Scheduled To Death
A Maggie McDonald Mystery, Book #2
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. (Goodreads)
Maggie is a hard worker who has her hands full running her business and raising her family. She really does not have much time for anything else, but when her customer is accused of killing his fiancee, she has to try to solve the crime before an innocent man is sent to jail. It is a good thing that she is so organized.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt as though I was right there, listening to conversations taking place and watching the action taking place all around me. 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. I did not figure out the killer until it was revealed at the end.
The characters are well developed and well rounded. I thought Maggie and her husband were great people and they have a great marriage. I was a little disappointed that Maggie’s sons were not in the book that much (that was one of my favorite things about book one). The supporting cast of characters added a lot to the story.
I liked the tips that were included at the beginning of each chapter. There were ideas for organizing to ideas for keeping your phone charged to what you should pack in your car for emergencies. I thought these ideas were clever and very helpful.
I would recommend his book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series and see what trouble Maggie finds herself in next.
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.