As part of a Blog Tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, I am happy to tell you about Maggie Dove’s Detective Agency by Susan Breen.
After catching the killer who shook her small Hudson River town, former Sunday School teacher Maggie Dove stumbled onto an exciting new career and found a way to take her mind off her own tragic past. Now, despite her best efforts to promote the agency, Maggie can’t seem to land any new cases—until Racine Stern, one of the village’s wealthiest residents, offers her a thousand dollars to convince her “evil” sister, Domino, to stay out of town.
While Maggie’s business partner thinks she’s crazy for turning down a potential client, she doesn’t want her agency to get a reputation for accommodating bizarre requests. However, Maggie is soon caught up in the family drama anyway. Racine may fear for her life—and her inheritance—but it’s Domino who takes the fall when she plunges to her death from a tower at Stern Manor. Was it an accident or something more sinister? Maggie’s investigation will test her faith—and her ability to survive.
In this enjoyable mystery, Maggie – a likeable 62 year old widow – takes her first case as a private detective. She is joined in her new venture by two not-so-silent, well meaning partners – although basically she is the one who does all the investigating. Her client’s family is a decidedly unusual bunch, ranging from recluse to flamboyant. Maggie is also a Sunday school teacher with a deep-rooted belief in Christianity, a faith that clearly colors the author’s treatment of the question of whether or not evil exists and the nature of witchcraft. Although not clearly indicated in the book description, in my opinion, this mystery with its religious undertones clearly falls under the category of Christian fiction. Nonetheless, the plot was unusual with a few nice twists, and the identify of the murderer surprised me.
FTC Disclosure: I received an advance review copy of this book as part of this blog tour. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.
About the Author
Susan Breen is the author of The Fiction Class, her debut novel that won the Washington Irving Book Award. Her stories and articles have appeared in many magazines, among them The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Compose, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer. She teaches at Gotham Writers in Manhattan; is on the faculty of the New York Pitch Conference, South Carolina Writers Workshop, and the Women’s National Book Association; and is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters-in-Crime. Breen lives in a small village on the Hudson River with her husband, two dogs, and one cat. Her three children are flourishing elsewhere.
Webpage – http://www.susanjbreen.com/about.htm