Review: Maggie Dove: A Mystery


TItle- Magie Dove: A Mystery

Author- Susan Breen

Print Length: 225 pages
Publisher: Alibi (June 14, 2016)
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Sold by: Random House LLC

Genre-Cozy Mystery

Series- book two Maggie Dove’s Detective Agency

Source- I received this title through Netgalley.


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.



Maggie Dove loved her beautiful tree, her neighbor Bender hated the tree because it obstructed his view while he painted.  Maggie had just about enough of him and stayed up ready to have a fight with him if he touched her tree.  Maggie fell asleep waiting to confront Bender but when she woke she got more than she bargained for, there was a dead body on her lawn.  That’s when things kept getting worse for her friends and the community.

I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, I read through it quickly because it kept my interest.  I enjoyed the back stories of all the characters and I loved the way she interacted with people and she even found the good in the meanest of kids that she taught.  I am glad there is a book two coming and I hope to see more.  A great read!


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