The Lost Women of Lost Lake-Ellen Hart

The Lost Women of Lost Lake

Ellen Hart

Minotaur, Sep 27 2011, $25.99

ISBN: 9780312614775

 

Playwright Tessa Cornell severely sprains her ankle.  Her wife of twenty six years Jill Ivorsen cares for her mate at the Thunderhook Lodge she owns by Lost Lake.  Minneapolis restaurant owner (of Lyme House and the Xanadu Club) Jane Lawless and her best friend the Allen Grimsby Repertoire Theater of St. Paul artist director Cordelia Thorn travel to Lost Lake to help their friends with a sundry of things like cooking.

 

A man wearing a White Sox shirt arrives at the LaVasser Soda Fountain seeking information about a woman named Judy Clark who is in a Chicago photo from 1968 with the deceased Jeff Briere.  Owner Lyndie LaVasser says she cannot help Steven Feigenbaumer as she has no idea who this woman he seeks is.  However, she sees Judy Clark whenever she looks into a mirror.  Frantic Lyndie calls Tessa accusing her of getting her in the mess over five decades ago.  Jane arrives and knows something besides her ankle bothers Tessa, but the woman refuses to reveal what disturbs her.  Her wife begs Jane, who has solved mysteries before (see the Cruel Ever Affair), to investigate. 

 

This is a great Jane Lawless amateur sleuth as what happened in riotous 1968 Chicago impacts the present with a long dead cold case returning to life haunting everyone involved.  The is some teen triangular angst involving Jill’s nephew and two locals, and Jane may have a new beau; both enhance the prime story line of what happened over five decades ago that haunt Lyndie and Tessa.

 

Harriet Klausner

 

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