The Iron Girl (Jane Lawless Series #13)

The Iron Girl (Jane Lawless Series #13)

by ELLEN HART

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BN ID: 2940012862501
Publisher: Ellen Hart
Publication date: 04/11/2011
Series: Jane Lawless Series , #13
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 354,963
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Ellen Hart is the author of 27 mysteries in two series. She is the 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, and a three time winner of the Golden Crown Literary Award. Ellen Has teaches mystery writing at the Loft Literary Center, the largest independent literary community in the nation. She lives in Minneapolis with her partner of thirty-six years.

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The Iron Girl (Jane Lawless Series #13) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
drsyko on LibraryThing 8 months ago
In this outing of the Jane Lawless series, Hart provides the most intimate look at Jane's private life prior to the death of her lover Christine. It's been a decade since Christine's death and Jane is trying to build a new relationship. In that process she decides to go through Christine's things and is surprised to find some items, including the Iron Girl, that tie Christine with a long ago brutal triple homicide. Jane decides to investigate what happened and the book deftly goes back and forth from Christine's involvement with murdered family and the present day Jane's investigation. Interestingly, we find out several things that Jane never discovers about the murders and the victims, although of course she does find out who the killer is. There is a related subplot involving a woman who is Christine's doppelganger that is involving and interesting. In my opinion, this is the most engaging and heartfelt installment in the Lawless series and it greatly advances our knowledge of who Jane is and what Christine meant to her.The pace of this book is just right and the plot is engrossing. The characters are three dimensional and you feel for them, even if sometimes that feeling is disgust and loathing. There is a sense of satisfaction at the conclusion of this book. I really enjoyed it and I recommend it.
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Restaurant owner, Jane Lawless is embroiled yet again, in another mystery to solve. This one hits close to home. Very, very close in fact. Convinced by her longtime friend Cordelia Thorn to open a restaurant with a business associate, Jane meets Greta, a young woman who eerily resembles her deceased lover Christine. Greta claims to be interested in photographing the rennovations as a school project. Cordelia, however, is not convinced of Greta¿s true motives. Why? What about the young woman is rubbing Cordelia the wrong way? It¿s been several years since Jane lost Christine. But Jane now feels she is finally ready to sort out Christine¿s things. While going through the boxes that had been packed away, she finds something that has her questioning just how well she knew her lover. What could Christine have been involved in? And why wouldn¿t she have told Jane? How could what Jane found impact the feelings she still carries for Christine? Then there is Jane¿s relationship with her new lover Kenzie Mullroy, a woman she met just a short time ago. A relationship that is still growing and could be put into danger by Jane¿s feelings for Greta. How? Will Jane¿s feelings for her longlost love, surfacing again with Greta¿s appearance, overide her feelings for her new one? Will Kenzie even stick around to find out? The Iron Girl is an excellent offering by an extremely talented author. Ellen Hart presents a book filled with tremendous suspense, drama and intrigue, and demanding to be read. Just when you think you have the mystery solved, the author throws in a twist that has you trying hard not to cheat and skip to the end of the book!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Now that Kenzie is in Jane Lawless¿s life, she is so grateful to have found love for the second time after a ten year hiatus she gets up the nerve to go through her dead lover¿s things in order to put Christine in the past. She is shocked to find a gun in Christine¿s briefcase and when a friend brings over a statue that she was to give to Jane ten years ago but forgot all about it until now, Jane realizes both things were the property of the Simoneau family. --- Christine worked for Bill McBride of McBride Realty and she was selling the property of Bernadette Simoneau who moved with her son Philip into the family mansion. Not long before Christine died, the matriarch, Philip and the cook were murdered. The handy man was convicted of the crime. After visiting the black man in prison Jane believes that he is innocent she starts asking questions in the hopes of finding the real murderers because she believes Christine would want her to do this. --- The reader sees flashbacks of the last weeks of Christine¿s life and how she came into possession of the gun and the statue. They also read about the revelation about Christine¿s death and how heart wrenching it is for the two lovers to acknowledge this. In the present, Jane meets Greta who could pass for Christine¿s double propping pictures of Jane¿s new restaurant. Jane¿s friend believes Greta has a motive for crossing Jane¿s path and the reader slowly began to believe it too, but wonder why. The decade old triple homicide was constructed with several suspects who had a motive and the opportunity to kill the victims. Ellen Hart has written one of the best novels of her career --- Harriet Klausner