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Maggie Dove's Detective Agency: A Mystery
     

Maggie Dove's Detective Agency: A Mystery

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by Susan Breen
 
As Susan Breen’s compelling cozy mystery series continues, Maggie Dove’s budding detective agency has given her a new lease on life. Only one thing stands in the way of success: her clients—or lack of them.
 
After catching the killer who shook her small Hudson River town, former Sunday School teacher Maggie Dove stumbled onto an

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As Susan Breen’s compelling cozy mystery series continues, Maggie Dove’s budding detective agency has given her a new lease on life. Only one thing stands in the way of success: her clients—or lack of them.
 
After catching the killer who shook her small Hudson River town, former Sunday School teacher Maggie Dove stumbled onto an exciting new career and found a way to take her mind off her own tragic past. Now, despite her best efforts to promote the agency, Maggie can’t seem to land any new cases—until Racine Stern, one of the village’s wealthiest residents, offers her a thousand dollars to convince her “evil” sister, Domino, to stay out of town.
 
While Maggie’s business partner thinks she’s crazy for turning down a potential client, she doesn’t want her agency to get a reputation for accommodating bizarre requests. However, Maggie is soon caught up in the family drama anyway. Racine may fear for her life—and her inheritance—but it’s Domino who takes the fall when she plunges to her death from a tower at Stern Manor. Was it an accident or something more sinister? Maggie’s investigation will test her faith—and her ability to survive.

Praise for Maggie Dove's Detective Agency

“What a joy! Cozy readers will instantly fall in love with the charmingly endearing Maggie Dove. A wonderfully solid and compelling mystery wrapped in an irresistible package. Susan Breen is a unique treasure—and Maggie is, too.”—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of Say No More

Maggie Dove’s Detective Agency is a delightful mix of mystery, heart-felt drama, and crazy antics. Maggie uses her skills as both a Sunday school teacher and PI to solve the case—a quirky combination from author [Susan] Breen that works perfectly!”—Marty Wingate, author of The Rhyme of the Magpie
 
“I love stories where I feel like I’m part of the action and [Maggie Dove’s Detective Agency], the second book in the [Maggie Dove] series, did just that. The narrative pulled me in and I couldn’t help but react to the various scenes that resonated with me. The author presented a well-crafted story with a wonderful, yet quirky, cast of characters and an engaging mystery that had me quickly turning the pages as I had to know how this would all play out. This was a good read and I look forward to the next book in this pleasantly appealing series.”—Dru’s Book Musings

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399594908
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/08/2016
Series:
Maggie Dove , #2
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
231
Sales rank:
82,803
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

Susan Breen is the author of Maggie Dove and The Fiction Class, her debut novel that won the Washington Irving Book Award. Her stories and articles have appeared in many magazines, among them The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Compose, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer. She teaches at Gotham Writers in Manhattan; is on the faculty of the New York Pitch Conference, South Carolina Writers Workshop, and the Women’s National Book Association; and is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters-in-Crime. Breen lives in a small village on the Hudson River with her husband, two dogs, and one cat. Her three children are flourishing elsewhere.

