Gone with the Wings by Leena Clover is the first book in the NEW “Meera Patel” mystery series published in June 2017

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.

We are introduced to Meera Patel who suddenly finds herself the prime suspect in the murder of her childhood nemesis and of a missing student. With the help of her two best friends, Meera sets out to clear her name and bring a killer to justice.

This was a good read and I liked how the author set the stage in telling this tale where the mystery kept me intrigued as to who would want to murder Prudence and why. It was fun to follow along with Meera as each clue took her closer to the truth. Her interactions with the various characters that crossed her path were interesting and I did enjoy the scenes at home and at the diner. I also like the snippets of culinary delights that were sprinkled throughout this story that had me salivating at the description of the meals. A minor subplot popped up while Meera and her friends were out sleuthing and I hope the author explores the possibility of how this may relate to the Patel family.

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