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1. Fingersmith
by Sarah Waters
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Asin: 1573229725
Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Sales Rank: 16863
Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
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In Victorian England, an orphan girl is sent to a country estate to work for-and ultimately woo-its young heiress, on behalf of a mysterious benefactor known as Gentleman. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Novel with Lots of Surprises
Fingersmith was highly recommended by a friend with similiar tastes. How right she was! I loved this book! There's no need for me to review the plot as others have done a marvelous job before me but I do want to make these points. Fingersmith has everything a reader wants in a historical novel: orphans and pickpockets, cruel men and resourceful heroines, plus a good look at the seamier side of Victorian England. The reader will also enjoy lesbian romance tastefully done, betrayal, alas most foul, and mystery and surprises you won't believe! On a serious note, this novel presents us with the many ways Victorian men could manipulate and control the women in their lives with no fear of retribution. This angle makes it a particularly good choice for any book group.
Ms. Waters writes in a such a marvelously descriptive style that I could almost smell the smog-fouled London air, or feel the rough canvas of the madhouse walls. Her characters are well-rounded and sympathetic. Fingersmith would have rated five stars but I thought it got a little wordy here and there.

5-0 out of 5 stars Makes me want to read more Sarah Waters
This book was quite good and makes me eager to read her other novels. Waters accurately captures the seedier side of Victorian England--the pickpockets and fences, erotic book dealers and collectors, madhouses and inmates--in a richly complex novel that starts out slow but becomes un-put-downable at the end of Part 1. The characters are well-written; the dialogue seems real; the intrigue is engrossing. Unlike much of the trite, stereotypical works that pass for "good" lesbian fiction, Waters manages to write three dimensional lovers facing realistic obstacles to be together. Waters even manages to pay a certain amount of homage to Victorian erotica--where the lesbian novel got its start by tittilating repressed men--by taking the themes that one comes across in such novels (bad girls vs. good girls who always seem to come under the power of very bad men, etc.) and turning them into something realistic. This is a gritty novel that evokes the underside of the Victorian era in all its sensual reality.

5-0 out of 5 stars You pearl!
Any critisisms aimed at Fingersmith have tended to focus on dislike for the twistiness of the plot. I can see that some people would not enjoy this - I know in some other twisty stories I've felt betrayed by the writer - but perhaps because I don't read much in this line, I enjoyed it all immensely.

My interest was sustained throughout because certain things remained true throughout - the feelings between Sue and Maud most importantly.

Best of all, it is a book which combines the thoughtful slowness of a book of ideas with the exciting plot of a book of action. The story, it is true, might not look out of place on a bad soap opera, but the book is pastiche (Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens) as much as anything else. Suspend your disbelief and you'll have the read of your year.

3-0 out of 5 stars Almost a pearl
What to say... It's the most grueling reading experience I've ever had. Seems like one picks up the book and invisible shackles bound you to it until you reach the long awaited last page. I'm not kidding. Yes, it's delicious in narration and socio-historical context but the story... it's so overly dramatic... I read and read until a lot of people got even mad. Only to find that the story, not the research, not the Victorian narrative, not the invocation of Charles Dickens, the story, the base -would be as queerly convoluted as a soap opera of today. Sometimes even erratic, leaving one thinking, that's not a probable reaction/development albeit one can clearly see the benefit it pays to the author's schemes.
The problem with that is that a good story should make us forget that it is a ventriloquism show what we paid to read... (figure of speech). That's paramount, not the tiresome formulaic aproaches to build up expectations in the reader. The end is most unsatisfying considering all this author puts us through.
However, kudos to her for writing it and putting out there something much more enjoying than the horrible typical mainstream lesbian fiction of today.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Really excellent read...told in the true Victorian style with a penchant for descriptions and a strong ability to conjure up a scene and create memorable characters.

Try it as well as Tipping the Velvet... ... Read more


2. Justice in the Shadows
by Radclyffe
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Asin: 1933110031
Catlog: Book (2004-09)
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Sales Rank: 45308
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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In a shadow world of secrets, lies, and hidden agendas, Detective Sergeant Rebecca Frye and her lover, Dr. Catherine Rawlings, join forces once again in the elusive search for justice.

Rebecca is aided in her struggle to uncover a pornography ring and expose its connections to a traitor within the police department by a rag-tag team of dedicated cops and civilians: JT Sloan, a cybersleuth committed to avenging her lover’s devastating injury, who walks the fine line between justice and revenge; Dellon Mitchell, a young police officer who discovers an unforeseen talent for undercover work; and Sandy, a prostitute who develops an unexpected passion for cops. Ultimately, this secret investigation may risk not just their careers, but may cost one their life.

A police procedural with a strong ensemble cast of lovers, partners, and friends that emphasizes the changing and challenging relationships between the characters as much as the action/intrigue. This series satisfies lovers of both nonstop action as well as heart-stopping romance. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excerpt
Dr. Catherine Rawlings awoke, naked, her cheek against her lover's shoulder. They'd slept with the window open in the bedroom of her first floor apartment, and a faint breeze ruffled the curtains at the window. It was dark. Five a.m.?

Soon the alarm would go off, and another day would begin. She loved awakening to the still-new pleasure of Rebecca's body, but even so, she was uneasy, haunted by all that remained unfinished. The last few weeks had been so intense, both personally and professionally, that she'd hardly had time to adjust to the emotional maelstrom.

Despite the reservations of her police detective lover, Rebecca Frye, Catherine had agreed to consult with the joint police and federal task force formed to expose a local child pornography ring. In the process of profiling the perpetrators, she'd become friends with some of the investigators and had also become deeply invested in stopping the abuse of helpless young girls. And in the last twenty-four hours, things had gone terribly wrong. Now one woman lay in a coma, the team had been shattered by jurisdictional rivalries, and the criminals were no closer to being apprehended.

Her last conversation with Rebecca just before they'd fallen into bed, each physically exhausted and emotionally numb, drifted back to her.

"What's going to happen now?"

"I'll be back on regular duty in a day or so, and I'll have new cases to worry about." Rebecca rested her cheek against Catherine's hair and closed her eyes. "It happens like this in police work. You work your ass off, and then you can't make the case because of a technicality, or you do make the case, but the perp plea-bargains it down to nothing."

"So you're letting this go?" Catherine asked, surprised.

Faintly, Rebecca shook her head no. "Clark will pull the plug on this task force-he's probably already made the call. But I'll keep doing what I'm trained to do until we make this right-for Jeff, for Michael, for those young kids."

Jeff Cruz had been Rebecca's partner in the Special Crimes Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department, until he and an undercover detective, Jimmy Hogan, had been murdered three months ago. Their killer was still at large, their murders unsolved.

Michael Lassiter had been struck down the night before the child porno sting operation by a hit and run driver in a thwarted attempt to kill J.T. Sloan, her lover and the civilian computer consultant on the task force. She lay in the intensive care unit at University Hospital in critical condition.

Jeff, Michael, those nameless teenagers-victims all.

"I'll keep doing what I'm trained to do until we make this right..."

Make it right. That's what Catherine's lover did. Stood for right, sometimes at peril to herself.

Catherine's right hand rested on Rebecca's chest, her fingers motionless against the ridges of scar tissue above Rebecca's left breast. Some of the scars were only days old. She didn't need to trace the outlines to feel each one intimately. She saw them with her eyes open or closed. She saw them in her dreams.

She shivered and pressed closer.

"Catherine?" Detective Sergeant Rebecca Frye kissed the top of Catherine's head, one hand drifting up and down her arm in a slow caress. She was still a bit stunned to find herself in Catherine's bed-in Catherine's life. They'd been together four months, and for a large chunk of that time, she'd been in the hospital recovering from a near-fatal gunshot wound. Hardly the best way to start a love affair. "Are you cold?"

