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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Bea Reviews Dead Storage by Mary Feliz

Bea's Book Nook, Review, Dead Storage, Mary Feliz
Series: Maggie McDonald Mystery #3
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: July 18th, 2017
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Blurb from goodreads:

As a professional organizer, Maggie McDonald brings order to messy situations. But when a good friend becomes a murder suspect, surviving the chaos is one tall task . . .

Despite a looming deadline, Maggie thinks she has what it takes to help friends Jason and Stephen unclutter their large Victorian in time for its scheduled renovation. But before she can fill a single bin with unused junk, Jason leaves for Texas on an emergency business trip, Stephen’s injured mastiff limps home—and Stephen himself lands in jail for murder. Someone killed the owner of a local Chinese restaurant and stuffed him in the freezer. Stephen, caught at the crime scene covered in blood, is the number one suspect. Now Maggie must devise a strategy to sort through secrets and set him free—before she’s tossed into permanent storage next.

My Thoughts:

Professional organizer Maggie McDonald is all set to help her friend Stephen and his partner Jason declutter their house when Jason gets called away on emergency and Stephen gets arrested for murder. Before she knows it, she's neck deep in trying to solve several mysteries, helping her friend, and helping a local teenager.

"Dead Storage" had a lot going on with current politics around immigrants, both legal and illegal, PTSD, emergency response and management, and crime, to name a few. The story wasn't fast paced but it was steady. Maggie's not a professional detective but she acquitted herself well and I liked that, although she wasn't always honest with the police, she mostly was and she new when to step back and let them do their work. The interactions were respectful.

The mystery itself kept me guessing; Feliz sprinkled red herrings and twists throughout the story and I fell for most of them. The characters were realistic, just a tad quirky, and enjoyable. I could use someone with Maggie's organizational skills to help me declutter my home. Feliz sprinkled in some tips at the beginning of each chapter and some I plan on trying out.

"Dead Storage" was pleasant, an enjoyable story with likable characters. There were some slow spots and some believability issues but it was a nice, undemanding read that kept me entertained.

2 comments:

  1. I like when a mystery can keep you guessing. I'm glad you enjoyed this. :)

    Jenea's Book Obsession

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  2. I really liked the first book in this series but haven't managed to get back to it even though I have the next two. I'm glad that despite the slow spots you still found this enjoyable!

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