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Friday, October 21, 2016


An Act of Murder
by Mary Angela

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was filled with mystery. I was guessing till the end a few twists and turns. A very well written book.
~Books, Dreams, Life
I got a kick out of quirky English professor Emmeline Prather, who is just bloody-minded enough to continue to investigate a mysterious death on campus, against the advice of…well, just about everyone.
~Island Confidential
There are numerous interesting angles and twists and turns in An Act of Murder that make it a most enjoyable read.
~Back Porchervations
Series: Professor Prather Mystery (Book 1)
Setting – South Dakota
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Camel Press (October 15, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-1603813754


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.
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About The Author

Like her protagonist in the Professor Prather mystery series, Mary Angela lives on the Great Plains and teaches college writing and literature. When she’s not grading papers (when is she not grading papers?), she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She and her husband have two amazing daughters, one adorable dog, and a cat who would rather not be limited by an adjective. For more information, go to
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I absolutely loved the setting where the story took place. The author takes us to a little college town nestled in Copper Bluff, South Dakota. I could picture   an older university with elegant architecture with the campus filled with young adults eagerly rushing to class. Emmeline Prather is an English professor who loves her job. As the new semester starts she welcomes the students to her class. What a treat it was to read a cozy mystery with such vivid descriptions that place you in the center of the story. There were times I felt like I was sitting in the student hangout and listened in on  their conversations.

I loved everything about Emmeline, from her directness, attention to details and a never give up attitude. When someone is murdered in the theater everyone is shocked. I must say I was shocked as well. I never saw it coming and it took me completely by surprise. The author really knows how to write with twists that shake up the story with surprise and excellent snippets of intrigue.

Lenny,  who is Emmeline's friend and co worker at the university is someone I would instantly want to be around. He is funny, smart and has a sense of loyalty. I don't know how Emmeline does it, but she talks Lenny into helping her solve the murder. They find themselves deep in the investigation with suspects that range from students to well anyone. The story flowed with ease and I loved how I was so sure I knew who did it, when the brilliant writing gave me a reason to suspect someone else. Why is it so important to Emmeline to solve this mystery? Will she and Lenny find themselves in danger? The ending was explosive  with secrets  that will leave you hanging  on the edge of your seat . When the reason for the murder  is brought to light, readers will be in for a big surprise. I loved everything about this book and thought the author captured my attention right away. It is definitely a page turner and I'm excited for  the next installment in the series.

I received a copy of the book from The Great Escape Book Tour. The review was my own opinion and I was not compensated for it.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Deana, for reviewing my book! I appreciate it. Have a great weekend.
    Mary Angela