A Very Merry Murder by Mary Angela

A Very Merry Murder by Mary Angela
Publisher: Camel Press
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full (258 pgs)
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Rose

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.

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Book Three of the Professor Prather Mystery Series

This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but I guarantee it will not be the last. This is the third book in this series, but can definitely be read as a standalone. Although it was obvious the characters had a relationship, it did not detract from my enjoyment of the book. I have already bought the first two books in the series.

The characters are wonderfully drawn – even the secondary characters. They seem to be real people with their own issues – not perfect, but doing what they need to do. The book is set in a small college town, and I can easily picture everything.

I love cozy mysteries, and this one does not disappoint. Perhaps there were slower moments where I was able to put the book down for a bit, but I was always eager to return and read more. Agatha Christie is one of my very favorite authors, and it was a treat not only reading about how Em teaches about her, but also sees clues in the book she’s teaching to help her solve this crime.

I highly recommend this book…. Well done, Ms. Angela, and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.


  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. James Robert says

    I appreciate you taking the time to give us a great book description and giveaway as well. Thank you so much!

  3. Sounds like a good book.

  4. Danielle Corrow says

    Great cover and I really liked the excerpt

  5. Thanks for reviewing! I appreciate it.

  6. Great post, thanks for sharing!

  7. Bernie Wallace says

    Are any of the characters in the book based off of real people? Congrats on the release.

  8. Rhonda Rudd says

    I love any and all Christmas stories. Thanks for sharing your book.

  9. Bea LaRocca says

    Congratulations on this nice review and thanks so much for the giveaway! The book cover is lovely. This sounds like a wonderful holiday read.

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