Something For Everyone

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A delicious story from a new voice in suspense, Lev AC Rosen's Lavender House is Knives Out with a queer historical twist.

From the moment I started this book, I was drawn right in! I loved the setting of the hidden away mansion surrounded by flowers and full of secrets. This book is one part murder mystery and two parts a look at how gay people were treated in San Fransisco in the 1950s.

I found myself endured to the cast of dysfunctional characters. Especially to Andy and the double life he was being forced to lead. The pain and discrimination he experienced throughout his life, especially while working as a cop. The story he told of his grandpa. After all of that, I really enjoyed watching him become his genuine self while being at the mansion.

The middle part of the book was a little slow to unfold. I would have liked a few more twists, but I did enjoy the different facts about the mansion resident’s relationships that Andy uncovered during his interviews.

Overall, this is an interesting look at the treatment of gay people during the 1950s. This book motivated me to do more research about the topic. I think this book has a little something for everyone, including readers who enjoy historical fiction, romance, and murder mysteries.