domenica 19 giugno 2016

Review : Maggie Dove by Susan Breen

Maggie Dove
by Susan Breen

Maggie Dove: A Mystery
Publisher: Alibi (June 14, 2016)


Susan Breen introduces a charming new series heroine in this poignant and absorbing cozy mystery with a bite. Maggie Dove thinks everyone in her small Westchester County community knows everyone else’s secrets. Then murder comes to town.
When Sunday School teacher Maggie Dove finds her hateful next-door neighbor Marcus Bender lying dead under her beloved oak tree—the one he demanded she cut down—she figures the man dropped dead of a mean heart. But Marcus was murdered, and the prime suspect is a young man Maggie loves like a son. Peter Nelson was the worst of Maggie’s Sunday School students; he was also her late daughter’s fiancé, and he’s been a devoted friend to Maggie in the years since her daughter’s death.
Maggie can’t lose Peter, too. So she sets out to find the real murderer. To do that, she must move past the grief that has immobilized her all these years. She must probe the hidden corners of her little village on the Hudson River. And, when another death strikes even closer to home, Maggie must find the courage to defend the people and the town she loves—even if it kills her.

My Review

It was a really pleasant journey to discover this charming little city and its curious inhabitants. I spent some very pleasant hours in the company of Maggie, a real and very realistic characters, is a very good woman, has suffered a lot and she's not perfect, she has some flaws.
Maggie Dove is a Sunday school teacher. In her garden she has an oak that she loves very much. His father had planted it and both she and her beloved dead daughter spent many hours climbing up there. Her hateful neighbor Marcus Bender wants to shoot it down, ruin his view of the Hudson River. One day Marcus is found dead at the foot of Maggie's oak. Unfortunately he doesn't die of a heart attack but is killed. The first suspect is Peter, the boyfriend of Maggie's daughter and she loves him like a son. She can't afford to lose him too and will investigate to save him.
It was a quick read, clean, pleasant, in some moments also sad. It's well written with vivid descriptions, an amazing set, engaging characters and good dialogue.
A good start for this new series. Can't wait to read the next episode.

About The Author –

Susan Breen is the author of The Fiction Class, her debut novel that won the Washington Irving Book Award. Her stories and articles have appeared in many magazines, among them The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Compose, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer. She teaches at Gotham Writers in Manhattan; is on the faculty of the New York Pitch Conference, South Carolina Writers Workshop, and the Women’s National Book Association; and is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters-in-Crime. Breen lives in a small village on the Hudson River with her husband, two dogs, and one cat. Her three children are flourishing elsewhere.
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