"No." Catherine turned her head to press her lips to the skin beneath Rebecca's collarbone. "I love you."

Rebecca caught her breath. "I can't get used to hearing that. It's so...damn good." She held Catherine tighter.

"We'll practice," Catherine murmured. "But I don't want you to get too used to it."

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't Get Enough
I can't get enough of Radclyffe's Justice series. I reach the end of a book and am immediately thristing for more. Luckily, for all us readers, Radclyffe keeps writing about the lives of these amazing women.

In this installment, Dr. Catherine Rawlings and her lover, police Sergeant, Rebecca Frye, work together to continue to try to uncover a pornography ring, one which has already resulted in the near death of private cyber consultant, JT Sloan's lover Michael. Sloan assists Catherine and Rebecca while anxiously siting vigil at the hospital bed of her injured lover. Young rookie cop, Dell, works undercover on the case and finds herself falling for Rebecca's informant, Sandy--who happens to be a prostitute. The exploration of Dell and Sandy's new attraction is a highlight of the book. Radclyffe continues to stretch and never rests on her laurels. The sex scenes are Radclyffe's trademark-- bold, passionate, romantic, edgy and very steamy.

It may just be wishful thinking on my part, but I believe we could see another in this series. I, for one, can't wait.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fast moving, page turner
This sequel to In Pursuit of Justice picks up right where IPOJ ends with Michael in a coma and the task force pursuing the internet porn ring. But the case is not easily solved and there are unexpected twists along the way that kept me turning the pages, including a budding, passionate romance between a young rookie cop and a young prostitute.

As usual with Radclyffe's stories, her character development is real and believable.She intertwines passionate romance throughout the plot, never forgeting that at heart she is a romance writer.

I thought that this sequel would wrap up the series, but in the end Radclyffe had me wanting more. When the last page turned, I was anxious for the next book in the series, hoping I do not have to wait long. ... Read more


3. The Iron Girl : A Jane Lawless Mystery (Jane Lawless)
by Ellen Hart
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Asin: 0312317492
Catlog: Book (2005-08-01)
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
Sales Rank: 227396
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4. The Wombat Strategy : A Kylie Kendall Mystery
by Claire McNab
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Asin: 1555838367
Catlog: Book (2004-05-15)
Publisher: Alyson Publications
Sales Rank: 29589
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Best-selling mystery novelist Claire McNab (The Carol Ashton Mysteries, The Denise Cleever Mysteries) launches her newest series with a bang. Running a pub in the tiny Australian outback town of Wollegudgerie doesn't offer much fun or future to knockabout Aussie dyke Kylie Kendall. So when the father she never knew dies and leaves her 51 percent of his Los Angeles-based private detective agency, it's bright lights, big city for America-bound Kylie. Not so happy about her arrival is her father's former (and Kylie's new) business partner, the beautiful, enigmatic Arianna Creeling, who wants to buy out Kylie and gives her a decidedly chilly reception in sunny Southern California. But the two women soon have other matters besides their bickering to attend to. Dr. Deer, psychiatrist to the stars whose "slap, slap, get on with it" approach has made him a celebrity, hires them to investigate the theft of records and subsequent suicide of a successful but almost universally reviled film director. Concerned for his reputation, Dr. Deer would much prefer that the death of his former client be revealed to be a murder. As the sparks between Arianna and Kylie fly, the City of Angels has turned out to be much more difficult and dangerous than Kylie had imagined.

Transplanted Australian Claire McNab has written 18 best-selling mystery novels, 14 featuring the highly popular Detective-Inspector Carol Ashton and four featuring undercover agent Denise Cleever. She has served as the president of Sisters in Crime and is a member of both the Mystery Writers of America and the Science Fiction Writers of America. She lives in Los Angeles.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book Ever from Claire McNab!
This book is a delight. It also represents a change of pace from McNab's series of police and investigator novels. Though set in Los Angeles, the hero is a true Aussie, and that is a big chunk of the charm of the book!

Kylie Kendall is a new immigrant to Los Angeles, and a new Private-Investigator-In-Training. She is charming, and determined, and plucky, and funny. Her accent, her naivite, and her grit all establish her as a wonderful heroine from whom I hope to hear much more. The book details her breaking-in as an investigator. It features her coming to terms with American driving and living. It also pokes some judicious fun at Hollywood!

Thank you for a most worthy read, Ms. McNab! ... Read more


5. Have Gun We'll Travel
by Lori, L Lake
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Asin: 1932300333
Catlog: Book (2005-01-31)
Publisher: Quest
Sales Rank: 93506
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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St. Paul police officers Dez Reilly and Jaylynn Savage have been working far too hard. When they take off on a camping trip to northern Minnesota with good friends Crystal and Shayna, they expect nothing more than long hikes, romantic wood fires, and plenty of down time. Instead, they find themselves caught in the whirlwind created when two escaped convicts, law enforcement, and desperate Russian mobsters clash east of the privately-run Kendall Correctional Center. Jaylynn is taken hostage and must use all her resources to stay alive. Can Dez catch up with the criminals, short-circuit the Russians, and save Jaylynn?

It's a race to the finish as author Lori L. Lake uproots Dez and Jaylynn from the romance genre to bring them center stage in her first action-suspense thriller. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Review of Have Gun We'll Travel by Cheri Rosenberg
Lori L. Lake's, "Have Gun We'll Travel," the first thriller/action-adventure in her "Gun" series, is an engaging read that will have you on the edge of your seat rooting for the safe return of heroines, Desiree Reilly and Jaylynn Savage. Dez and Jay are first introduced in Lake's award-winning novel, "Gun Shy." Their adventures continued in "Under the Gun." In "Have Gun We'll Travel," the off-duty St. Paul police officers are heading for a hard-earned R & R. When the gals set out on a hiking/camping expedition in the breathtaking Minnesota North Woods with friends Crystal (a fellow officer), and Shayna (her lover and a civilian), their vacation turns into something far from restful.

Dez and Jay are more committed to each other than ever. Dez has discovered the joys of intimacy-she cherishes and is less fearful of her relationship with Jay. Having battled post-traumatic stress disorder, Dez is put to the test in every way imaginable. She races against time as she tries to rescue Jaylynn, after escaped convicts from the Kendall Correctional Facility, located outside Buyck, Minnesota, abduct her. The State Police are not enough so the National Guard is called in, and Dez is frantic to save her lover before something terrible happens to her. Can Dez get to Jay in time?

More than ever, Dez is stronger in matters of the mind and heart. It's wonderful to follow along with Dez's emotional development and personal growth as the "Gun" series progresses. After she learns how to cope, she draws on experience in order to battle the trials ahead. Jaylynn is a good role model for handling crisis and stress. Together they make a good team. Their story is one that this reader would like to continue exploring and reading about for years to come.

When you pick up a novel written by Lori L. Lake, you are guaranteed a well thought out plot, characters worth emulating, multi-dimensional villains, and a thoroughly enjoyable story. Lake's writing makes the readers feel like they are living the action and not just reading about it. The sights, sounds, and smells are vivid, as are the thoughts and feelings the characters experience during spine-tingling moments. Readers are taken on a thrilling ride of uncertainty, missed opportunities, and hope that Jaylynn will return to safety. Will good prevail over evil?

With prison escapees and the Russian mob thrown in for good measure, the action seems to have a life of its own as it grabs your attention and doesn't let go until the climactic conclusion. Lake has managed to pack plenty of action/drama/tension in the third book in the "Gun" series. "Have Gun We'll Travel" is a thrilling and often-chilling five star read. Don't miss this wonderful addition to Lori L. Lake's amazing collection of literature.


