Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (October 14, 2014)
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Ex-Chicago cop and new PI Josie Harper has been hired by an outside group to clear the name of publisher Lauren Wade, recently acquitted of the murder of her lover. That means finding the real killer, a task made more difficult by Lauren’s unwillingness to cooperate and a large family problem—Lauren’s parents have been kidnapped for a ransom she can no longer pay. Josie has a big challenge of her own: how to redeem herself after losing her job as a detective. When Josie and Lauren join forces to rescue the parents, they discover they make a great team, in more ways than one.
Will Josie’s troubled past come back to haunt her? And who did kill Lauren’s lover?
One of the best lesfic mysteries I've read in a long time. Laughlin's pacing and plotting are excellent, and she has created a complicated but lovable protagonist dealing as best she can with bipolar issues (think Clare Danes in Homeland). There's romance but the story is not a romance and there's enough humor to keep the novel from being overly dark. Overall, The Acquittal is an outstanding lesfic mystery.
Brilliant. Layers of layers of deception and deviousness wrapped around a PI who wavers between normal and maniac
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