Vera Kelly lost and found

Rosalie Knecht

Book - 2022

"It's spring 1971 and P.I. Vera Kelly and her girlfriend, Max, leave their cozy Brooklyn apartment for an emergency visit to Max's estranged family in Los Angeles. Max's parents are divorcing--her father is already engaged to a much younger woman and under the sway of an occultist charlatan; her mother has left their estate in a hurry with no indication of return. Max, who hasn't seen her family since they threw her out at the age of twenty-two, prepares for the trip wit...h equal parts dread and anger. Upon arriving, Vera is shocked by the size and extravagance of the Comstock estate, which reveal a privileged upbringing that, up until this point, Max had only hinted at. That evening, at dinner, Max attempts to navigate her father, who is hostile and controlling, and the occultist, St. James, who is charming but appears to be siphoning family money. Tensions boil over when Max threatens to alert her mother--and her mother's lawyers--to St. James and her father's plans to use marital assets. The next morning, when Vera wakes up, Max is gone. In Vera Kelly Lost and Found, Rosalie Knecht gives Vera her highest-stakes case yet, as Vera quickly puts her private detective skills to good use and tracks a trail of breadcrumbs across southern California to find her missing girlfriend. She travels first to a film set in Santa Ynez and, ultimately, to a most unlikely destination where Vera has to decide how much she is willing to commit to save the woman she loves"--

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Series
Knecht, Rosalie. Vera Kelly series ; 3.
Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Lesbian fiction
Historical fiction
Novels
Published
Portland, Oregon : Tin House 2022.
Edition
First US edition
Language
English
Item Description
Inclues readers guide (pages 227-228).
Physical Description
228 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781953534163
1953534163
Main Author
Rosalie Knecht (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Former CIA agent Vera Kelly is now a decidedly settled, 30-year-old Brooklyn PI. She's even quit smoking and plans to buy a piano for her beloved opera-composer/bartender girlfriend, Max. It's 1971, and as rumblings of the Gay Liberation Front echo in the backdrop, Vera and Max live a comfortable, quiet life together. But when Max is pulled back to her estranged family's vast Bel-Air enclave, the tranquility is shattered. Away from their community, the two are uneasy, fearful, unmoored, and sink back into past insecurities. Sanguine Max goes on the attack in the face of family drama, and cool, stalwart Vera falters—she can't protect Max like she wants to. Then Max disappears, and Vera realizes there is no good explanation. Either Max has abandoned her, or she is in terrible trouble. When she shakes the fear long enough to begin to formulate a search plan, Vera realizes that it's not just the California sun dulling her edge; she's rusty. Knecht continues to paint a gritty yet romantic picture in her third Vera novel, now with an added layer of emotional depth and character development. The internal tension is palpable, and the humorous moments offer tremendous relief. Who Is Vera Kelly? (2018) asked Knecht's first volume. Perhaps Vera now has the answer. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Set in 1971, Sue Grafton Award winner Knecht's excellent third mystery featuring CIA operative-turned-PI Vera Kelly (after 2020's Vera Kelly Is Not a Mystery) finds Vera and her girlfriend, Max Comstock, quietly enjoying their life together in Brooklyn when Max receives a letter begging her to return to her estranged family because her parents are getting divorced. Vera supports Max by accompanying her to Los Angeles, but she quickly discovers how little she knows about the ultra-wealthy family that cut Max off without a cent because of her sexuality seven years earlier when she was 22. When Max vanishes after an acrimonious family dinner, Vera must rescue the woman she loves by mapping a perilous course through the underbelly of California cults. Knecht's scathing picture of the mental health "cures" of the 1970s is at once bitterly humorous and horrifying. Filled with well-drawn, quirky characters, the novel captures both the hidden pleasures and not so hidden dangers of a closeted existence. This nuanced portrait of gay life in the aftermath of the Stonewall Riots thoroughly satisfies. Agent: Soumeya Roberts, HG Literary. (June) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In 1971, Vera Kelly and her girlfriend Max arrive in Los Angeles for an emergency visit to Max’s estranged family where Vera must put her PI skills to good use when Max disappears after threatening to expose her father for siphoning family money. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"It's spring 1971 and P.I. Vera Kelly and her girlfriend, Max, leave their cozy Brooklyn apartment for an emergency visit to Max's estranged family in Los Angeles. Max's parents are divorcing-her father is already engaged to a much younger woman and under the sway of an occultist charlatan; her mother has left their estate in a hurry with no indication of return. Max, who hasn't seen her family since they threw her out at the age of twenty-two, prepares for the trip with equal parts dread and anger. Uponarriving, Vera is shocked by the size and extravagance of the Comstock estate, which reveal a privileged upbringing that, up until this point, Max had only hinted at. That evening, at dinner, Max attempts to navigate her father, who is hostile and controlling, and the occultist, St. James, who is charming but appears to be siphoning family money. Tensions boil over when Max threatens to alert her mother-and her mother's lawyers-to St. James and her father's plans to use marital assets. The next morning, when Vera wakes up, Max is gone. In Vera Kelly Lost and Found, Rosalie Knecht gives Vera her highest-stakes case yet, as Vera quickly puts her private detective skills to good use and tracks a trail of breadcrumbs across southern California to find her missing girlfriend. She travels first to a film set in Santa Ynez and, ultimately, to a most unlikely destination where Vera has to decide how much she is willing to commit to save the woman she loves"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

One of Crime Reads' Most Anticipated Books of the YeariBooks Best Book of the MonthNamed Best Crime Book of the Month by Book RiotEveryone’s favorite sleuth—Vera Kelly—is back and put to the test as she searches for her missing girlfriend.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

It’s spring 1971 and Vera Kelly and her girlfriend, Max, leave their cozy Brooklyn apartment for an emergency visit to Max's estranged family in Los Angeles. Max’s parents are divorcing—her father is already engaged to a much younger woman and under the sway of an occultist charlatan; her mother has left their estate in a hurry with no indication of return. Max, who hasn’t seen her family since they threw her out at the age of twenty-one, prepares for the trip with equal parts dread and anger. Upon arriving, Vera is shocked by the size and extravagance of the Comstock estate—the sprawling, manicured landscape; expansive and ornate buildings; and garages full of luxury cars reveal a privileged upbringing that, up until this point, Max had only hinted at—while Max attempts to navigate her father, who is hostile and controlling, and the occultist, St. James, who is charming but appears to be siphoning family money. Tensions boil over at dinner when Max threatens to alert her mother—and her mother’s lawyers—to St. James and her father’s plans using marital assets. The next morning, when Vera wakes up, Max is gone.Vera Kelly Lost and Found