Professional organizer Maggie McDonald is fairly certain she has everything planned to near perfection for her family’s move to Silicon Valley. The house has been featured in countless stories of her husband, Max’s, childhood, and everyone is excited for the move. The home has been billed as move-in-ready, thanks to a caretaker who knew the previous owner, Max’s aunt, and who has been keeping an eye on things until Maggie, Max, their two boys, and their pets can move in. But the run-down, dangerous-looking property the McDonald family pulls up to has them all scratching their heads. Not only is the house not up to par, but the moving van is delayed, Max gets a call from his new boss about traveling abroad ASAP, and there’s a dead body in the basement. In record time, Maggie is stuck managing more than the mysteries of a new neighborhood and school system – especially when she stumbles upon another dead body.
Address to Die For is the first in a new series from author Mary Feliz and publisher Lyrical Underground – and it’s a good one. Mary has assembled a unique cast of bright, energetic, and spunky characters. The character canvas expands quickly, but it feels natural; we readers are, like Maggie, getting to know the neighbors, school moms, and officials of our new town. The story is fast-paced and engaging; each chapter left me feeling eager to continue piecing together the clues presented and get to the bottom of not only the murders, but also the vandalism that Maggie and her family are being subjected to. The author skillfully amps up the tension until the reveal of the culprits – which felt seamless and matter-of-fact. Of course! I thought to myself as the pieces clicked into place. What’s unique about this particular mystery is how sympathetic both the vandal and the killer are – neither are sharp, hard, bad-to-the-bone “bad guys,” and that, in my opinion, really makes this story stand out among its cozy competitors. Can’t wait to see what comes next!
I received my copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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 . . .
About the Author
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. Visit Mary online at MaryFeliz.com, or follow her on Twitter @MaryFelizAuthor.
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