Monday, June 13, 2016
Posted by Paula Mitchell with No comments
Author: Susan Breen
Publisher: Random House Alibi
Source: NetGalley & GEBT
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.
This book follows Sunday School teacher Maggie Dove who loves her house her oak tree which reminds her of her daughter who died along time ago. Her neighbor Marcus Bender wants the tree gone and even goes so far to offer Maggie money to have the tree removed but she refuses. When Marcus Bender winds up dead in front of the tree Maggie wonders what he was doing there? Was he trying to tell her something or was he up to do doing something sinister with her oak tree? When Peter becomes a prime suspect it's up to Maggie to figure out what really happened? Was it Marcus's wife who wants the tree gone as much as Marcus? Was it someone else Marcus had upset? It's up to Maggie but what price will it cost? Can Maggie set aside her own grief of her daughter that has crippled her all these years later?
I enjoyed this book mainly because I lived in that area about 7 years ago so I can imagine where Maggie lives. I loved the small town aspect and reading how Maggie went about finding out what happened to Marcus. The story telling the author gives us really makes you feel like your right next to Maggie Dove wanting to help out when you can. Can't wait to see what is next for Maggie Dove!