Uneasy Lies

uneasyEve Zaremba is the first author of detective fiction to introduce a lesbian as a primary character in a mystery series. Since 1970s she has written six novels featuring hard-boiled Helen Keremos whom Margaret Atwood described as a “cross between Philip Marlowe and Lily Tomlin”.

In this fourth novel featuring Helen Keremos, she is hired as temporary chief of security for a new condominium complex in Toronto. Keremos as a house-dick ? How hard a job could it be? Then there is a body in the model suite…murder in condo-land. Needless to say Keremos is equal to the task.

In Uneasy Lies we again meet a number of characters from previous novels; gay entrepreneur Nate Ottaline, Detective Staff Sergeant Francis Malory of the Toronto Homicide Squad, and Alice, Helen’s sometime girlfriend. The setting is very eighties Toronto.