Saturday, September 23, 2017

PASSPORT TO MURDER

Passport to Murder (Professor Prather Mystery) by Mary Angela

 
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Camel Press (September 15, 2017) 
Paperback: 272 pages ISBN-13: 978-1603816533

Start with an unlucky number. Throw in a romantic location. Include a dashing Frenchman and an uncompromising professor. And you have all the ingredients for a passport to murder. This semester, it seems that Professor Prather's dreams are about to come true. Ever since she was a young girl, she's imagined going to France, and her French colleague, André Duman, has finally made that trip possible. Over spring break, she and André are to lead a group of students and faculty to Paris to explore the City of Light. But before she can utter her first bonjour, a professor dies, and they are stuck in Minneapolis. She returns to Copper Bluff with an unstamped passport and a mystery to solve. When André becomes the prime suspect, Emmeline puts her research skills to good use, determined to find out who really killed the professor and spoiled their spring break plans. With thirteen travelers assembled, the possibilities are varied and villainous. Luckily, her dear friend and sidekick, Lenny Jenkins, is close by. Together, they will sort through the conflicting clues even if it costs them time, trouble, or tenure.


I have a soft spot for books set in the midwestern U.S.  I am attracted to books that add some literary detail, such as quotes from famous authors, mentions of books I read in school. Yes, I was that geek who adored English class.  Although this book focuses on a university setting and the main characters are quite well educated, that does not make them stuffy or boring. There is not a dull section in this quick paced, intriguing mystery.
The characters are very relatable and interesting.  There is mention of attraction and romance that never overtakes the theme of mystery.  The clues are given out at comfortable spacing.  There is no loss for motives, even among characters you are hoping are not involved in murder.
I had not read the previous book in this series but I had no problem keeping pace and have added this author to my list of favorites. I will be reading the previous book and hope for many more.

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About The Author

Like her protagonist in the Professor Prather mystery series, Mary Angela lives on the Great Plains and teaches college writing and literature.
When she’s not grading papers (when is she not grading papers?), she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.
She and her husband have two amazing daughters, one adorable dog, and a cat who would rather not be limited by an adjective.
For more information, go to www.maryangelabooks.com.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for reviewing my book. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Have a terrific Saturday.
    Mary

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