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The Mortal Groove (Jane Lawless #15)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  212 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Minneapolis restaurateur and amateur sleuth Jane Lawless is in the middle of ringing in the New Year the best way she knows how—with her family, friends, and some excellent champagne—when the biggest financial backers in Minnesota politics break up the party with a little backroom proposition for her father: How'd he like to be the state's next governor? Flattered, Ray Law ...more
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Published December 10th 2007 by Minotaur Books
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Beth
Nov 26, 2007 Beth rated it really liked it
One of the darkest in Hart's Lawless series. Quite gripping. But dark. Definitely dark. Explores the connections between the Vietnam War and violence in American culture, then and today. A meditation on how veterans of wars are influenced by the violence they take part in. Also an exploration of how anyone can be violent, given an extreme situation. That's the darkest part of the book--a character you don't expect ever to be violent suddenly commits a very violent act because of extreme circumst ...more
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The Mortal Groove, by Ellen Hart, a-minus, Narrated by Aimee Jolson, Produced by Audible Inc., downloaded from audible.com.

Minneapolis restaurateur and amateur sleuth Jane Lawless is in the middle of ringing in the New Year the best way she knows how - with her family, friends,
and some excellent champagne - when the biggest financial backers in Minnesota politics break up the party with a little backroom proposition for her father:

How'd he like to be the state's next governor? Flattered, Ray Law
...more
Liz
May 14, 2016 Liz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jane-lawless
Peter’s marriage to Sigrid is in trouble – from Peter’s end, because he wants children and she doesn’t, after having given up a child for adoption when she was eighteen. And Sigrid just plain wants more. She’s ambitious in her career, wants to further her education, and doesn’t share Peter’s dream of the cottage with the white picket fence. Peter goes searching for Sigrid’s child, finds that she is definitely not in a happily ever after adoption, and literally snatches her off the street as she ...more
Cheryl
Oct 15, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it
Plot Summary: Jane Lawless is a Minnesota restaurateur who maintains very close relationships with her friends and her family. In this book of the series, Jane’s father is running for governor, and family secrets, as well as the secrets of those involved in his campaign threaten the campaign’s success, as well as the personal well-being of many of the characters. Many of the characters in this book have secrets, the least of which is their sexuality. Jane and her sidekick Cordelia investigate th ...more
Freyja Vanadis
Mar 01, 2012 Freyja Vanadis rated it did not like it
Oh my god, this book was so bad. The previous couple of books, I was disappointed. But now, I'm disgusted. I mean, seriously? Jane's brother Peter decides to hunt down his estranged wife Sigrid's daughter she gave up for adoption (but not tell her he was doing it), then kidnap her and bring her back, which magically reunites Peter and Sigrid as a couple and makes her change her mind about divorcing Peter. Not to mention the fact that Peter gets kidnapped. That whole sequence was surreal. Ms. Har ...more
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John
Dec 20, 2007 John rated it liked it
I had trouble with this latest installment in the Jane Lawless series - grim, verging on a real downer; even Cordelia's flambouyancy didn't lift things much. I'm still a fan of the series, but wouldn't blame others for not being able to finish this one.
Karen
Sep 01, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
What stops this from getting 5 stars is the open=-ended story lines: How did Ethan end up next to the victim? What happened with Siggy and Peter and Mia? A few too many story lines that weren't fully developed and probably should have been a separate book.
Jennifer
Mar 14, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it
After 20 or so Ellen Hart mysteries, you pretty much know what to expect. What I did especially like was some more movement and character development for Peter and his family. An engrossing read, that had a few twists and turns.
Deborah
Jun 04, 2016 Deborah rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, lgtbq
It's great to be with Jane and Cordelia again ...it's been too long! This seemed darker than others due to the close connection of some events to Jane and family. I'll start the next one very soon as the election cycle continues in it.
Mary Vermillion
Apr 15, 2012 Mary Vermillion rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
Jane's father runs for governor in this book, and there is also a fascinating look at the lives of Viet Nam vets. The ending is fantastic.
Lila
Sep 10, 2011 Lila rated it really liked it
very good
Leigh
Aug 24, 2010 Leigh rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
meh... I usually enjoy this series, but I pretty much had to force myself to read this on. It just didn't grab me.
TJ
Jun 24, 2008 TJ rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Fast read (in less than 2 hours). Fun book. True to the characters, though Ellen Hart does drag some story parts our. Very much a series write.
Not her best, but still fun to read.
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Ellen Hart is the author of twenty-eight crime novels in two different series. She is a 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, a three-time winner of the Golden Crown Literary Award in several categories, a recipient of the Alice B Medal, and was made an official GLBT Literary Saint at the Sa ...more
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