A Note from Ellen

October 2015

  The Grave Soul by Ellen Hart

Hi to everyone! For many years, the coming of autumn brings with it the next adventure in the Jane Lawless mystery series. This fall is no exception. The Grave Soul, published by St. Martin's/Minotaur, will hit stores on Oct. 6. It's already garnering some great reviews. Publishers Weekly called it "riveting." And Robin Agnew, writing for Aunt Agatha's Mystery Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, said:

"(As) the book comes full circle back to the opening sequence, you won't be able to turn pages fast enough. Hart never writes too long, her pacing is great, and her characters are wonderful. Even smaller characters are memorable and serve their purpose. These novels are a master class on how to write a well constructed mystery. The Grave Soul is one of Hart's best, and that's saying a lot."

Earlier this year, St. Martin's very generously offered me another two-book contract, so as I write, I'm already at work on Lawless #24. I'll talk more about that in a later update.

  The Old Deep and Dark by Ellen Hart

This past June, The Old Deep and Dark, last fall's offering, was awarded the Lambda Literary Award for best lesbian mystery. I wasn't able to be in New York for the gala, but the award is now resting on my shelf, a very welcome addition. The Old Deep and Dark will be published in trade paperback in November by Bywater Books.

Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. The leaves haven't hit their peak here in Minnesota yet, but the crisp, cool air has descended, something that always makes me feel more alive. I want to wish all of you a wonderful, invigorating fall. Please stay in touch, by email, or at my Facebook page. I love hearing from you!

Good mystery reading to you all,
Ellen Hart


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