A Very Merry Murder

  • Author: Mary Angela
  • Publisher: Camel Press
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Release Date: October 1, 2018
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Book Summary

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.

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About The Author

Mary Angela is the author of An Act of Murder, the debut novel in the new Professor Prather Mystery series being published by Camel Press. Mary teaches college English and lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with her husband and two young daughters. An avid mystery fan, she is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

For more information, visit Mary online at:

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Book Review by Bree Herron

Dashing through the snow was Professor Prather, over the clues she goes and solving this delightful murder. Now that we have Jingle Bells stuck in our head, I will share the reasons for loving this mystery. I have been with Emmeline from the beginning, she has become a dear friend that I enjoy visiting. Her habit for solving the mystery is one that is easy and enjoyable to follow. She has a charamstic personality that draws you into her world.

This is a Christmas mystery and I adore anything holiday related. This mystery though Emmeline has to clear herself and that is a cool point to take in the mystery. If you haven’t found a chance to read this series, now is the time. You will be enjoying a new friend, strong community and mysteries that are exciting and fun.  Emmeline Prather is a sleuth to be friends with, share a mystery and miss till the next book.

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**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.


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  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your wonderful review on “A Very Merry Murder” by Mary Angela and for being part of the book tour.

    LOVE this cover which just yells Christmas to me. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read this great sounding book.

  2. Mary Angela

    Thank you so much for your kind review! Your comments warmed my heart.


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