Deep in the heart of touristy small-town Spirit Canyon, South Dakota, Zo Jones owns the Happy Camper gift shop, writes a local newspaper column, and dabbles in sleuthing. . .



About the Author

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. Mary is represented by Amanda Jain at BookEnds Literary Agency.

About Open for Murder

Deep in the heart of touristy small-town Spirit Canyon, South Dakota, former journalist Zo Jones runs the Happy Camper gift shop, where she sells everything from locally made souvenirs to memorabilia. She even rents out mountain bikes, and dabbles in the adventure industry—and sleuthing . . .

Latest News

I'm so excited to share that Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine has accepted my short story "The Color of Murder." I'm not sure what issue it will be published in, but I'm thrilled to be included.


Inspired by Place: The Heart of Happy Camper

Finding beauty and inspiration can be hard in the bleak month of January. For a writer, however, inspiration is important. John Keats once said, “If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree it had better not come at all.” I’m no poet, but I do believe there is truth in his words. Some days, the words…