- File Size: 1173 KB
- Print Length: 225 pages
- Publisher: Alibi (June 14, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 14, 2016
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B018CHA26O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,170 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Maggie Dove: A Mystery (Maggie Dove Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Maggie Dove is an enjoyable character who has some depth and interest to her. I wasn't a fan of the Sunday School teacher vibe that she put off, but I don't think her neighbors or she, herself, enjoyed that. The Sunday School teacher bits really didn't bring much to the plot, just showed how caring Maggie is and how much she loves the children, especially the troubled children.
Seeing how much Maggie loves Peter and how she used to be a mystery writer before life (or death) got in her way, made it realistic to see Maggie get involved in finding out who the murderer was. While I figured out who the "bad guy" was about half way through the book, I still enjoyed seeing Maggie try to get there herself and to learn "why" he was the bad guy.
While Maggie is not a particularly "take the bull by the horns" kind of gal, her courage to find the answers was bolstered by her love of the people in her town. When she thought that someone in her town was a murderer, you could see the heartbreak as she looked at each of the different characters in the book.
While I felt like some of the characters were a little cliché and stereotypical for a small town, it didn't stop me from reading and enjoying the book. I grew up in a small town, and unfortunately, there are stereotypical teens, friends, and neighbors everywhere.
It was great to see Maggie grow and come out of her grief stricken shell. I like the fact that Breen set up the book for a series, even if it seems a little odd to have the "girls" start a Detective Agency in their small town. I guess when you have too much money and too much time and live in a crazy small town, you just go where the wind takes you. Fortunately for Maggie Dove and her readers, it will take us to new adventure, joy, and maybe even love in future books.
I received this book from NetGalley. The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
There is going to be a second novel in this series released on November 8, 2016, and I have committed to reading a galley of that book, so I was curious to find out what the first book in the series was like. What happened in this novel is that Maggie spent almost the entire time going over and over and over the grieving process for her husband and her daughter - both of whom died over twenty years previously. I have never been in that position. I don't think there is a set amount of time it takes one person to come to terms with their grief over the death of a loved one. But twenty years on and Maggie still hasn't done anything with her life except constantly equate every single moment and event with how it impacts her AND her grief? It carried on much, much too long and to the detriment of the novel. Actually, at one point I began to think that the book might have been written as a grief management device by the author who then decided to add the mystery element as a kind of justification for the book and to make it easier to get it published. The mystery premise is very thin so don't expect to have to expend large numbers of your own "little grey cells" to solve this one.
I sincerely hope that Maggie will have realized that it is time for her to begin living a full, complete life as she goes into the adventure of "Maggie Dove's Detective Agency". At 62 years of age she has devoted twenty long, hard years to her grief. It is past time for her to begin living a more normal life.
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