Address To Die For
A Maggie McDonald Mystery, Book #1
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 . . . (Goodreads)
Maggie and her husband Max are not having a very good week. After moving their family into Max’s deceased aunt’s house, they find a dead body in the basement. Then there is a rash of vandalism against their property that is at first aggravating and then becomes scary. Max is called away, out of the country for his work, which leaves Maggie to handle everything that is happening. That is more than enough for one person to handle , especially when Maggie has not made any friends yet. But she will do whatever it takes to keep her family, her pets and the wisteria window safe.
I really enjoyed the fact that Maggie has a family and they are involved throughout the entire book. Maggie had to consider her family concerning the consequences of her actions. I liked the fact that she really did not take a lot of unnecessary chances and was smart with the way she went about investigating the case. I thought the portrayal of family life was very accurate and this added another layer to the story.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy fast read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt as though I was right there, listening to conversations and watching the action taking place. The mystery was well plotted and carried on throughout the entire book. There are many suspects to consider and enough clues, twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.
Since this is the debut book in the series, the author introduces us to all new characters. Because of the fact that Maggie is new to the town, she is also meeting them for the first time. I thought this was a very clever way to have everyone learn who all the characters are and I really liked this idea.
Sometimes when I read a book, something just clicks and I am pulled into the story right from the very first page. I do not know why this happens but it does and I am very glad of that fact. That is what happened when I started reading this book. The characters, their interactions, the family dynamics and the mystery all combined to create a top notch book. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. Do not miss reading this book, which is a great start to what is sure to be a great series.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.