A Very Merry Murder by Mary Angela
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: The Great Escapes
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About The Book
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. But 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.
My Thoughts
It seems that everywhere Emmeline Prather goes there’s a murder included, but let’s face the truth, without a good murder there’s no fun! 😉
This is not the first book I’ve read of Emmeline, she is quite a brave woman and she lets the reader enter to the difficult and competitive world of the University. But this time, we will meet her in a music murder, because she will be the main suspect of the curious death of a bass player, who seems to have a long list of fans (and some enemies too!).
What makes this story a good read is the charm of the characters and their relations, because after reading this series, you’ll love to discover more about them and how they link together, and maybe being more than friends?
I loved how the story is preparing us for Christmas with a lot of decorations and some “delicious” treats, but try not to eat Emmeline’s cookies, maybe you’ll be the next victim!
This is the third book of the series, you can read it as standalone, but the story is so much fun that I’ll recommend you to start from the beginning! 😉
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About The Author
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. For more information about Mary or the series, go to MaryAngelaBooks.com.