During this interview I review the Jane Lawless series by Ellen Hart. Restauranteur and amateur sleuth Jane Lawless has a knack for solving mysteries. Her innate curiosity and personable nature helps her get to the truth. Try as you might, predicting the ending of an Ellen Hart story, she is that good.
In December of 2016, Mystery Writer’s of America named Ellen Hart the 2017 Grand Master. She is the first openly LGBT writer to receive this prestigious honor. The award represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as well as for a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality. Other masters have included Stephen King, Agatha Christie, Sara Paretsky, PD James, and Alfred Hitchcock.
This mild mannered English professor surely has a way with words, from an elevator speech with maximum shock factor to quirky combinations of words you would have never expected. This quote is one of my favorites. “Jared shot out of a cabin like a Kind doll in a slingshot.” Fun fact: If you are attending the GCLS Conference in Chicago you might have a chance to slingshot a real Ken doll during her presentation. Press play to enjoy our trip down memory lane as we discuss her body of work.
Carleen and Beth join me to talk about the p-word. Mind outta the gutter…we discussed politics. The Resisterhood is about sharing our political points of view on current events. The debut episode covers the birth of persistent widespread activism in the era of Trump.
At a time when most crime fiction featuring and written by women were cozy mysteries, Jean longed for something grittier. Micky Knight is a private detective on the mean streets of New Orleans. Each book in the series answers this question, Can flawed people find the justice they seek?
The Retrospective series will always have spoilers, it’s the only way to discuss a body of work in depth. That said, we do our best to to avoid revealing plot twists and secrets. I loved re-reading the series and I hope you are able to take the same journey.
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