Saturday, July 16, 2016

Address to Die For

Author:  Mary Feliz
Series:  A Maggie McDonald Mystery #1
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Lyrical Underground
Expected Publication:  July 19, 2016

Description:  For professional organizer Maggie McDonald, moving her family into a new home should be the perfect organizational challenge. But murder was definitely not on the to-do list . . . 
Maggie McDonald has a penchant for order that isn’t confined to her clients’ closets, kitchens, and sock drawers. As she lays out her plan to transfer her family to the hundred-year-old house her husband, Max, has inherited in the hills above Silicon Valley, she has every expectation for their new life to fall neatly into place. But as the family bounces up the driveway of their new home, she’s shocked to discover the house’s dilapidated condition. When her husband finds the caretaker face-down in their new basement, it’s the detectives who end up moving in. What a mess! While the investigation unravels and the family camps out in a barn, a killer remains at large—exactly the sort of loose end Maggie can’t help but clean up.

My Review

This is the debut cozy mystery for a new voice in the genre, author Mary Feliz.  Set in a place that she knows very well, Silicon Valley, it features our Maggie McDonald, a professional organizer.

In this book, the old adage be careful what you wish for, takes on new meaning for Maggie McDonald.  He husband has inherited his aunts Silicon Valley home.  With a new job and the newly inherited home, Maggie and Max move their family to Silicon Valley.  However, nothing goes as smoothly as professional organizer Maggie has planned.  No sooner than they arrive than Max finds a dead  body and discovers his new employer needs him overseas to start his job.  All of this would throw anyone for a loop, but I like that Maggie was calm, clearheaded and seemed to role with the punches.  She goes about doing what she has to do and begins meeting the police (probably not the first people you want to get to know in your new town) along with some of the parents who have children in the same school as Maggie's boys.  I liked the secondary cast of characters, especially Stephen and Tess.  I liked that Stephen was a veteran that was still dealing with some issues he faced during his time in the military.  I also really liked Tess.  She is funny and can switch from professional mode to mom mode in an instant.  

The author has a wonderful descriptive style and you could almost picture the house when Maggie and Max arrive with all of the flaws and character.  While the mystery started off with a bang, there was quite a lull and the mystery seemed to take a back seat until about half way through the book when a second murder occurred.  After that, the pace picked back up and Maggie, with the help of a group of new friends, tries to see if they can offer an assistance to the police with their investigation.  There are a couple of very believable suspects and I was a bit surprised at the identity of the killer in the second murder.  I was a little disappointed that the first murder was not wrapped up and the identity of the killer firmly established before the story concluded.

I liked that the author included organizing tips at the beginning of each chapter.  It was a nice play on the culinary cozy where the authors will include recipes.  

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Lyrical Underground, through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  This did not influence my opinion and the thoughts expressed are my own.

1 comment:

  1. I just finished and reviewing this book, too. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading more in the series. Thanks for sharing your review.