The Morelville Mysteries are a series of three – soon to be four – books about the fictional cases of county Sheriff Melissa ‘Mel’ Crane and, to a slightly lesser extent in the first few books, her romantic love interest U.S. Customs Special Agent Dana Rossi. Yes, these are mysteries featuring lesbian main characters. Their relationship develops as the series progresses but it’s a subplot in each book to the main storyline.
AUTHORS NOTE: This article was written in 2015. While still relevant to the series, it now numbers 10 books with an 11th on the way.
Books one and two contain no overt sexual situations between the two women however book two does include a graphic sexual situation between an opposite-sex couple…if you could call them a ‘couple’ (no plot spoilers here). Book three does contain two explicit scenes between the women in keeping with the plot arc of the story. The scenes are integral to showing character development but they can be skipped by readers not interested in the sexual aspects of the character’s lives. Book four will also contain similar such scenes that will be integral to the plot. There are no plans to continue including lesbian-themed sexual situations in future entries to the series beyond book four. If I change my mind and/or the plot warrants it, I’ll be sure to include a product disclaimer on the description page.
For readers interested primarily in mystery, books one and two most definitely stand alone. Book three also stands alone as a mystery but books one and two are helpful for readers desiring to know all of the dynamics of the Dana/Mel backstory. If you’re reading book three for the mystery element only, you’ll not be missing anything by starting with it. I’ve heard from several readers that it’s the best of the series so far.
The Morelville Mysteries Series Books
Relic: The Morelville Mysteries – Book 1 – Cases collide for two star crossed ladies of law enforcement!
Busy Bees: The Morelville Mysteries – Book 2 – Romance and Murder Mix in the Latest Story Featuring Sheriff Mel Crane and Special Agent Dana Rossi!
Dana’s Dilemma: The Morelville Mysteries – Book 3 – Elections and Old Loves Combine with Deadly Results in the Newest Romantic Mystery Featuring Sheriff Mel Crane and Special Agent Dana Rossi!
Hitched and Tied: The Morelville Mysteries – Book 4 – COMING SOON!
The Morelville Mysteries Characters:
Dana Rossi: A Special Agent with the investigative division of the United States Customs and Border Protection Service. At the start of Book 1, Dana is 34 years old and approximately 5’6″ inches tall. Click the link for a full character profile of Dana.
Melissa ‘Mel’ Crane: Mel is the fictional County Sheriff of the very real Muskingum County, Ohio. She was born and raised on a farm near the tiny fictional village of Morelville and she currently resides in the village with her twin sister Kris and Kris’s two children, Beth and Cole. At the start of Book 1, Mel is age 35 and approximately 5’10”. A link to a full character profile for Mel is here.
Karissa ‘Kris’ Crane: The twin sister to Mel, born minutes later, prefers to be called Kris. She and Mel live in their grandparents (now deceased) former home in Morelville along with Kris’s children by a previous marriage to Jeremy David Roberts.
Cole Roberts: The 15-year-old son (as of book one) of Kris Crane. Figures in Book 1 and prominently in the upcoming Book 4.
Beth Roberts: The 13-year-old daughter of Kris Crane. Beth figures in Book 1 and more prominently in the upcoming Book 4.
Jesse Crane: Father to Mel and Kris and grandfather to Beth and Cole. Married to Faye Crane. Featured in Book 1 and more prominently in Book 4.
Faye Crane: Mother to Mel and Kris and grandmother to Beth and Cole. Married to Jesse Crane. Featured in all books (and may someday get her own cozy series…just sayin’)
All of the books have other recurring and one time characters. Book 3 features some people from Dana’s past in the form of exes. Book 4 will introduce Kris’s romantic love interest (straight) Lance, and Dana’s parents and brothers.
Morelville: Morelville is an entirely fictional village that comes right out of my own head. It has similarities to the tiny unincorporated village that I currently live in but it has myriad differences too. For purposes of the story, I’ve placed it in Muskingum County Ohio in an area that is actually rolling farmland surrounded by dense forest. If you go there, you won’t find Morelville, only cows and trees and a cornfield or fourteen. You can read a bit more about Morelville here.
Zanesville: Zanesville is a real city (town) with a population of about 25,000 people. It’s the County Seat of the real Muskingum County, Ohio. Throughout the book series, I use actual locations in Zanesville to depict completely fictional events. I also make up locations in Zanesville that do not now exist nor have they ever. Some locations that do get repeated mention, like the Sheriff’s office, I’ve located more conveniently to the action of the stories. Genesis Hospital is referred to often in at least three of the books. The hospital is real and there are many fine professionals working there to provide the very best healthcare possible. Events and staff members at the hospital are entirely a figment of my overactive imagination and are no way reflective of anything or anyone at the real-life Genesis facility.