Cover Crush: Lavender House by Lev AC Rosen
Lavender House by Lev AC Rosen is an adult queer historical mystery, a la Knives Out, releasing just in time for your spooky szn reads! If you like twisty, mid-century, locked room drama, then you may want to smash that preorder button for October 18th release. Everyone I know who has read this early, has absolutely loved the lush storytelling, plus if you read any other Lev Rosen book, you know you are in for an immersive character experience!
Lavender House: A Novelby Lev A.C. Rosen
Published by: Forge Books
on October 18, 2022
Genres: Adult, Historical Fiction, LGBTQIA+, Mystery, Thriller
A delicious story from a new voice in suspense, Lev AC Rosen's Lavender House is Knives Out with a queer historical twist.
Lavender House, 1952: the family seat of recently deceased matriarch Irene Lamontaine, head of the famous Lamontaine soap empire. Irene’s recipes for her signature scents are a well guarded secret—but it's not the only one behind these gates. This estate offers a unique freedom, where none of the residents or staff hide who they are. But to keep their secret, they've needed to keep others out. And now they're worried they're keeping a murderer in.
Irene’s widow hires Evander Mills to uncover the truth behind her mysterious death. Andy, recently fired from the San Francisco police after being caught in a raid on a gay bar, is happy to accept—his calendar is wide open. And his secret is the kind of secret the Lamontaines understand.
Andy had never imagined a world like Lavender House. He's seduced by the safety and freedom found behind its gates, where a queer family lives honestly and openly. But that honesty doesn't extend to everything, and he quickly finds himself a pawn in a family game of old money, subterfuge, and jealousy—and Irene’s death is only the beginning.
When your existence is a crime, everything you do is criminal, and the gates of Lavender House can’t lock out the real world forever. Running a soap empire can be a dirty business.