Can a house disappear without a trace?
Emory and Jebbin are with an archeological dig on the shore of Sutton’s Lake west of Twombly looking for a house that might only be a legend. Madison Twombly has plans to investigate a “super booze” being handed out at clandestine drinking parties.
When the house is found it contains two mummified bodies. The parties stop because a young man is killed in a drunken duel. Emory and Madison realize there are connections between the hundred year old mummies and the current day crime.
Sometimes the past won’t stay in the past.
The Devil’s Music by Pearl R. Meaker
Book 1 of the Emory Crawford Mysteries
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Rating **** (4 of 5 stars)
Synopsis from Goodreads:
When an acclaimed scholar and musician is found murdered on the Twombly College campus where her husband teaches chemistry and is a forensic scientist, Emory Crawford decides she can help. She’s a professor’s wife, not an official. People will talk to her. So she heads out with her knitting tote and emerges as the most inquisitive, persistent and clever amateur detective since Miss Marple.
***I was provided with a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review***
The Devil’s Music was a quick, easy read at only 218 pages, but also an enjoyable one. The story is sprinkled with plant lore as well as bluegrass and folk music tidbits that add interest to the story. I would suggest not reading this book on an empty stomach, however, as the descriptions of all of the delicious sounding food served at various functions are sure to leave you hungry!
The Sleuth, Emory Crawford, is a likable protagonist. Even though she aspires to be a young Miss Marple, she has her faults, and they add to her charm. Her occasional fumbling around after clues makes her seem all the more genuine. I did appreciate the fact that she wasn’t all-knowing despite the “gift” that she realizes she has part of the way through the story. She still had to rely on her wits and ability to make logical deductions, not solely on her intuition.
Overall, a nice start to a new cozy mystery series. I look forward to more of Emory in October, when the next book in the series, The Devil’s Hook, will be available.
Author of The Devil’s Music
Available May 1, 2015
What are you reading Wednesday – 6/3/15
What Are You Reading Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Its A Reading Thing. To participate, open your current read to page 34 and answer the three questions listed below. If you have a blog, feel free to leave a link down in the comments so that others can visit and see your post. If you don’t, just leave a note with your answers.
The Questions are:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share one complete sentence. (or two!)
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?
My Answers this week:
1. The Devil’s Music by Pearl R. Meaker
2. The witch accusations all eventually fizzled out, but the Twombleys never lost their reputation for strangeness. They usually seemed to get what they wanted without becoming tyrants in the process.
3. I already live in Illinois, but not in a college town. I think I would enjoy this serene university environment, as long as the murder had been solved long before I arrived, and I could live on campus as a professor rather than a student! 🙂