Does a rare book about Spirit Canyon's mining history hold the clues to the town's latest murder—and Zo's past?


About the Author

"an impressively skilled and original storyteller"

--Midwest Book Review

Mary Angela is the author of the Professor Prather academic mystery series, the Happy Camper cozy mystery series, and several short stories. She also writes historical fiction as Mary Winters ( When Mary isn’t penning 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 Mining for Murder

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 . . .

Latest News

I'm thrilled to share that Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine has accepted my third short story "4th Floor Alice" for publication in 2023!

Congrats to Open for Murder on becoming a bestseller! Thank you, readers!


Tracking the Thoen Stone

I’m a sucker for a good treasure hunt, and that’s what I got when I went searching for the Thoen Stone last spring. I can blame my wanderlust at the time on the pandemic. It was March of 2021, and I hadn’t traveled in over a year. The Black Hills sounded like the perfect place for a treasure hunt. I wasn’t…