Queer Historical Mystery

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I loved this book so much and hope to read more like it from this author in the future. I will say it wasn’t the most exciting mystery I’ve ever read, but I feel it was equal parts mystery and brutally honest historical fiction and that emotion punch needed space too. This story takes place in the 1950’s and most of the cast of characters are queer in a time where it is very unsafe to be queer. Andy was a police officer until he was caught in a raid of a club and kicked off the force and out of his apartment. He’s approached by Pearl to figure out who murdered her wife Irene which brings him to Lavender House, where a mismatched family of queer people can have at least some openness in their relationships in their home. It doesn’t take long for him to realize that Irene was in fact murdered and his investigation into that murder was interesting. I didn’t think it was super twisty, but it was a satisfying ending and a truly well written book.