5-0 out of 5 stars A Master of the Craft
Lori L. Lake's latest book is a great read!It's creative, well-researched, gripping, and emotional, but rather than reiterate what other reviewers have already stated, I'll focus my comments on another aspect of the book.Readers can always count on Lori to deliver a book that is WELL WRITTEN!Lori is a master of the craft whose writing improves with each new book.Clearly she is a student of the art of prose, and her gift with words makes all her books a pleasure to read.I never find myself distracted by grammatical mistakes, sentence fragments or run-ons, or errors of any kind.She's meticulous about clean, effective prose and her attention to detail is reflected in books of extraordinary quality.If you enjoy reading a good story that is also well written, look no further than Lori L. Lake!
Maya Indigal, author of Until Soon

5-0 out of 5 stars Portland Connection Reviews
What I liked about this book was the way the action never stopped, and from scene to scene, you couldn't tell for sure what would happen next. The villains are well-described. The setting is absolutely terrific! The plot is believable. I could literally hear the voices, feel the pounding on the trails, smell the convicts, and see everything so vividly that the book felt like it was really happening. That's a sign of good writing if you ask me.

I also like the fact that our two heroines, Dez Reilly and Jaylynn Savage, continue to grow and change as this third installment shows. After Under the Gun was over, I wondered where Lori Lake would take the series, and I was floored by the power of this thriller. I just didn't expect it to be so emotional and so wild!

I highly recommend this book. I don't get a chance to read all that much, but I make room for Lori L. Lake books, and this is one novel that you just shouldn't miss.

4-0 out of 5 stars Just Gotta Love Dez and Jay...
This is a wonderful third installment in Lake's Gun series.It was easy to fall in love with Dez and Jay in the first two books, and that is only enhanced by their fears for each other in number three.Hoping to enjoy a leisurely vacation, they go camping with friends.Their fun is interrupted by escaped convicts, Russians, bad weather, and near misses.The majority of the book takes place over about 24 hours and this reader's legs had sympathy pains for Dez as she ran non-stop to find Jay.

Typical of Lake's other books, this one was very well written and drew me in.The only reason I gave it 4 stars insead of 5 is I prefer books that lean more on the romance than the action.If you like action, this book's for you.If you prefer romance, you'll probably like the first two books much better.

5-0 out of 5 stars What an incredible third book!
There was no way I thought this author could top the other two books in this series, but 'Have Gun We'll Travel' does it. From the first pages, I was entranced and so happy to be back in the world of Dez and Jaylynn. By the time the plot was set up and every thing was going, I could not put the book down. I see why one reviewer called it a kick-ass thriller. It truly is. My biggest regret is that I am done with it, and it has left me wanting more. I hope the author has another book in the works. She could go anywhere with this series now, and I am so curious I can hardly bear it. If I could give this a 10, I would, as it is I will have to stick with the allowable five. This is the best book I've read in ages! ... Read more


6. Scar Tissue : A Brady Coyne Novel (A Brady Coyne Mystery)
by William G. Tapply
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Catlog: Book (2000-10-13)
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
Sales Rank: 598287
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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Brady Coyne is a Boston lawyer who'd rather be fishing than trying acase. Most of his clients are also his friends, so when Jake and Sharon Gold's15-year-old son and his girlfriend are killed in a car accident, Brady tries tolighten their load by handling the details of the police investigation and thefuneral arrangements. But Brian's body hasn't been recovered yet, despite theefforts of police divers at the accident scene. There are other signs that thiswas more than a typical scenario of teenage drivers taking a curve too fast, butthe authorities don't seem interested in looking into them. Brady soon realizesthat someone's applying political pressure to keep the lid on a secret everyonebut Brady and the Golds seems to know about: a pornography ring in which abeloved community leader and the best and brightest local high school studentsare deeply involved. This is Coyne's 17th outing, as reliable a harbinger offall as the first bonfire of the season. No big surprises here, but WilliamTapply's popular series continues to win fans charmed by his thoughtful hero,his solid plotting, and his smooth pacing. --Jane Adams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Happy Discovery
I may be the last dedicated mystery reader on the planet to discover Brady Coyne, but what a happy discovery it was! I understand this is Outing #17, so I predict many enjoyable hours for myself.

Brady's good friend/client is devastated at the loss of his teen-aged son in a tragic auto accident. The boy and his girl friend perhaps took a curve too fast, broke through the guardrail, and plunged into a swift flowing river. The girl drowned in the driver's seat with seat belt still strapped on. The boy apparently was thrown out of the car and washed away. The body has not been found. Brady agrees to handle the legal and bureaucratic details for the grief-stricken family.

Nothing is quite as it seems in this perfect small town with its perfect, civic-minded sheriff. The pace is relentless, the body count rises, the events are ever more baffling---and the reader is thoroughly hooked.

The characters are multi-faceted; not one could ever be called a stereotype. Brady is a pure delight, a basically nice guy who is a mite lazy, is a walking manual on how not to run your love life, a fond but not too effectual father of grown sons, and doesn't handle stress well at all. Even if this were not a well-plotted suspenseful story, which it most certainly is, I think I'd read more Brady Coyne books just to spend time with my friend, Brady-and make sure he didn't leave me in mid-story to go fishing.

A great outing and highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Scar Tissue
William G. Tapply is one of the finest mystery writers working today. In "Scar Tissue", Brady Coyne receives a phone call from Jake Gold telling Brady that his son, Brian had been in a fatal auto accident. Brian's girlfriend, Jenny, has been killed, but Brian's body hasn't been found. Brady feels there is little he can do, but when he finds Ed Sprague, chief of police in Reddington, murdered in a motel room and when Jake Gold disappears, Brady begins to investigate. Brady uncovers a child pornography ring and blackmail, as well as murder. This is an excellent addition to a top-notch mystery series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tight Lines and Rebel Yell
Not being adept at writing book reviews, two things come to mind as I set-out to write about this excellent mystery novel: first, to give an opinion about the book, and secondly not to give away the conclusion to the mystery. So as not to spoil the ending, I will avoid the latter concern and say a few words about the former. Here's my opinion: Simply stated, Scar Tissue by William G. Tapply is a gripping mystery in the Brady Coyne series. This was my introduction to Tapply's mystery writing, and I am eager to seek out other editions. I found Scar Tissue to be a fast-paced, intriguing story with some likable and not so likable characters. Tapply develops his characters with depth and sensitivity, Brady Coyne being the most magnetic. Coyne never misses a beat, even as he winds his way through the plot in a human and down to earth manner. For the reader who is looking for an engrossing mystery with a twisting, turning plot and unlikely outcome, this book is for you. I look forward to Brady Coyne's next adventure. Now, back to my fly-tying bench.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another great episode in Brady's life
I thoroughly enjoyed this latest mystery of Brady Coyle. Tapply is one of the few authors that I can just sit down and read right through. He has an easy, descriptive style of writing that makes his plots and his characters interesting and credible. Is he really a lawyer? Mr. Tapply I mean.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Scar Tissue is unquestionably one of Tapply's best works to date. Tapply's description of a small, northeastern town, and its inhabitants, captures the stereotypical small town paranoia perfectly. And as always, Brady Coyne is charming and funny as he pursues the truth in this tangled mystery. This may be one of the best mystery books of the year. ... Read more


7. An Intimate Ghost (Jane Lawless Mysteries)
by Ellen Hart
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Asin: 0312317484
Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Sales Rank: 174990
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Restaurateur Jane Lawless is thrilled to be catering the wedding of some family friends, Nick and Lauren Clifford, but when Jane arrives at the wedding, she's in for a shock of a lifetime-and one that could jeopardize her career.The food has been spiked with hallucinogenic mushrooms and the drug-hazed guests are engaged in reckless behavior.

