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Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Ellen Hart’s intimate storytelling returns in Twisted at the Root, where Hart’s latest mystery shows the importance of finding the truth. Everyone thought Rashad May and Gideon Wise were happily married. That is, until Rashad was convicted of his husband’s murder. Four years later, Rashad’s brother contacts Ray L Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Ellen Hart’s intimate storytelling returns in Twisted at the Root, where Hart’s latest mystery shows the importance of finding the truth. Everyone thought Rashad May and Gideon Wise were happily married. That is, until Rashad was convicted of his husband’s murder. Four years later, Rashad’s brother contacts Ray Lawless – Minnesota private investigator Jane Lawless’s father and the original defense attorney on the case – with potential evidence of a wrongful conviction. When the case is reopened, Jane and her father must work together to attain justice for a grieving widower. Who actually killed Gideon and why? There are suspects and motives galore, and Jane must discover the truth. She must also track down her missing brother, Peter, who was involved in the original trial, and who might be hiding secrets of his own.


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Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Ellen Hart’s intimate storytelling returns in Twisted at the Root, where Hart’s latest mystery shows the importance of finding the truth. Everyone thought Rashad May and Gideon Wise were happily married. That is, until Rashad was convicted of his husband’s murder. Four years later, Rashad’s brother contacts Ray L Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Ellen Hart’s intimate storytelling returns in Twisted at the Root, where Hart’s latest mystery shows the importance of finding the truth. Everyone thought Rashad May and Gideon Wise were happily married. That is, until Rashad was convicted of his husband’s murder. Four years later, Rashad’s brother contacts Ray Lawless – Minnesota private investigator Jane Lawless’s father and the original defense attorney on the case – with potential evidence of a wrongful conviction. When the case is reopened, Jane and her father must work together to attain justice for a grieving widower. Who actually killed Gideon and why? There are suspects and motives galore, and Jane must discover the truth. She must also track down her missing brother, Peter, who was involved in the original trial, and who might be hiding secrets of his own.

30 review for Twisted at the Root

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paromjit

    This is a long running series featuring private investigator, Jane Lawless, set in Minnesota by Ellen Hart, but this was my first taste of the series which I think you can reasonably read as a standalone. Four years ago, it was assumed that Rashad May and Gideon Wise were contentedly married, until Gideon was discovered murdered in his bath, and his partner, Rashad was convicted of the heinous crime and sent to prison. In this miscarriage of justice story, Rashad's brother gets in touch with Jan This is a long running series featuring private investigator, Jane Lawless, set in Minnesota by Ellen Hart, but this was my first taste of the series which I think you can reasonably read as a standalone. Four years ago, it was assumed that Rashad May and Gideon Wise were contentedly married, until Gideon was discovered murdered in his bath, and his partner, Rashad was convicted of the heinous crime and sent to prison. In this miscarriage of justice story, Rashad's brother gets in touch with Jane's father, Ray, his defence lawyer, with potential evidence that questions the original guilty verdict. This propels Jane on the path of seeking justice for Rashad, still grieving, determined to find the truth in a case in which her brother, Peter, with his involvement in the original trial, a man who harbours secrets. She has her work cut out as she sifts through a host of suspects, all with viable motives to murder Gideon. I found this to be an okay, if undemanding, easy crime read. For me, it needed more in depth characterisation and more complex plotting. However, I am aware that there many fans of this series and who will no doubt love this addition too. Many thanks to St Martin's Press for an ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    This well-written mystery novel will definitely appeal to numerous fans of Ellen Hart's work. Although it is the twenty-sixth book in the series, it can also be read and enjoyed as a standalone. A well-crafted clever plot and a cast of interesting characters (my favourite ones, not surprisingly, were Jane, the protagonist of the series, and Cordelia) will keep your attention. Having said this, it is possible to guess who the murderer was quite early in the book, if you pay attention to the clues This well-written mystery novel will definitely appeal to numerous fans of Ellen Hart's work. Although it is the twenty-sixth book in the series, it can also be read and enjoyed as a standalone. A well-crafted clever plot and a cast of interesting characters (my favourite ones, not surprisingly, were Jane, the protagonist of the series, and Cordelia) will keep your attention. Having said this, it is possible to guess who the murderer was quite early in the book, if you pay attention to the clues. I would recommend this book to readers who like a character-driven mystery and multiple points of view and, of course, people who already know and love Ellen Hart's whodunnits with PI Jane Lawless. Thank you to NetGalley and St.Martin's Press for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion. 3.5 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    One of my favorite Jane Lawless mysteries so far! These books are total comfort reads for me, and this one was everything I was looking for from this semi-cozy Minnesota mystery series. Jane is investigating a case her father worked on several years ago, trying to find evidence that Rashad, jailed for his husband's murder, is innocent, as well as who the real killer is. With a great cast of shady suspects, as well as the ever-amusing Cordelia, Cordelia's eccentric niece Hattie, and Jane's brothe One of my favorite Jane Lawless mysteries so far! These books are total comfort reads for me, and this one was everything I was looking for from this semi-cozy Minnesota mystery series. Jane is investigating a case her father worked on several years ago, trying to find evidence that Rashad, jailed for his husband's murder, is innocent, as well as who the real killer is. With a great cast of shady suspects, as well as the ever-amusing Cordelia, Cordelia's eccentric niece Hattie, and Jane's brother Peter, this book is a really fun read. Jane's relationship with Julia is pretty meh to me, but Julia is absent for most of the book, which I appreciated. Would really like for her to get a new love interest, but I will continue following this series in any case! *I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lesa

