Ellen Hart was named the 2017 MWA Grand Master, the most distinguished lifetime achievement award offered in the mystery community.
When Guthrie Hewitt calls on restaurateur and private investigator Jane Lawless, he doesn't know where else he can turn. Guthrie has fallen for a girl-Kira Adler. In fact, he was planning to propose to her on Christmas Eve. But his trip home with Kira over Thanksgiving made him uneasy. All her life, Kira has been haunted by a dream-a nightmare, really. In the dream, she witnesses her mother being murdered. She knows it can't be true because the dream doesn't line up with the facts of her mother's death. But after visiting Kira's home for the first time, and receiving a disturbing anonymous package in the mail, Guthrie starts to wonder if Kira's dream might hold more truth than she knows.
When Kira's called home again for a family meeting, Guthrie knows he needs Jane's help to figure out the truth, before the web of secrets Kira's family has been spinning all these years ensnares Kira too. And Jane's investigation will carry her deep into the center of a close-knit family that is not only fraying at the edges, but about to burst apart.
In The Grave Soul, MWA Grand Master Ellen Hart once again brings her intimate voice to the story of a family and the secrets that can build and destroy lives.
In Hart's riveting 23rd mystery featuring Minneapolis PI and restaurateur Jane Lawless (after 2014's The Old Deep and Dark), Guthrie Hewitt, a teahouse owner, is worried about his girlfriend, Kira Adler, who suffers from nightmares about her mother, Delia. When Kira was five, Delia fell into a deep ravine from the back deck of their house in New Dresden, Wis. It was a cold December day, and her frozen body wasn't found for hours. Was it suicide or a tragic accident? When Kira tells Guthrie that in her dreams her mother is strangled by one or another immediate family member, Guthrie begins to suspect it's a case of murder. Cordelia Thorn, Jane's best friend, persuades Jane to investigate the past on Kira's behalf, though Jane comes to regret her probe when she gets too close to the truth. Readers will be caught up in this harrowing look at the damage done in the name of family preservation.