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    A great sleuth with a fun coastal setting .

    Cliff Hanger by Mary Feliz is the fifth A Mary McDonald Mystery. I have read the entire series and its is one of my favorite cozy series. .I highly recommend this next in series which can be read as a stand alone. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My opinions are my own. Maggie McDonald along with her two boys, Brian and David are heading to Monterey Bay for the summer. I live on Monterey Bay so i was thrilled that the author featured our beautiful marine sanctuary as the location for this next in series. Maggie is a professional organizer Maggie has been hired by the management of the Heron Beach Resort to help the new complex manager, Renee organize the office and aging resort buildings.. The job includes a free condo for her family for the summer. Her husband plans on joining them on weekends. Maggie and her boys are very close as a family unit and Maggie teaches them the utmost in responsibility. Right after they arrive her sons help a pilot that was in a ultralight plane crash they come across but he dies. His family right away sues Maggie and her boys. This throws suspicion on them for their actions and the pol.ice soon are building a investigation against her sons ! Maggie is determined to clear her sons and prove they were only acting as good Samaritans., Maggie begins to investigate amid her day time responsibilities and soon she is finding suspicious activities and clues that lead to murder. She has her own theories and soon the clues are building . Maggie finds that the small town is key in dealing with solving the sleuth and enlists the help of townspeople who she befriends. This book has so much interesting direction with the sleuth. I enjoyed all the varied aspects of subjects, the ultra light plane, the marine life, the organizing on her job . The author so richly described our Monterey Bay marine life for the reader that it is authentically brought to life. I enjoyed Maggie’s handy tips at the beginning of reach chapter for trip preparation. I loved this book location, descriptions of our sea life, the organization skills of Maggie and the well crafted sleuth .I highly recommend this book for all who enjoy cozy mysteries featuring a coastal location and a fun sleuth.
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    Mary Feliz’s Cliff Hanger

    Monterrey Bay, California is where Maggie McDonald, professional organizational expert is taking a job at a beach resort so her boys can spend their summer vacation with her. Sounds perfect.....until they arrive and are told no dogs are allowed?? Then the rental unit.....an absolute mess and the smell is nauseating. What a mess!!! This is not the arrangements the person who hired her had made with her. The boys go down to the beach where a ultralight had crashed into the cliff. They help rescue the pilot and call 911. The pilot under goes surgery but then succumbs to his injuries. The boys find themselves in a lawsuit because of the pilot’s death. This sets the McDonald family and good friends into action to determine what happened to the ultralight. Smugglers, drug runners, a mysterious barn set between two farmers land, fraudulent grant monies and workers, gang members, machine shop, ICE agents, plus a cast of well crafted, artfully drawn up colorful characters that add to the story makes this a recommended read. Bella, the McDonald’s dog and Munchkin, the veteran dog, top off the cast. The plot is well written with plenty of twists, turns and family issues and dramas that make the book very relatable. This is book # 5 in the Maggie McDonald Mysteries series. It can be read as a stand alone. I volunteered to read Cliff Hanger. Thanks to the author via the Cozy Mystery Review Crew. My opinion is voluntary and my own. Each chapter offers you organizational tips for taking a beach vacation
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    A Working Vacation Goes Wrong, A Fun Cozy Mystery

    Cliff Hanger by Mary Feliz is the fifth book in A Maggie McDonald Mystery series. Maggie and her boys are heading to Monterey Bay for a job. Maggie is helping to organize a resort and in exchanged they get a three bedroom unit on the beach along with a small salary. This is a working vacation that started off badly, then went from bad to worse. With the boys assisting a young man who crashed his Ultra-Light, and calling 911, they are temporary heroes. When the young man dies, they are being questioned and possibly sued by the family for causing his death. Everyday of this job brings another disaster. Cliff Hanger was a well-written story that moves at a good pace. It is the fifth book in the series, but can easily be read as a standalone. I have read all the books in this series and have enjoyed the development of the characters as well as the fact that the boys have grown up with the stories. They are older and actively involved in the investigations. Because this book was not in their hometown, some of the characters that I have enjoyed in previous books were not in this one, but others did make a guest appearance. This story has a complicated storyline with multiple suspects, many red herrings and lots of questions. I love all the scenarios that the boys come up with while trying to figure out what is happening. Although there appear to be many smaller crimes, the main one is the death of Jake, the ultra-light pilot. The action kept the story moving forward to a satisfactory conclusion that ties up all the loose ends. I enjoy Mary Feliz’s descriptive writing. I could almost visualize the animals and sea life that were seeing from the beach. I like Maggie’s handy tips at the beginning of each chapter. Being a professional organizer, you would expect these to be organizing tips, but they are more than that. Based on the setting and situation in each book they vary, with these ones all about preparing for a beach vacation. Overall, this was a fun cozy mystery with a bit more adventure and complications. It took the whole family to solve this one and I look forward to seeing what is next for Maggie and her family. I definitely recommend this book and series to those who enjoy a good, clean, yet intriguing mystery. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
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    Working vacation overload

    Maggie McDonald has scored job that will allow her family to enjoy summer at the beach. Her teenage sons are looking forward to learning to surf and having fun while Mom helps the property manager organize the office and business. But things don’t quite work out as planned when they arrive and are not permitted on the property until the boss, who can’t be reached, approves their dog being on the grounds. While waiting for an update, Maggie and the boys head to the local state park beach to kill some time. While Maggie goes to check out the property, the boys find a local man who has crashed is motorized hang glider. The boys call 911 but lose the connection and call Maggie. The rescue team arrives and praise the buys for their actions and take the man to the hospital. When the man dies, his family accuses the boys of causing his death, so Maggie calls in her friends from home to help find out what happened and who truly caused the accident. This is the first book in the series I have read and, while there were references to working with their friends on past issues, the story works well as a stand-alone. I truly enjoyed the solid whodunnit and the well developed characters. I will be adding the previous books to my reading list.
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    Fifth book in series!

    Cliff Hanger by Mary Feliz is the fifth A Maggie McDonald Mystery. Maggie McDonald along with her two boys, Brian and David are heading to Monterey Bay for the summer. Maggie has been hired by the management of the Heron Beach Resort to help the new complex manager, Renee Alvarez organize the office and the payment includes a condo for the summer. David and Brian notice a downed ultralight aircraft pilot and quickly contact emergency services. The distraught family lashes out by filing a lawsuit against the boys and has them the target of an investigation by local law enforcement. The family rallies their resources and begins a deep dive into the victim’s life. After noticing some suspicious activity at night, Maggie believes there is some foul play afoot. I thought Cliff Hanger was nicely written, moves along at a steady rate and is just the right length. While Cliff Hanger is the fifth book in the series, it can easily be read alone. The characters are established, and I find them relatable. Maggie has a good relationship with her two kids, and they have gotten the sleuthing bug from her. The complex crime was not what you typically find in a cozy mystery (I do not want to share too much and spoil it for you). It is multifaceted with a handful suspects and misdirection. The family certainly came up with some unique theories regarding the crime. The action kept the story moving forward toward the conclusion. There is a good wrap-up that ties up the loose threads. I enjoyed the authors vivid descriptions especially those of Monterey Bay and the sea life (a blue whale and dolphins). It was interesting to learn about ultralight aircraft and the regulations for them. I enjoyed Maggie’s handy tips at the beginning of reach chapter to help people prepare for trips. I thought they were clever, helpful and easy to implement. Cliff Hanger has an uplifting adventure with two teenage sleuths, stunning sea life, a malodorous condo, disorganized records, and one weary and worried woman.
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