    I am not a fan of unreliable narrators in books. Ellen Hart does not feature an unreliable narrator in her latest Jane Lawless mystery, Twisted at the Root. However, I don't know when I've met such a dislikable cast of lying suspects. Rashad May and Gideon Wise seemed to be happily married. However, when Gideon was murdered in their apartment, Rashad was found guilty and sent to prison for his husband's death. Now, four years later, Rashad's brother claims to have uncovered evidence t I am not a fan of unreliable narrators in books. Ellen Hart does not feature an unreliable narrator in her latest Jane Lawless mystery, Twisted at the Root. However, I don't know when I've met such a dislikable cast of lying suspects. Rashad May and Gideon Wise seemed to be happily married. However, when Gideon was murdered in their apartment, Rashad was found guilty and sent to prison for his husband's death. Now, four years later, Rashad's brother claims to have uncovered evidence that his brother was not guilty, that someone else was in the apartment that night. He takes it to Rashad's former lawyer, Ray Lawless, and asks him to examine the evidence and reopen the case. It isn't as easy as Sherwin May thinks to reopen a homicide case. Ray asks his daughter, Jane, a restaurateur and part-time private investigator, if she'll look into it after she sees the evidence. Jane, who, like her father, believes that "truth existed and mattered", is willing to dig for answers and ask questions of the people who were involved at the time. The trail leads her to Gideon's daughter and son-in-law, and then to the family of fine art consultants who own J.H. Chenoweth Gallery. Marlo Wise is unwilling to cooperate with Jane, but her husband, George Krochak, is willing to talk about that night and that period of time. When Jane talks with the Chenoweths, she finds a family with secrets. And, to her shock and horror, her brother, Peter, was once deeply involved with all of them. Peter's home from London, where he unexpectedly left his wife and daughter, but he won't talk about family issues. He won't cooperate with Jane's investigation of his friends, either. It's been a number of years since I read one of the Jane Lawless mysteries. However, Hart still excels at mixing Jane's friendships and personal relationships with the mystery itself. They may have little to do with the mystery, however, as in the best mysteries, those personal relationships develop the character and keep them grounded in reality. While she investigates the cold case, Jane also deals with the return of her former lover who is now struggling with a cancer diagnosis. I have to admit, though, that Cordelia Thorn, theater creative director and Jane's best friend, is hardly capable of keeping anyone grounded. She's always been the comic relief in this series. Despite the suspects (and, why shouldn't suspects be dislikable?), Twisted at the Root is a complex, intriguing mystery. Ellen Hart, named a Grand Master by Mystery Writers of America, is still at the top of her game with this latest investigation.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Mishap

