‘Con Sampler: Family, Friends, Love, Murder and Mayhem’ by Anne Hagan is the perfect book for those not yet familiar with her work to get a taste of her writing. The stories in this sampler vary from mystery, romance, cozy mystery and short story. I first started reading Ms Hagan’s mysteries and enjoyed them so much I was delighted to try her other books as soon as they came out.

The Morelville Mysteries feature Sherrif Mel, her partner Dana and their extended family. ‘Dana’s Dilema’ has Mel running for Sherrif for the first time and the ladies dealing with a mystery and criminal elements as well as a development in their own personal lives. I really enjoyed the mystery but also the love story between Mel and Dana and how it was taken to another level. I especially enjoy the inclusion of the other characters in each of the Morelville Mysteries. There is something quite special about how they all come together.

‘Broken Women’ is a romance  It is a  brilliant story, wonderfully romantic and helluva sexy. The love scenes were scorching and very detailed. They were meant for each other but getting to the point where they were both ready to see that was the trick. Anne Hagan has written an amazing romantic novel and has managed to surprise and thrill readers like me who love her previous work too. I can’t recommend this story highly enough. It has everything you could wish for in a romance – tenderness, sexual tension and sizzling love scenes.

‘Opera House Ops: The Morelville Cozies – Book 2’ – The second Morelville Cozies book is another winner for Anne Hagan. I already love the characters in this story, especially Faye and Chloe, having met them in ‘The Passed Prop’ and in the Morelville Mysteries, which deal with Mel and Dana. A dead body found in an old opera house in the village sets our heroines off on another investigation and ends up pulling in members of the wider community. The mystery itself is fascinating and really surprised me more than once. The strength of an Anne Hagan book is the brilliant characterisation she has nailed. The ensemble cast really make me feel part of a family and the cozy feel is evident on every page. I want to read more in this vein and hope there is another in the series soon.

Loving Blue in Red States: Salt Lake City Utah

Anne Hagan has written another thought-provoking short story in her latest series. When Amanda plucks up the courage to walk into a gay-owned coffee shop she changes her life in more ways than one. Working for an ultra-conservative Mormon bank she has to keep her private life very private. Will she be able to keep doing that? Rebecca, the barista in said coffee shop awakens something in Amanda, but she has troubles of her own. Will they get past these problems? I enjoyed the setting of the story and the main characters. Amanda had a strength that came to the fore at just the right time and Rebecca was already standing up for herself in the face of prejudice. I am really enjoying the whole series as the author has managed to point out that things are getting better but there are still women who need our support. Especially in these scary political times.

I would recommend giving this sampler a go because it shows exactly what this author can do and I guarantee you will want to read the rest of her work once your try this

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