The Mortal Groove" "Pitting sib against sib in a deadly game, the fourteenth Lawless mystery gets highly dramatic."---"Booklist "on "Night Vision" "Jane Lawless and her trusty sidekick, Cordelia Thorn, are the most refreshing, entertaining, and cerebrally stimulating duo since Rex Stout's unbeatable combo of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin."---"Baltimore Alternative" "Engrossing . . . Excellent election-year reading."---"Publishers Weekly" "Hart offers another solid entry in her entertaining Jane Lawless mystery series... Loyalty, fairness, and the law are compellingly probed in this increasingly thoughtful series."---"Booklist "on "The Mortal Groove" "Hart is at the top of her game."---"Curve" "Magazine" on "The Mortal Groove" "Pitting sib against sib in a deadly game, the fourteenth Lawless mystery gets highly dramatic."---"Booklist "on "Night Vision" "Jane Lawless and her trusty sidekick, Cordelia Thorn, are the most refreshing, entertaining, and cerebrally stimulating duo since Rex Stout's unbeatable combo of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin."---"Baltimore Alternative" Praise for Ellen Hart"Jane Lawless and her trusty sidekick, Cordelia Thorn, are the most refreshing, entertaining, and cerebrally stimulating duo since Rex Stout's unbeatable combo of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin."--"Baltimore"" Alternative""Pitting sib against sib in a deadly game, the fourteenth Lawless mystery gets highly dramatic."--"Booklist" on "Night Vision""Hart masterfully whips these intrigues together with her sleuths' interesting non-mystery lives... to add a fine sauce to a hearty, Minneapolis-flavored mystery dish."--"Rocky Mountain News" on "The Iron Girl""Jane Lawless is back, causing fans of Hart's long-running series to cheer.... Hart keeps us turning the pages as she cleverly shows past sins contaminating current lives."--"Booklist" on "An Intimate Ghost""Incorporating societal ills torn from the headlines, Hart bares the weaknesses in her well-realized characters as well as their strengths.... [A] spunky page-turner."--"Publishers Weekly" on "An Intimate Ghost"

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