Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Ellen Hart’s intimate storytelling returns in Twisted at the Root, where Hart’s latest mystery shows the importance of finding the truth.
Everyone thought Rashad May and Gideon Wise were happily married. That is, until Rashad was convicted of his husband’s murder.
Four years later, Rashad’s brother contacts Ray Lawless – Minnesota private investigator Jane Lawless’s father and the original defense attorney on the case – with potential evidence of a wrongful conviction. When the case is reopened, Jane and her father must work together to attain justice for a grieving widower.
Who actually killed Gideon and why? There are suspects and motives galore, and Jane must discover the truth. She must also track down her missing brother, Peter, who was involved in the original trial, and who might be hiding secrets of his own.
About the Author
ELLEN HART, “a top novelist in the cultishly popular gay mystery genre” (Entertainment Weekly) and MWA Grand Master, is also a Lambda and Minnesota Book Award winner. The author of twenty-five previous mysteries featuring Jane Lawless, she lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Ellen Hart, and Minotaur Books, St. Martin's Press. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this mystery novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. Jane Lawless is the daughter of semi-retired lawyer Raymond Lawless, and owner of Lyme House, a restaurant in south Minneapolis. Oh, and is also a private investigator. When new information pops up concerning the death of Gideon Wise, Jane does all in her power to clear Gideon's husband Rashad May, who has already served several years for this murder he didn't commit. This novel, as are all the Jane Lawless series by Ellen Hart, is peopled with characters you either like or distrust, the setting of Minneapolis is well represented and the mystery is convoluted and buried fairly deep. This is a book hard to set aside - chores may go untouched - and one I am pleased to recommend to friends and family.
Gideon is brutally murdered in his own home in Twisted at the Root. The only person at home at the time is Gideon’s husband, Rashad. Rashad insists in his innocence but is found guilty at trial. When additional evidence is found four years later, Rashad is retried. He asks for his original attorney, Ray, to defend him again. After accepting, Ray hires his PI daughter, Jane, to find the real killer. Twisted at the Root disappointed me. I didn’t find the characters engaging. The pacing seemed slow. It might be because this is the first I’ve read in this ongoing series. If so, I wouldn’t recommend this book as a good entry point. However, if you are already a series fan you will probably enjoy this one too. 3 stars. Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.