Monday, November 30, 2020


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Open for Murder (A Happy Camper Mystery)  

by Mary Angela


About Open For Murder


Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Publisher: Lyrical Press (November 24, 2020) 
Paperback: 207 pages  
ISBN-10: 1516110722 ISBN-13: 978-1516110728  
Digital ASIN: B085LTP1XH 



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 . . .


About Mary Angela


Mary Angela is the author of the Professor Prather and Happy Camper 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. You can find out more about her loves, including her writing, at
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Sunday, November 29, 2020


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The one thing he needs is a second chance. But it's the one thing he can never get--or so he thinks.

A few months before his twenty-first birthday, Ethan missed the chance to save his brother's life. Adrian was murdered on the steps of the courthouse in Jacksonville, Florida. Ever since that fateful day, Ethan has sensed a deep disconnect between the man he should have been and the one he has become. His days play out a beat too slow, his mind rehashing the scene of his failure again and again.

When Adrian's widow appears, asking for his help in uncovering what was really behind his brother's death, Ethan is stunned. The legal case they were pursuing was more far-reaching than he could have imagined--it could even threaten the global power structure.

Ethan joins the search for answers at the ultimate cost. As he enters into his own past, will he discover a means to redeem the future?


"Bunn continues to astonish with his vision. In Burden of Proof, he explores fundamental issues of human relationships, regret, and the need we all share to gain wisdom. I was profoundly moved."--Joseph Raia, chair, American Bar Association International Law Section

"Burden of Proof hit me with the emotional equivalent of a Mack truck. Beautiful and complex characters and plot. I loved this story and its profoundly personal message. Wonderful!"--Sarah Gunning Moser, president, Lighthouse for Literacy

"Burden of Proof beautifully demonstrates that a life spent in pursuit of selfish ends holds the makings of profound emptiness. Bunn's rich characters and compelling plot beautifully reveal how hope is still possible, even here."--Dr. Brian J. Grim, president, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation

"Bunn has outdone himself this time. Burden of Proof kept me hooked from the very first page. This legal thriller invites us to consider the nature of the world itself. Bunn has opened my mind to a new vision of the human spirit."--Jeffrey Aresty, president, Internet Bar Organization

"Novels with otherworldly themes normally are not my cup of tea, but Bunn's latest work is an amazing exception. The way he brings together all the story's various components is truly memorable."--Carol Johnson, founder, The Christy Awards


Davis Bunn ( is the award-winning author of numerous national bestsellers, with sales totaling more than 8 million copies. His work has been published in 20 languages, and his critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction. He and his wife, Isabella, live in England.
This is an unusual and moving novel written by a master storyteller. 
Author Davis Bunn has created a group of strong, multi-layered characters and split time settings which engaged me from page one clear through to the end of this amazing story.
The protagonist, Ethan Barrett, is a likeable man with many flaws and regrets. On his journey in this book he becomes open to learning new lessons, correcting mistakes previously committed, and allowing himself to see things from a new perspective.

The author's writing skills are exceptional; and as a reader, I felt as if I was in the middle of every scene because of the multi-sensory descriptive writing on each page of the book. Many emotions were awakened in this story--some happy, many sad.

I have read at least a dozen Christian suspense books written by various authors and published by different publishers in 2020, and I believe this book is in my top three favorite books of the year. I will look forward to reading many more books by Davis Bunn in the future.
Highly-recommended for fans of Christian and clean fiction, Christian and clean historical fiction, and Christian and clean suspense.
This novel is completely clean in language and content.

Disclosure from blogger:  I received a paperback copy of this book from the publisher. I was not compensated in any way to post my review here or on any other site. These opinions are solely my own.

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