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Coming Up Murder

(Professor Prather Mystery #4)

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Everything’s coming up roses for Professor Emmeline Prather. Then the festival surrounding the exhibit of Shakespeare’s First Folio opens, bringing with it a tempest more dramatic than the bard’s. A grad student contends Shakespeare isn’t Shakespeare, setting off an acrid debate among scholars. But were they upset enough to kill him? That’s what Em must find out when the ...more
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Published November 12th 2019 by Camel Press
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Mary Angela
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This series is so special to me, and Coming Up Murder is extra special because it’s the final chapter of a journey that began many years ago. For me, attending college was a privilege. Coming from a large family, I never took my education for granted. To recall those happy school days has also been a privilege. Thank you, readers, for letting me share Copper Bluff with you. Although it is a fictional setting, it comes from a very real place in my heart.
Ryan Hoffman
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Coming Up Murder is the latest installment in the Professor Prather Mystery. This time its a Shakespeare themed mystery for Em and Lenny when Shakespearean festival comes to Copper Bluff. And when a speaker is found dead like a scene straight out of Shakespeare. And Em gets involved. It is a great book and mystery.
Jessica Robbins
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

Another great adventure with the English Professor! Emmeline is excited to be part of an upcoming Shakespeare festival at the college that includes the presence of a copy of the First Folio. If course this includes lots of experts on the subject with differing opinions. Tempers flair and a promising grad student is found dead. Asked by her boss to get involved she quickly starts nosing around leading us
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Grant Leishman
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Reviewed For Readers' Favorite by Grant Leishman

Coming Up Murder by Mary Angela is what one would call a “cozy” mystery. You won’t find any blood and gore here but what you will find is a clear, definitive, murder mystery deftly handled by the author. In this, a continuation of her adventures, Professor Emmeline Prather, an English Literature professor at a small, midwestern University in Copper Bluff is dragged into a murder mystery that twists and turns like a coiling snake. The University is
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Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Coming Up Murder by Mary Angela is a book that many of Shakespeare's fans will love.
Would someone kill to protect Shakespeare's name?
Professor Emmeline Prather
Professor Prather is an intelligent woman who has a serious boyfriend, a book being published, and she is the local Mis Marple. So, our sleuth and main character.

I like that she isn't
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Katherine
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank the author for sending me a copy of her book.

It's an unseasonably warm spring in Copper Bluff, South Dakota and everything is going well for Professor Prather. Her book has been accepted for publication! And! The campus is all a bustle with the Shakespeare Festival.

Warning: this mystery will probably cause a desire, in the reader, to participate, in some capacity in a Shakespeare event.

When a grad student claims he can prove Shakespeare wasn't Shakespeare scholarly
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Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
This is the first book I have read by this author and I am wondering why I have missed out, this was a total page turner and guessing the guilty party was not on the cards!

Copper Bluff is celebrating everything Shakespeare, they are displaying a rare folio of the Bard's works, the college theatre is putting on Hamlet, they are opening a Shakespeare inspired garden and the also plan to have talks by various people. It is during the latter that things start to unravel, a PhD student puts the cat
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Christine
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's nearly the end of the semester and Professor Prather looks forward to the summer break. The Shakespearean Festival caps off the semester and it is about to begin. The college has been fortunate to have a copy of the First Folio, a collection of Shakespeare's plays that might have been lost if it were not for his friends. It's quite the honor to have the First Folio at the event. But at one of the first sessions graduate student Tanner Sparks contends Shakespeare didn't write the plays. As ...more
Laura
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To be or not to be a controversy. The question is, who was William Shakespeare?
The discussion or controversy turns deadly at a springtime Shakespearean Festival in South Dakota.
Is the world of Academia truly this fierce or dangerous? Or is it the challenge of becoming published? What motivates people to kill?

With clean yet intriguing content about controversy and secret lives, this book appeals to mystery lovers of many types and levels. Characters we enjoy and want to know better populate this
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Margo Sue
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Coming Up Murder by Mary Angela. It was the first book in the series I read and I can’t wait to read the others to catch up. The storyline kept me engaged the entire time, with plenty of twists and turns. If I had to pick one area that kept me interested it would be Professor Prather herself. Her optimistic attitude, intelligence and handling of her experiences was a breath of fresh air. I also enjoyed the subplot about Shakespeare. Reading a book and learning something is a bonus for ...more
Ellen Smart
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shakespeare scholarship is not dead, but it can be deadly. This is a well-written, leisurely-paced, solid cozy mystery set in the world of acedemia. It gives new meaning to "publish or perish" as conflicting scholarly theories collide at a Midwest college festival. Professor Prather is no Ivory Tower elitist, but rather a romantic at heart with a keen sense of curiosity that puts her center stage in seeking out a murderer before she becomes the next victim.
Marie McNary
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this charming trip back to Copper Bluff. The mystery is captivating and well-written, while also catching me up on the lives of all the characters I have come to adore. The book ends in such a way that the mystery reaches a conclusion, but readers will be on the edge of their seats waiting for Emmeline’s next adventure.
Susan Krich
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book came to me through Goodreads.
I have not previously read any Professor Prather books.
It is easy reading with plenty of suspects and a surprise ending.
It takes place on a college campus during a Shakespeare symposium.
Many of the clues seem to refer to the Hamlet play.
I enjoyed it very much.
I will look for other books in this series to read and hope there will be more in the future.
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Mary Angela is the author of the Professor Prather and Happy Camper (Kensington 2020) cozy mystery series. When Mary isn’t penning heartwarming whodunits, she’s teaching, reading, traveling, or spending time with her family. She lives in South Dakota with her husband, daughters, and spoiled pets. You can find out more about her loves, including her writing, at MaryAngelaBooks.com.

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