by Mary Feliz
Synopsis: Professional organizer Maggie McDonald has a knack for cleaning up other people’s messes. So when the fiancée of her latest client turns up dead, it’s up to her to sort through the untidy list of suspects and identify the real killer.
Maggie McDonald is hoping to raise the profile of her new Orchard View organizing business via her first high-profile client. Professor Lincoln Sinclair may be up for a Nobel Prize, but he’s hopeless when it comes to organizing anything other than his thoughts. For an academic, he’s also amassed more than his share of enemies. When Sinclair’s fiancée is found dead on the floor of his home laboratory — electrocuted in a puddle of water—Maggie takes on the added task of finding the woman’s murderer. To do so, she’ll have to outmaneuver the suspicious, obnoxious police investigator she’s nicknamed “Detective Awful” before a shadowy figure can check off the first item on their personal to-do list — Kill Maggie McDonald.
My Review: In this second encounter with Maggie McDonald, we find her up to her neck in mystery, murder and mayhem. There was a lot going on in this story, but Mary Feliz does a great job of writing this story so you do not get confused. Maggie is hired by Professor Linc Sinclair to help organize his belongings and clean out his house so he can move in with his fiancée, Sarah, a friend of Maggie’s. When Sarah is found dead from electrocution in Linc’s home, of course she has to get involved. With Jason, her friend the detective laid up with a seriously broken leg, they call in a retired Police Detective named Apfel, but Maggie and her friends quickly nickname him Detective Awful. He does no investigating because he is sure that Linc is the killer. During her investigation of Sarah’s death and trying to clear Linc, she meets many people, who could be possible suspects. Of course, Maggie is a very nurturing person, so she moves Linc and his wolfhound Newton into her home while the investigation is going on. Things start getting dangerous when Linc and Newton are hurt in a bicycle accident. There are more accidents and Maggie is right in the middle. The second storyline has to do with some teens who Maggie believes have aged out of the foster care system. With an ex stalking one of them, Maggie has a second mystery on her hands. This was a well written book that flowed well and kept me entertained. There were several surprises at the end of the book, although my suspicion of the murderer was confirmed. I am looking forward to the next one in this series. Cozy mystery lovers will enjoy this book and series. The publisher provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.