Open for Murder

Published by: Lyrical Press
Release Date: November 24, 2020
Pages: 304
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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 . . .

It’s Memorial Day weekend in Spirit Canyon, and for Zo that means the return of summer shoppers. It also means the return of her good friend Beth, who’s moved back to the area to reopen her family’s premier hotel, Spirit Canyon Lodge. Beth and Zo spent many childhood summers there and Zo can’t wait to reconnect and celebrate the Grand Opening. But the festivities go from bad to worse when a power outage knocks out the lights—and morning reveals a competitor’s dead body found on the premises . . .

Soon enough, Beth is the prime suspect in the suspicious death. Fortunately, Zo isn’t afraid to put her investigative skills to work and prove her friend’s innocence. To start digging for information, she appeals to Max Harrington, a local Forest Ranger and unlikely ally. Though they’ve argued about Happy Camper’s tours, in this case they agree on one thing: Beth isn’t a murderer. Stranger things have happened than their collaboration. After all, this is Spirit Canyon. But as the list of suspects grows, Zo will have to keep her guard up if she doesn’t want to be the next lodge guest to check out . . .


“When you add up a fun setting, characters who would make excellent friends, and an engaging mystery you get Angela’s OPEN FOR MURDER!” –Lynn Cahoon, New York Times bestselling author of the Kitchen Witch series


"Open for Murder is an absolute delight! You’ll adore your visit to the charming Spirit Canyon, where nothing is quite as it seems. The very talented Mary Angela has created a gorgeous setting, a lively cast of characters, and a tremendously satisfying mystery that will keep readers happily guessing." – Cynthia Kuhn, author of the Agatha-award-winning Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries


"A great start to the Happy Camper series. Open for Murder features a strong protagonist, likable secondary characters and a compelling mystery with the gorgeous backdrop of the Black Hills." – Catherine Bruns, USA Today bestselling author and Daphne du Maurier award winner


“It was the visually descriptive narrative and the engaging dialogue that created a solid storyline that held from the first page to its conclusion.” 

-- Dru’s Book Musings


“It’s a really enjoyable cosy mystery, I am looking forward to the second of the series.” --Books Around the World


“This mystery was strong, writing excellent, and the setting so much fun. I want to go there!” --Texas Reader Girl


“I’m delighted with this new series set in one of my favorite states, South Dakota.” --Books Read by a Prairie Girl