While this is a fantastic book, I would say that it isn't quite what I expected. It's not a thriller, which I've seen it tagged as; I think it would be best described as a cozy, historical mystery (though, with some less than cozy themes--it's a book about queer folks in a time and place that being queer was dangerous, so that's to be expected). It's also a slower-paced sort of story, which didn't bother me at all. So long as a book has good writing, it generally doesn't bother me if it's a bit slow, and "Lavender House" has wonderful writing, and a great cast of characters that it develops. I especially love its MC, Andy.
I really enjoyed this; I would give it a 4.5/5, only because the core mystery and reveals weren't all that surprising. Still, such a good book, and so important to me. More queer thrillers, mysteries, and suspense stories please!