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The Lost Women of Lost Lake

A Jane Lawless Mystery
The Lost Women of Lost Lake: A Jane Lawless Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin's. Oct. 2011. c.320p. ISBN 9780312614775. $25.99. M
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Lesbian restaurateur Jane Lawless's (The Cruel Ever After) vacation plans are disrupted when friends Jill and Tessa need her sleuthing skills to figure out why a stranger is asking questions around the little resort town of Lost Lake. Turns out Tessa made bad choices during the turmoil of 1968 Chicago, and someone dearly wants revenge. Jane might be an amateur sleuth, but her tenacity gets her to the bottom of the case. A secondary plot featuring teens provides a haunting contrast to Tessa's dilemma as well.
VERDICT This engrossing, thought-provoking entry by a Lambda and Minnesota Book Award winner proves that long-running series don't have to lose steam. Hart makes it easy for newcomers to jump in, and regular followers of this series will be glad to see what Jane decides to tell retired detective friend Nolan at the book's conclusion. Topically, consider pairing with Libby Fischer Hellmann's Set the Night on Fire.

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