When the groom takes a near fatal dive into an empty pool, an investigation begins and Jane turns to her best friend Cordelia Thorn for help in clearing her name.But when Cordelia's sister, Octavia, suddenly deserts her infant daughter on Cordelia's doorstep, Jane is on her own.Events take a turn for the worse when the father of the groom comes up against shocking accusations, and it's up to Jane to uncover the truth.

Once again, Ellen Hart has woven intriguing characters and surprising twists into a complex and absorbing story.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Review of An Intimate Ghost by Cheri
Ellen Hart is the mistress of mystery. "An Intimate Ghost" is no exception to the wonders of the remarkably talented, award-winning author known for her intricate plots, witty dialogue, flawless characterizations, and engrossing stories. "An Intimate Ghost," the continuation of the Jane Lawless series, touted as the best one yet, has been deservedly nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and the Golden Crown Literary Society Award for 2005.

Jane Lawless has had formal training as a restaurateur, consummate chef, and caterer. In the continuing saga about the amateur detective, wedding guests start acting weird after ingesting gourmet food catered by her company. WHO poisoned the food, WHAT did they use, WHERE was it executed, WHEN did they do it, and WHY... are the questions Jane wants to figure out. Never mind that the police have started their investigation. Jane could be found culpable, and wants to clear her company's name. Even if the wedding hadn't been for her friends, Nick and Lauren Clifford, and Nick hadn't ended up in critical condition from a drug-induced dive into an empty pool, Jane still would have had to solve the mystery. It's not surprising that she enlists the help of her trusty sidekick, Cordelia Thorn, if for nothing other than comic relief. Jane and Cordelia are just hysterical together and they make a perfect crime solving team.

The fact that Cordelia, the creative director of a repertory theater, is a bit pre-occupied when her sister, Octavia, literally drops her kid in her aunt's lap and takes off for stardom, doesn't stop the dependable Cordelia from helping her best friend Jane. Cordelia is hardly the mother hen type and her life is disrupted beyond compare by the addition of niece Hattie. Ellen Hart depicts the toddler so convincingly that this reviewer almost got up on more than one occasion to prepare a "kid friendly" snack, but was reminded that she was just a fictitious character.

Hart is not only a master mystery writer, but her storytelling is as delectable as restaurateur Jane Lawless's culinary treats. "An Intimate Ghost" is appetizing, fulfilling, and deliciously funny with Jane's deadpan humor and Cordelia's catchy comebacks. Hart also writes with a contemporary flair that goes a long way to add to the believability of the story. Even the cars Jane and Cordelia choose to drive fit their personalities perfectly.

In "An Intimate Ghost," nothing is ever as it seems even when things seem to be crystal clear. Readers will find the story riveting, and the conclusion of each chapter keeps the reader hungering for more. To me, this is mystery writing at its best and I am quick to recommend anything penned by this outstanding and deserving award-winning author. Ellen Hart has written another funny, fast-paced, first rate, five plus star novel. Do not miss this gem. I highly suggest you purchase a copy today!

5-0 out of 5 stars Midwest Book Review, April 2004 Issue
In this twelfth installment of the Jane Lawless mystery series, the opening prologue begins with a gripping kidnapping that takes place on Halloween in 1972. The circumstances of that prologue don't connect up for some time, but the shadow of the kidnapping hangs over the events that follow. In the present day, Jane Lawless is called to the location of a wedding her staff is catering. The guests are behaving oddly, and it quickly becomes clear that they've been poisoned with something hallucinogenic. The police come, and the wedding guests are rushed to the hospital, but not before the Nick, the bridegroom, is badly injured diving into an empty swimming pool. Jane is frantic. Not only is she upset that people have been injured after eating her catered food, but she also fears lawsuits. Who would do such a terrible thing? She can't believe her workers would have anything to do with it. Why has she been targeted?

Alden Clifford, the groom's father, is a high school teacher, and he comes to the forefront as it becomes apparent that the attack might be connected to him and not about Jane at all. Six months earlier he had tried to prevent a school shooting, and the boy with the gun eventually shot and killed himself. Allegations about Alden's relationship with the boy come out, and Jane begins to wonder if this has made Alden the intended target. Nothing is immediately resolved, and Jane and The Lyme House are under police investigation. Jane turns to her best friend, Cordelia, but Cordelia has her own problems: namely a toddler dumped upon her doorstep by her sister. The little niece and Cordelia offer some great comic moments, and Cordelia, all by herself, is always funny. She refuses to ride in Jane's new Mini Cooper, calling it the "Daisy Duck-mobile." Instead she has bought herself a green Hummer, a useful purchase which becomes clear later in the novel.

With an intricately interwoven plot, Hart rolls out perfectly timed scenes and details. The tension builds as the injury and death count increases. The author has never been better and does a marvelous job weaving in a compelling back story with the events of the present. She draws the reader in to this complex structure and doesn't let go until the final denouement some three hundred pages later. It's a gripping and compelling story. By the time the reader reaches the end, an intimate ghost has truly made its haunting presence known. Highly recommended. ~Lori L. Lake, author of Stepping Out, Different Dress, Gun Shy, Under The Gun, and Ricochet In Time, and reviewer for Midwest Book Review, The Independent Gay Writer, The Gay Read, and Just About Write.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worthy of Both the Edgar and Agatha Awards
In this 12th installment of the Jane Lawless mystery series, the opening prologue begins with a gripping kidnapping that takes place on Halloween in 1972. The circumstances of that prologue don't connect up for some time, but the shadow of the kidnapping hangs over the events that follow. In the present day, Jane Lawless is called to the location of a wedding her staff is catering. The guests are behaving oddly, and it quickly becomes clear that they've been poisoned with something hallucinogenic. The police come, and the wedding guests are rushed to the hospital, but not before the Nick, the bridegroom, is badly injured diving into an empty swimming pool. Jane is frantic. Not only is she upset that people have been injured after eating her catered food, but she also fears lawsuits. Who would do such a terrible thing? She can't believe her workers would have anything to do with it. Why has she been targeted?

Alden Clifford, the groom's father, is a high school teacher, and he comes to the forefront as it becomes apparent that the attack might be connected to him and not about Jane at all. Six months earlier he had tried to prevent a school shooting, and the boy with the gun eventually shot and killed himself. Allegations about Alden's relationship with the boy come out, and Jane begins to wonder if this has made Alden the intended target. Nothing is immediately resolved, and Jane and The Lyme House are under police investigation. Jane turns to her best friend, Cordelia, but Cordelia has her own problems: namely a toddler dumped upon her doorstep by her sister. The little niece and Cordelia offer some great comic moments, and Cordelia, all by herself, is always funny. She refuses to ride in Jane's new Mini Cooper, calling it the "Daisy Duck-mobile." Instead she has bought herself a green Hummer, a useful purchase which becomes clear later in the novel.

With an intricately interwoven plot, Hart rolls out perfectly timed scenes and details. The tension builds as the injury and death count increases. The author has never been better and does a marvelous job weaving in a compelling back story with the events of the present. She draws the reader in to this complex structure and doesn't let go until the final denouement some three hundred pages later. It's a gripping and compelling story. By the time the reader reaches the end, an intimate ghost has truly made its haunting presence known. (...)

3-0 out of 5 stars I had trouble following it
I had to force myself to finish this book. And that's a real shame; I started this story as a die-hard fan of the Jane Lawless series.

Bad things happen to greedy, selfish people here. Frankly, by the time the initial "mystery" from Chapter 1 was explained/revealed it was really too late for me.
I'm truly hoping that part of the problem was an aberration.

