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Ellen Hart & Kathleen Kruger

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Ellen Hart is the award-winning mystery author of the Jane Lawless and Sophie Greenaway series. She was born in Minneapolis, MN in August 1949. A professional chef for 14 years, Hart's mysteries include culinary elements similar to those of Diane Mott Davidson. When Hart's best friend from college, Kathleen Kruger, divorced her husband in the late 1970s, she and her two daughters relocated to Minneapolis and moved into an apartment with Hart. It was the beginning of a wonderful family. Hart and Kruger have been devoted partners for decades. Hart has legally adopted Kruger's daughters, Shawna and Bethany, whom she describes, along with Shawna's husband, Tom, as "truly the light of our lives." Hart and Kruger also have two grandsons.

The author says of her work, "I don't write about the Mean Streets. I don't live there .... I don't do lots of blood and gore. I don't do sex scenes in any great detail. I'd never kill a dog or a cat. I guess you could call my style, maximal suspense and minimal gore." Hart is openly lesbian. Her Jane Lawless series features a lesbian restaurateur and her smart mouth best friend, Cordelia Thorn. The Jane Lawless series began in 1989 and is an early Post-Stonewall example of the mystery genre in Lesbian literature. Hart's novels deal with GLBT issues and five of the Lawless series have won Lambda Literary Awards.

Dubbed the "lesbian answer to Agatha Christie," for her Jane Lawless series, Hart also pens the culinary Sophie Greenway mystery series. She frequently tours and lectures on the craft of mystery writing. She has contributed to numerous crime writer anthologies including Resort to Murder: Thirteen More Tales of Mystery by Minnesota's Premier Writers.

In 2005, Hart was inducted into the Saints and Sinners Hall of Fame, joining literary greats such as Dorothy Allison, Felice Picano, Katherine V. Forrest, and others. At the 2007 annual meeting of the Golden Crown Literary Society, Hart was the keynote speaker.


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Ellen Hart is the award-winning mystery author of the Jane Lawless and Sophie Greenaway series. When Hart's best friend from college, Kathleen Kruger, divorced her husband in the late 1970s, she and her two daughters moved into an apartment with Hart. It was the beginning of a wonderful family. Hart and Kruger have been devoted partners for decades. Hart has legally adopted Kruger's daughters, Shawna and Bethany, whom she describes, along with Shawna's husband, as "truly the light of our lives."


In 2010, Hart was awarded the coveted Trailblazer Award from the Golden Crown Literary Society, an award given to other lesbian luminaries such as Ann Bannon, Jane Rule, and Lee Lynch. She's a founding member of The Minnesota Crime Wave along with local Twin Cities crime fiction writers Carl Brookins and William Kent Krueger. The Minnesota Crime Wave's TV show about mysteries and writing airs on CTV-15 in the Twin Cities or episodes can be seen at MinnesotaCrimeWave.org.

Hart has taught introductory classes for mystery writers at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis for many years. She and Kathy, her partner of over thirty years, lived in Minneapolis until 2012 when they downsized and now live in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Hart

Further Readings:

Rest for the Wicked (Jane Lawless Mysteries) by Ellen Hart
Series: Jane Lawless Mysteries (Book 20)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (October 2, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250001862
ISBN-13: 978-1250001863
Amazon: Rest for the Wicked (Jane Lawless Mysteries)
Amazon Kindle: Rest for the Wicked (Jane Lawless Mysteries)

DeAndre Moore came to Minneapolis from St. Louis with a purpose, but things aren’t going as he planned. When it becomes clear he’s in way over his head, DeAndre can think of only one person to call for help—his Uncle Nolan’s business partner, newly licensed private investigator Jane Lawless. However, by the time Jane listens to his voice mail, she’s hearing a voice from beyond the grave—DeAndre left the message only minutes before he was knifed to death outside a gentlemen’s club. Soon his murder isn’t the only one.

With Nolan in the hospital, Jane sets out to find out who killed DeAndre, how his death is connected with the others, and what he was doing in Minneapolis in the first place.

Rest for the Wicked is another outstanding addition to Ellen Hart’s award-winning mystery series.

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