The Cruel Ever After (Hardcover)

By Ellen Hart

Minotaur Books, 9780312614768, 336pp.

Publication Date: December 7, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (11/5/2013)

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The shock that Minneapolis restaurateur Jane Lawless is in for when Chester Garrity, her ex-husband, returns to a city that he swore he’d never see again is nothing compared to Chester’s own. After their divorce many years ago, he took off with his inheritance to travel the world, leaving Jane with enough seed money to open her first restaurant, which worked out well for Jane but less so for Chester.

Now he’s back and penniless, or as he would prefer to say, between fortunes. He’s working an angle to make his next one by selling a priceless artifact recently looted from the Baghdad Museum, but it all falls through when he wakes up next to the dead body of his buyer with no memory of what happened the night before. Panicked, Chester flees the scene, eventually returning to cover his tracks only to find that someone has already taken care of that for him, but at what price?

The Cruel Ever After, the newest Jane Lawless mystery from Lambda and Minnesota Book Award--winning author Ellen Hart, is filled with the intrigue and deception that makes it one of the most engrossing series on shelves today.

About the Author

ELLEN HART, "a top novelist in the cultishly popular gay mystery genre" ("Entertainment Weekly"), is also a Lambda and Minnesota Book Award winner. The author of seventeen previous mysteries featuring Jane Lawless, she lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit her Web site at

Praise For The Cruel Ever After

Praise for Ellen Hart

“The Lambda Literary Award and Minnesota Book Award--winning author of seventeen Jane Lawless mysteries knows how to spin a tale full of complex plot lines, fast-paced action, and characters skilled in deception. Fans of the Lawless series and readers who enjoy gay/lesbian mysteries will not be disappointed.”
---Library Journal (starred review) on The Mirror and the Mask

“This magna cum laude old-school mystery revolves smoothly around an oily cast of characters. . . . It’s a high-wire act that even Jane Lawless would appreciate.”
---Yahoo! Shine on The Mirror and the Mask

“Ellen Hart, one of Minnesota’s bestselling mystery writers, weaves a net of complex relationships. . . . Sweet Poison is as much a psychological thriller about unrequited love as a mystery.”
---St. Paul Pioneer Press on Sweet Poison

“Juicy…Hart fans will enjoy the many twists, both personal and criminal.”
---Publishers Weekly on Sweet Poison