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.
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Ms Breen has been a well written mystery where the actual villain doesn't himself or herself known until the very end. MAGGIE DOVE held my interest even though I found it way too preachy and Christianized to be truly enjoyable for myself.
Maggie had been a mystery writer but since her husband and daughter have died, the high point in her week is teaching Sunday school. And she does her best to live by her view of Christianity. That is until Marcus Bender ends up dead under her beloved Oak tree.
I did find this book to be a lighter yet enjoyable read and a great way to while away the hours while I was sick. For my own tastes, there was far too much of the Christian mythos but I am sure that won't bother a good portion of my readers. If you are looking for a cozy mystery, MAGGIE DOVE is a great one of reach for.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley and Random House. in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.