When Dr. Grace Everest is murdered in her own sperm bank, Mara Gilgannon attempts to find the killer and to protect a beloved ex who is desperately seeking motherhood. So what if Mara herself has 858 reasons (and counting) never to have children? She didn't let that stop her when she and Grace launched a radio series on artificial insemination. And she won't let anyone stop her from completing the series and discovering the truth about her friend's murder. Not the thief who trashes her office. Not her flamboyant housemate who invites a top suspect to crash with them. Not the 15-year-old who wants Mara to help find her donor dad. And especially not conservative Christian activist Reverend Leo Spires. As he heightens his campaign against the radio station where Mara works and the sperm bank where the murder occurred, Mara discovers a new mystery at the bank itself - an unusually low pregnancy rate for lesbians.
|Publisher:||Regal Crest Enterprises|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)|
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Seminal Murder is the third installment in the Mara Gilgannon mystery series and centers around the murder of a sperm bank director, a friend of Mara’s, but it touches on other issues as well. Mara’s former partner is going through the heartbreak of a failed series of artificial inseminations. This gives the story a chance to talk about what some women have to go through in their attempts to have children. There is also a young character who is trying to find her birth father and is encountering problems because of privacy laws protecting sperm donors, so another sub plot deals with the rights of children to find out about their birth parents. Finally there is an ultraconservative Christian minister and his flock who may remind the reader of Fred Phelps and his fanatical congregation at the Westboro Baptist Church. For a book that isn’t very long there is a lot going on. Mary Vermillion does a good job of tying these different strands together to create a cohesive story. It would be easy to lose track of the murder with the various topics that are covered, but she never loses sight that, for Mara, it’s about who killed her friend Dr. Grace Everest. Some of the characters are quirky and, at times, Mara is rather sad. She’s supposed to be in a relationship with another woman, but she obviously still pines after her ex-lover. Vermillion doesn’t overplay this however. It’s a series and she has time to work out that situation with later books. The book has a good pace and the solution to the murder isn’t clear until the end, always a good point for a mystery. Seminal Murder is a quick entertaining book to read. It might help to read the first two books in the series to have the background of the continuing characters, but it isn’t absolutely necessary. This is one of those books that is good for an afternoon.
Well-written and engaging, with entertaining yet believable characters. A ripping yarn!