This is book number 27 in the Jane Lawless Mysteries series.
Beloved heroine Jane Lawless finds that some secrets don't stay buried forever in Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Ellen Hart's In a Midnight Wood, the 27th mystery in this cultishly popular series.
Minnesota private investigator Jane Lawless is headed on a little getaway. She and her best friend, Cordelia Thorn, plan to visit their old friend Emma in her hometown of Castle Lake, while also participating in the small town's local art festival. Between the festival and an upcoming high school reunion for the class of 1999, no one in Castle Lake is quite sure who will make an appearance.
But back in 1999, Emma's boyfriend and Castle Lake high school senior Sam Romilly went missing. Everyone thought he ran away, though the town rumor mill has always claimed his father murdered him. Today, within a week of his class's 20th reunion, Sams remains are found in someone else's burial plot. Suddenly the case is warming up fast. People who knew Samfriends and enemies alikewill be in town for the much anticipated reunion. Its up to Jane to sort the innocent from the guilty, before it's too late.
[E]legantly plotted . . . Hart builds tension by alternating chapters focused on Jane and friends in the present with those showing Sam and his schoolmates in 1999. Each new glimpse of the past alters readers understanding of the present. This complex mystery will satisfy newcomers and longtime fans alike. Publishers Weekly
Praise for Ellen Hart and The Jane Lawless Series
A top novelist in the cultishly popular gay mystery genre. Entertainment Weekly
Hart, the veteran crime writer, presents her central character, Jane Lawless, with such consistent and off-handed good humour that readers hardly notice the trails she and her character have blazed. The Toronto Star
Distinctive characters and solid plotting underscore the strength of this long-running series. Publishers Weekly
This intricately plotted mystery is filled with a cast of lying characters . . . it's obvious why Mystery Writers of America named her a Grand Master. Library Journal on Twisted at the Root
Hart uses the characters introduced in this installment of her long-running series to ramp up the creepiness. Kirkus Reviews on Twisted at the Root