Veritas

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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 ...
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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 popular, and Beth has her hands full trying to keep the peace as various campus factions quarrel. Still, she didn't expect a tenure battle to end in murder.

Sally Sullivan left the Chicago police homicide division and returned to her hometown where, as chief of police, she expected her greatest challenges to be dealing with car accidents and drunk drivers. But faced with a murder investigation with more motives than evidence and an inexperienced staff, Sally finds small-town policing isn't as simple as she thought. Neither are her growing feelings for Beth Ellis.

As Sally and Beth's different worlds collide, their desire to solve the murder is complicated by their unexpected attraction. A second murder on campus places the survival of the college itself, their tenuous relationship, and even their lives in jeopardy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602821248
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
  • Publication date: 11/17/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,202,266
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Anne Laughlin's stories have been published in many anthologies, including Bold Strokes Books Erotic Interludes 4: Extreme Passions and Erotic Interludes 5: Road Games. In addition, she has selections in a number of other anthologies, including Best Lesbian Stories (Alyson), Best Lesbian Romance (Cleis Press), and Ultimate Lesbian Erotica 2009 (Alyson). Her first Bold Strokes Books novel, Veritas, is to be published in November 2009.

The Lambda Literary Foundation named Anne an LLF Emerging Writer in 2008. In 2009 she was accepted into the writer's residency program at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, IL, where she will spend a month working on her next book for Bold Strokes Books.

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  • Posted June 26, 2010

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    Someone is killing people at the college

    Beth Ellis has charted a very controlled life in academia as far away as possible from the legal bordello her mother runs in Nevada. She thought that being made the dean of Grafton College would elevate her career, instead she has to deal with an unpopular and pompous new college president, budget cutbacks and tenure battles with the professors. When the president pushes her to insure that an incompetent professor receives tenure, Beth is ready to return to the classroom. The murder of the professor forces Beth to mount a defense of the school's reputation and brings her into contact with the new police chief Sally Sullivan. Sally left the Chicago police to return to her hometown and be near her parents. Things were very routine and unexciting until dead bodies start showing up. As Sally and Beth work together to try to solve the mystery of what is going on at the college, they find they are drawn together, but they're on very different pages. Beth is really satisfied with casual relationships and one night stands, but Sally is looking for something more meaningful in her life. Whether or not they can find a way to bring their goals in sync is as big a mystery as who is killing college employees.

    Veritas is Anne Laughlin's second novel and it shows what most readers hope for, this writer is improving as she writes. It's clear that Laughlin is developing her ability to draw her characters more completely and to develop a story in a way that it unfolds instead of rushing to a conclusion. She is especially adept in this story at developing the mystery, giving hints, but managing to keep the identity of the killer hidden until almost the end of the book. Beth's character is better developed than Sally's, but there is enough revealed about Sally to sustain the story. A sign of Laughlin's improvement is the fact that Veritas was a winner of the 2010 Golden Crown Literary Society Award for Mystery. Although there is a romance in the book, it actually plays a minor role and this is more of a true mystery.

    Veritas is a very solid read. It's a good story with interesting characters and sustains the aspects of the mystery throughout the novel. The cover picture is excellent and will draw readers to the book by itself. They'll be pleased to find that the book is well worth reading.

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