The latest college semester is nearing an end and Professor Emmeline Prather is looking forward to the summer off. She has completed her book Words of Their Own, but is struggling to find a publisher. In Coming Up Murder by Mary Angela, Emmeline's life has taken an upswing. Her relationship with Lenny seems to be moving ahead and her students have been interested in her classes. (Coming Up Murder will be released by Camel Press Books on November 12.)
The Shakespearean Festival caps off the semester and it is about to begin. The college has been fortunate to have a visiting copy of the First Folio, a collection of Shakespeare's plays that might have been lost if it were not for his friends. It's quite the honor to have the First Folio at the event. But at one of the first sessions, graduate student Tanner Sparks contends Shakespeare didn't write the plays. As there are Shakespeare scholars at the event, you can image the outrage. Tanner believes the Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere was the actual author and he claims he has DNA to prove it.
When Tanner is found dead the next morning poised on a bench in the maze with liquid dripping from his ear, it is a very Shakespearean moment. As much as Em wold like to stay out of the investigation, her department chair, instead of discouraging her, encourages her to investigate.
This is a delightful series and Em Prather and her cohorts are entertaining and engaging characters. And this time there is some action in the glacial relationship between Em and Lenny. Yay
Disclosure: I received this book from the author.