Scheduled to Death
By Mary Feliz
A Maggie McDonald Mystery #2
Lyrical Underground, 2017
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.
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I really enjoy the Maggie McDonald mystery series – and while Scheduled to Death is book #2, it easily stands alone. Maggie runs her own organizing business, something I’m not very good at, which is why I might relate to her so well. I love how each chapter begins with a tip for organization and have already applied a few.
Maggie, along with her family and friends, are ordinary people who might live in your neighborhood, and it’s great to continue with them after the previous book. I enjoyed getting to know her husband, Max, in this story. I also appreciate that there’s no profanity or graphic scenes.
The plot is well developed, suspects are numerous, and I enjoyed using my detecting skills right along with Maggie. Her efforts are thwarted by the rude and incompetent police investigator brought in while Jason recovers from an injury, nicknamed “Detective Awful.” Murder victims are often someone not very likeable, but that’s not the case this time, which makes the story bittersweet.
Recommended to all who enjoy a well-written cozy mystery.
I was provided a free copy of this book through Great Escapes Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Mary Feliz has lived in five states and two countries but calls Silicon Valley home. Traveling to other areas of the United States, she’s frequently reminded that what seems normal in the high-tech heartland can seem decidedly odd to the rest of the country.
A big fan of irony, serendipity, diversity, and quirky intelligence tempered with gentle humor, Mary strives to bring these elements into her writing, although her characters tend to take these elements to a whole new level. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and National Association of Professional Organizers. Mary is a Smith College graduate with a degree in Sociology. She lives in Northern California with her husband, near the homes of their two adult offspring.
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