A Maggie McDonald Mystery, Book #3
As a professional organizer, Maggie McDonald brings order to messy situations. But when a good friend becomes a murder suspect, surviving the chaos is one tall task . . .
Despite a looming deadline, Maggie thinks she has what it takes to help friends Jason and Stephen unclutter their large Victorian in time for its scheduled renovation. But before she can fill a single bin with unused junk, Jason leaves for Texas on an emergency business trip, Stephen’s injured mastiff limps home—and Stephen himself lands in jail for murder. Someone killed the owner of a local Chinese restaurant and stuffed him in the freezer. Stephen, caught at the crime scene covered in blood, is the number one suspect. Now Maggie must devise a strategy to sort through secrets and set him free—before she’s tossed into permanent storage next . . . (Goodreads)
The characters are well rounded and well developed. I was happy to see that Maggie’s husband and sons were in this book because that, to me, is one of the things I like best about this series. I really like the fact that Maggie is a mom and has a family to take care of and protect. This makes her seem a lot more realistic to me. Most of the cozies that I read have a protagonist that is single and young and has a group of friends that help her solve the mystery so this is refreshing, being a family affair.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all the action taking place and listening in on conversations. The author is also very talented in creating suspense and tension with the written word. The mystery was carried on well throughout the book and it was difficult to figure out who the killer was. There were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing along the way.
I liked the fact that the author took a serious problem, the homeless and wrote about it in such a way as to not be preachy but still bring it to everyone’s attention. I thought that was a great thing.
Another thing I liked was that organizing tips were included at the beginning of each chapter. They were very practical and varied tips that someone could use every day.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. The books in this series just keep getting better and better.
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.