The flashbacks detracted from the story. I would have preferred Jimmy's story to have been presented as one prologue than as several short pieces inserted at random throughout. If they were intended as transition mechanisms, that failed. They took me out of the present-day action so much that the return was jolting.

That's about as specific as I can get without giving away the story to those who haven't read it.

The previous volumes have each been self-contained with no recurring characters, aside from Jane's family and friends. However, I came away with loose ends from this book. Either they need to be addressed (by reference) early on in the next one, or Ms. Hart needs to get her pacing back.

5-0 out of 5 stars INTIMATE GHOST deserves a Lambda Award consideration.
In Evergreen High School in Minneapolis, student Cullen Hegg pulls out a gun in the middle of a history class but his teacher Alden Clifford manages to talk the sophomore into letting the rest of the students leave.When it's just the two of them, Alden tries to talk Cullen out of using the gun but the despondent boy kills himself.The teacher is lauded by the media, the faculty and the other students from preventing even more bloodshed, but Alden doesn't think of himself as a hero and avoids publicity.

Several months later Jane Lawless, owner of the Lyme House Restaurant and Pub, caters the wedding ceremony of Alden's son Nick and Lauren Bautel..However, someone placed hallucinogens into the food leading to Nick diving into an empty swimming pool and winding up in Intensive care.Jane identifies the culprit who flavored the food finally makes contact with him. Jane agrees to meet him at the hotel where he is hiding out.When she arrives, he is already dead and the murderer got away which means Jane is going to have to approach the problem from a different angle without getting herself killed.

Ellen Hart has written a very complex and fascinating amateur sleuth novel that has many sub-plots that tie back seamlessly to original theme.Through the use of flashbacks, readers gradually realize how the crimes of three decades ago are the catalyst for the dangerous felonies that are happening today.The heroine gradually pieces together the motivations for the death of her employee and the sprinkling of drugs in the food at the wedding buffet.INTIMATE GHOST deserves a Lambda Award consideration.

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8. Liberty Square (Kate Delafield Mysteries (Paperback))
by Katherine V. Forrest
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Long before high-profile lesbian cops such as Laurie R. King'sKate Martinelli werefighting for our attention, a former Marine turned Los Angeles police detective named Kate Delafield wasdoing some quietly effective ground-breaking of her own under the expert guidance of Katherine V.Forrest. In Liberty Square, Delafield is in Washington, D.C., for the 25th anniversary reunion of herold Vietnam outfit. When all hell breaks loose, it's Kate the cop who has to sort it out. Forrest's writing isspare and her characters come to life quickly. Other Delafield books in paperback include Amateur City,The Beverly Malibu, Murder at the Nightwood Bar, and Murder by Tradition. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Not for the squemish
Aimee Grant, Kate's partner, and a friend from Vietnam, Melanie conspire to get Kate to attend a 25th anniversary of people who worked together in Vietnam in 1968-1969, the most difficult time of the war. From previous Kate Delafied books, we know that Kate is reluctant to talk about this time, which puts a strain on her personal life. Even with Aimee, she can't talk about it. She wants to shelter her from the horrors and horror it is. If you know nothing about Vietnam, which I didn't this book is an education, especially about the contribution made by the women which is belitted even by the men who worked with them. In this book, we also get some insight into Aimee, which I found very interesting and I ended up liking Aimee even more than I did in Delafield's two previous books in which she appeared, "The Beverly Malibu" and "Murder by Tradition". Kate can't see that by not sharing with Aimee she is not protecting her but shutting her out. Although all the clues are there, the solution of the murder will probably be a surprise. The ending where Kate and her friends and Aimee visit the Vietnam War Memorial is very moving. Another fine selection in the Delafied series and a bit more insight into Kate's life, fears and experiences.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not one of my favorites...
This book was not one of my favorites in the series but was a must read tokeep up with the on-going plot line of Delafield's life.Nice historicalreferences.

5-0 out of 5 stars Forrest at her best
I think this book is absolutely the best of Katherine Forrest's work.It is well-written, emotionally engaging, the mystery is engrossing, and it gives attention to the role that women played in VietNam -- a rare subjectin US literature of any genre.

4-0 out of 5 stars Liberty Square
Perhaps I haven't read too many books, but this is the first book I've read that mentioned a same sex relationship. I thought I was reading the wrong words at first. It was really interesting. I wasn't too comfortablewith it at first, then later on I got used to it. I give the author all theprops for such a different approach. The mystery itself isn't bad either.It wasn't putting me to sleep. The beginning was catching my attentionalready, it wasn't one of those typical boring openings. It was a goodbook.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing mystery plot and resolution
My Hobby is mystery reading.I think Liberty Square is one of the best mysteries I have ever read. Katherine V. Forrest, this two-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Mystery, continues to surprise me. The best part of the book is the expertly crafted mystery itself.I kept asking myself: "How can this be?" But in the end the solution of the mystery sounds extremely plausible and satisfying. Trust me, you will not guess the solution yet the author keeps nothing hidden. The characterization is well done; the personal banter of Kate Delafield, the detective, is an exciting complement to the mystery; the author's descriptions of locale pull one into the story. In addition to reading a very satisfying mystery, I always learn a lot about life when I read a Katherine V. Forrest book. I have never reviewed a book before but this is one I can't let go. ... Read more


9. Fall Guy (Detective Inspector Carol Ashton Mysteries)
by Claire McNab
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To know Milton Royce is to loathe him.Now in his mid-forties, the practical joker enjoys embarrassing others, and he delights in coming up with elaborate schemes for setting up his "friends" as fall guys.When he plunges to his death while sky diving, no one seems particularly surprised to find he was murdered.

When an elaborate practical joke is played out at Milton's funeral by his son, Ted, Detective Inspector Carol Ashton must act quickly to find out if Ted is indeed his father's killer-- or if he is simply being set up as yet another "fall guy"...

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10. Lost Daughters : A Micky Knight Mystery (Micky Knight Mystery Series)
by J.M. Redmann
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Catlog: Book (2005-05-15)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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"Micky Knight is a to-die-for creation . . . a Cajun firebrand with the proverbial quick wit, fast tongue and heavy heart."-Lambda Book Report

"One of the most hard-boiled and complex female detectives in print today."-San Francisco Chronicle

Micky takes on the cases of a widowed mother looking for her daughter and a tough gay boy hunting for his biological mother. Together they stir in Micky a desire to search for her own mother, who abandoned her when she was a young girl.

First paperback edition of a W. W. Norton hardcover original.

J. M. Redmann grew up in coastal Mississippi, headed north and graduated from Vassar and has been living in New Orleans for the past 15 years.

