This time it’s personal! South Dakota gift shop owner, Zo, is trying to locate a missing one-of-a-kind book while solving a murder in Mining for Murder.
The missing book may have clues to the mother that abandoned Zo as a baby at the town police station. It also is rumored to contain a real treasure map to a gold vein. The map gives almost everyone in town a motive for murder.
Zo and her Park Ranger boyfriend Max have an authentic relationship. The other locals seem genuine too. The mystery (really several mysteries) within the book has many clues and red herrings to chase down. For me, however, the best part was the surprising twist at the conclusion. I definitely didn’t see that coming!
This is the third book in this series and I’ve read them all. But this book can be read as a standalone.
Overall, Mining for Murder contains several entertaining and challenging mysteries. Jo’s backstory is unique to a cozy mystery and uplifting. The unusual setting and genuine characters just add to my delight with the entire series. 4 stars!
Thanks to the author and Great Escapes Book Tours for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
About Mining for Murder
Mining for Murder (A Happy Camper Mystery)
3rd in Series
Setting – South Dakota
Lyrical Press (April 5, 2022)
Print length : 275 pages
Digital ASIN : B0992TPJ24
Zo Jones is enjoying the sunny season at her Happy Camper gift shop in Spirit Canyon, South Dakota—when a murder reminds her all that glitters isn’t gold . . .
The South Dakota Gold Rush might be long over, but Zo Jones feels like she’s hit the mother lode when she and her friends browse an estate sale, where a rare old book about the history of Spirit Canyon is causing quite a commotion. In addition to local stories and secrets, the book may even contain the location of a famous stash of gold—a treasure worth killing for.
Zo’s friend Maynard Cline wins the bid on the book, to the chagrin of many interested parties, including the historical society and college history department. But when Zo and Hattie head to Maynard’s mansion to borrow the book for a library event, the only thing they find is Maynard—at the bottom of the mountain. The valuable book is gone. Zo knows this must be murder because there’s no way a germophobe like Maynard would have voluntarily dived into a pile of dirt. Now she’ll have to dig into a new case, and go prospecting for a perpetrator . . .
About Mary Angela
Mary Angela is the author of the Happy Camper cozy mystery series, the Professor Prather academic mystery series, and several short stories. 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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