Address to Die For (A Maggie McDonald Mystery)
by Mary Feliz
Address to Die For (A Maggie McDonald Mystery) by Mary Feliz
4 stars out of 5
Maggie McDonald moves to the Californian hills together with her family when her husband inherits an old but charming house and finds a new job. As her daily job is the one of an organizer, she has everything organized; however, she cannot plan for what they encounter. The book starts with the family having the bad surprise of finding a wrecked house when they expected to find one turn to key. Moreover, they find a dead body in the basement. Everything goes down the hill afterwards.
The story is well developed although, now and then, it is slow-paced. The style is refreshing and I was caught in the story from the beginning, my interest growing strong. There were a few moments when I felt that Maggie was overanalyzing things and that made my interest wane but there were far and in between.
The main characters are very well fleshed and their evolution through the novel is not lineal. There was a tentative to create well developed secondary characters but I don’t think that the author succeeded in creating rounded characters.
Maggie is a strong woman and she has the ability to understand her own limits. She is capable of managing by herself, as her husband is in a business trip, able only to offer moral support. She understands that he cannot leave and come back home at the drop of a hat as he has just started in that new position. She knows that he’d be back if the circumstances requested that.
The mystery unfolds with hints and it is completely revealed only at the end. Even though some of the hints might show who the culprit is, the story in itself is strong enough to keep my attention.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries.
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