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5-0 out of 5 stars All of the Micky Knight books are fabulous
and it's a crying shame that they are not kept affordably in print--for one thing, it deprives Redmann of some very well earned revenue.In many ways, this 4th installment of Micky's adventures reads like the natural conclusion to the cycle of investigations opened by the first volume in the series, when we were introduced to a tough and beautiful lesbian babe-magnet with a smart mouth and endless compassion for those in trouble.She's physical (and even promiscuous--but the series is about how she gets tamed), she's achingly vulnerable, she's noble, she's got demons.Only in Lost Daughters do we meet her settled into a proper relationship, so the angst quotient is considerably lower than in the other books.Still, the conclusion to her search for her mother is unbelievably touching, and handled with just the right measure of reserve.Much as I'd love to see more of her, I wonder whether Redmann (whose website, ominously, appears to have vanished from cyberspace) is finished with her adventures.If she is, I just pray that she has another heroine in reserve for us to cheer on.Like the Meg Darcy books, with their lovingly depicted St. Louis locales, the Mickey Knight stories set us in abelievable New Orleans, with its social strata, its weather, its flavors and smells.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Cajun woman
I have all of the Mickey Knight series and i am hungry for more. As an avid reader of true crime, authors like Ann Rule, Roy Hazelwood etc, i was surprised at how well written these books were. I couldnt put them down.
Come on Ms Redman when is the next one coming out ???
Mickey Knight is brilliant. The storyline typical of the deep south and its age old mystery and the book seems to drag you willingly into the depths of its darkened corridors. The women appear real, not wishy washy like most lesbian heroines. The plot seems to easily weave its way through the book yet it keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to see just what is about to happen next. I have spent many a sleepless night reading these books. I just couldnt put them down once i started reading them. Oh for the tardis to take me to New orleans.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely hooked!!
I only recently discovered Micky and have devoured all 4 novels over a span of 3 weeks. I adore hard-nosed Micky with all her foibles and weaknesses. Add to that an amazing cast of characters and you can't go wrong with this book or any of the previously published in the series. I recommend them all! I only pray that Ms Redmann keeps churning out more Micky Knight adventures. I, for one, am hooked! Bravo!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Search for Mom
Having read "The Intersection of Law and Desire" before reading any of the others, I found myself wanting a Micky Knight of my very own.Since I couldn't find any around I decided my only other option was to read the rest of the series."Lost Daughters" was by far my favorite of the bunch.

Micky's off-hand comment to favorite cousin Torbin sets her off on a search for one mother while her being a lesbian is responsible for starting the search for another.But the search that means the most to her is the search for her own mother.In between digging through files and filling out forms, Micky is trying to discover who's killing young women - young lesbians - and how Suzanne Forquet fits into the picture.

The ending - and the book - is one you'll want to read more than once.Pick this book up while it's still available.I hope Ms. Redmann writes more about this lovely heroine and allows us to see how her story really ends.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hungry for more
Micky Knight is even in a monogamous relationship the finest heart-throb of lesbian suspense. JM Redman is more than just a novel writer, her characters are very real, with every day issues, hopes, dreams anddisappointments. Hopefully she will keep Micky Knight alive for many yearsto come. Too bad both her first books "Deaths of Jocasta" and"Death by the Riverside" are already out of print and no longeravailable - so, get this book while you still can ! ... Read more


11. For Every Season
by Frankie J. Jones
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After losingher job and her girlfriend in the same day, Andrea "Andi" Kane goes home to San Antonio to rest and re-evaluate her life.But her relaxation is quickly disrupted when her grandmother tells Andi that she wants her to solve a murder that occurred sixty-five years earlier.The shock of the request is nothing compared to the one Andi recieves when she discovers the convicted murderer was none other than her own great-grandfather.

Andi's search will take her to HiHo, a small town in South Texas.Here, she meets a host of colorful citizens that includes the charming district attorney Janice Reed.As Andi struggles with rebuilding her life, she finds herself being drawn deeper into the rich and sometimes deadly mysteries of small town life. ... Read more


12. Sleeping Bones (Kate Delafield Mysteries (Paperback))
by Katherine V. Forrest
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Catlog: Book (2000-06-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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When an elderly man is brutally slain at the La Brea Tar Pits, LAPD Detective Kate Delafield finds herself digging up startling information that could uncover humanity's ancient past, and at the same time, expose the city's corrupt present. With more at stake than just a pile of bones, Kate has to rebuild the pieces of a timeless puzzle, and make sure they all fit--before a remorseless killer decides to make her a part of history...

"Katherine V. Forrest is a pioneer in lesbian literature." --Lambda Book Report

"Few mystery writers combine such an intelligent take on issues with such solid storytelling." --Publishers Weekly

"Kate Delafield...plies her trade with admirable efficiency and more hard-to-come-by integrity." --New York Times Book Review
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4-0 out of 5 stars Kate Does it Again!
This book is another fine example of Katherine Forrest's writing, and Kate Delafield again solves an intriguing mystery. I always look forward to the next installment!

5-0 out of 5 stars Sleeping Bones
Katherine V. Forrest just gets better and better, using some literary techniques in a sophisticated manner. Once again, KVF has done her research thoroughly, her plot is tight and makes sense, her character development is superb, and her portrayal of lesbians is credible and sensitive. KVF is a long-standing feminist, a role model for the lesbian movement, an icon in her time. She is talented, honest, and to be revered. Right on, woman! The world needs more strong voices like yours.

3-0 out of 5 stars as the subplots thicken
Poor Kate. There are more twists and turns in this book then the race track at Watkins Glen. And that's what bothers me about this book. The basic plot, the basic murder mystery that Katherine Forrest writes so well is here. But the additional subplots of the long-lost brother and Aimee's best friend's abusive ex detract from the main story line. Either one of the sub plots could and should work independently. The other sub plot, Kate's unexpected passionate embrace, in my mind, needed to be developed further. That would provide additional tension to the developing plot. ... Read more


13. Curious Wine: A Novel
by Katherine V. Forrest
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Catlog: Book (2002-07-01)
Publisher: Alyson Publications
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Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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The intimacy of a cabin at Lake Tahoe provides the combustible setting that brings Diana Holland and Lane Christianson together in this passionate novel of first discovery. Candid in its eroticism, intensely romantic, and remarkably beautiful, Curious Wine is a love story that will remain in your memory. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I loved it, the best Lesbian romance I have read.
Curious Wine is a beautifully written romance. The characters are believable, and you are definately hooked 20 pages in. I have read the book 3 times, and have yet to get bored with it. I just hope one day they make this book into a movie. If you are a romantic , then this book is must read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!!!
I loved this book!!! Katherine Forrest wrote a real life novel, that took me back to those first days of falling in love. I read the book in one sitting and want to read it again. I recommend this book for all.

5-0 out of 5 stars a beautiful lesbian love story!
This is a great, great lesbian love story. When I think "lesbian love story," the two books that come to mind immediately are this one, and (the in some ways quite similar) Claire of the Moon. They share a certain beauty, they're sweet and sensitive, and they're about real, deep-down, soul-shaking connection between two women.

Curious Wine's two main characters -- Diane and Lane -- draw you in, and the others are not only great foils, but have their own tensions and issues to work through and deal with. I guess you could say there's a good deal of "CR" going on throughout the story. :)

The heart of the plot is the growing relationship between the two main characters, and the personal growth that one of them -- who had considered herself heterosexual -- has to go through to figure out what she wants for herself. Sub-plots revolve around the supporting characters' lives, and their roles in Diane's and Lane's lives.

The story's so engaging, the writing so flowing and smooth, the characters so hard to leave behind that I end up re-reading this book on a pretty regular basis. Read it, love it, read it again -- and again, and again ....

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolute Must Read
Forrest hits it right on target when it comes women's atractiveness for each other. She describes with elegance the emotions and sensualtiy when women make love. I loved it enough to read it agian right after I finished the first time.

2-0 out of 5 stars One of the worst books I've ever read
I have to say this is one of the worst books I've ever read. The dialogue is horrible, the characters are unbelievable and undeveloped, there is basically no plot. I hate that lesbians will buy any book and see any movie with the word lesbian somewhere. We have to demand better from authors in the alternative segment. Don't continue to support bad writing just because it's lesbian. ... Read more


14. The Beverly Malibu : A Kate Delafield Mystery (Kate Delafield Mystery)
by Katherine V. Forrest
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Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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As LAPD detective Kate Delafield investigates the Thanksgiving Day strychnine poisoning of retired movie director Owen Sinclair, she discovers that he turned over names to the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s and destroyed countless careers. But which of his charmingly eccentric neighbors, most of whom have worked in Hollywood since the 1940s, might be responsible for what now appears to be a revenge killing?

