An Act of Murder by Mary Angela – Review

An Act of Murder by Mary Angela - Review

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An Act of Murder by Mary Angela – ReviewAn Act of Murder on October 15, 2016
Pages: 236
Format: Paperback
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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.

An Act of Murder by Mary Angela

In this first installment of the Professor Prather Mystery series, we are introduced to an enjoyable cast of cozy characters in a delightful setting. Emmeline (Em) Prather is an English professor in Copper Bluff, South Dakota. I absolutely adore Emmeline. She is a perfect cozy sleuth. The setting is just wonderful. It feels authentic and makes me want to visit. Even though this is set on a college campus, it does not feel like some wild, crazy college campus. The author manages to inject a small-town cozy feel.

In An Act of Murder, Em believes a student’s death is anything but accidental. She and Lenny (a friend and fellow professor) try to figure out what happened. But the closer they get to the truth, the more dangerous things become.

The other characters, including professors, students, neighbors and Em’s cat were fun and quirky. The author does an excellent job of penning a believable mystery. An Act of Murder is very well written. I did not want to put it down. I’m very impressed with Ms. Angela’s debut novel and I am adding her to my list of must-read authors. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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