Saturday, February 18, 2017

Scheduled to Death

Author:  Mary Feliz
Series:  A Maggie McDonald Mystery #2
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Lyrical Underground
Publication Date:   January 17, 2017

Description:  Professional organizer Maggie McDonald has a knack for cleaning up other people’s messes. So when the fiancée of her latest client turns up dead, it’s up to her to sort through the untidy list of suspects and identify the real killer. 

Maggie McDonald is hoping to raise the profile of her new Orchard View organizing business via her first high-profile client. Professor Lincoln Sinclair may be up for a Nobel Prize, but he’s hopeless when it comes to organizing anything other than his thoughts. For an academic, he’s also amassed more than his share of enemies. When Sinclair’s fiancée is found dead on the floor of his home laboratory—electrocuted in a puddle of water—Maggie takes on the added task of finding the woman’s murderer. To do so, she’ll have to outmaneuver the suspicious, obnoxious police investigator she’s nicknamed “Detective Awful” before a shadowy figure can check off the first item on their personal to-do list—Kill Maggie McDonald.

My Review

This is the second installment of the Maggie McDonald Mystery series and it was not a bad read. Maggie is a professional organizer and while on the job she and her client, along with Maggie's friend Tess, discover the body of the client's fiance. Once again Maggie is drawn into a murder mystery to solve. I thought this second book had a good flow. The mystery carried throughout the story and I didn't feel like there was a lull or the mystery took a backseat to other things in the story.  

Maggie and her family are all personable and the fact that she is married with children adds to her likability. Maggie also finds herself in some situations during the course of this mystery that will have the reader wondering what happens next. There are returning characters along with some new ones. There were plenty of suspects throughout the story but as the story progressed I thought the identity of the killer became clear. I figured out the culprit about 3/4 of the way through the book.  That said, for reasons I just can't pinpoint, I don't seem to be able to really connect with the characters in this series.

In sum, this was not a bad read. It has a mystery that carried through the book and a story line that included  themes of friendship, compassion, loss and some grief. If you enjoyed the first book in the series I think you most likely enjoy this one as well.  Without being able to connect to the characters, I'm not sure that I will be continuing with the series.

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley. This did not influence my opinion and the thoughts expressed are my own.

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