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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  147 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
When the hallowed halls of academia become the stage for murder, newly appointed Dean Beth Ellis's search for the truth leads her to unexpected discoveries about her own heart.

For Beth Ellis, Grafton College and its faculty and students are her home and family. But the president of the college rubs everyone the wrong way, the new English professor on campus isn't much more
ebook, 232 pages
Published February 27th 2015 by Smashwords Edition (first published 2009)
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Sarah Hayes
Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted here at Yaoi Radius.

You might be tricked into thinking that Veritas is a murder mystery that happens to have a lesbian subplot. Or that it's a lesbian romance that just happens to contain a murder subplot. Both assessments would be totally wrong - well, not totally wrong but certainly off the mark. In this one novel, author Anne Laughlin has successfully woven together both romance and mystery into one single work that becomes both genres without being overcome by one or the ot
Lex Kent
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-f-crime, mystery
3 1/2 Stars. Veritas, is a nice old fashion who-done-it mixed with a bit of romance. Murders surround a small community where the college is the life blood of the town. When one of their own colleagues is murdered, it's up to the new Chief of Police to find the murderer. Both main characters are likeable. I enjoyed being in the head-space of the two mains, the Chief, to investigate the murder and the Dean, to understand how the college is impacted. The writing was good, but the romance was just ...more
I liked reading this book, it has a good crime-mystery story!
The romance went a bit quick for me, though. There wasn't much built-up or desire flowing from the pages. I missed that.
Good read, though!
This is a hard book to review... Honestly. I'm not sure if it will be accurate to call the phrasings in the book to be bland, but it felt that way as I was reading. I liked both lead characters and the set-up of the mysteries are great for while I had a hunch as to who was really doing the killings, I was never entirely certain and I never saw the way things would escalate. I mean, wow, it ESCALATED. There are no explicit love scenes in the book, so I really was not expecting the scenes before t ...more
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, mystery, lesbian
This was a quick fun read. I'd never read anything by Laughlin but I'm very interested to read more now. She has a nice, comfortable writing style and a knack for loveable characters. I really liked the leads in this, especially Sally. Also the mystery was quite good and the bad guy caught me off gaurd to say the least. If I had any complaint it's the the romantic part of the book could have been better developed. Beth and Sally get together pretty quickly and some things happen off screen that ...more
Lori S.
3.75 stars

Though well written, the characters needed just a little more exposition for them to really shine. Otherwise, this is a well written mystery with a romantic subplot that stayed where it was supposed to. There are enough strings left dangling that this could turn into a series if the author wants to go that way, but enough are tied off that the story feels complete. All in all a good read.
I liked the higher education setting. The tenure discussion along with the decision can be very intense but murder, in general, not. Both of the main characters were likeable. A follow-up with Beth as the college president and Sally solving crimes and Mae is a must.
See my full review of this novel in the Lesbian Mystery Reading Group.
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very good - see my review at
Apr 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, for-review
Can you believe I've never read a lesbian mystery story before? This one certainly won't be my last! The prose is painful at times, but the story is fun and I enjoyed the romance.
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