This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Justine Reyes for Readers' Favorite
The Christmas spirit has filled the streets of Copper Bluff, South Dakota and on the horizon for local college English professor Emmeline Prather is an upcoming concert of the Jazz Underground. A Very Merry Murder by Mary Angela is a cozy sleuth novel, the third story in Angela's A Professor Prather Mystery series. As the title implies, not everything is about the jolly spirit of Christmas ... or jazz for that matter. When Miles Jamison, a bass player in the concert, is found murdered, Prather becomes the number one suspect. Prather will have to prove her innocence while also finding out what really happened to Miles Jamison.
This is my first Professor Prather Mystery and I can honestly say this was the best way to be introduced to the series' titular sleuth. A Very Merry Murder has a great ambiance outside of the suspenseful and oftentimes cozy narrative. I don't think readers will need to read the other previous books to feel caught up in the tale. I read it as if it were a contained story before realizing there were two books prior to this one. However, after reading A Very Merry Murder, I have the utmost desire to check out Mary Angela's two previous novels from her Professor Prather series. It reminds me a bit of M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth, at least when it comes to the small town atmosphere and the style of writing. Reading A Very Merry Murder was an early Christmas gift in itself. I can't wait to recommend this book to fellow fans of sleuth mysteries and cozies!