An Act of Murder
In the sleepy college town of Copper Bluff, South Dakota, English professor Emmeline Prather is enjoying the start of a new semester. But when one of her students dies working on the fall musical, it disrupts life on the small, quiet campus. Although the police rule the death accidental, Prof. Prather has good reason to suspect foul play.
Unmasking the murderer proves much more challenging than finding dangling participles, so Em recruits fellow English professor Lenny Jenkins for assistance. Together, they comb the campus and vicinity for clues, risking their reputations and possibly their jobs. After an intruder breaks into Em’s house, Lenny advises caution–and perhaps a change of address. Em, on the other hand, is all the more determined to forge ahead, convinced they’re on the brink of an important breakthrough.
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.
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Book Review by Bree Herron
Emmeline Prather is an English professor in Copper Bluff, South Dakota. A devoted professor to the arts, and anything French I was drawn to her quickly. Her drive and ambition to bring more to the college was a great characteristic that I enjoyed. Emmeline is this character that you love because she just seems like a real person. I found her quirks, and passions to be similar to mine (Hello, France anyone?) which made me feel a friendship with her. In fact, all the characters are this way. You just love many of the professors.
The mystery was great, and set up nicely. I found that the book just flowed into the mystery. It held great clues, but twists that kept you guessing. I say that about many mysteries, BUT it is important that a mystery isn’t solved in the first five chapters.
This book is a
great, no excellent start to a series! I am looking forward to the next book in this series. I am very eager to see where Emmeline will be going in life.
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