39 Winks

39 Winks

by Kathleen Valenti

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Overview

Former pharmaceutical researcher Maggie O’Malley is losing sleep. Constantine’s aunt is a multitasking sleepwalker who, in addition to wandering her stately home, prepares meals, folds laundry and, one winter night, stumbles across her husband with his throat slit.

It’s a rude and gruesome awakening that’s upsetting to Aunt Polly. And interesting to the police.

Maggie and Constantine work to uncover who killed the cosmetic surgery mogul and why. As they dig into the lives of those who knew him best, they discover that the truth is only skin deep and doctoring perception is a treatment with deadly side effects.

A gripping page-turner with more twists than a surgeon’s suture, 39 Winks is a tale of lies, betrayals and greed that will keep you up at night. And looking over your shoulder.

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39 WINKS by Kathleen Valenti | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635113389
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Series: Maggie O'Malley Series , #2
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 677,097
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

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39 WINKS 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
bookwomen37 More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book in the Maggie O'Malley series and the 2nd one I have read. I enjoyed it. Maggie has lost her job at the drug company she helped take down in book one and is now working retail. When she sees a fellow employee being bullied by the owner she stands up to her boss and finds herself unemployed again. Which frees her up help Constantine clear his aunt of killing her husband. It turns out that the murder is part of a much bigger mystery and there are lots of twists and turns. I like the relationship between Maggie and Constantine as they work together to solve the mystery. I like that she does try to work with the police. The book is a quick read and will keep you up late reading. This series should be read in order. I am looking for word to reading the next book in the series. Enjoy
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
I love this series! It’s droll, witty, clever – and has the feel of a cozy mystery coupled with the edginess of a thriller. And while this is the second Maggie O’Malley mystery, it can easily be read as a standalone. Maggie and her boyfriend Constantine are absolutely delightful together – their interactions wrapped in warmth, humor, and genuine affection and respect. Their banter made me giggle more than once, especially when merged with Constantine’s somewhat goofy side. Maggie’s wry outlook on life adds to the author’s witty writing voice, making this a delightful read in every way. It’s not constantly humorous, though – when it needs to be serious, it is. And Maggie herself is a strong character, despite her endearing flaws. Yet the humor is perfectly placed to lighten the tension and keep this from becoming too heavy a read. Speaking of tension, the mystery and suspense elements to this novel are spot-on. For every layer revealed, more layers pop up that still need to be explored. Just about the time I think I have it figured out, a new twist sends me scurrying back to the drawing board to rethink my conclusions. The pace is ideal, as well – just fast enough to keep things moving along but not so frenetic that you can’t keep up. Bottom Line: Sleepwalking. Hallucinations. Cosmetic surgery. Murder. Fraud. A host of suspects and a few cleverly-utilized red herrings that all tie together in the end. In short, my kind of read! 39 Winks is another prime example of Valenti’s skill in weaving together complex threads into an entertaining and fully engaging story. Her characters are smartly drawn and multi-dimensional, and so is her plot. Another excellent read from this author – I can’t wait for her next! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Maggie O’Malley is back and she is selling ladies lingerie?? Well, she is when the story begins. She lost her pharmaceutical job after all the drama she was involved in and she has bills to pay. She stands up to her boss and ends up unemployed again, but that is fine with her. Now she can go help her boyfriend, Constantine with his aunt and a murder she may have committed. She has a little sleepwalking problem and she happened to find her husband dead at the table with his throat slit. She has no idea what happened but she is covered in blood and the police’s prime suspect. There are many other people that may have killed the cosmetic surgeon. To prove Aunt Polly’s innocence Maggie and Constantine work to find the real killer. They find the deceased doc had a huge secret that could have led to his demise. Now they just have to make the police believe it. In this follow up to Protocol, Kathleen Valenti again wraps pharmaceuticals into the story. Constantine’s Aunt Polly is battling Parkinson’s and Maggie thinks one of her medications is bringing on her sleepwalking. So while not only trying to find a murderer, Maggie is striving to help Polly find answers about her health. Her knowledge of drugs and medical procedures comes in handy in solving this mystery. I really enjoy the way the relationship between Maggie and Constantine has moved forward. They are learning to trust each other. Maggie still is unsure about being in a relationship. A little jealousy pops up when Constantine learns that Maggie and Detective Austin dated in the past. They do work well together and taking things slow is a good thing. The author has created characters that are true to life and she has put them in stunning situations. The dialogue flows well and the imagery created takes readers right into the story. This plot is very complex. Many threads need to be woven together. Greed, revenge, and vanity played major parts. A detective trying to settle a score, a patient unhappy with her surgery outcome, a doctor on the take, and the corruption goes deeper than could be imagined. Twists and turns kept me guessing and I was surprised by the amazing ending. This book would make a wonderful television movie. The story ends with Maggie accepting a new job! I am excited to read book #3. Hope we do not have to wait too long.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Maggie McMalley's boyfriend's Aunt Polly is a well-known sleepwalker. During her 'travels' she might bake a cake, do some laundry, and then meander back to her bed, never knowing what she's done. Tonight is different .... she wakes up in the middle of the night, standing over her husband with his throat slit. She is covered in blood and has no idea of what has happened. Of course, she is the prime suspect in this killing. Her nephew Constantine and his girlfriend, Maggie, make a quick trip to his Aunt Polly. According to a few friends Polly is having hallucinations, as well as sleepwalking. She's on prescription meds for Parkinsons' Disease that seems to be worsening. Since the police are sure that Polly killed her husband, Maggie and Constantine take it upon themselves to see who might have wanted the cosmetic surgery mogul dead .. and why. What they discover is that the truth is only skin deep and doctoring perception is a treatment with deadly side effects. The surgeon was not well liked .... neither by his patients or colleagues. He's involved in a lawsuit over a botched procedure. What Maggie learns is that this is not the first time he's died. Evidently he drowned in an accident several years ago. There are many suspects ... all who have definite reasons for wanting him dead. Throw in a cap definitely not looking for anyone other than spouse, a doctor defrauding the insurance companies, gentleman's clubs, and the Mafia. Lots of twists and turns keep the reader engaged. I particularly liked how Maggie and Constantine interact with each other ... with humor, forgiveness, and love. The ending is surprising. Although this is the 2nd featuring Maggie, this one is easily a stand alone. Many thanks to the author / Henery Press / Edelweiss for the advanced digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.