Murder at the Nightwood Bar (Kate Delafield, #2)

ISBN: 1555837174
ISBN 13: 9781555837174
By: Katherine V. Forrest

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Crime Fiction Glbt Lesbian Lesbian Fiction Lgbt Mysteries Mystery Queer To Read

About this book

When Katherine V. Forrest’s Amateur City was published in 1984, introducing LAPD detective Kate Delafield, it not only marked the beginning of one of mystery fiction’s most successful series, it also created one of the most lucrative genres in gay publishing: the lesbian mystery. With her next six Kate Delafield novels, Forrest’s complex and determined lesbian detective became the most celebrated figure in lesbian fiction. Alyson is proud to present the first and second Kate Delafield mysteries, back in print and ready to captivate a new generation of fans! In Murder at the Nightwood Bar, Kate investigates the murder of a homeless 19-year-old addict-prostitute, whose battered body is found outside a popular lesbian bar. In addition to penning the legendary Kate Delafield mystery series, -Katherine V. Forrest has written the lesbian romantic classic Curious Wine and the science fiction novels Daughters of a Coral Dawn and Daughters of an Amber Noon. She lives in San Francisco.

Reader's Thoughts

Margie

Although I much prefer the Brits for murder mysteries, this was quite servicable. Much less broadly drawn and overwrought than some lesbian fiction tends to be.

Amanda

While the themes treated were interesting, I felt the book was quite poorly written.

Gina Barnett

Another good read and murder mystery.Merged review:Not usually into murder mysteries...but this would be an intersting opening to the genre.

Megan

See the comments in the Lesbian Mystery Reading Group, found here: Lesbian Mysteries.

Becko

just re-read this for the umpteenth time and still a great story. Kate knows who she is a female cop who is a lesbian. This is not a coming out story, but a mystery with a lesbian lead.

Kristina

It was good and sad but at the end gave you hope.

Linda

Katherine Forrest is my all time favorite writer of lesbian mysteries. This is the second book in her LAPD homicide detective Kate Delafield series. As I worked my way through this series; I grew in my knowledge of social justice.

Kathleen Hagen

Murder at the Nightwood Bar: a Kate Delafield Mystery, by Catherine V. Forrest, a-minus, Borrowed from National Library Services for the Blind. This is one of the earliest Kate Delafield mysteries. Kate is a detective in the Los Angeles Police Department starting in the 1980’s. Kate is also a lesbian, not very “out” at work. But she and her partner are called to the scene of a murder at the Nightwood Bar, a lesbian bar. A woman has been living in a van on the property, and she is murdered right next to her van with a baseball bat just having returned from a women’s baseball game. Kate and her partner must bridge the distrust of the women, who don’t have reasons to like the police, and they must try to find out why the girl’s family has so little to say about the girl’s murder. This is a very good book, and a wonderful series.

Leni King

Love Lesbian mysteries and this was one of the best

Spotsalots

Like many of the mysteries I've unpacked and raced through when too tired to continue reading academic books or novels that I want to pay close attention to, this doesn't read quite as well today as it did twenty years ago. It wasn't bad, and in the 1980s it had the virtue of being one of not all that many lesbian mystery novels, but overall its main interest lies in its being (now) somewhat of a period piece. The psychology of the various characters, especially the victim's parents, is pretty programmatic and lacking in nuance. Then again, I expect (or at least want) more out of mysteries than I used to. I suppose that at that rate I could reread Heimito von Doderer's Every Man a Murderer, although I'm not sure that's as good as it should be either.

Josy

Excellent.

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