Ellen Hart is the author of twenty-six crime novels in two different series.� She is a five-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Mystery, a three-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award for Best Popular Fiction, a three-time winner of the Golden Crown Literary Award, a recipient of the Alice B Medal, and was made an official GLBT Literary Saint at the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans in 2005. � In 2010, Ellen received the GCLS Trailblazer Award for lifetime achievement in the field of lesbian literature. Entertainment Weekly�named her one of the �101 Movers and Shakers in the Gay Entertainment Industry.� For the past fourteen years, Ellen has taught �An Introduction to Writing the Modern Mystery� through the The Loft Literary Center, the largest independent writing community in the nation.
This LIttle Piggy Went to Murderby Ellen Hart
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It's election year in Minnesota, and Jack Grendel is running hard for the U.S. Senate. But a pair of grotesque murders threatens to derail his campaign. One is the bizarre hanging of a consultant for Grendel Shipping. The other is the shooting of Jack's own father soon after he withdraws financial support from his son's campaign. When food critic Sophie Greenway, a family friend, starts snooping, it begins to look like one of her oldest friends is a killer. But will she discover which one before it's her turn to die?
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Jack Grendel is running for U. S. Senate in Minnesota. His father, Herman Grendel, is a Duluth shipping magnate. First Lars Olson a consultant for Grendel Shipping is murdered. Then Herman is murdered right after he pulled his financial support from Jack's campaign. Sophie is a food critic and old family friend of Amanda, Jack's sister. Sophie and her husband Bram, a radio personality, attend the reopening of Amanda's restaurant Gasthaus Rethenau. Sophie is also good friends with Luther, Amanda's husband. Luther is quite ill and becomes the police's favorite suspect. Is he being framed? When these two murders rock the Grendel family and possibly Jack's political campaign, Sophie begins to investigate. At each murder a line from a children's poem is left. Sophie tries to figure out who the next victim is before there are more murders. Unfortunately she is not successful. Then Sophie begins to receive notes with clues about the murders. Bram and Sophie stay at Amanda and Luther's for a few days. Bram is working on his new novel and needs solitude. Sophie continues to investigate. Sophie finds out some information she isn't sure she wanted to know. Both Bram and Sophie end up in danger. Who is behind all this? Can one of her oldest friends be a killer? This is a great series. This is one of the earlier books I hadn't read. I enjoy Sophie and her many antics. She always ends up in the thick of things. Being that she is a food critic, food is always an integral part of the story! Then there's Nathan, her ex-boyfriend, who has recently returned. What's his story? The Minneapolis setting lends charm to the story. This book has many twists and turns and comes to a climactic ending. I highly recommend this book and series.