When professional organizer Maggie McDonald finds a body in a snowdrift outside her friend’s ski cabin, she must plow through the clues to find a cold-blooded killer . . .
Lake Tahoe in February is beautiful, but Maggie can’t see a thing as she drives through a blinding blizzard with her friend Tess Olmos and their dogs, golden retriever Belle and German shepherd Mozart.Maggie has offered her professional decluttering skills to help Tess tidy up her late husband’s cabin in preparation to sell. She also plans to get in some skiing when her husband Max and their boys join them later in the week.
What she doesn’t plan on is finding a boot in a snowdrift attached to a corpse. The frozen stiff turns out to be Tess’s neighbor, Dev Bailey, who disappeared two months ago. His widow Leslie expresses grief, but Maggie can’t help but wonder if it’s a snow job. As more suspects start to pile up, things go downhill fast, and Maggie must keep her cool to solve the murder before the killer takes a powder . . .
“A skillful amateur detective with an impressive to-do list.”
—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW, Address to Die For (Goodreads)
The characters are well rounded and well developed. Maggie and Tess are good friends and Maggie has offered her services to get Tess’s cabin cleaned out to sell. But they do not get very far with that, because there is a blizzard pounding the area and Maggie uncovers a dead body buried in a snow drift. She will have to use her sleuthing skills to figure out who the murderer is.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt like I was right there, watching the blizzard hit and feel the cold. The writing style flows smoothly and defines the characters very clearly through their actions and words. I enjoyed getting to know Tess a little better, seeing her with her other friends. The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am looking forward to seeing what new adventure awaits Maggie and Tess.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.
Review of Snowed Under