Setting: Orchard View, California; Silicon Valley
Characters: Professional organizer Maggie McDonald and her husband, Max; Professor Lincoln Sinclair and his fiance, Sarah; Community garden organizer Boots and two of her helpers, Santana and Ketifa; Police detectives Gordon Apfel, aka Detective Awful, and Paolo Biancchi
Plot: After meeting Linc at his home to continue their work together, Maggie discovers a horrible sight in the upstairs office: Sarah’s body. When it looks like Detective Awful is ready to hang the blame on Linc and call it a day, Maggie dives into an investigation of her own. As she struggles to organize all the pieces of the puzzle, she is pulled into an apparent domestic violence situation with a few of the volunteers at the community garden. The more Maggie investigates, the more danger she is in. But she is determined to find out exactly what happened to Sarah and keep her new young friends safe.
Pacing: Steady. The plot develops at a pace that keeps readers interested.
Predictability: Low. I had my suspicions along the way, but learning the truth of who was behind Sarah’s murder – and the motivation to harm her – I was quite surprised.
Wild Card: Loved the inclusion of the issue of youth aging out of foster care. It’s one that deserves a lot more attention so that we can support vulnerable youth. I also enjoy the organizing tips included at the open of each chapter.
Hit, Miss, or Draw? Hit!
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Scheduled to Death
by Mary Feliz
Scheduled to Death (A Maggie McDonald Mystery)
2nd in Series
Lyrical Underground (January 17, 2017)
Paperback: 236 pages
Digital Ebook – ASIN: B01EQ2N1QM
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.
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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