    Thirty years of Jane Lawless! Can you believe it? This one--like the previous couple--are back in the groove of Hart at her peak. I particularly like her ability to depict the emotional reasonings of her characters without shading judgment. She gets how we lie to ourselves and others.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lynn (Smile24k)

    A decent to good read. Jane Lawless occasionally works as her father's P.I. and on this particular case she is assisting with uncovering evidence to reopen the case of a man convicted of murdering his husband. There were a couple of things that made the book interesting/unique. The characters were diverse in terms of sexual orientation and race, which I think makes a book more well rounded and realistic. I also thought there were some decent twists in the book to keep you guessing as to who was A decent to good read. Jane Lawless occasionally works as her father's P.I. and on this particular case she is assisting with uncovering evidence to reopen the case of a man convicted of murdering his husband. There were a couple of things that made the book interesting/unique. The characters were diverse in terms of sexual orientation and race, which I think makes a book more well rounded and realistic. I also thought there were some decent twists in the book to keep you guessing as to who was the real murderer. I think my main issue with the book was that the evidence to convict Rashad could not have been very substantial given all the evidence that was uncovered when they were trying to re-open the investigation. I think the book would have had more of an impact if it took place at the initial arrest and trial. Otherwise, it came off looking like there was a lot of shoddy work done on the part of the police and attorneys.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bonnye Reed

    I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Ellen Hart, and Minotaur Books, St. Martin's Press. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this mystery novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. Jane Lawless is the daughter of semi-retired lawyer Raymond Lawless, and owner of Lyme House, a restaurant in south Minneapolis. Oh, and is also a private investigator. When new information pops up concerning the death of Gide I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Ellen Hart, and Minotaur Books, St. Martin's Press. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this mystery novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. Jane Lawless is the daughter of semi-retired lawyer Raymond Lawless, and owner of Lyme House, a restaurant in south Minneapolis. Oh, and is also a private investigator. When new information pops up concerning the death of Gideon Wise, Jane does all in her power to clear Gideon's husband Rashad May, who has already served several years for this murder he didn't commit. This novel, as are all the Jane Lawless series by Ellen Hart, is peopled with characters you either like or distrust, the setting of Minneapolis is well represented and the mystery is convoluted and buried fairly deep. This is a book hard to set aside - chores may go untouched - and one I am pleased to recommend to friends and family. pub date Aug 13, 2019 Minotaur Books St. Martin's Press Reviewed August 16, 2019, at Goodreads, Netgalley, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BookBub, Kobo and GooglePlay.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    Who Killed Gideon? Could Rashad May his husband be the sole perpetrator and killer? Could the new found evidence by Rashad's brother clear his brothers name? Could PI Jane the lawyers daughter help solve this case? Plenty of characters and background information from the start. What doesn't appeal to me is having all the information known beforehand as it didn't lend my mind to wonder and ponder anything beyond what was noted in the case. It's an easy read and an in Who Killed Gideon? Could Rashad May his husband be the sole perpetrator and killer? Could the new found evidence by Rashad's brother clear his brothers name? Could PI Jane the lawyers daughter help solve this case? Plenty of characters and background information from the start. What doesn't appeal to me is having all the information known beforehand as it didn't lend my mind to wonder and ponder anything beyond what was noted in the case. It's an easy read and an interestingly clever plot for thrillers of all ages. You most likely will bounce from one suspect to another until you finally settle on your last choice and your last choice will be right... Thank you to Ellen, the publisher, NetGalley, and Amazon Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC. This is my first Ellen Hart book, I found that Ms Hart gave enough information about the characters and the relationships between each of them, that I could read this novel as a stand alone. Cold case murder mystery in Minnesota with lots of twists and turns. It kept me wondering who the real murderer was. I liked the diversity of the cast of characters. Appeared very realistic in today’s world

  10. 5 out of 5

    Danika at The Lesbrary

    I liked the previous book in the series a lot better. The characters in this one didn't grab me, and I was really frustrated that it seemed like every guy in the book was so overwhelmed by Kit's charm that they don't notice the bushels of red flags around her. One guy, sure. But every single guy she encounters? Full review at the Lesbrary.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    The story will grab your attention and keep you wondering which one is the murderer. I'm not really excited about the ending because I felt that not all of the story lines ended and I felt like there was a gap in time. It's an easy read and I would recommend it to read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette

    The cover initially drew my attention to this book. I cannot quite put my finger on why i didn't enjoy this book as much as i thought i would. Maybe it's because i haven't read any of Ellen Hart's previous books. It is an easy read and the story was good. I would like to try more books by this author. My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy. This is my honest review, freely given.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    Well written mystery. Definitely not a cozy mystery, much more a character study of numerous, deeply flawed characters. Engaging mystery that takes the reader through an enjoyable read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christine Lowe

    The Twisted Root is populated with interesting characters that are so believable I'd be happy to call a couple of them friends. The mystery is complex. When I thought I'd figured out who the culprit is another connection would present itself and I'd doubt my conclusion. Ms Hart is an accomplished writer who is adept at misdirection. Enjoyable reading experience. I received an Advanced Readers Copy from Minotaur Books through NetGalley. #TheTwistedRoot #NetGalley

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Freeman

    The dynamic duo are at it once again. New evidence is brought up to question if the right person has been sentenced for the murder of his husband. Jane and her dad work the case with Cordelia helping every step of the way.

  16. 5 out of 5

    c,

    On my blog. Rep: lesbian mc Galley provided by publisher If there is one thing I dislike a lot in mystery novels, it’s getting a POV other than the detective’s, namely one that is either the bad guy’s or another suspect’s. Unfortunately, that’s just what this book did. Twisted at the Root is like a cold-case murder mystery, but where the original murder was “solved” and is now being reopened for new evidence. In this case, a lawyer was murdered and his husband was put away for it after a combination of sho/>Twisted/>Galley On my blog. Rep: lesbian mc Galley provided by publisher If there is one thing I dislike a lot in mystery novels, it’s getting a POV other than the detective’s, namely one that is either the bad guy’s or another suspect’s. Unfortunately, that’s just what this book did. Twisted at the Root is like a cold-case murder mystery, but where the original murder was “solved” and is now being reopened for new evidence. In this case, a lawyer was murdered and his husband was put away for it after a combination of shoddy police work, leaning on a few witnesses, and good old-fashioned racism and homophobia. So, enter Jane Lawless, a private investigator, who agrees to take on the case for her father, who is representing the defendant. First things first: I mentioned I don’t like getting bad guy/suspects’ POVs in murder mysteries and that’s because it gives me information that the detective doesn’t know. So I’m sat there thinking, this guy’s the dodgy one go question him, or this is what he’s not telling you, and it bores me, honestly. And then it makes the actual perpetrator not at all surprising (not that you want them to be a complete surprise either because then you haven’t threaded in enough clues). In this book, with a combination of the suspects’ POVs, and the fact that this character was really fricking dodgy, you could tell who it was about two thirds through. So, still a good way off from when Jane herself figured it out. Another thing I wasn’t keen on was the writing style. This is another “it’s just me” one, to be honest, but it felt not that easy to read, really. I was skimming some parts of it fairly early on (particularly the suspects’ chapters), because reading it fully kind of bored me. But, each to their own with that. I did, however, mostly like the characters. Jane was great, and her and Cordelia had a great partnership. Peter annoyed me (mostly because, as with most cishet men, he seemed to think only with his dick), but I did feel a little sorry for him. I’m not sure I saw enough of any of the other characters to fully form opinions of them, but it was a good enough cast. Even if I hated Julia (listen, when you have a character say hey your girlfriend is horrible and manipulative first up, I’m never going to like her) and even if, in the end, the bad guy seemed a little… two-dimensional. But, ultimately, what I have to conclude is that this book wasn’t for me. It’s the first in this series that I’ve tried, and I feel like it would have sat a lot better with someone who had been reading the series from the start, and who had that history with the characters (not that you can’t read it as a standalone, but it is the 26th Jane Lawless book). For the right person, a good book. I’m not the right person.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Olguta Iordache

