Search Results: "Ellen Hart"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MERCHANT OF VENUS by Ellen Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2001

"A spurious dying message, a card game, a secret formula, much outing of '40s and '50s movie stars, theatrics and bombastics from the sisters, and a mild flirtation for Jane—all add more and more empty calories to the endless nonsense."
Lesbian impresario Cordelia Thorn is startled when her much-married sister Octavia, a Broadway star she hasn't spoken to since the death of their mother eight years ago, insists that she attend her latest wedding, this one to octogenarian ex-movie director Roland Lester. Read full book review >

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AN INTIMATE GHOST by Ellen Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2004

"Cordelia, weaning baby Hattie from cartoons to Bette Davis movies, is enough to make you slog through the tedious plot, Jane's schmaltzy new romance, and the ancient newspaper excerpts. Give the gal her own book already."
Kids do the darnedest things—drugs, murder, and turning a campy auntie into a devoted handmaiden. Read full book review >

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THE MORTAL GROOVE by Ellen Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2007

"Hart swings wildly from farce to thriller in this densely plotted family saga that pulls out perhaps one stop too many."
Her father's gubernatorial campaign spells trouble for a gay restaurateur and her flamboyant best friend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A KILLING CURE by Ellen Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 1993

"Stodgy writing, silly plotting, and lots of feminist rhetoric- -with interruptions, now and then, for one of Cordelia's eating binges."
Lesbian feminist restaurateur Jan Lawless (Hallowed Murder, 1989, etc.), whose lover Dorrie and best friend Cordelia are members of Minneapolis's Amelia Gower Women's Club, is asked to solve the murders of two of the Gower's four board members, Charlotte and Rose—and she's soon racing along secret passages in the club's headquarters in pursuit of a killer, a ghost, a missing ledger (in code), and two valuable jewels. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HUNTING THE WITCH by Ellen Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Kitchen-sink plotting, romance-novel writing, lame puzzle, limp effort."
Shoved into the elevator shaft of an abandoned hotel, Jeffrey Chapel falls to his death—and plunges restaurateur/sleuth Jane Lawless (Faint Praise, 1995, etc.) into another fine mess. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CRUEL EVER AFTER by Ellen Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 7, 2010

"Hart's characters show little mercy and even less leg in this installment in the Lawless series (The Mirror and the Mask, 2009, etc.)."
Jane Lawless has no time for romancing ladies or crime-solving when her ex-husband turns up. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IMMACULATE MIDNIGHT by Ellen Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 15, 2002

"Otherwise, a fairly stodgy examination of the Lawless men's troubled marriages and Jane's passion for a younger woman and a runaway dog."
Serving two life sentences without the possibility of parole for multiple casualties incurred in the course of his burning things down, Bobby Alto, dubbed the "Midnight Man" by the Minneapolis press, is hoping his lawyer, Ray Lawless, can win the pending appeal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOST WOMEN OF LOST LAKE by Ellen Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"A distinct improvement in this series, this tale is more coherent than its most recent predecessors (The Cruel Ever After, 2010, etc.), but also more somber in tone."
A sleuth gets involved in a melancholy mystery that unravels the dark past of a close friend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE OLD DEEP AND DARK by Ellen Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"The Deere family has to carry much of the weight of the narrative. That's great for readers who buy into their family gossip but less great for those who'll miss the sharp wit Cordelia displays in Hart's ongoing Jane Lawless series (Taken By the Wind, 2013, etc.)."
Two old friends work together to make connections between a historic mystery emerging from a theater renovation and a modern-day murder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FEVER IN THE DARK by Ellen Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Hart (The Grave Soul, 2015, etc.) connects the events of the main story to a brief opening chapter presenting a savage murder, leading readers up to the attack and beyond while revealing the potential murderer's motive."
A video gone viral forces a couple to confront one member's past and decide whether it means they can still have a future together. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT VISION by Ellen Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 20, 2006

"Jane's got a new girlfriend, and Cordelia's been snookered by her sister Octavia once again. Otherwise, their 14th tour of duty (An Intimate Ghost, 2004, etc.) finds them little matured in their middle years."
Gay restaurateur/sleuth Jane Lawless wrangles with obsessed fans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WICKED GAMES by Ellen Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 1998

"Workmanlike, overlong, and not up to the endearing nuttiness of Faint Praise (1995)."
Little does Jane Lawless know what she's getting into when she takes on Elliot Beauman as a tenant for her vacant Minneapolis apartment. Read full book review >