Thursday, May 21, 2015


The Devil’s Music
by Pearl R. Meaker



Emory Crawford doesn't do martial arts nor is she an athletic, leggy woman who is built like a model. She's a wife, grandmother, and empty nest lover of crafts, reading, birding and bluegrass music.

When an acclaimed scholar, best-selling author and fellow bluegrass musician is found murdered on the Twombly College campus where her husband teaches chemistry and forensics, Emory takes up her knitting caddy, to help her channel the spirit of Miss Marple, and heads off to help solve the crime.



Stars shone in a sky hazed with moonlight from a half- moon. The fountain played its merry music. The smell of late spring flowers wafted on the cooling air. Soft lights in the fountain made the area cozy while keeping it from being scary-dark. But our playful mood faded as we saw the silhouette of someone sleeping on one of the backless benches near the fountain.

“Drat! I was looking forward to some romance.” At forty-seven I still sound like a
sulky child when I’m disappointed.

“So was I.” Jebbin didn’t sound it though. He was too busy squinting at the figure on the bench. He nodded his head toward the figure. “Something’s odd there, Emory.”

I looked closer. The figure’s arms both dangled down, hands resting on the ground. The legs were straight, hanging off either side of the bench in an uncomfortable looking position. We edged closer until we could see, lit by the light of the fountain, the body of a man splayed lengthwise on the bench. Several pouches and odd amulets rested on his chest. On the ground, the hand nearest us was holding a fiddle with no strings.

Jebbin grabbed my shoulders, turning me toward the fountain and away from the bench.

“He’s been strangled.” Jebbin’s body was tight, his voice tense. “It’s Archie and he’s
been strangled.”


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book had me doing two things all through the pages: Smile and Eat!
I'm really amazed, because I just found out that this is the first book of the Author, and seriously, I still can't believe it! Why? Because it's excellent written, I absolutely adore Emory, her Husband and all of the characters, they're believable and well developed. Like a good Cozy Mystery, it's full of suspense, twists and turns, witty dialogues, some mistaken clues and suspects, and warm dead bodies.
Like I said in the beginning, I had a big smile all through the book, Miss Emory is my new heroine!
Congrats to the Author!!

I know, this is a pic of Miss Marple, but it could be Miss Emory too!!

*I received a Free copy in exchange for an Honest Review*

AUTHOR Bio and Links

Pearl R. Meaker is an upper-middle-aged, short, pudgy homemaker, mother, and grandmother who in 2002 became a writer. Initially writing fanfiction she soon tried original fiction at the encouragement of her regular readers. She has been a life-long lover of mystery stories and automatically went to that genre for her first book, The Devil’s Music. She and her husband of nearly 40 years live in central Illinois. They both love bluegrass music, playing fiddle and banjo and singing. Pearl also does many crafts –  when she’s not reading or writing - knitting, crochet, origami, needlepoint, and cross-stitch among them. She also enjoys birding and photography and is a former fencer.

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  1. Hi Julia :-D
    Thanks for inviting me to your blog and - WOW! - thank you for the enthusiastic review!

    Hi Goddess Fish Productions - Thanks for all your work on setting up and running my blog tour. :-D

    1. Hi Pearl!!! Thank you so much for your wonderful comment!! I absolutely love your book

  2. Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

    1. Good question, Mai! Thanks for stopping by

    2. Hello Mai! :-)

      Agatha Christie for certain. She was one of my two earliest favorite authors - the other was Edgar Allan Poe. J.R.R.Tolkien is a huge influence and favorite author. His Middle Earth is so real.

      With Agatha Christie I love how everyday so many of her characters are. That the stories hold readers' interest without having to be non-stop action. And I like how the plain town's folk or house servants are treated with respect by Poirot and Miss Marple - and how often they have very important clues to reveal.

  3. This review was wonderful. Are there going to be more stories?

    1. Hi, MomJane! Thanks for your lovely comment, good luck!

    2. Hi MomJane :-)
      It sure was wonderful :-D Yes, MJ, I'm glad you asked. Book #2 "The Devil's Hook" will be released this coming October or early November. I'm just getting started with book #3 (not titled yet) and it will be out fall of 2016.

  4. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. Hi Patrick :-)
    You're welcome, my pleasure. :-) I'm glad you've enjoyed the various posts.