    TWISTED AT THE ROOT by Ellen Hart Coming August 2019 This is a story about a wrongly accused man and his friends who are trying to prove his innocence. Rashad May is accused of killing his husband. A few years later Rashad's brother thinks he discovered a piece of new evidence that could clear his brother’s name and present it to Rashad's lawyer. In the scene enters Jane Lawless, the lawyer's daughter, who happens to be a part-time private investigator and who is deter TWISTED AT THE ROOT by Ellen Hart Coming August 2019 This is a story about a wrongly accused man and his friends who are trying to prove his innocence. Rashad May is accused of killing his husband. A few years later Rashad's brother thinks he discovered a piece of new evidence that could clear his brother’s name and present it to Rashad's lawyer. In the scene enters Jane Lawless, the lawyer's daughter, who happens to be a part-time private investigator and who is determined to find the true killer of Rashad's husband. As a respected mystery novel, the story is populated with a lot of characters which can be (of course) the killer. On the background of the story, the author describes in detail every character with their day to day life, interests, and struggles. The story is character driven. Why did I like the story? It is a good mystery story. I liked the way the author described the life of the characters, apart from the actual story. I liked the writing style which is concise and pertinent. Why I disliked the story? I think the clues about the real killer are presented too early and even thou in the first two parts of the novel I was jumping from one character to another, thinking that “he is the killer, no, she is the killer”, in the third part, I was fixed on a character which I thought was the killer, and surprise, it was. There are a few things that are not totally explained like: how happened George's accident? I recommend the story because it is easy to read, the characters are well described and it is more than just a mystery story. It is a story about people's life. Ellen Hart is a mystery novel author with many books published. 243 pages, 43 chapters St Martin's Press Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me the privilege of reviewing an ARC at no charge. This review can be found at https://olgasreadings.wordpress.com/b...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Did Rashad killed his husband Gideon? He was convicted of the crime. He was also defended by Ray Lawless, the father of ace investigator Jane Lawless. If you haven't read this long running series, know that you will be fine with this as a standalone. She'll catch you up on who's who and what's what. Told from multiple perspectives, you, along with Jane will go back over the evidence that was used in Rashad's trial and- surprise- she finds there's a problem. There are multiple people who did not Did Rashad killed his husband Gideon? He was convicted of the crime. He was also defended by Ray Lawless, the father of ace investigator Jane Lawless. If you haven't read this long running series, know that you will be fine with this as a standalone. She'll catch you up on who's who and what's what. Told from multiple perspectives, you, along with Jane will go back over the evidence that was used in Rashad's trial and- surprise- she finds there's a problem. There are multiple people who did not like Gideon but who was the villain? She also discovers that her brother Peter, who hasn't figured much in these novels, has secrets (no spoilers and frankly not a revelation). Jane's friend Cordelia is a hoot. There isn't much interaction with Julia, Jane's current love interest, which was ok since there's enough going on with the Lawless family. Thanks to the publisher for the ARC. While these are very much character driven novels, this is also a twisty little mystery with enough red herrings to keep you guessing.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    Gideon is brutally murdered in his own home in Twisted at the Root. The only person at home at the time is Gideon’s husband, Rashad. Rashad insists in his innocence but is found guilty at trial. When additional evidence is found four years later, Rashad is retried. He asks for his original attorney, Ray, to defend him again. After accepting, Ray hires his PI daughter, Jane, to find the real killer. Twisted at the Root disappointed me. I didn’t find the characters engaging. Gideon is brutally murdered in his own home in Twisted at the Root. The only person at home at the time is Gideon’s husband, Rashad. Rashad insists in his innocence but is found guilty at trial. When additional evidence is found four years later, Rashad is retried. He asks for his original attorney, Ray, to defend him again. After accepting, Ray hires his PI daughter, Jane, to find the real killer. Twisted at the Root disappointed me. I didn’t find the characters engaging. The pacing seemed slow. It might be because this is the first I’ve read in this ongoing series. If so, I wouldn’t recommend this book as a good entry point. However, if you are already a series fan you will probably enjoy this one too. 3 stars. Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Fleurtje Eliza

