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Review: Meeting Over Murder – Edale Lane

Meeting Over Murder - Edale Lane

Genre: Mystery, Slow Burn Romance

LGBTQ+ Category: Lesbian

Reviewer: Maryann

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About The Book

Two women, a dead teen, and a cruel killer at large. From award-winning, best-selling author Edale Lane comes a new contemporary sapphic mystery!

Jenna Ferrari is a tough-to-the-bone homicide detective with no patience for stupidity and an Italian’s penchant for displays of emotion. While she excels at catching criminals, she continues to strike out at relationships. At thirty-two, she wonders if she’ll ever find the right woman.

A brilliant, creative college literature professor, Miranda McLeod is respected by her peers and loved by her students. After years of walking an ambiguous line, she wants to come out but doesn’t know how.

When the two meet over the case of a murder on campus, could they have both found what they’ve been looking for, or will the unknown killer on the loose foil their chances for romance?

˃˃˃ A novella at a novella price

This is the first in series of contemporary sapphic crime-solving novellas set in Roanoke, VA. Enjoy the sweet romance, follow the action, see if you can solve the mysteries, and discover the biggest enigma of all lies in the human heart.

˃˃˃ Love a whodunnit?

You’ll love it more when it’s heated with a sweet sapphic romance! Meeting over Murder introduces you to characters you’ll love while you test your skills against theirs to see who solves the crime first. The clues are there. Will you put them together before Detective Ferrari?

The Review

The murder of a young college student, Allison Banks, brings together Dr. Miranda “Randi” McLeod, a professor at Roanoke Community College, and Detective Lt. Jenna Ferrari.

A student’s car parked in the wrong spot leads randi to a gruesome discovery. Randi is sharp, keeps her cool, and goes into action.  

Captain Jerome Meyers wakes up Detective Lt. Jenna Ferrari to let her know there’s been a homicide. Jenna is extremely meticulous about the crime scene and gives orders to her team. When she meets Randi, there’s an instant rapport, but most of all, Jenna is impressed with the very detailed information Randi provides for the investigation.  

Randi and Jenna start a friendship with hopes for something more, but Jenna has to put her feelings aside as the suspect pool becomes larger. Randi steps up to the challange, but has she put herself in danger? 

Edale Lane’s lates book is a sapphic, low key mystery – not insta-love but more of a slow burn between Ferrari and McLeod, who take to time and learn about their feelings and one another. Jenna and Randi are both very strong, intelligent, impressive women, who prove the maxim that opposites attract. They’re hesitant to share their real feelings at times, but they are only starting out, so time will tell.

There are sweet moments here too, as both have special companions: Randi has Byron and Jenna has Bandit. 

As far as the mystery itself goes, Meeting Over Murder has an intriguing plot, with a very clean, step-by-step process of investigation. There are also subtle twists, and a wide variety of subjects covered. The story will keep you guessing.

I like Jenna’s skilled and expert crime team, and the fact that the participants are of different ethnicities and genders: Capt. Jerome Myers, Officer Trisha Jamison, Officer Owen, Officer Murphy, Coroner Dr. Valentine, Ethan Bauman, IT guru, Dr. Asita Gupta and Marcus of the crime lab, and crime scene tech Wilcox. I’m guessing we’ll be hearing more from them all as the series continues.

I was very impressed with the book – this new series “Lessons In Murder” has a lot of potential.  I got a sneak peak at the book two, Skimming Around Murder – and it’s just as good, if not better.

The Reviewer

Hi, I’m Maryann, I started life in New York, moved to New Hampshire and in 1965 uprooted again to Sacramento, California.  Once I retired I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2011 and just moved back to Sacramento in March of 2018.  My son, his wife and step-daughter flew out to Florida and we road tripped back so they got to see sights they have never seen.  New Orleans and the Grand Canyon were the highlights. Now I am back on the west coast again to stay! From a young age Ialways liked to read.

I remember going to the library and reading the “Doctor Dolittle” books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of the classics, Edgar Alan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and as time went by Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury and Stephen Kingand many other authors.

My first M/M shifter book I read was written by Jan Irving the “Uncommon Cowboys” series from 2012.  She was the first author I ever contacted and sent an email to letting her know how much I liked this series.  Sometime along the way I read “Zero to the Bone”by Jane Seville, I think just about everyone has read this book! 

As it stands right now I’m really into mysteries, grit, gore and “triggers” don’t bother me. But if a blurb piques my interest I will read the book.

My kindle collection eclectic and over three thousand books and my Audible collection is slowly growing.  I have both the kindle and audible apps on my ipod, ipads, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading.

I joined Goodreads around 2012 and started posting reviews.  One day a wonderful lady, Lisa Horan of The Novel Approach, sent me an email to see if I wanted to join her review group.  Joining her site was such an eye opener.  I got introduce to so many new authors that write for the LGBTQ genre. Needless to say, it was heart breaking when it ended.

But I found a really great site, QRI and it’s right here in Sacramento. Last year at QSAC I actually got to meet Scott Coatsworth, Amy Lane and Jeff Adams.

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