REVIEW: Lois Lenz, Lesbian Secretary by Monica Nolan

This is another book recommended by my wife. I probably would never have picked it up if she hadn’t already owned it, though I’m not sure why. I love the cover, I love the tone… But I’ve passed it over several times. Maybe the time just wasn’t right, because this was a good, fast read.

cover of lesfic noir Lois Lenz, Lesbian Secretary by Monica Nolan

Book Description

The story your mother never told you–printed here for your own good.

Lois Lenz was like any other wholesome former cheerleader with a knack for office skills–until she took a job at Sather & Sterling in bustling Bay City. Spending her days in the cut-throat typing pool and her nights at the all-women’s residence of Magdalena Arms, Lois had no idea she was entering a world of working girls whose passionate desires–and fabulous fashion sense–could lead any innocent lamb astray. . .

Netta–serious and smart, she’s unlike any woman Lois has known. . .
Maxie–The height of society fashion, and girls are so very in style. . .
Pamela–Lois’s old high school Pep Squad pal certainly has changed. . .
Miss Gill–the office manager has secrets and plenty of file cabinets to keep them in. . .
Dolly–an actress whose martini shaker is as busy as her love life. . .
Mrs. Pierson–“The hyena,” Lois’s boss, her office is a place of hard work and private dictation. . .

And many more!

Lois Lenz–she was a good girl a long way from home about to discover that not everything is what it seems, navy is a bad suit choice, and love can bloom in the strangest of places. . .

My Rating

If the cover didn’t catch you, the description did… Am I right?

I was worried that this book with its high-school-aged protagonist was going to be childish. I thought maybe because it was set in a by-gone era, she would be too naive, too easily led, too… boring.

But I was wrong.

Lois is naive and easily led, but boring is not a word you could ever use to describe her. She’s smart, kind, and has a solid work ethic most 18-year-olds these days won’t have for another few decades. And she’s tough in her own way.

The story was a good one. I really liked the dynamics between Lois and her new companions and co-workers. You learn a lot – even as Nolan keeps you guessing – about all the characters and the shadier parts of their lives. Mysteries abound, and there are plenty of racy scenes to keep you titillated.

I give this one a solid four-and-a-half of five stars and recommend it to fans of lesfic, noir, and light mystery with a dash of romance.

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