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Devil's Music

The Devil’s Music

4.67 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)

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by Pearl R. Meaker

The Devil’s Music is the first book in the Emory Crawford Mysteries Series.

But who is Emory Crawford?

She doesn’t do martial arts — she knits, crochets, does crafts, and cooks.

She’s not a swinging single — she’s a wife and empty nest mother.

She’s not a long and leggy model type — she’s a typical middle-aged female.

She’s not built like an athlete — she’s soft and squishy.

She’s not a power career woman — she’s a homemaker.

And when an acclaimed scholar and musician is found murdered on the Twombly College campus where her husband teaches chemistry and forensics, Emory Crawford emerges as the most inquisitive, persistent and clever amateur detective since Miss Marple.

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Book Information

Book Information

Edition Paperback
ISBN 978-1-927559-64-2
Book Size 6X9
Number of pages 218
Published Date 05-2015

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Reviews (6)

6 reviews for The Devil’s Music

  1. 4 out of 5


    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.

    -Erika, Goodreads Reviewer

  2. 5 out of 5


    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!!

    – Julia Damatto, Goodreads Reviewer

  3. 5 out of 5


    The Devils Music is a gently gripping tail of mystery and murder to be solved. Put your Miss Marple down, Pearl R Meaker’s Emory Crawford is a sleuth who solves crime with her head in way that is truly entertaining and belies a subtle strength and skill Christie’s Miss Marple would share tea with anytime. The great thing about this cozy mystery for me is Emery Crawford is real, the kind of crime solving genius you never see coming. She’s not a Miss Marple clone, she Emery Crawford. Pearl Meaker’s story unfolds with grace and skill of a true murder mystery master story teller. Pearl R Meaker immerses her reader into Emery’s world with delightful world building candor and plants them squarely in Emery’s stomping ground magnifying glass in hand. A great tale all round.

    – Yuan Jur, Amazon Reviewer

  4. 5 out of 5


    I received my copy of the book in the morning and finished it by the afternoon. I had a hard time putting it down, because I just had to see what happened next, and of course, whodunit. Mystery is one of my favorite genres, but I’m often disappointed in the end. I wasn’t disappointed this time. Looking forward to the next book in the series, and have no doubt it will be just as good as this one.

    – Holly, Amazon Reviewer

  5. 5 out of 5


    Loved the way Emery loves family home and her critters, yet intelligence shows as she breaks out of the house wife mode to solve the mystery of 2 murders. We learned not only what she thought but how she processed those thoughts. Lots of interesting information sprinkled throughout the book. Looking forward to her next adventure.

    – MeLane Coulter, Kindle Reviewer

  6. 4 out of 5


    This is a lovely debut novel. It is a cozy mystery with an engaging heroine and interesting plot twists. I never gave any thought to “murder” songs yet I remember loving Joni Mitchell’s song “Pretty Polly”. If you like cozy mysteries you will love Emory and this new mystery series.

    – Jeanette Hubbard, Amazon Reviewer

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