    My first book by Ellen Hart and I quite liked it for its fresh sort of story with the characters being well-developed, some nice, some shady - but all of them were fairly human. Of course there is the so-called coincidence that family members of the PI know some of the people that are important to the story, but that is in Twisted at the Root not problematic. It was an easy read, clever plot and with lots of characters (but not too much, all of them are a piece of the puzzle) to have My first book by Ellen Hart and I quite liked it for its fresh sort of story with the characters being well-developed, some nice, some shady - but all of them were fairly human. Of course there is the so-called coincidence that family members of the PI know some of the people that are important to the story, but that is in Twisted at the Root not problematic. It was an easy read, clever plot and with lots of characters (but not too much, all of them are a piece of the puzzle) to have a interesting whodunnit to chew on without the far-fetched (sometimes ridiculous) twists and turns that often make me want to roll my eyes. So no worries for this book: no eyes rolling or shaking one's head in disbelief ;-) Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of the book

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Holom

    Twisted at the Root is the 26th book in the Jane Lawless private investigator series. This book finds Jane working with her attorney father to investigate new evidence that may exonerate a man previously convicted of murdering his husband. I recommend this multiple point of view novel to fans of character-driven mysteries. I had no trouble jumping into the series with this book but I think the subplot involving Jane’s girlfriend will have more emotional impact for long-time fans of the series. T Twisted at the Root is the 26th book in the Jane Lawless private investigator series. This book finds Jane working with her attorney father to investigate new evidence that may exonerate a man previously convicted of murdering his husband. I recommend this multiple point of view novel to fans of character-driven mysteries. I had no trouble jumping into the series with this book but I think the subplot involving Jane’s girlfriend will have more emotional impact for long-time fans of the series. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC! The opinions in this review are honest and my own. #TwistedAtTheRoot #mystery

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lori Bonkoski

    Jane is busy working for her father to help a man falsely imprisoned for a murder he did not commit. When new evidence comes to light it leads to her brother's friends. In a winding plot you begin to uncover who the murderer really is and how they are entangled in so many lives. It's an interesting ride to the finish. I must say I am done with the relationship with Julia that seems to overshadow so much of the latest books. I enjoy the storytelling and plot of these stories and this one was fill Jane is busy working for her father to help a man falsely imprisoned for a murder he did not commit. When new evidence comes to light it leads to her brother's friends. In a winding plot you begin to uncover who the murderer really is and how they are entangled in so many lives. It's an interesting ride to the finish. I must say I am done with the relationship with Julia that seems to overshadow so much of the latest books. I enjoy the storytelling and plot of these stories and this one was filled with family and friends.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susie James

    I found this copy of "Twisted at the Root" at the Carrollton, Miss., library last week. Sucker for mysteries that I am (the "Hart" name too) I read this one by Ellen Hart, a Minnesota stylist of some note apparently, over the past weekend. Well written but structured in a way that left me with few real surprises as to the identity of the "real villains" and set up within what apparently is a genre new to me: a "gay detective story". My, oh, my.

  24. 5 out of 5

    T Olsen

    This is a very well written story with good characters. It seems to be a lot of descriptions of family and friends, but as it turns out they are all involved in the case, and as such it's useful. The probability of such coincedences is not very high, however, so the plot may be a little over the top.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Bakal

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was disappointed in this book for it's lack of focus. It never seemed to follow through and explain itself, be it with Julia who is sick, dying, supposedly the love of her life, or with the problems surrounding her brother, or what actually happens to Rashad. It was my least favorite Ellen Hart book to date.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christine C

    I tried really hard, but I could not get into this book. The plot was so confusing with so many character storylines all at once and somehow they're all interconnected in the circumstances surrounding a murder a few years prior. It's like Love, Actually as a mystery instead of a romcom. None of the characters made me want to read more to get to know them.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kim Williams

    Love the series For me it is all about Cordelia. I know it is a Jane Lawless mystery, but I think all of us have known some like Cordelia who is unashamedly larger than life and flamboyant. I love her! Anyway it is another in the excellent Jane Lawless series skillfully written by Ellen Hart that keeps you guessing. I hope the series goes on forever!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    This another fascinating mystery in the Jane Lawless series. Through the twists and turns, Kit and Eli were both high on my suspects list, and the correct one worked the way to the top before the unveiling.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    I think this is a well written mystery but I couldn't connect to the characters and it fell flat. Not my cup of tea. Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Susan Moxley

    A wonderful read as always. It is a book that you will not want to put down once you start reading.

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