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great mystery and a reminder of past injustices
Owen Sinclair, a B-movie director is murdered in a hideous manner. This makes Kate Delafield think the murder was one of revenge. Through sleuthing, she finds that Sinclair was a "friendly witness" during the McCarthy witchhunt era. He spoke to HUAC (House un-American Activities Committee), which was the House arm of McCarthy's own Senate hearings. Hollywood was especially vulnerable at this time. Forrest skillfully weaves in information about that period through her characters but never allows it to overshadow the mystery. There are red herrings galore and Kate lets herself get emotionally involved with several of the people and there's even a romance in it for the lonely Kate who feels that she must protect the people she loves from the horrors of her job. She is also isolated because she is gay and must remain closeted to be able to do her job. The LAPD has a policy not unlike the military: Don't ask, don't tell. Every Delafield book reveals a new facet of Kate and this is no exception. If Forrest wrote mainstream detective mysteries rather than mysteries with a lesbian heroine, she would probably be as popular as P.D. James or Ellis Peters or Elizabeth Peters. It's unfortunate because all her mysteries are first-rate. As I said, the politics never get in the way of the story, although this book did introduce me to Scoundrel Time by Lillian Hellman, which I later bought.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mystery and history
Forrest combines history with suspense and comes up with an interesting and very readable instalment in the Kate Delafield Mystery series. An unpopular tenant is poisoned in a slightly seedy apartment block peopled by Hollywood employees of the forties and fifties. These eccentric and enchanting characters bring to life the era of McCarthyism and the House Un-American Committee, as well as nostalgia for the glamorous Hollywood of that time. Of course, lesbian detective fiction wouldn't be complete without romance, and Kate Delafield finds that in the Beverly Malibu. This novel has a strong story line and keeps you guessing until the last moment - I recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best...
This, along with Nightwood, is one of the best reads in the Delafield series. The murder plot and details are simple, as opposed to those in Apparition Alley or Liberty Square, and the story of the new relationship is unforgettable.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Mystery and a History lesson too!
I found the Beverly Malibu a fascinated book. It held my interest till the last page and I couldn't guess the murderer. It think it will be difficult for anyone to even though the evidence is there in front of our faces. We can't see it because like a magician, Forrest focuses our attention elsewhere. I thought the dynamics of the relationship which developed between Kate and both Grant women quite interesting and she pulls a twist on that one too. All in all, a very satisfactory read. On top of that, we learn a lot about the House on Un-American Activities Committee. It just amazes me how a committee could gain such power and igore due process. Sometimes it makes me wonder just how much freedom we truly have. It is a scary thought and we should never allow such a witchhunt to happen again. In fact, I found the subject so interesting that I ordered Scoundrel Time by Lillian Hellman (from amazon.com, of course). I want to learn about what life was like in that era from someone who lived through it and suffered from it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed reading a book about lesbian women.
Makes a change to be able to get books on the subject out here. ... Read more


15. Murder by Tradition : A Kate Delafield Mystery (Kate Delafield Mystery)
by Katherine V. Forrest
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Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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When a successful gay restaurateur is stabbed to death, Kate Delafield_s investigation puts her in conflict with her own fear of being outed as a lesbian. Can Kate testify for the prosecution with her integrity intact, when the killer_s attorney, the only man who knows the truth about Kate_s -sexuality, prepares a "homosexual panic" defense?

In addition to penning the legendary Kate Delafield mystery series, Katherine V. Forrest has written the lesbian romantic classic Curious Wine and the science fiction novels Daughters of a Coral Dawn and Daughters of an Amber Noon. She lives in San Francisco.

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5-0 out of 5 stars More than just a mystery
Katherine V. Forrest, in her Kate Delafield series manages to present a tight, taut mystery along with a political statement, which she doesn't present in a heavy-handed manner. The two just seem to blend seemlessly and if you want to ignore the message (if you can), then you can simply enjoy the mystery. Kate and her dullard partner, Ed Taylor, investigate the murder of Teddie Crawford, a very "out" gay man. In fact, even he calls himself a queen. Teddie was stabbed about 40 times, which indicates to Kate that it was more than just a simple robbery. The first half of the book describes Kate and Ed cornering the killer. The fact that the killer, himself, was hurt badly is a big help to Kate as well as the description given by one of Teddie friends, Gloria. Watching Kate using her interrogative skills to trap this man is very tense, especially since she knows that without a confession all they have is circumstantial evidence. As good as the "law" part of the story is, the "order" part is really more fascinating and suspenseful. Kate has found out that the killer's attorney is someone she knows slightly but someone who knows her secret. Throughout the trial, she wonders how he will try to bring it out and taint her testimony. Sadly, no matter what the outcome of this fictional trial, Forrest shows that gaybashing is alive and well in these United States.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the most meaningful...
In the Delafield series, this book ranks as one of the most, if not the most, meaningful stories. It didn't have the love scenes I so deeply enjoy reading but the story line more than made up for that. Excellent reading!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
I read this book in one afternoon. I was drawn in by the emotion of the killing as well as the trial. I found this book to display the court system at it's weakest and loved the heroine, Kate.

I loved this book. I just found the Kate Delafield series and can't wait to read all the books in this series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent fictionalized account of a real murder
_Murder by Tradition_ is an excellent fictionalized account of an actual, brutal, premeditated murder of a gay man, for no reason other than the fact that he was gay. The story is very well told and I didn't want to put the book down from beginning to end.

The first half is devoted to the discovery of the facts of the case and of the identity of the killer. The second half the story of the trial. The suspense is not in discovering the identity of the gaybasher, but in whether or not he will escape punishment.

The victim was stabbed 39 times and bled to death, but the killer has deep wounds on his own hands and claims he was defending himself from a gay man who tried to force him to have sex. There were no witnesses. Can Detective Kate Delafield discover the clues that will convince a jury of what really happened? ... Read more


16. Amateur City : A Kate Delafield Mystery (Kate Delafield Mysteries (Paperback))
by Katherine V. Forrest
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Asin: 1555837182
Catlog: Book (2003-08-15)
Publisher: Alyson Publications
Sales Rank: 55585
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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When Katherine V. Forrest's Amateur City was published in 1984, introducing LAPD detective Kate Delafield, it not only marked the beginning of one of mystery fiction's most successful series, it also created one of the most lucrative genres in gay publishing: the lesbian mystery. With her next six Kate Delafield novels, Forrest's complex and determined lesbian detective became the most celebrated figure in lesbian fiction. Alyson is proud to present the first and second Kate Delafield mysteries, back in print and ready to captivate a new generation of fans!

In Amateur City, Kate and her partner, Ed Taylor, investigate the murder of a highly placed executive, whose body was found by a coworker, a woman who begins to break down Kate's defenses.

In addition to penning the legendary Kate Delafield mystery series, -Katherine V. Forrest has written the lesbian romantic classic Curious Wine and the science fiction novels Daughters of a Coral Dawn and Daughters of an Amber Noon. She lives in San Francisco.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Start Now!
If you haven't read the Kate Delafield books, now is the time to start! Ms. Forrest puts more effort into character development than any other author I've read, bar none. Each book in the series is chock full of intriguing, plausible suspects, and the returning characters change and grow throughout the series. Great work! As for the who-dun-it aspect, I've solved only a couple before the final secret's revealed. I figure most mysteries out around the half-way mark.

