Mining for Murder (A Happy Camper Mystery) by Mary Angela

Mining for Murder (A Happy Camper Mystery)
by Mary Angela

A fun mystery evolves as the story plays out full of surprise twists and hidden secrets making for a fun mystery read. Sure to be enjoyed by fans of the genre.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

I love reading about the history of these areas, steeped in folklore, indigenous peoples, and wild west experiences.
~Rosepoint Publishing

This is a good fun summer read. Lots of solid red herrings and just enough excitement!
~Rebecca M Douglas, Author

Mining for murder is a mystery combined with some comedy. Mary Angela does a wonderful job of describing the settings and characters. This book was an easy and enjoyable read that will have you wanting to solve the mystery just as much as Zo does. I give Mining for Murder 5 out of 5 stars and would recommend this book if you like mysteries.
~Nellie’s Book Nook

Great red herrings. Solid character development. Strong dialog and memorable descriptions. All the perfect makings for a series that will last for years. Already eagerly awaiting the next book.
~This Is My Truth Now

With a gold mine of twists to keep a reader guessing, Mining for Murder is an excellent addition to a dynamite series. So get out your lantern, because you’ll be up all night reading Mary Angela’s latest.
~Author Elena Taylor’s Blog

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!
~Diane Reviews Books

About Mining for Murder

Mining for Murder (A Happy Camper Mystery)
Cozy 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

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