ARC received from NetGalley for an honest review.
I had a hard time putting down MAGGIE DOVE once I started reading. Maggie’s story takes place in Northern New Jersey, where I grew up and I can tell you that reading this made me feel like I was right back there. Susan Breen describes the location perfectly. Small town New Jersey at its finest. If you have ever lived in small town America, you know how quickly gossip spreads and Susan describes it perfectly.
Maggie is the Sunday school teacher, which she has been doing for thirty years. Her neighbor, Marcus Bender, has been after her to cut down her oak tree which is blocking his view of the Hudson River. She is positive that Marcus is poisoning her tree and is determined to catch him in the act. One night, after threatening Marcus with death if he touches her tree, she sees a lump on her front lawn. Well well, seems Marcus picked that spot to drop dead! Peter, the town police officer and her daughter’s ex boyfriend soon comes to investigate. He tells her Marcus had a heart attack but soon the tables are turned and Peter is the prime suspect. Maggie, who used to write mysteries takes it upon herself to find the real killer. The secondary characters that come into Maggie’s search for the truth are funny and perfectly introduced so you have no trouble following along.
While reading MAGGIE DOVE I thought I knew who the killer was quite a few times. Each time I thought I had it figured out, Susan Breen threw a wrench in my theory and I was looking at someone else. She kept me guessing throughout this fast paced who dun it!
I love cozy mysteries and soon came to care about the people of this small town, as quirky as they are. It sounds as if MAGGIE DOVE is the beginning of a series and I hope that is true. I would love to continue reading about Maggie and her friends. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to them.