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Everything You Have Is Mine

(Lauren Laurano #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  487 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Lauren Laurano, lesbian PI in New York City, gets obsessed by her cases. Lovely, shy Lake Huron refuses to talk about her rape, then is killed. As Lauren moves closer to the truth, her own life is endangered and she discovers a family's past can't always stay buried.
Paperback, 307 pages
Published July 1st 1992 by Fawcett Books (first published 1991)
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I started this fallback Friday pick back in June and just finished it today. It seems (looking at other reviews) that I had the same problem with Everything You Have Is Mine by Sandra Scoppettone - the book has a promising start but towards the middle the plot gets very convoluted it’s hard to keep focus. So I put it away and read something else.

The book is 29 years old and it shows. AIDS, bulletin boards, 2400 Baud modems, pay phones. The author gave a very detailed account of her sleuth Lauren and how she falls p
Aug 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty decent book. The fact that it was published and took place in the early 90s made for an interesting juxtaposition, especially when the main character, Lauren Laurano is trying to learn how to work a computer and the internet. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, read it in less than 24 hours and cannot wait to get the other books in the series.
Eric Plume
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 stars and that's a shame, because after the first two chapters I really wanted to like this book.

It started out strong for a variety of reasons. First, it was one of the best if not the best use of first-person present-tense I've yet seen. Scoppettone writes great stream-of-consciousness narrative; reading it made me feel like I was bombing about in Lauren Lurano's head, rather than listening to her tell the story later. The you-are-here urgency made some situations page-turners; when Laure
Jul 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
At the time this was written it may have been cutting edge in it's crime, killer(s) and certainly technology (written the in the days of BBSs and 2400 baud modems) but the MO's have been worked to death in the past 20 years, which is certainly not the fault of this work. But if, like me, this is your first exposure to this series, the outdated specifics can be off-putting. Yet underneath it all there is a certain satisfaction with the protagonist, a lesbian feminist P.I with a dark past who stru ...more
Oct 28, 2013 added it
Shelves: lesbian-mystery
One of the first things you realize when beginning this series is how professionally written it is compared to the work of most of the other authors on this list. Professional--or at least professional-level--editing and guidance are so much more important than people think. That said, the mystery is just as clunky as you find elsewhere: almost-impossible-to-believe murder methods, clients who tell lies on top of lies, and the clue that stays buried in the detective's subconscious until just the ...more
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it
I read this for January '11 Bitch book group, which I didn't even attend. Absolutely would not have picked this up (or finished it) otherwise.

I've never read mystery before.
My first reaction was almost disgust. The awful similes, the classist and obnoxious Lauren Lorano's continuous narrative on New York and private investigating made it hard for me to read past the first five chapters. The rape scenes were thrown in towards the start of the book and I kept having a hard time with it, I w
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. The tense threw me at first, because usually present tense writing bugs me (mostly because people slip up and switch tenses erratically) but it was done well and really suited the P.I. ambiance. The characters were interesting and the lead was likeable but not outrageously skilled - believable as a regular P.I. with good instincts. It also seemed like there was a good balance of mystery and more cheerful/home life plot. There were a couple annoying t ...more
May 12, 2009 rated it liked it
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Mini-review: This almost wasn't worth the zero dollars I paid for it. It was another of my desperate attempts at finding decent lesbian genre fiction, and mysteries in general. And it's probably the worst entry to date. I didn't mind the characters, and the writing style was honestly fine, but the plot. Oh good god, the plot. What the actual fuck happened in this book? Admittedly, I read the book on and off over the course of several weeks, but still, I have no idea what happened. There's this scene ...more
Elaine Burnes
Apr 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: lesbian, mystery
This is the first in the Lauren Laurano mystery series. It might have gotten four stars if it weren't for Micky Knight. This lesbian PI is fun and interesting and even has a tragic past, but doesn't hold a candle to Ms. Knight. I did like that her relationship with her longtime partner, Kip, is right out there and depicted as perfectly normal (Kip is no Cordelia!). Set in NYC at the height of AIDS, it's fascinating to go back to a time when you had to search street corners for a payphone, comput ...more
Tony Hisgett
Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it
The book started well, the main character, Lauren is witty and quite feisty and there is a flow and pace to the story. However, about half way through I found my attention wavering and was beginning to find it a bit boring. To be fair, it doesn’t help that I am reading the book nearly 25 years after it was written and the joys of early home computing don’t hold the same fascination as they might have done in the early 90s.

