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Rest for the Wicked (Jane Lawless Mysteries) [Hardcover]

Ellen Hart
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  • Hardcover: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (2 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250001862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250001863
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.8 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,060,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jane is back 16 Nov 2013
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It's no secret that the Jane Lawless series is one of my lesbian fronted mystery series favourites - and it's not a secret either that I was a bit disappointed with the two installments preceding this 20th book. I felt that Jane Lawless as an interesting character had almost completely disappeared from the storylines and that she was merely there to wrap up the crimes, but she is back - and although I still miss some of the old Jane/Cordelia interaction from the first part of the series - she seems to be starting to build a life outside the restaurants and PI business as well with a love interest with some potential showing up in this book.

I look forward to book 21, which, I believe, should be ready some time later this year.

The series so far:
1. Hallowed Murder (1989)
2. Vital Lies (1991)
3. Stage Fright (1992)
4. A Killing Cure (1993)
5. A Small Sacrifice (1994)
6. Faint Praise (1995)
7. Robber's Wine (1996)
8. Wicked Games (1998)
9. Hunting The Witch (1999)
10. The Merchant of Venus (2001)
11. Immaculate Midnight (2002)
12. An Intimate Ghost (2004)
13. The Iron Girl (2005)
14. Night Vision (2006)
15. The Mortal Groove (2007)
16. Sweet Poison (2008)
17. The Mirror and the Mask (2009)
18. The Cruel Ever After (2010)
19. The Lost Women of Lost Lake (2011)
20. Rest for the Wicked (2012)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read! 12 Oct 2012
By susan wieben - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
After my wait for the new Ellen Hart book, I was not disappointed! I pre-ordered it without any issues and went to reading it right away. I would have to say it was my fastest read of a Jane Lawless book yet. The book kept me interested in the next part of the plot the whole book. Entertaining and exciting! Can not wait to hear what awaits Jane and Cordelia next!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful investigative thriller 2 Oct 2012
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
In Minneapolis, private investigator Alf "Alfonse Jasper" Nolan is hospitalized due to a long-time bullet in his back beginning to wander. While he remains bed ridden, someone stabs to death his nephew DeAndre Moore at the affluent GaudyLights strip club. Soon afterward Elvio Ramos a club dishwasher confesses closing the case except for Alf's junior partner, restaurant owner Jane Lawless.

Investigating her first solo case, Jane visits the club where owner Vince Bessetti prefers she ignores the homicide and instead invest in GaudyLights. Having enough issues with her Lyme House and Xanadu Club establishments; Jane focuses on detecting as Georgia the law student-stripper seems to want to bite her peach and food service chef Shanice Williams wants her banned for firing her. Avi Greenberg helps Jane with her inquiry but the sleuth wants this bartender. Then there is her BFF drama queen Cordelia Thorn offering her advice.

The latest Lawless investigative thriller (see The Lost Women of Lost Lake) is a delightful mystery; the best in several years. The storyline is fast-paced whether the focus is on the whodunit with ties back three decades to St. Louis, the heroine's restaurants or her wannabe relationships. Filled with a strong support cast, fans will appreciate Jane Lawless going for the G-string at an upscale strip joint.

Harriet Klausner
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ellen amazes again 14 Nov 2012
By Carol - Published on Amazon.com
Ellen Hart is at her best with this book. She has spun a mystery that does not reveal it's end until the very end. I could not put the book down once I started it. I recommend it for all readers who love a good mystery. Keep them coming, Ellen.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Complicated Plot, Unlikeable Characters: Disappointing 21 Oct 2013
By Erin Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Let me say that I've been an Ellen Hart fan, specifically of the Jane Lawless series, for years. It's hard to find smart female, much less lesbian protagonists in mystery novels! I loved all of her previous books up until a few years ago when the author seemed consumed with keeping the characters' way of speaking up-to-date with the times, and less focused on the interactions between the two main characters, Jane and Cordelia, or allowing Jane to have a decent relationship with another woman.

This book is no exception; the characters, including Jane, are unlikeable; there is little positive interaction or humor (as was typical in her early books). It was hard to care about any of the characters, and the plot was so unnecessarily complicated! There was no meaningful connection between characters or plot! The end was truly unsatisfying, though, yes, surprising. But, is that the point of a good book? I don't know.

I do know that this book did not satisfy my wish to identify or connect with the characters, to see a strong, positive role model of a successful woman/lesbian in the world, who can have both job and relationship (I have this, but it'd be nice to read about it, too!). And, it was lackluster, despite being overly complicated. Talking about strippers and whether they're PC or not is just odd.

Last but not least, Jane finds the address book of a young character in the book. This is so improbable, that it actually gets in the way of the story! You ask yourself, "Why does he have an address book?" rather than a cell phone like any youngish person under 60! So, it actually pulls you out of the story because it's so anachronistic. It almost makes the novel Science Fiction. ;)

So, my wish? Why won't Ellen Hart write as someone her own age, trust that readers will find the story interesting, let there be interaction between Jane and Cordelia, and let Jane have a decent lesbian relationship! If not, retire this series and begin again! You, Ellen Hart, can do better!
3.0 out of 5 stars Rest for the Wicked 30 Jun 2013
By Judith A. Lonnquist - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Well written and entertaining, but somewhat difficult to understand the Australian slang. Perhaps a glossary of terms would have helped. Good character development.
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