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Gone with the Wings

(Meera Patel #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  186 ratings  ·  26 reviews
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
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Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this story, we meet Meera Patel and her family. They are a very close family of Asian Indian descent and we see quickly how important their culture is to them. The story takes place in a small college town in Oklahoma. Meera works at the college library and her father is a professor there. His assistant is Prudence Walker, also a professor, and she has a huge crush on the man and that makes Meera positively livid. In fact, they have a huge argument in the stairway of her fa
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Gone With the Wings is kinda like an Asian fusion cozy mystery. Set in the American Midwest/South (Oklahoma) as well as featuring a main character from South Asia, Clover gives readers the best of both worlds. I love that Meera’s family and culture are incorporated into the novel, setting her apart from typical cozy heroines and giving the book an ethnic flair not normally found in this genre. The mystery in Gone With the Wings is well-constructed, and it kept me guessing right up until the big ...more
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The average contemporary cozy features a white woman fleeing a bad relationship and overly taxing job for a bed and breakfast/bookshop/ coffee shop/ florist in a quaint small town, so I was excited to see a mystery about an Indian family in a university town in the Midwest.

Alas, the plot plods, and the mystery is unsatisfactory. And the writing could use work. All those exclamation points! And do we have to eat every single meal with the characters? The food feels more like padding than setting
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I think I would give this book 3 1/2 stars. There was a lot to like for this first book in this series. What i liked about it was that it was set in OK in a small college community town and where there seems to be a large Indian (Asian not Native American) population. The family is close knit and they are always eating...that may sound strange but I love food and all of the dishes that were described in the book sounded delicious. I also liked that the murder was solved in a roundabout way and r ...more
Judi Easley
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cozy readers who like food and different cultures
Recommended to Judi by: Authur's culture
Meera Patel, Book #1

Leena Clover

Self-Pub, Jun 2017

Kindle, 243 Pages

Also available in paperback

Genre(s) Asian-American Cozy Mystery/Food

Source Author’s Rep

Other books in this series

A Pocket Full of Pie #2, For a Few Dumplings More #3, Back to the Fajitas #4

My Disclaimer:

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all opinions are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way.

~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

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Deana Dick
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Merry Chapman
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lot of twists and turns to a cozy mystery with a lot of food and culture!

I really liked this book and will definitely want to read the next books in the series. While getting involved in the storyline, I learned a lot about the culture and foods of India. Living in the house is the extended family, grandparents, father, brother and Meera with her aunts living close by. The closeness of this family helps Meera survive some pretty awful accusations. There is a lot of Indian foods throughout this b
Teresa Kander
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 c
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leen-clover
Meera Patel is a 20 something college dropout who know works at the local university's library. She had a bright future ahead of her, but for some reason she has changed course. She still lives at home with her grandparents, father, and younger brother while her mother has been missing since she was 7 years old. In her free time Meera loves to cook, especially with her best friend Becky and often finds herself helping out of the cafe Becky works at, she is also close with owners Jon and Sylvie. ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meera Patel is an American Indian who works in a library and manages to get involved in a mystery because her arch enemy was found murdered. Merra had every motive to bump off Prudence - Prue made good in academia, while Meera dropped out and Prue never let her forget it, Prue was sophisticated, successful and respected, as a college professor while Meera was a librarian, and Prue never let her forget it, Prue had the hots for Meera's Dad, who was now technically single and worked together with ...more
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.

I’ve not read many cozy mysteries set in Oklahoma, so I was eager to see what Ms. Clover did with her setting. I really enjoyed that she took the time to show the reader t
Sherry Lynn
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun start to a new series. I always like it when I get into a new series.

Gone With The Wings is a nice clean Cozy read.
No language. No bedroom scenes. Just good reading.

Meera Patell and her pals are entertaining and provide the reader with a look into a loving and close knit family.
When Meera becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a collegue (who happens to have a crush on Meera's father) she
recruites her friends and family to help her investigate.
Before much investigating can happen
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in a series about a young woman from an east Indian family who becomes an amateur sleuth when she is falsely accused of murder. It is set in a small college town in Central OK, so there is an interesting contrast between the culture of the town and the culture of her family. There's a lot of description of cooking and eating, which I enjoyed, as well as recipes added at the end of the book. I liked the characters and the investigation was entertaining. My only criticism would b ...more
Nina Silva
A decent start to a new series.

Some things I liked:
• The glimpses into Indian and Indian-American culture add a unique and thought-provoking element. The character of Jyothi is used well to highlight culture shock and how international students cope (or not) with it.
• The tornado scene: Really descriptive scene that captures one of nature’s vagaries and the characters’ reactions to it.

What I did not like:
• More tension was needed in this story. I never got fully invested. I did not get that ‘can
I enjoyed reading this cozy set on the Pioneer College campus in OK. The narrator is Meera Patel who is a charming young woman caught up in and accused of being involved in 2 different mysteries in the small town. The book is mixed with lots of Indian recipes and heritage information. Most of the main characters are of South Asian decent and the author does a wonderful job of intermingling the culture into the story. She also portrays a college campus and its happenings quite accurately.
The myst
Connie Carpenter
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it

I have not read anything by this author before this book. This is the first book in the series and it is a easy read. I liked following along with the mystery trying to figure out who the murderer was. This is a cozy mystery book. This book had some good twists and turns. I liked the culinary snippets that were through out the book. I enjoyed this book. The characters were likeable, and it has a great story line.

I received a copy of this book through the Great Escapes Blog Tour program, all opi
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice beginning to a series.

I found this to be a very nice cozy mystery. It also helped to introduce a new culture to me. I really enjoyed all of the characters and look forward to getting to know them better as the series progresses. The only part I did not like was that it could have stood another proof reading to catch some double action and misspelled/missing words. Overall, a good book that I will definitely recommend.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leena Clover is one of my favorite authors and I am reviewing this book for her, BUT this is my honest opinion. I loved the way it was written. It felt like Meera and I were having a chat about what was happening in her life. I was mad that the police were accusing her without a lot to go on and I thought Stan should have been kicked off the case. I am anxious to see if her and Tony finally crush each other at the same time and if they find out any information on her missing Mom.
Kat Taylor
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Lesson to Learn

An active mystery with family and friends trying solve not one mystery but two while hoping to stay out of jail themselves .A mystery full of passion, fun humor, misplaced anger and plenty of family support. Aquier a copy and start enjoying "Gone With The Wings "as much as I have. Kat
Kitten  Peters
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

After reading The Pelican Cove Mysteries by this author I decided to try snort series of her. Took me a bit longer to read as I wanted to understand some of the language but it was a good story. Characters are great and loved the recipes from a different culture.
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice start to series

I thought the story was slow to start, but once the mystery kicked and it was actually really good. I love all the food commentary. And the recipes. And I definitely will be checking out the second book in the series.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There were too many quick and convenient answers in this story, with rapid transitions between segments that made for a tough time following the action.
Cally Walker
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love a good cozy

And this fits the bill. Meera lands in hot water because of her mouth. But with the help of family and friends she wings it they get matters clear
Margaret Fraleigh
This is the first book I have read by this author.

It was a "who done it" mystery. It is the first book in a series. The characters were challenging,
plot so so...... easy read.

George Bowser
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of Indian culture in a mystery that lagged a bit at times. All in all some interesting characters and a series off to a good start.
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Leena Clover is the author of the best selling Pelican Cove Cozy Mystery series. Her books are fast paced whodunnits, full of yummy food and friendships that last a lifetime.
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