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    Solid Start for New Cozy Series

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for a fair and honest review and rated it 4 out of 5 Stars. An oak tree, a dead neighbor and a small town full of secrets take center stage in Susan Breen’s new cozy mystery, Maggie Dove. Set in a small Westchester County community, where residents can look down the Hudson River to where the Twin Towers stood, this cozy is full of colorful characters, an elderly heroine and plenty of emotional angst. If you’re looking for a new cozy to read, you’ll want to give Maggie Dove a try. Ms. Breen did a good job introducing Maggie Dove, the sixtyish central character of the story, right from the start. A mystery writer who “retired” when both her husband and only child, a daughter, passed away within 12 months of each other, Maggie has lived in the same house and town almost her whole life. When a new neighbor, from out of town, requests she cut down the oak tree in her yard so he can have a better view of the river, Maggie emphatically says no. While Maggie is mostly a nice person and very agreeable, she has an emotional attachment to that tree and nothing is going to get her to cut it down. Not even when that neighbor winds up dead under that tree. As Maggie tries to figure out what happened to her neighbor, and why he was on her lawn, she discovers that not everything is quite as it seems in her small town and finds herself drawn into a murder investigation. The secondary characters are also well developed and I enjoyed getting to know Peter, the young man who Maggie always thought would end up being her son in law, and her best friend Winifred, who has problems of her own and almost always challenges Maggie's viewpoints. The people in her small town provide a lot of color, secrets and potential suspects. Turns out there were plenty of people who wanted her neighbor gone or dead. The mystery is well written and takes several twists and turns. Just when I thought I might know the identity of the killer, Ms. Breen threw in a twist to make me change my mind. The story’s pace is fairly even, though the story does begin very slowly, and I enjoyed Ms. Breen’s voice as an author. My only complaint was that I thought Maggie seemed to “wallow” in her grieving process, which was way too long, it was perhaps just a bit too much emotional angst in my opinion. Will Maggie discover who really killed her neighbor and why? Will she be able to save Peter from his self-destructive behavior? And just how many people will the killer manage to kill before Maggie discover their identity? You’ll have to read Maggie Dove to find out. I enjoyed it and can’t wait to read the next book in this series, Maggie Dove’s Detective Agency, which will be released later this fall.
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    Good, Emotional Read

    Maggie is a woman alone, having lost her child and husband years ago; she hasn't truly let go of her grief. She's upset with her new neighbor, Marcus, for campaigning to have her beloved oak tree moved/removed. Then, she finds him dead, under her oak tree! Later she learns he's been murdered! The murders don't stop there... A good, emotional mystery! Maggie isn't as alone as she thinks in this small town. The characters are flawed and real and range from young to old(er). There's a story within a story. Enjoyed. Book free thru Netgalley for honest review.
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