Mining for Murder

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Published by: Lyrical Press
Release Date: April 5, 2022
Pages: 275



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 . . .


"a perfect summertime read" --Fresh Fiction 

"Mining for Murder is an enjoyable mystery in a history-rich setting filled with strong characters." --Kittling Books 

"... well-crafted with a great pace. There was a perfect balance of fun and excitement, with clues and suspects galore. I just think this cozy worked on every level. And that isn’t even mention the stunning setting in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This is a winning series for me, and this third book made me so happy!" --I Like Old Books

"I really enjoy this series. From the whondunit to George the cat and right on back to the stock at the Happy Camper, it makes for a good read. Most of all, I really enjoy the ongoing story of Zo’s childhood and her search for her family. Mary Angela never disappoints." --Cozy On Up

"This may be my favorite book in the series so far. I loved it! The characters in this series are great and we get to know them all in a deeper level with this book. Add in the investigation, a treasure hunt and a search for family history. So fun & entertaining!" --Reading with Mrs. Leaf

"One of the reasons I adore this series is because it contains three of my favorite things: history, mystery, and South Dakota. My spirits lift when I get to return to Spirit Canyon within the Black Hills." --Books Read By A Prairie Girl

"What a treat this little cozy mystery novel was! The third book in the Happy Camper Mystery series was action packed and had a depth that I was surprised was ingrained within the story." --Tamsterdam Reads



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