A Very Merry Murder (A Professor Prather Mystery) by Mary Angela

Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series 
Camel Press (October 1, 2018) 
Paperback: 258 pages 
ISBN-10: 1603816550 
ISBN-13: 978-1603816557 
Digital ASIN: B07G2VLLCV

It’s December in Copper Bluff, and from hillside to hallowed hall, everyone is merry—or will be as soon as semester break arrives. Students are studying, professors are grading, and Emmeline Prather is anticipating the university-sponsored holiday concert. Friend and colleague Lenny Jenkins will be accompanying the visiting quartet, Jazz Underground, and Em can’t think of a better way to kick-start the holiday season.
But before she can say “Jingle Bell Rock,” trouble arrives at Candlelight Inn, the bed and breakfast where the quartet is staying. One of the band members dies unexpectedly, and suspicion falls on Em, whose altercation with the man ends with him on the floor. He never recovers, and now she’s worried her reputation might not either. When Emmeline starts to see parallels between an Agatha Christie novel she’s teaching and the victim, Lenny claims she’s read one too many mysteries.
As the clues unravel, so does the murderer’s patience. Em is close to finding the truth, but will the truth—or the murderer—push her over the edge? It will take a Christmas miracle to solve this case, but if there’s one thing in surplus this time of year, it’s faith.

 This book overflows with the sounds and smells and music of the winter holiday season.
I was carried away to Copper Bluff, South Dakota. With the action taking place both on and off campus, Professor Em Prather knows she is definitely not back in Detroit.

This book has a lot of family and friendship angles to it. We are born into family, and usually have loyalties and ties to them, but friends can become closer than family. People we work with on a daily basis form bonds that resemble those family ties and routines. Then there are the people with whom you find yourself wishing to be more than friends.

With candy canes and red herring, jealousy and despair, emotions run high at the holidays, especially when you can not be with those you love. When Em Prather becomes a person of interest in a murder investigation, she can not sit in the audience and wait for the finale. She takes an active role to orchestrate the solving of this mystery and deciphering the motive behind a man's death.

An enjoyable mystery that can be read as a stand alone. I look forward to seeing what trouble finds Professor Prather next.

About the Author

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Mary Angela is the author of the Professor Prather academic mystery series, which has been called “enjoyable” and “clever” by Publishers Weekly. She is also an educator and has taught English and humanities at South Dakota’s public and private universities for over ten years. 
When Mary isn’t writing or teaching, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.
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  1. Thank you so much for reviewing, Laura! I appreciate your kind and thoughtful review.

  2. Thank you for your great review on "A Very Merry Murder" by Mary Angela and for being part of the book tour.

    This cover along should get anyone in the Christmas spirit. I can't wait for the opportunity to read this book which is on my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


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