The Mirror and the Mask

The Mirror and the Mask

Book - 2009
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Minneapolis restaurateur Jane Lawless is at crossroads. The rough economy has put her plans for a third restaurant on hold, and her long distance romance is on the rocks and quite possibly unsalvageable. Unsure of what to do next, she takes her good friend A. J. Nolan up on his standing offer to take her on as a private investigator.

While still in training, her first job seems simple enough. All she had to do is find Annie Archer's stepfather. Jane tracks down a likely match--a man who has made a small fortune in real estate. While she's happy to close her first case, she finds it hard to reconcile the difference between PI work--finding what people pay you to find--and uncovering the truth, the whole truth, especially when clues in this seemingly simple case point to more threatening family secrets than where Annie's father has been hiding out.

Ellen Hart's The Mirror and the Mask is another engrossing mystery filled with the deceit and psychological intrigue that fans have come to expect from this Lambda and Minnesota Book Award--winning author.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312375270
Branch Call Number: MYS Hart
Characteristics: 305p


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Jul 30, 2010

Endless conversations. I gave up before any action actually appeared, supposing there is some in there somewhere.

Mar 18, 2010

This is not one of Ellen Hart's better efforts in this normally well-written, fun series. Characters' motives and feelings are not fleshed out. (For instance, why is Jane so attracted to Annie? Is it just physical? Two thirds through the book, nothing of consequence has happened between them to justify the level of feeling Jane claims to have for Annie.) The whole book seems forced and thin in the plot line. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend it.

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