Address to Die For (A Maggie McDonald Mystery #1)by Mary Feliz

Published July 19th 2016 by Lyrical Underground

5 Stars

Synopsis: For professional organizer Maggie McDonald, moving her family into a new home should be the perfect organizational challenge. But murder was definitely not on the to-do list . ..
Maggie McDonald has a penchant for order that isn’t confined to her clients’ closets, kitchens, and sock drawers. As she lays out her plan to transfer her family to the hundred-year-old house her husband, Max, has inherited in the hills above Silicon Valley, she has every expectation for their new life to fall neatly into place. But as the family bounces up the driveway of their new home, she’s shocked to discover the house’s dilapidated condition. When her husband finds the caretaker face-down in their new basement, it’s the detectives who end up moving in. What a mess! While the investigation unravels and the family camps out in a barn, a killer remains at large—exactly the sort of loose end Maggie can’t help but clean up . . .

My Review: This is the first in a new series (Maggie McDonald Mysteries) by Mary Feliz. The McDonald family has moved from Stockton California to small town Ocean View in Silicon Valley. Max, Maggie’s husband, has left his University career behind to work for a tech company. He recently inherited his Great-Aunt Kay’s home and barn on a sprawling piece of property. It all sounds idyllic, but it does not turn out that way.

When the family finally get to the new house, they see that the beautiful home they saw months before has fallen into extreme disrepair. Not only that, but they find the caaretaker of the house dead at the bottom of the basement stairs. Things go from bad to worse, when Max is sent to Bangalore, India immediately. When the moving van is delayed, Maggie and her two sons, Brian and David end up living in the barn.

Maggie, being a stubborn person who will not give in easily, does not pack it in. She puts up with all kinds of vandalism, another dead body and risks to herself and her family while trying to investigate. The positive is that she gets to know the local police department very well along with several of the movers and shakers in the town. The supporting characters are all very fascinating and along with Max, I certainly hope we will get to know them all in future books.

Address to Die For is an extremely well written story. The plot, the character development and the mystery all come together in an extremely appealing way that grabbed me from the first page. I wanted to know who the culprit was and what the motivation could possibly be. It kept me guessing until the end. I recommend this book to cozy mystery lovers or those who enjoy a well crafted mystery.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.