• Hallowed Murder

  • A Jane Lawless Mystery
  • By: Ellen Hart
  • Narrated by: Aimee Jolson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • 3.6 out of 5 stars (122 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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.

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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

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Meh...

I couldn't get into it. Too straight, Too religious, . it didn't keep my attention. give it a try. it's just not for me.

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My Fault

I should have read the reviews and the description of this book. If I had, I would have known that this was not the book for me. It's not that it's badly written, I simply can not get past the attitudes in this book.

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Good but confusing

I made it about halfway through, but couldn't handle anymore. The book that I was listening to, has nothing to do with the synopsis about the book. The synopsis said it was about Cordelia's sister's wedding, instead it's about a lesbian sorority girl that is murdered.
That aside, while it is a decent book...there are so many off topic situations that it is just confusing.

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Sorority Secrets.

Jane Lawless is a Kappa Alpha Sigma alumni and agrees to be on their advisory board for a year. When one of members dies under mysterious circumstances Jane decides to investigate. A great start to a series and an intriguing story.

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Overall good book

The story was good and flowed well. The narrator was very bland. Pretty predictable ending.

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very entertaining!

I loved the witty dialogue, the human and animal characters and the cleverly plotted mystery

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I had a hard time getting past the narrator.

I had high expectations given the number of books in the series. However I found that the narration was really tough; I felt like she was reading for very simple minded people. Nice voice, but I don’t like being talked down to

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Need a new narrator

Fair story line is ruined by horrible mpnarration. Too bad! We need more good lesbian mysteries!

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  • Angela
  • 08-05-21

Wrong summary but good book

Here is the correct summary of the book:

t’s almost winter in Minnesota. As the icy cold begins to grip the Twin Cities, restaurant owner, Jane Lawless, and her eccentric sidekick, Cordelia Thorn, are caught up in a spiraling chain of events centering on the university sorority, Kappa Alpha Sigma. Allison Lord, a popular sorority member with a secret, is killed and the murderer continues to stalk the house amid charges of theft, lesbianism and religious intolerance.

Not the best narrator but a good enough mystery as it keeps you guessing. A bit Agatha Christie with a lesbian lead because who the hell trusts someone that much with their secrets (except the closeted ones) after 5 minutes?

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  • Lou
  • 09-01-22

great murder mystery

this book is really well written although I wish that books that have anything considered triggering would have a warning so here's mine for anyone that needs it, this story has a description of rape, it isn't very detailed but enough so that I found it hard to listen to.
The homophobia and religious fanaticism is written well and unfortunately all too often still happening in the world so I liked that this book is calling it out.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-25-22

The outline did not reflect the content!

I was anticipating a storyline about nefarious wedding shenanigans and veteran film stars, but instead got something about a Sorority murder. Listened to 5 chapters but still nothing relating to the outline given. Disappointed and confused.