Lawless is her name and crime is her game! That’s Jane Lawless, author Ellen Hart’s intrepid Minneapolis restaurateur and sleuth. (And if she’s on a case, you know her irrepressible sidekick Cordelia Thorn is close at hand.)
Fact: Crime fiction is one of the most popular genres in America today. And well, it’s summer. It’s hot. We have lakes—and there is sand and grass enough for everyone. So grab your towel, your hammock, or your lawn chair, and settle into three delicious crime novels by the grand dame of the form. Better yet, come discuss them with Hart.
If you do, you’ll be able to say you studied with a Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master. (Fact: Hart’s 2017 award puts her in the good company of authors such as Agatha Christie, P.D. James, Stephen King, Sara Paretsky, and Alfred Hitchcock.)
We’ll begin with The Cruel Ever After (June 26), a twisted tale of deceit and revenge that brings Lawless face to face with her own long-buried secret.
On July 17, The Old Deep and Dark, a story set in an eerie historic theater in downtown Minneapolis.
We’ll conclude on August 7 with The Grave Soul, a tale of murder and intrigue set in a small town in Wisconsin.
Throughout the course, Hart will share her passion for writing and reading, as well as her insights about the art of creating a memorable crime novel. (And that’s not fiction!)
Required: Ellen Hart, The Cruel Ever After (2010), The Old Deep and Dark (2014), The Grave Soul (2015), all published by St. Martin’s/Minotaur.
Ellen Hart is the author of 32 crime novels. She is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award for best popular fiction and a six-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award for best lesbian mystery. She was recently named Mystery Writers of America’s 2017 Grand Master, the pinnacle of achievement in the field of crime writing.