Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Review: The Grave Soul (Jane Lawless #23) by Ellen Hart

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1061 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250047706
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (Oct. 6 2015)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00V37BDZA

Book Description

In the next riveting, insightful Jane Lawless mystery from award-winning Ellen Hart, Jane searches for the truth behind the death of Kira Adler's mother, which has haunted Kira for many years.

When Guthrie Hewitt calls on restaurateur and private investigator Jane Lawless, he doesn’t know where else he can turn. Guthrie has fallen for a girl—Kira Adler. In fact, he was planning to propose to her on Christmas Eve. But his trip home with Kira over Thanksgiving made him uneasy. All her life, Kira has been haunted by a dream—a nightmare, really. In the dream, she witnesses her father murder her mother. She knows it can’t be true, because the dream doesn’t line up with the facts of her mother’s death. But after visiting Kira’s home for the first time, and receiving a disturbing anonymous package in the mail, Guthrie starts to wonder if Kira’s dream might hold more truth than she knows. When Kira’s called home again for a family meeting, Guthrie knows he needs Jane’s help to figure out the truth, before the web of secrets Kira’s family has been keeping all these years ensnares Kira, too. And Jane’s investigation will carry her deep into the center of a close-knit family that is not only fraying at the edges, but about to burst apart.

About the Author

Ellen Hart is the author of twenty-eight crime novels in two different series. She is a five-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Mystery, a three-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award for Best Popular Fiction, a three-time winner of the Golden Crown Literary Award in several categories, a recipient of the Alice B Medal, and was made an official GLBT Literary Saint at the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans in 2005. In 2010, Ellen received the GCLS Trailblazer Award for lifetime achievement in the field of lesbian literature. For the past fourteen years, Ellen has taught "An Introduction to Writing the Modern Mystery" through the The Loft Literary Center, the largest independent writing community in the nation. Ellen's latest Sophie Greenway mystery is No Reservations Required (Ballantine). Rest for the Wicked, the twentieth Jane Lawless mystery, will be released by St. Martin's/Minotaur in October 2012. Bella Books has recently revived the out-of-print books by publishing them in both trade paperback and E-book. Ellen lives in the Minneapolis area with her partner of over 35 years.

My Review

The Grave Soul is the twenty-third book in the Jane Lawless series by Ellen Hart. This is the first book of Ellen Hart's that I have ever read. I enjoy discovering new authors that write well and tell a good story...Ellen Hart does a great job with The Grave Soul.

The Grave Soul is mostly set in a small town in rural Wisconsin. Family secrets are at the center of this tale. Jane Lawless owns a popular restaurant in Minneapolis as well as running her own detective agency. Along with her sidekick Cordelia she has had plenty of mysteries to solve in the past. Jane's former employee Guthrie seeks her help when his girlfriend returns home to the small Wisconsin town and does not come back. Guthrie has been wary of Kira Adler's family and the dreams that Kira has been having about her mother's death. Jane agrees to help and is quickly caught up in the family secrets.

The book opens with Jane being injured but has lost her memory. As her memory returns she remembers what has happened back in Wisconsin. As I reader, I was riveted to the pages wanting to know what was going to happen next. The Grave Soul is a compelling mystery that I really enjoyed reading.

Highly recommend The Grave Soul.

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