The Cruel Ever After by Ellen Hart


The Cruel Ever After is filled with the intrigue and deception that makes Jane Lawless one of the most engrossing series on shelves today.


“Buttressed by distinctive characters and a splendid Minnesota setting, the well-constructed plot builds to a satisfying conclusion.” —Publishers Weekly “Hart has consistently maintained a level of excellence throughout her 18 Lawless mysteries. (She) never overplays Jane’s lesbianism. It is just a fact of life in this truly engaging mystery series.” —Library Journal Jane Lawless is nearly dumbstruck when her ex-husband Chester reappears in Minneapolis. After their divorce he swore he would never return and left Jane with enough money to open her first restaurant. Now he’s back and penniless, or as he would prefer to say, between fortunes. But Chester is never without an angle to make more money. This time he is selling a priceless artifact recently looted from the Baghdad Museum. When he wakes up next to the dead body of his buyer with no memory of what happened the night before, Chester panics and flees the scene. Later he returns to cover his tracks only to find that someone has already taken care of that for him, but at what price? Ellen Hart is the author of twenty Jane Lawless crime novels. She is a five-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award, and a three-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award. For the past fourteen years, Ellen has taught “An Introduction to Writing the Modern Mystery” through The Loft Literary Center, the largest independent writing community in the nation. Ellen lives in the Minneapolis area with her partner of 34 years.

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