Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Gone with the Wings (Meera Patel Cozy Mystery Series)
by Leena Clover

If you could smell the story inside books, you would be able to smell “Gone with the Wings” from across the bookstore when you walked in. And it would make you very hungry! Meera’s family dynamics are centered in the kitchen, and the author does a fantastic job of setting a plate for the reader and making them one of the group.
~Student of Opinions
Meera Patell and her pals are entertaining and provide the reader with a look into a loving and close knit family…Gone With The Wings was a fun introduction to a new series.
~My Reading Journeys 
This book had some good twists and turns…and it has a great story line.
~Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting
Gone With the Wings by Leena Clover whets your culinary and investigative appetites, as well as providing you with a glimpse inside South Asian culture and life as an international student at an American college/university.
~Reading Is My SuperPower
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.
~Book Babble
I also liked that the murder was solved in a roundabout way and really wasn’t the main focus, or it doesn’t appear to be the main focus most of the time.
~Storeybook Reviews
Gone with the Wings (Meera Patel Cozy Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Self Published
Publication Date: June 3, 2017
Paperback: 269 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1521448984
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.

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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I must give a warning to all readers about this book. Don't read this book if you are hungry. There are so many yummy recipes and foods scattered throughout the book, I found myself walking into the kitchen to get a snack. I will confess that I ate while I read the entire book. The author does an amazing job of describing foods so well, I could almost smell the aromas of onions, peppers and garlic.

Meera is full of life and I loved how the author introduced readers to Meera's culture. Her parents are from India and Meera embraces her heritage. I loved that Meera honors her grandparents and treats them with high esteem. To say that I love her job working in a library is an understatement. I worked at one for fifteen years. I did everything from helping people, issuing library cards, checking out books to shelving books. I thought it was funny that one of the students found it beneath them to shelve.

It seems that we all had that one person who was our nemesis in school. They were always lurking around ready to throw insults at us. Everywhere we went, there they were glaring at us and talking about us. Meera's nemesis is Prudence. She had it in for Meera and found a way  to weasle into her life all the time.   To everyone's shock Prudence is found dead. Can you guess who the prime suspect is?

The graphic description about a tornado was so realistic I could hear the winds howling and furniture being tossed around as the rain pelted the windows. The author really shows her talent in her mainstream depictions of scenes. It's impossible not to feel like you are a part of the story. I am so impressed with the articulate ways she is able to paint a picture of every scene. The setting for the story is a small town in Oklahoma. There is a university there and many  students there are from different countries. I found myself being sympathetic to one particular student. She becomes an intregal part of the story and I found her character to be quite intriguing. When a student comes up missing , Meera decides to investigate . The story is very intriguing and I loved  reading how Meera and her friends work together to find the missing girl and clear Meera's name.  I know  I have to read the next book in the series because the author has left a trail of a mysterious person following Meera. I must find out if my guess is right. This book was very well written and I loved the twists the story took. I am now a huge fan of the author.

I received a copy of this book from The Great Escape Virtual Blog Tour. The review is my own opinion.

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  1. Hello Deana,
    Thanks so much for your kind review. I am really glad you enjoyed the book. Would love to send you the rest of the books :)
    Appreciate this wonderful feature on your blog.
    Best, LC

  2. Great Review! Thank you for being part of this tour!