I'll Be Leaving You Always (Lauren Laurano Series #2)

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Fresh from her sensational debut in Everything You Have Is Mine, private eye Lauren Laurano is back. Petite, attractive, hip, cholesterol-conscious, and gay, Lauren isn't your typical private detective. She shares a brownstone apartment with her psychologist lover, Kip, in New York's fashionable Greenwich Village, where they are surrounded by a circle of warm friends who keep them well insulated from the craziness of city life. But when Lauren's closest childhood friend, Megan Harbaugh, is murdered in her West ...
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Fresh from her sensational debut in Everything You Have Is Mine, private eye Lauren Laurano is back. Petite, attractive, hip, cholesterol-conscious, and gay, Lauren isn't your typical private detective. She shares a brownstone apartment with her psychologist lover, Kip, in New York's fashionable Greenwich Village, where they are surrounded by a circle of warm friends who keep them well insulated from the craziness of city life. But when Lauren's closest childhood friend, Megan Harbaugh, is murdered in her West Village jewelry store, the illusion of protection is instantly shattered. Lauren is hired by one of Megan's former husbands to investigate the crime, which propels her on several searches at once. The first is personal. Not only must Lauren come to grips with her best friend's death, but she finds herself questioning just how well she really knew Megan, who, though straight herself, was the first person to accept Lauren's lesbianism. While the list of suspects grows and the danger mounts, Lauren also begins wondering how well she knows anyone as she uncovers one startling surprise after another about her friends - and herself.

The second suspenseful mystery starring street-smart, gay P.I. Lauren Laurano. Investigating the murder of her oldest and dearest friend, Lauren discovers a shocking secret side to a woman she thought she knew. But cracking the case means taking a walk on the deadly side. . . .

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Scoppettone's familiarity with the streets and shops of Manhattan's West Village lends authenticity to this captivating, forceful mystery, the second to feature PI Lauren Laurano. Not just a crime story, this skillfully characterized portrait of the lesbian relationship Lauren has shared for 12 years also demonstrates how lies and conflicts strain friendships. When Lauren's childhood confidante and close friend, a jewelry-store owner named Megan Harbruth, is shot, Lauren refuses to let police pursue the case on their own. Lauren's investigations make her feel disillusioned and betrayed: however, Megan apparently hid many secrets, from an affair with a married man to involvement in a local scam that provided her with thousands of dollars. Scoppettone ( Everything You Have Is Mine ) explores the issue of trust in several subplots, as Lauren withholds information from a policeman she knows well and watches as another friend conceals a cocaine addiction from his lover. A cliched and slightly rushed resolution--the perp, cornered, admits to everything with villainous gusto--only slightly flaws this substantial and satisfying novel. (Nov.)
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Greenwich Village PI Lauren Laurano appears for another bout with murder after someone shoots her good friend Megan. As she questions children, ex-husbands, and other suspects, Lauren acquires essential self-awareness as well as clues. New York characters and scenes abound, all held together by Lauren's particular liberal lesbian outlook, insecure emotions, unconventional friends, and most appropriate first-person voice. A likable addition to the series.
Marie Kuda
Scoppettone's diminuitive, fortyish PI Lauren Laurano returns, and this time out, Megan Harbaugh, whose friendship for Lauren has persisted from childhood through Lauren's lesbian relationships and Megan's three marriages, is murdered in her Greenwich Village jewelry shop. Three more bodies follow in rapid succession as Lauren learns that upstairs neighbor William, last to see Megan alive, was trying to score some coke from her at the time although he protests he's not an addict and Megan wasn't a dealer. Questioning herself and her knowledge of her friends, Lauren then digs into the "little something on the side" in which Megan and other, neighboring shop owners appear to have been indulging. It comes to seem to Lauren that everyone, including her lover and her contact on the police force, is lying or withholding information. Scoppettone peppers the plot with just enough twists and deftly drawn minor characters to keep the reader turning pages in hot pursuit.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345382696
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/1994
  • Series: Lauren Laurano Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 273
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 7.04 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author


Claudia B. Gilbertson was a high school instructor for 11 years and a community college instructor for 25 years. Currently retired from North Hennepin Community College, Claudia serves as a consultant for accounting online learning solutions. She is active in the National Business Education Association, North Central Business Education Association, and Minnesota Business Educators, Inc.

Mark W. Lehman, assistant professor emeritus of Accountancy at the Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy at Mississippi State University, teaches Accounting Information Systems and Forensic Accounting. A former auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Dr. Lehman is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. Dr. Lehman writes journal articles and consults with accountants on the use of software in fraud detection. He was awarded Outstanding Educator by the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants in 2007.

Debra H. Gentene has taught business education at the high school level for 20 years and currently teaches at Mason High School in Ohio. A former community college instructor and corporate training manager, Debra has been active in the National Business Education Association, serving on the Entrepreneurship Standards Committee. Debra recently won the Leavey Award and Warren County's Innovative Teacher of the Year award.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2000

    Just a fun read!

    I found this book to be a really enjoyable read. The characters are complex without being tideous and the left field sarcasm keeps the story flowing from tragidy to mystery to romance. Especially enjoyable if you're a New Yorker

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