Midnight Spells Murder (A Happy Camper Mystery) 

  by Mary Angela

About Midnight Spells Murder

Midnight Spells Murder (A Happy Camper Mystery) 

  Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 

  Publisher: Lyrical Press (July 13, 2021) 

  Print Length: 271 pages 

  Digital ASIN: B08L8RJTTD 


Spirit Canyon’s annual Spirit Spooktacular weekend is on, and for local amateur sleuth Zo Jones, it’s boomtime for business at her Happy Camper gift shop . . . until a murderer drops in for a browse.


To celebrate Halloween at the Happy Camper, Zo schedules a talk by successful author and self-proclaimed witch Marianne Morgan. Although Marianne’s benign brand of witchcraft is more about feminine empowerment than black magic, her presence is still not welcomed by everyone. Then on a midnight stroll home, Zo spots what seems to be a new Halloween decoration propped up outside the Happy Camper. What she finds is not a mannequin but a dead Marianne, her lifeless body dressed in traditional witch’s garb. But why would someone send this good witch back to the spirit world permanently?


Soon Zo realizes that plenty of folks have motives for murdering Marianne. What’s worse, nosy TV newsman Justin Castle plans to broadcast a report associating Marianne’s murder with the Happy Camper. Zo calls on her partner in sleuthing, local forest ranger Max Harrington, to help her find the culprit before Justin’s report airs. Otherwise Zo’s business just might go bust. But to catch this killer, Zo will have to risk much more than just her reputation . . .


You hear about those books that people "can't put down." If you are a cozy fan, or enjoy small town fiction, or holiday mysteries this will be that book for you.
I had the cat telling me in no uncertain terms that he demanded to be fed and I casually replied, "Just more more chapter." Wrong answer, both for me and my twenty pound cat.
Several chapters later I was trying to figure out how to continue reading and open then pour his food.

I don't want to tell you the plot of the book. My mini spoiler is that an animal goes missing and I COULD NOT stop reading at that point.
The story covers a murder on Halloween, people who are not who they seems on the surface, some mild flirting, a whole range of emotions, both for the reader and in the characters, yummy snacks, and so much more!

You will not be disappointed if you pick up this book but be prepared to spend some time. You will be drawn into the town, drawn to the people there, and want to find someplace like it in your real life.
There is a continuing mystery so I can not wait to read the next book in this series.



About Mary Angela

  Mary Angela is the author of the Happy Camper cozy mystery series, the Professor Prather academic mystery series, and several short stories.
When Mary isn’t penning heartwarming whodunits, she’s teaching, reading, traveling, or spending time with her family. She lives in South Dakota with her husband, daughters, and spoiled pets. 
You can find out more about her loves, including her writing, at MaryAngelaBooks.com
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  1. Thank you for the kind review! I'm so happy you enjoyed Midnight Spells Murder.


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