Thursday, November 21, 2019

Coming Up Murder by Mary Angela | Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway

The Blurb

Everything’s coming up roses for Professor Emmeline Prather. Her scholarly book is finished, spring term is coming to a close, and her love life is blossoming. Then the festival surrounding the exhibit of Shakespeare’s First Folio opens, bringing with it a tempest more dramatic than the bard’s.

In his panel presentation, actor and grad student Tanner Sparks contends Shakespeare isn’t Shakespeare, boasting that he can prove the long-debated theory that an aristocrat actually penned the sonnets and plays. His bombshell sets off an acrid debate among scholars. But were they upset enough to kill him? That’s what Em wonders when Tanner is found dead in Shakespeare’s Garden, his macabre pose inspired by a scene from Hamlet.

At her department head’s urging, Em sets out to find the killer. Suspects abound, and Em finds herself targeted by Shakespeare-themed threats. Undaunted, she persists, determined to solve the case before the end of the semester.

Coming Up Murder by Mary Angela
Series: A Professor Prather Mystery, #4
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Camel Press
Publication Date: November 12, 2019
Paperback: 258 pages
ISBN-10: 1941890784
ISBN-13: 978-1941890783
e-Book File Size: 1191 KB
Digital ISBN: 9781941890912
ASIN: B01M622C3B

The Review

I just read an amazing book, y'all — Coming Up Murder. Coming Up Murder is the fourth book in the Professor Prather Mystery series by Mary Angela. (Book One, An Act of Murder, is reviewed here.) Let me tell you a little about this cozy mystery.

Coming Up Murder is such a fun book! Author Mary Angela has fashioned a memorable cast of characters, headed up by Professor Emmeline Prather and her sidekick Professor Lenny Jenkins. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Em's latest adventures at Copper Bluff University in Copper Bluff, South Dakota.

The Shakespeare sub-plot is very interesting, and adds a lot to the storyline. I was educated and entertained at the same time! Em has a big reveal of whodunit in the climactic scene. I was surprised. Can you guess the murderer before Em tells all?

The epilogue of Coming Up Murder is absolutely fabulous! I was smiling as I closed the book. I can't wait to find out what happens next with Em and company.

I recommend Coming Up Murder to all fans of cozy mysteries, particularly fans of academic mysteries. I think it will appeal especially to fans of Frankie Bow's Professor Molly Mysteries and to Cynthia Kuhn's Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries.

I love Coming Up Murder, and bestow upon it the highest rating of Five Kitties! 

Five out of five kitties
Note:  I received a complimentary copy of Coming Up Murder and voluntarily reviewed it.
All opinions shared are 100% my own.

The Author

About Mary Angela

Mary Angela is the author of two cozy mystery series that have strong protagonists with soft hearts. Emmeline Prather is the witty young teacher in the Professor Prather series, and Zo Jones is the sassy sleuth and shop owner in the Happy Camper series (coming from Kensington in 2020). 

When Mary isn’t penning heartwarming whodunits, she’s teaching, reading, traveling, or spending time with her family. She’s the proud mom of two beautiful daughters and the shameless owner of two very spoiled pets. You can find out more about her loves, including her writing, at 

Find Mary on the web at

The Giveaway

Mary will award a $20 Amazon Gift Card
plus a digital copy of Coming Up Murder 
to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Follow the tour to read other reviews, plus interviews, and guest posts! 


November 12 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW

November 13 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT

November 14 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT

November 15 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 16 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT

November 16 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book - SPOTLIGHT

November 17 – Cozy Up With Kathy – CHARACTER GUEST POST

November 18 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

November 19 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

November 20 – Island Confidential – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

November 20 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 21 – Baroness' Book Trove – REVIEW

November 21 – Jane Reads – REVIEW

November 22 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

November 22 – A Wytch's Book Review Blog - REVIEW

November 23 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

November 24 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

November 25 – I Read What You Write – GUEST POST

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