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Small Sacrifice (Jane Lawless #5)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  171 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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When Cordelia Thorn ventures to Summer Green, Wisconsin, for a reunion with some old college friends, she finds trouble in paradise. Twenty-plus years have definitely changed things. Soap opera star Diana has become an alcoholic. Curt and Annie's marriage is falling apart. Orson is hostile and surly. And Theo, the most p...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Bella Books (first published 1994)
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Kathleen Hagen
A Small Sacrifice, by Ellen Hart, a-minus, Narrated by Aimee Jolson, Produced by audible inc., downloaded from

In this, the fifth in the Jane Lawless series, Cordelia is going to a small town in Wisconsin where one of her oldest friends, from college theater days, is producing plays in a refurbished church turned into a theater. She is invited by another close friend of theirs from those days who insists that she must come that very weekend. It turns out that the close friends of thi...more
#5 Jane Lawless mystery, featuring the lesbian restaurateur from Minneapolis. In this book, Jane's friend Cordelia figures more heavily as it involves a group of theatre friends Cordelia has known since college days. The first part of the book takes place in 1972 to provide the backstory, and then moves to 1994 (when the book was written) at a reunion of the group.

Diana, the member who made it the biggest, has bought an old church in a small town in Wisconsin and rehabilitated it into a theatre...more
Cordelia, Jane Lawless' flamboyant and confident friend and former lover goes to a reunion of friends from college. Twenty years ago they were all young, talented and ready for the future. That is until one of them was arrested. Now twenty years later, they meet again to find that they are successful or not, sober or not, and looking to the future with trepidation and hope. That is until one of them is murdered.

Cordelia snoops around, calling Jane for help. Jane appears for the funeral and ties...more
This series just keeps on getting better and netter. The mystery was very good and the there was a deepening of the characters. While this was written in the 90's it is in some ways a precursor of the winds of change now in the 20-teens. It is fun reading stories with gay and lesbian characters, the world around them. This story, one of long standing friends and the lengths they go to save/help one another resonates with many of us bay boomers and mirrors experiences we all had. Looking forward...more
I gave this book three stars on the plot alone. Other than disclosing the sexual preferences of each of the players, there wasn't much character development. I wish it had been better because the plot was rally fun.
A Small Sacrifice (A Jane Lawless Mystery) by Ellen Hart (1995)
OK I love the setting for these stories
An easy read, made a bit of a change
Judith Guyot
She the review for "the Iron Girl".
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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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