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Maggie Dove's Detective Agency: A Mystery 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
InspirationalAngel531 4 months ago
Title: Maggie Dove's Detective Agency - A mystery Author: Susan Breen Published: 11-8-2016 Publisher: Random House Publishing Group - Alibi Pages: 235 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Amateur Sleuth; Cozy Mystery; Women Sleuth ISBN: 13: 9780399594908 ASIN: B01AERZS0A Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4 Stars I received a copy of "Maggie Dove's Detective Agency" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Description From the Publisher: As Susan Breen’s compelling cozy mystery series continues, Maggie Dove’s budding detective agency has given her a new lease on life. Only one thing stands in the way of success: her clients—or lack of them. After catching the killer who shook her small Hudson River town, former Sunday School teacher Maggie Dove stumbled onto an exciting new career and found a way to take her mind off her own tragic past. Now, despite her best efforts to promote the agency, Maggie can’t seem to land any new cases—until Racine Stern, one of the village’s wealthiest residents, offers her a thousand dollars to convince her “evil” sister, Domino, to stay out of town. While Maggie’s business partner thinks she’s crazy for turning down a potential client, she doesn’t want her agency to get a reputation for accommodating bizarre requests. However, Maggie is soon caught up in the family drama anyway. Racine may fear for her life—and her inheritance—but it’s Domino who takes the fall when she plunges to her death from a tower at Stern Manor. Was it an accident or something more sinister? Maggie’s investigation will test her faith—and her ability to survive. My Review: Maggie Dove is a strong woman of faith, she is intelligent, friendly and driven to build her detective agency. She decline a case as being too off the wall, but when her friend is accused of murder Maggie is drawn into the lives of the two sisters anyway. Maggie and the other characters are well developed and fleshed out. They could be actual people we might meet out in the real world. The plot is well planned and laid out so that it flows quickly and smoothly. The reader can enjoy the scenic streets and residents of Darby. Although the second book in the series, "Maggie Dove's Detective Agency" can easily be read as a stand alone book. My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
dibbylodd 6 months ago
An interesting mystery with psychedelics, wiccans, black magic users, Sunday school teachers, and more. It's interesting to watch Maggie stretch after years of hiding away in misery. She is coming into her own and finding out how much she can do. I found two things a bit bothersome-- 1-Too much is made of her age (62) as if that is ancient 2-The extent of her reaction to her husband's and then daughter's death 20 years ago seems extreme. No one would have intervened to get her help?
KrisAnderson_TAR 7 months ago
Maggie Dove’s Detective Agency by Susan Breen is the second book in the Maggie Dove series. Maggie Dove is a Sunday school teacher turned detective in Darby, New York. Maggie is learning to be a detective by watching Detective Grudge videos with Helen Blake’s son, Edgar. Helen is the third partner in the detective agency along with Agnes (the financial backer). One day Racine Stern (from the wealthiest family in town) comes into the agency and asks Maggie to convince her sister, Domino (and her rock star husband, Lucifer) to not come home for a visit. Racine will give Maggie $1,000 to complete the task. Maggie turns down the offer much to Agnes’ dismay. Domino arrives in town and Racine is not seen for two weeks. Maggie goes to check on her, and Racine admits that Domino tried to killer her. Racine fears for her life as well as that of her mother, Madame Simone. Domino wants money (of course) and she refuses to leave until she gets it. Racine wants Maggie to convince Domino to leave town (and is willing to pay a large sum of money). Soon Racine starts acting strangely, and Maggie does not know what Domino has done to her. Then Maggie hears that a big Halloween party is being thrown at the Stern mansion (the home no one else in town has ever been allowed in). During the party Domino calls everyone’s attention to her at the top of the tower. Then the guests see Domino plunging to her death. Racine was near Domino before she fell (Domino pulled her up there). Was it an accident or did Racine push her? Maggie has her first real case. She needs to find out what happened to Domino (because the town has decided that Racine is guilty). Did a person push Domino to her death or was it something far more sinister? Maggie Dove’s Detective Agency is a Christian cozy mystery. The story is basically about good versus evil. I found the book to have a slow pace, unoriginal mystery and uninteresting (and unlikeable) characters. Racine and her mother are rude (I would not want to help her) and Agnes comes across as bipolar with her mood swings. Maggie is not a warm main character. The loss of her daughter has kept her from enjoying life for the last twenty years. I had a hard time finishing this story. Maggie Dove’s Detective Agency is a book of normal length, but it felt like it went on forever (and I just wanted it to end). While Maggie Dove’s Detective Agency is the second book in the series, it can be read alone (we are given the needed information from the first novel and on the main characters). I did find information repeated in the book especially about Maggie’s deceased daughter, Juliet (who died twenty years prior), Maggie’s profession as a Sunday school teacher and her age. I give Maggie Dove’s Detective Agency 2.5 out of 5 stars (just not for me). I think Maggie became a detective just to play with all the spy toys she finds in catalogs and online (purchasing with Agnes’ money). The first book in the series is Maggie Dove: A Mystery.
JerseyGirlBookReviews 8 months ago
In Maggie Dove's Detective Agency, the second book in the Maggie Dove Mystery Series, author Susan Breen weaves an entertaining and fast-paced cozy mystery set in the small village of Darby-on-Hudson, in Westchester County, NY, that follows the latest investigative adventures of former Sunday School teacher turned private detective Maggie Dove. Maggie is trying to promote her new detective agency, but she's having a hard time securing clients until wealthy resident Racine Stern wants to use Maggie's detective services for complex family matters, and while Maggie is reluctant to get involved in family drama, she ends up investigating the murder of Racine's "evil" sister Domino, after she plunges to her death from a tower at Stern Manor. Maggie is determined to investigate the murder and find the killer, even when danger lurks around the corner. Maggie Dove's Detective Agency is a well written story that has enough quirky characters, intrigue, suspense, humor, and drama that easily draws the reader into Maggie's latest investigative adventures. This intriguing story will keep the reader interested and guessing the identity of the real killer until the surprising conclusion. You can't help but love Maggie and cheer her on as she tries to promote her new detective agency business. This spunky church lady turned detective, is determined to solve the murder mystery even when mayhem ensues, and she takes the reader along for the ride. I look forward to reading the next installment of Maggie Dove's investigative adventures! I really enjoyed the author's usage of her hometown to provide the reader with a rich description of the scenic Hudson River Valley setting in Westchester County, NY, it definitely makes me want to visit the area the next time I go to NYC. I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I enjoyed the wonderful description of the Victorian Stern Manor. Maggie Dove's Detective Agency is a delightfully eccentric whodunit tale that cozy mystery fans will want to add to their reading list! Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
weluvdopey 8 months ago
This is a great book; this is the second book in the Maggie Dove series written by Susan Breen. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Maggie, Helen and Agnes now share a detective agency. Of course, Maggie handles most of the actual detective work; at least she will when they have a case! Or she will when she accepts, or isn't fired off the case! Good cozy mystery read; not as well written as the first book. Maggie is developing more confidence and dealing better with her grief. Still a good read. 3 1/2 stars. Book free for honest review from Netgalley and publisher.