The book improved towards the end as the intricate relationships are reso
Aug 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: glbt; fans of mysteries about dysfunctional families
Frankly, I came to this book with some skepticism because mysteries that are written with the sleuth's sexuality/race/gender/etc. in the forefront sometimes focus on that to the detriment of the story and its characters. However, that was not the case with this book, and so I was therefore able to enjoy both the mystery itself and the role of the lesbian P.I. in it. The characters and family dynamics pulled me in and made me want to stay up all night to finish it. Talk about dysfunctional famili ...more
Jan 14, 2008 rated it liked it
This book has been on my shelf forever. I don't know why I've never read it or any of her other ones. This introduces lesbian P.I. Lauren Laurano (Scoppettone has written many other series and non-series). Lauren is hired by a woman to find her sister's rapist. Before she can even get started the sister is murdered and then Lauren is abruptly fired. But, the case goes one and it turns out this family is in the dictionary as an example for the word dysfunctional. There was a lot to like about thi ...more
It was ok (beach read). The story was a little convoluted and it was awfully dated too -- so 90s. The heroine had to explain how dial-up BBSs worked (when the internet was still young) and modems and such. As an anthropological explanation for the young ones, I could see it having value but mostly it just felt excessively dated (Tab and leg warmers probably didn't help that feeling). I liked that the main character's lesbian relationship was quite normal in a time when it wasn't all that normal. ...more
Feb 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I found this a ultimatly delightful read! instead of being one of those hard boiled P.I's like sue grafton or sara paretsky, this one named Lauren. She is afraid of insects, computers, and blood. She's pretty, quirky, She lives in the heart of Grenwich village with her lesbian parner Kip, a psychotherapist. They bicker often and, sometimes, playfully. In typical p.i form, Lauren solves crimes, but we aqlso get to know her gay tenants who live upstairs.
Roger N.
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is so much of a time and place, of a shift in the world, that it brings it all back to me in a rush. I can't separate it from the person I was then and the life I was having -- not better or worse than this life, just different. I originally bought this book on the other side of the US, in a tiny bookshop I wasn't sure I belonged in, a bookshop that's now gone like so many other things.
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book and i usually find it hard to concentrate while reading a book, but Sandra Scoppettone made it impossible to put down! I would sedentary recommend her for good books! I cannot wait to read the next book in the Lauren Laurano series
Jun 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Enjoyed the story. it is dated though. The tech in the story is so old my 20-something niece looked at me like I was nuts when I asked if she had ever heard about some of it.
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want a mystry to the last chapter
I am still confused! Who's who? Had me guessing until the end! I wasn't a bog fan of the style of writing at first but I did enjoy the story.
Lana Del Slay
Sep 03, 2015 marked it as dnf
Either this isn't my genre, or some elements of the book have gotten campier over the last twenty-four years.
Jul 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
Eh. Not that well written. Main character is not that compelling. Plot had far too many twists, each one more improbable.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am enamored of this book, Lauren, it's main character, and the writing. At times charming, and at other times brutal. A delicate balance is struck making each character and scenario real. I really enjoyed reading this, and am very happy that I already have 2 other books in this series!
Denise Nickeson
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This 'who done it' might fall under the incidental lesbian category of the sub genre but regardless it was extremely well written. Funny, witty and fairly suspenseful. I was a little confused because there were so many players toward the end, but she does s nice recap at the end. I would highly recommended!
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one , the first in the series. Well worth the read.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Easy read, good story, although a little confusing at times trying to keep who's who straight in my mind.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I like the time period of the book and the main character. The murder mystery plot line was interesting but easy to figure out.
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable book. I'm going to look for more by her.
Adan Ramie
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
The first thing that struck me about this book was the main character’s voice. She exaggerates (A LOT), and sarcasm is her middle name. At 42, she’s as worried about crow’s feet as she is about doing her job – or so it seems at the beginning.

Once I got into the book, however, I found that there was a lot more to P.I. Lauren Laurano than vanity and a strong sweet tooth. As the description says, she’s a private detective who works with the police solving horrible crimes, but she still
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Also wrote as Jack Early.

Sandra Scoppettone first emerged as one of the best hard-boiled mystery writers using the name Jack Early for her first three novels that included A Creative Kind of Killer (1984) that won the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America for best first novel. She had started writing seriously since the age of 18 when she moved to New York from South Orange, New

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