Book Reviews of Holy Hell (Lillian Byrd, Bk 1)

Holy Hell (Lillian Byrd, Bk 1)
Holy Hell - Lillian Byrd, Bk 1
Author: Elizabeth Sims
ISBN-13: 9781555836535
ISBN-10: 1555836534
Publication Date: 1/2002
Pages: 270
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 25 ratings
Publisher: Alyson Publications
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Holy Hell (Lillian Byrd, Bk 1) on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
I didn't quite know what to expect from Elizabeth Sims but I took a chance and I'm glad I did. Sims's character Lillian Byrd is unique, not entirely loveable and definitely a bit flawed. The mystery was well-written - I read it almost straight through and will try another book in the series. Although there's some humor in the book, it's not a cozy; however, I'm something of a wuss about too much graphic sex and violence and there wasn't anything that I couldn't handle.

Although it's a minor detail, it was also a pleasure to read a book that was printed on good quality paper for a change!
reviewed Holy Hell (Lillian Byrd, Bk 1) on + 56 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I gave up on lesbian fiction in the 70s because I couldn't find anything I felt was worth reading. Sims has certainly changed my opinion on that! The protagonist (Lillian Byrd) is a regular person who happens to be witty reporter for a small-time Detroit weekly. She also has a way of blundering in, mostly out of innocense, where no one else would go.

This is a fast read. There is a local lesbian bar, a little tastefully done sex & some violence. I won't go into the mystery because it would ruin it for you, but I will say it's a very off-beat one. I would recommend this book for anyone (gay/lesbian or not) with a sense of humor who loves mysteries. This book is the 1st in a series & I'm already looking for the next one.
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the story is a little slow...and not to spoil the ending but i was disappointed.