Gone with the Wings (Meera Patel Cozy Mystery Series) by Leena Clover
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series
Publication Date: June 3, 2017
Paperback: 269 pages
E-Book ASIN: B071WHNM6K
Author Leena Clover announces a brand new cozy mystery series set in a small Oklahoma college town. Mystery readers will enjoy this culinary cozy murder mystery featuring plenty of yummy recipes like Masala Fried Chicken and Shish Kabob Blue Plate Special. Meera Patel is back home with the family after she dropped out of graduate school. Now she shelves books for a living and rustles up fusion recipes at Sylvie's Cafe & Diner. Everything is fine until her old nemesis Prudence Walker floats up in the local pond. Meera is accused of murder! Well, she did publicly declare Prudence would drop dead. Meera cries foul and screams police harassment. But she has no defense when she is accused of a second crime. Flanked by pals Tony and Becky, Meera puts in the leg work, trying to solve clues and discard red herrings. Fall in Oklahoma has never been more exciting. Cozy mystery fans will love this new mystery series featuring an Asian American amateur sleuth. There is a full cast of characters with a professor father, young sibling, old grandparents, loyal friends and a candid glimpse into South Asian culture.Review: This is the first book in a new cozy mystery series. I was happy to see that the main character isn't your typical cozy heroine. She is a college librarian whose family comes from India. In the course of the story, we learn quite a bit about Indian food and culture--and there are some delicious sounding recipes at the end of the book!
Meera, the main character, has a great support system. She lives with her grandparents, father and younger brother, she has other relatives living nearby, she has close friends, and the couple who run a local diner appear to be honorary family members. AlMsl of that support comes in handy when she faces some horrendous accusations.
Ms. Clover creates such a wonderful story for these characters, giving us a look at their culture and how it impacts the way they (and other Indian members of the community) interact with the rest of the world. There is one character who has a lot of difficulty accepting the differences between Indian culture and American culture, and I alternated between disliking her and feeling sympathy for her.
There are two mysteries to be solved in this book...a murder and a missing person. I had no clue what happened in either case until very close to the end--and I was surprised to see how they were actually connected. I am looking forward to reading more about Meera and her adventures in the future.
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley with no expectation of a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**
Rating: Four stars
About The Author
Leena Clover is the author of the brand new Meera Patel Cozy Mystery Series, starring a 20 something Desi girl as the protagonist. The series is set in a small Oklahoma college town Meera calls home. Leena Clover offers plenty of clues for her readers so that they can solve the mystery as they read along. Readers can expect a unique look into Indian/ South Asian culture and plenty of yummy recipes.
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