Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Lyrical Underground (January 17, 2017)
About the book:
Professional organizer Maggie McDonald has a knack for cleaning up other people’s messes. So when the fiancée of her latest client turns up dead, it’s up to her to sort through the untidy list of suspects and identify the real killer.
Maggie McDonald is hoping to raise the profile of her new Orchard View organizing business via her first high-profile client. Professor Lincoln Sinclair may be up for a Nobel Prize, but he’s hopeless when it comes to organizing anything other than his thoughts. For an academic, he’s also amassed more than his share of enemies. When Sinclair’s fiancée is found dead on the floor of his home laboratory—electrocuted in a puddle of water—Maggie takes on the added task of finding the woman’s murderer. To do so, she’ll have to outmaneuver the suspicious, obnoxious police investigator she’s nicknamed “Detective Awful” before a shadowy figure can check off the first item on their personal to-do list—Kill Maggie McDonald.
About the author:
Scheduled to Death will be released in January, 2017. Dead Storage will follow in July, 2017 Additional titles are planned.
Maggie McDonald is a smart woman with leadership skills. Her super power is organizing the lives, closets, and kitchens of others. But like the proverbial shoemaker's children, getting her own life under control is a different story, especially when she stumbles on a dead body. A newcomer, she's determined to adapt to life in her adopted hometown, but she can't do that unless she's sure her family will be safe. And how can they be safe with a murderer running free? Accompanied by her golden retriever Belle, and using every skill in her repertoire, she organizes the clues to a puzzle only she can solve.
The book takes place in a fictionalized compilation of Silicon Valley locales. It is a 'cozy' mystery in the tradition of Agatha Christie. Cozies are a subgenre of traditional mysteries once described as tales in which "someone dies but no one gets hurt."
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