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Hallowed Murder: A Jane Lawless Mystery | [Ellen Hart]

Hallowed Murder: A Jane Lawless Mystery

Jane reluctantly agrees to accompany her good friend Cordelia Thorn on a peculiar holiday trip: Cordelia's estranged sister, Broadway star Octavia Thorn, has asked them to attend her wedding. Octavia getting married is no surprise, but her candidate for hubby #4 certainly is. Roland Lester is a reclusive 83-year-old retired Hollywood director. No one can understand how the two met. When the bodies start to drop, Jane realizes it might not be love at all that brought the young diva and the aged director together, but something much deeper, and perhaps more sinister.
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Jane Lawless is a woman at a crossroads - her lover has left, she has finally recovered from a vicious attack sustained last year, and the holidays are closing in. With no one to help her ring in the new year, Jane reluctantly agrees to accompany her good friend Cordelia Thorn on a peculiar holiday trip: Cordelia's estranged sister, Broadway star Octavia Thorn, has asked them to attend her wedding.

Octavia getting married is no surprise - she's done it three times before - but her candidate for hubby #4 certainly is. Roland Lester is a reclusive 83-year-old retired Hollywood director, a relic from the golden age of Tinseltown with a controversial past. No one can understand how the two met, much less fell in love. When the bodies start to drop, Jane realizes it might not be love at all that brought the young diva and the aged director together, but something much deeper, and perhaps more sinister.

Delving deep into film history, Jane finds unsettling connections between Roland and a murder that was never solved. Finding out what happened 40 years ago could be the key to unlock the mystery of Octavia's curious marriage, but laying bare such long-buried secrets also promises grave consequences for everyone involved.

©1989 Ellen Hart (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Share Faerber St. Louis, MO, US 04-11-14
    Share Faerber St. Louis, MO, US 04-11-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Sloid mystery , Lesbean slueth"

    I enjoyed the story but could never quite get why Jane was investigating. She is not a cop, or a P. I. and she barely knew the victim. Jane is a Restaurant owner, though she doesn't seem to go there much.She is a lesbian, but only her closest friends know, And she says nothing when others spout hate toward gays, something that happens a lot in this book.

    The most interesting character is Jane's best friend, Cordelia.

    I enjoyed the story and read the next in the series, which was better, bu I don't think I will buy the rest of the series. I prefer more humor, stronger characters, and less politics in my entertainment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    April Saxinger Waycross, GA, US 04-11-14
    April Saxinger Waycross, GA, US 04-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "just no...."
    What disappointed you about Hallowed Murder?

    the narrator


    What was most disappointing about Ellen Hart’s story?

    lame dialog


    How could the performance have been better?

    use a different narrator


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    didn't even get past the 3rd chapter....


    Any additional comments?

    just no....there are no more words to describe my dislike for this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jo CHICAGO, IL, United States 05-19-14
    jo CHICAGO, IL, United States 05-19-14 Member Since 2009
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    "loving this series"
    What made the experience of listening to Hallowed Murder the most enjoyable?

    these books are exactly why i started listening to f/f then for lack of material m/m romance novels. i like reading gay characters, but for the most part that forces me to read either super serious novels or godawful cheesy romance plot lines. it's not the smut i mind in those, that's the only good part usually. i'm on a tangent. the point is, these novels are nice. they are funny, friendly, creative, well written and suspenseful. the characters develop over time and are interesting and don't require smut to make the book readable. in fact, there isn't any. and i still like it.incidentally, i get a kick out of what culinary snobs jane and cordelia are.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    cordelia. she is hilarious, i love her diva ways.


    Which character – as performed by Aimee Jolson – was your favorite?

    still cordelia.


    Any additional comments?

    i'm on book 12 or something already and still going strong. for the first half hour i really didn't like the narration, there was something too sing-songy about it. but now i really like her. as the narrator who has read all the books she knows the characters and imbues them with some really amusing subtle intonations that fit the writing.

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