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  • Mary Feliz’s Snowed Under

    Maggie McDonald is a professional organizer. She aides her customers in putting order into unorganized spaces to downsize. Maggie is traveling with her best friend, Tess Olmos and their dogs to Tahoe Basin with the purpose of clearing out the family vacation home to sell. The remaining family members will join them on the weekend to hit the slopes. But huge snowstorms have other plans for the area and it’s residents. The snowy drive proved to be horrendous, scary and driving blindly so the car gets parked at the bottom of the drive. Then the women with their dogs trudge through the unplowed snow up to the house for the night. The following morning, Maggie and Tess go to move the car up to the house and to bring in their belongings left in the car. Maggie slips......she grabs a boot to stop sliding then realizes it wasn’t Tess boot. Whose boot did she grab? Who is buried in the snow?? Maggie has found a dead body!!! The body is that of a neighbor who had been missing since around the Christmas holiday. How had he died? Why was his body found there now when the area had been searched many times? Maggie begins to use her investigation skills along with Tess and the sheriff. As the story continues, Stephen arrives with his mastiff, Paolo, Penny and Rocket to help determine and arrest the culprit. Well written plot plus a surprising subplot with plenty of drama, murder, intrigue, turmoil, explosions, underlying threats, misgivings, blizzard conditions with spiraling suspense, twists with unexpected turns and issues such as, drugs, illegal activities and sex trafficking. The scenes are written with deft description. The reader will feel the cold as they walk with the characters. They will get clear insight on living in the Lake Tahoe skiing area. They will become acquainted with the groomers, avalanche control, ski patrol lift operators and the Red Hats. The characters in the area are interesting, colorful, relatable and considerate. Some are quirky but they all pitch in to help one another especially during the storms. Even the fur babies are well described and take part in the story. The reader will meet: Belle, the golden retriever -Mozart, the German Shepherd -Duke, a Chihuahua Mix- Winston, the Old Labrador- Munchkin, the enormous Mastiff. Remember when organizing make four piles: Garbage, Recycling, Donate, Keep. This will simplify your efforts. This is book # 6 in the Maggie McDonald Mysteries series. It can be read stand alone. I volunteered to read Snowed Under. Thanks to the Mystery Review Crew & NetGalley for the opportunity. My opinion is voluntary and my own.

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  • Wonderful characters and location!

    Snowed Under is the first book I’ve read in the Maggie McDonald Mystery series by Mary Feliz and I am so happy I did. It was perfect timing too since Wisconsin was going through a heat wave and Lake Tahoe during the winter months helped to keep my mind off the heat. In regards to the snowy, icy weather Feliz really put you into the action with the descriptions of the weather, snow gear, and the treacherous conditions that can happen while walking or driving in the winter. And for me a good cozy must have a cast of likeable characters that I want to get to know more about and keep visiting book to book. Feliz accomplished this wonderfully. Maggie and Tess are great friends and I love that Feliz even included moments of bickering between the two. It was fun getting to know the neighbors in the snowy village and since this took place outside of the town Maggie lives in, I look forward to getting to know the people from her town since Feliz developed these characters so well. I loved that the local police were so inviting when it came to Maggie and Tess helping with the investigation, and it seems like the police force in her hometown may have a similar attitude. I enjoy when the police are encouraging instead of raging against the heroine and her friends all the time. I didn’t figure out whodunit early, so that is always a bonus in my book. A very enjoyable cozy mystery and I look forward to reading more in the series. If you haven’t read any in the Maggie McDonald Mystery series yet, you may want to start with the first book, Address to Die For.

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  • Snowed to Death

    Maggie McDonald and her best friend Tess head to Tahoe to clean out and prepare Tess’ family vacation home for sale. Arriving amid a snow storm, the two get themselves and the dogs to the safety of the house and leave the car for after the storm. With the fire blazing in the hearth and the dawning of a new day after the storm they head out to unload the car. As a flatlander, one not accustomed to live in the mountains and snow, Maggie struggles to stay upright and ends up falling and sliding down the hill, only to find a leg sticking out in the snow. She and Tess call the police and find out it is a neighbor who has been missing for a couple of months. When it is confirmed as murder, Tess and Maggie look at every neighbor, including the widow, to find out who dunit. With more snow storms brewing, it’s not just Mother Nature that threatens their lives as they dig deeper.

A good whodunit that keeps you turning the pages and guessing until the end. A series with six books to date, this would be a good one to add to your reading list as you can catch up with them while waiting for book seven to come out.

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  • Beautiful Lake Tahoe Can Be Deadly

    My first experience with the author and the series. This entry has protagonist Maggie making a trip to Tahoe with her good friend Tess Olmos in February as Maggie will take on years of accumulation in Tess's family cabin in preparation of a future sale. Maggie is a professional organizer and this will be a getaway trip for her with her family following later for a ski vacation. They barely make the cabin in an unexpected blizzard. Trekking back to the car in the morning has Maggie discovering a dead body. Unfortunately, it is apparently the missing husband of one of Tess's neighbors. Between the weather and the unnerving discovery, organizing, cleaning, and clearing get put on the back burner. Maggie begins to meet the neighbors from the cul-de-sac snoop to the family of the deceased. The conditions are extreme, between the loss of power and heat, high winds, and plummeting temperatures. Descriptions of the mountains and hillside homes create an appropriate frigid scene with Maggie's dog, Belle, and Tess's dog, Mozart, adding dimension to the cozy, if not freezing atmosphere. Perhaps this is one of those series in which you should probably start with Book 1. I found myself lost, especially in the first third of the book. There seemed contradictions in description, awkward scenes, and dialogue. Maggie begins her surreptitious interviews of the neighbors and discovers there may have been more than one possible suspect. Chief Quinn Petit seems to welcome the help even as the plot takes some twists which will have you suspending disbelief. Visit from friends back home (under extreme weather conditions?) and a sudden introduction to the perp in the conclusion was rather contrived and somewhat a disappointment for me. I received this digital download from the publisher and NetGalley and appreciated the opportunity to read for a review. If you've followed the series, you may very well appreciate this entry, enjoy the cozy mystery. 3.5/5

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  • A snowy cul-de-sac in Lake Tahoe hides a corpse!

    While accidently slipping down an ice-covered side street in Lake Tahoe in February, Maggie discovers a dead body literally Snowed Under the recent blizzard’s wrath. It’s the neighbor’s long-missing husband. With her best friend’s help, Maggie investigates all the neighbors for means, motive, and opportunity in a snowy cocoon of suspects. Maggie is a professional organizer who is helping her best friend Tess declutter her family’s vacation home. With Tess’ husband deceased, Tess is thinking of selling the second home for funds to make a career change for herself and pay for college for her son, Teddy. But when a neighbor’s corpse is found in their snowy cul-de-sac, the clean-up must take a backseat to a murder investigation. The snowy and remote setting reminds me of the best golden-age mysteries where a group of people are stranded in one place and one of them is a murderer, gwah ha ha ha! You can almost feel the cold winds coming through your kindle. At the same time I am enjoying the fictional cold weather, I am also patting myself on the back for living in an area where real snow is rarely present. I enjoyed meeting the main characters, Maggie and Tess, but especially their dogs, Belle and Mozart. They felt very genuine with realistic motives for their actions. The mystery was a challenge to unravel. After living within a housing association tract, I was so hoping that Tess’ association president, Elisabeth, was the murderer. But there are a lot of suspects with even better motivations for murder than Elisabeth. Overall, Snowed Under is a perfect book to cool you down on a hot summer’s day. 4 stars! Thanks to Lyrical Press, Kensington Books, Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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