This is the first book in a remarkable series. Women, lesbians and mystery-holics are bound to enjoy it... as is any intelligent mind.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd read the series in order
If I'd read the Delafield series in order, I'd have given this a higher ranking, but Nightwood and Malibu are better. Great start for the series though. Good mystery story, and nice portrayal of the "love story." ... Read more


17. Finding Ms. Wright : A Jo Jacuzzo Mystery (Jo Jacuzzo Mysteries)
by Anne Seale
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-15)
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"Humorous, teasingly sexual and scary!"-The [Louisville] Letter on Packing Mrs. Phipps

Jo Jacuzzo should just stay in Buffalo, but when Jo's best friend asks her to track down an old flame, Honey Lou Wright, she's off to Oklahoma and a new adventure in Tornado Alley, where while searching for Honey Lou she finds time for a fling with a woman in hiding! Anne Seale (Packing Mrs. Phipps) strikes again with a comedy thriller rich with unusual, eccentric characters and a delightfully offbeat rural setting.

Anne Seale is a mother of four, a songwriter, a comedian and a novelist. She spends her summers in western New York and winters in Arizona. This is her second novel featuring Jo Jacuzzo.

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18. Holy Hell: A Lillian Byrd Crime Story
by Elizabeth Sims
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Catlog: Book (2002-01-01)
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Sales Rank: 144073
Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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Lillian Byrd is a small-time reporter with a flair for making big-time mistakes--so her investigation into the disappearances of women around the Detroit area might not be the best idea. But when one of the victims turns up dead and Lillian recognizes the curiously mutilated corpse, she is in too deep to get out. After simultaneously blowing the case for the police and revealing herself to the killers, she is completely on her own. Can she catch the murderers before they catch up with her? ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars holy heaven
i finished reading HOLY HELL a few minutes ago... i'm not sure what time i started reading it, but i've only had it since late last night! don't start reading it unless you have the time to finish it, because--trust me--you WON'T want to put it down! HOLY HELL is a gripping novel with enough twists and tension (of a few kinds) to make your head swim with delight! the characters are well-developed and even the ones who are only in the book briefly will make you fall in love with them... definitely an impressive first novel--can't wait to see lillian take on more crimes in the future! kudos to elizabeth sims!

5-0 out of 5 stars Holy Hell scores big for suspense and characterization
Be sure you have some time because you won't want to put this original murder mystery down. This beautifully written Lillian Bird novel gathers momentum as it goes. Join Lillian in her pursuit for justice as she challenges Bucky with an X-Acto knife, meets Minerva for dinner at the Great Enchilada Place by the Bridge, and encounters danger from other quirky characters. Elizabeth Sims maintains suspense well with surprises for even the veteran mystery reader. Will Minerva survive for another book? Is Lou just a big puppy dog or a vicious stalker? What crime will Lillian Byrd solve next?

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is incredible!
Elizabeth Sims is an amazing author. This was one of, if not the best book, I have read in a long time. I could not put it down until I finished reading it.

1-0 out of 5 stars To call this book garbage would be a compliment
Why is it that since "Silence of the Lambs", a GOOD book, every killer has to be fixated on stealing body parts? The seqence about the teeth in this book is totally ridiculous, as are several other plot devices. True, there are unexpected twists, but the twists are only unexpected because they're implausible and downright insulting to any reader of intelligence. Plot holes prevail, and the author writes sex scenes as if she's still a virgin. I only finished this novel because I paid full price for it at the book store, which was a mistake. BOOOOOO!

5-0 out of 5 stars Yes!! Yes!! Yes!!
I loved Elizabeth's Holy Hell. I am always on the look out for a quality book with a strong woman as the main character. And what a character Lillian is! It's a perfect mix of humor, crime writing, and spirit. I look forward to reading more from Elizabeth. ... Read more


19. Daughters of a Coral Dawn : A Novel
by Katherine V. Forrest
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Asin: 1555836623
Catlog: Book (2002-09-01)
Publisher: Alyson Publications
Sales Rank: 56708
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Katherine Forrest's best-selling Daughters of a Coral Dawn first appeared in 1984 and became an instant classic. Through seven printings, including the 10th anniversary edition published in 1994, this story of women creating their own world after escaping an oppressive society has continued to gain fans and influence writers for 18 years.

Late in the 22nd century, 4,000 women escape the tyranny of a male-dominated Earth and colonize the planet of Maternas. The story of how these pioneers created a society and culture in accord with their nature makes up the heart of this exhilarating, erotic, and hauntingly beautiful novel. But men eventually discover Maternas, and the women are faced with a critical choice.

Katherine Forrest is also the author of the lesbian romantic classic Curious Wine as well as the groundbreaking Kate Delafield mystery series that includes the best-sellers Apparition Alley, Liberty Square, and Sleeping Bones. She lives in San Francisco. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A world of women
"Daughters of a Coral Dawn," by Katherine V. Forrest, tells the story of a collective of women who leave Earth to start an all-female society on the distant planet which they name Maternas. The book is a blend of science fiction and lesbian romance novel. Although hokey at times, it's an enjoyable book that has some effective touches of light humor.

One aspect of the book that rings false is Forrest's vision of a future Earth gripped by sexism and institutional anti-lesbianism. It seems absurd that humanity could evolve to the point of having interstellar travel and still be crippled by such societal backwardness. But the book does have a copyright date of 1984, so this skewed look at the future may just reflect the reality of the time it was written.

At times the romance aspect of the book is a bit too flowery for my taste. But the sweep of Forrest's overall vision really carries the tale. There are moments of real excitement and passages of genuine poetic beauty. "Daughters" is a worthy addition to that canon of sci-fi novels that explore human gender and sexuality (such as LeGuin's "The Left Hand of Darkness" and Sturgeon's "Venus Plus X").

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Escape!
I loved reading this book. It was impossible to put down. At first the relationships were strange, but I got over it and couldn't stop reading. Who wouldn't want to live in a new world with beautiful and intelligent women?? The main characters were very interesting and I found myself lusting after the lead character. I can't wait to read Daughters of an Amber Noon... (And I was shocked to see the 2 star review from one of the readers)

5-0 out of 5 stars Delightful, enchanting, an enjoyable book to read
I've reread this book since I bought it a few years ago. It has enjoyable, realistic characters (within a sci-fi context), a good blend of conflict with familial and personal love conquering the dysfunctional mindset of earthly greed, lust and control over women. I'd rather live in that world anyday.

2-0 out of 5 stars A not so interesting attempt at Lesbian Sci-Fi
I was very dissappointed with Forrest's attempt at Lesbian Sci-Fi. After being totally tantalized by Curious Wine, I had high expectations about her work. This book was odd, incestuous, and lacked suspence.

4-0 out of 5 stars Delightful light read
One of this author's best, "Daughters of a Coral Dawn" is a pleasant, idealistic sci-fi/fantasy for women-loving women looking for a fun light read. It's a great escape and contains just the right amount of well-placed, tasteful erotica. I definitely recommend it. ... Read more


20. The Blue Scorpion : A Loy Lombard Mystery (Loy Lombard Mysteries)
by Julia Lieber
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Asin: 1555838766
Catlog: Book (2005-06-15)
Publisher: Alyson Publications
Sales Rank: 86919
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"Unforgettable!"-Claire McNab on There Came Two Angels

Who was Natalie Wolf? A Russian mail-order bride married to an oafish husband? A desperate woman who disappeared, trying to escape from an international prostitution ring? Or the deadly third in a triangle of blackmail and white slavery? Hired by Natalie's husband Abel to find his missing wife, Loy Lombard learns quickly the pitfalls of finding a missing person whose identity keeps changing. Following on the success of There Came Two Angels, Julia Lieber once again proves herself adept at putting her surly sleuth in deep jeopardy and leading her out safely!

Julia Lieber is an attorney practicing in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is the author of There Came Two Angels, the novel that introduced Loy Lombard.

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