REVIEW: Relic by Anne Hagan

Originally published 2015-07-01: Relic by Anne Hagan

Every once in a while, I’ll be scrolling through Amazon, buy a book on Kindle, and forget it exists for a few months. When I open my Kindle reading app, I’m usually shocked to see how many titles I have lined up there; I always vow to get to all of them within a certain period of time, which I inevitably let pass without getting through even half.

Relic by Anne Hagan was one of those impulse purchases for me, and as I had some reading time open up this week, I decided to check it out.

cover of LGBT crime novel Relic by Anne Hagan


The feisty, sexy butch cop is determined to uncover a counterfeiting ring in her county… Dana is under the added pressure of conducting an undercover investigation of her own with a tight deadline: finding and then stopping a ring of smugglers bringing high end designer knock-offs into the states.

Could their cases be related?

When repeated vicious attacks on Mel and on her home accelerate the danger for her and also their attraction to each other, they become desperate to find the truth and solve the two mysteries.

My Rating

From the beginning, the characters caught my attention. It’s written in first person, so you delve immediately into the minds of main characters, Customs Special Agent Dana Rossi and Sheriff Mel Crane.

It’s apparent in reading Relic that Anne Hagan has done her homework on police procedure. Her special agents and cops are believable, hard-working, and have personality. The cases they’re working are a tangled web that lead to an ultimately rewarding ending that was not easy to weed out in the beginning.

This book gets 3.5 of 5 stars from me!

Buy it on Amazon | Kobo

Relic is the first book of The Morelville Mysteries, and it’s rated #46 on the Amazon Top 100 Paid in LGBT Crime & Detective Fiction as of this posting. If you’re adventurous, you can grab the whole boxed set on Amazon and Kobo.


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