A Deadly Fundraiser

A Deadly Fundraiser

by Mary Kennedy
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chefdt 3 months ago
A Deadly Fundraiser is the fourth book in the Talk Radio Mystery series. It was really enjoyable spending some time with Dr. Maggie and Vera Mae. Dr. Maggie continues to give help to the folks of Cypress Grove and is enjoying her talk radio job at WYME, but everyone deserves some personal time and that is what Maggie is doing in this novella. The Historical Society and the Preservation Committee have combined efforts and are holding a gala fundraiser to support renovations to Mayfair House. WYME has purchased a block of tickets and Maggie and Vera Mae will be attending the party. One of the first things Vera Mae notices is that the architect for the project, Greg Towner is there with his girlfriend, Sherry Phillips. Also in attendance is his soon to be ex, Lily. After a while, Molly Sanders, the head of the Preservation Society, announces that there will be a scavenger hunt for those interested and that each room would have a clue as to what the item is and to record the find and the room. Along the way, Maggie and Vera Mae run into Nick Harrison, a reporter and good friend of Maggie’s, and he invites himself along on the scavenger hunt. He convinces his friends that the basement should be next as he heard that there was a speakeasy during Prohibition in the basement. But they find more than a speakeasy. They hear a muffled noise and soon find a hidden room off the speakeasy. In the hidden room, they find racks of vintage wine and the lifeless body of Greg Towner. So, Maggie and Vera Mae, never ones to pass up a good mystery set off to learn who wanted Towner out of the picture. I love the characters in this enjoyable series. Maggie is determined young lady not to let much stand in her way as she searches for the killer. But my favorite characters are Vera Mae. Vera Mae is the director/producer of Maggie’s show. You can always count on Vera Mae coming up with a good ol’ down home saying and is always busy keeping Maggie centered. Lola, Maggie’s mother has got to be my favorite. Lola has always been a B-movie star, but to hear her tell it she was the star, not in a snooty way, but just puffing up her roles. It’s really humorous to read how she is planning her next “starring” role. If you’re looking for an interesting, quick read with a nice dose of humor, give this story a try. I’ll be watching for the next book in this series.
Mama_Cat 4 months ago
A Deadly Fundraiser is Mary Kennedy’s fourth offering in the Talk Radio Mystery series, and it is a delight. The author’s vivid descriptions allow readers to feel one is in Cypress Grove. This can easily be read as a standalone. Dr. Maggie has a daily call-in radio show. Her producer and close friend, Vera Mae, is a true Southern gal, whose sweet turn of phrase opens this novella. She, Maggie, Maggie’s mother Lola, and reporter pal Nick are attending a glamorous fundraiser for renovations at the elegant 1800’s Mayfair House. Christopher Morgan willed the home to the Preservation Committee to be a Center for the Arts. Molly, head of the Preservation Committee, is working with architect Greg Towner to restore the mansion based on Mr. Morgan’s specifications. Greg is there with his girlfriend, Shari, who managed to take Greg away from his wife and three children. Maggie, Vera Mae, and Nick admire the beautiful construction of the home as they follow the clues of a scavenger hunt. The clues led them to what most guests would never see, a gorgeously appointed speakeasy. As they oohed over the fine woodwork, Nick accidentally opened a secret door to a hidden room, where they found the body of the murdered architect. Detective Rafe Martino, Maggie’s off and on boyfriend, arrives and makes sure that he interviews Maggie, Lola, and Vera May. At first it seems there could only be one suspect, but the more Maggie learns about Towner, the more enemies he might have. Maggie, Nick, Vera Mae and Lola spend hours discussing the murder and who the bad guy might be. Characters are defined primarily with snappy dialog and behaviors. I like Maggie and Vera Mae, as well as Nick, and enjoy seeing Pugsley, Maggie’s adorable rescue pug. Mary Kennedy has the necessary skill to bring out well-rounded personalities within the confines of a novella. The author shares the elegance and charm of the South even amid murder and mayhem. It is easy to see how Maggie, Nick, and Vera Mae have worked together to solve crimes. Maggie is more active than simply discussing; she gets “into the trenches” to follow hunches and ferret out clues. I thoroughly enjoyed being the armchair sleuth, delighting in seeing the theories and reasoning. The added layers are doubly challenging. I was surprised by and satisfied with the outcome. I highly recommend A Deadly Fundraiser to cozy mystery lovers who enjoy other novels of Ms. Kennedy’s as well as novellas with the best of both worlds – a complete mystery captured in a shorter read. From a grateful heart: I received this eBook from the author with no expectation of a review. This is my honest review.
MandaLuvsToRead 6 months ago
This short story is part of the Talk Radio Mysteries series by Mary Kennedy. It isn't necessary to have read any of the previous books in this series to fully enjoy this one. Maggie is a radio talk show host in Florida but just like Frasier Crane, she used to be a psychiatrist. She gave up her practice for an easier life but has found that she's also pretty good at sleuthing. While participating in a scavenger hunt at a local mansion during a high society fundraiser, she and a few other friends stumble across a dead body in a secret passageway. Maggie could just let the police handle the investigation, but as a local radio host, she has an awful lot of connections and people are good at opening up to talk when she's around. It doesn't hurt that she's dating someone in the police department either. The radio show angle is fun, and I love a good scavenger hunt, especially one that takes place in a mansion with secret rooms. If you are looking for a quick mystery with fun characters, try this one.
KTempleton 6 months ago
A Deadly Fundraiser Talk Radio Mystery Series #4 by Mary Kennedy. Talk Show Radio Host Dr. Maggie Walsh is attending a fundraiser gala at a mansion in Cypress Grove, FL, which is soon to be the new Center for the Arts. During the scavenger hunt Dr. Maggie and her friends Vera Mae and Nick stumble over a dead body in a secret room in the basement. Can Dr. Maggie and her friends help Police Detective Rafe Martino solve the murder or will they end up in danger themselves? This is my first book to read in this series I would please with the storyline as it is a well written mystery. I really enjoyed camaraderie between Dr. Maggie and her friends, Vera Mae, Nick, and Detective Rafe. I really liked Dr. Maggie’s mother as she is a quirky character, she is determined to better her acting career but sometime confuses information she is given like thinking CBS instead of CVS. This was a fairly quick read but had enough twist and turns to keep you guessing who is the real murderer until the end. I would recommend this book to fans of the Talk Radio Mystery Series and cozy mystery lovers alike. This is a great example of a cozy mystery as there is no graphic language, sex, or language. I will definitely read the previous books in the series.
PPriest 6 months ago
A fast-paced, page turning, quick read in a series that I need to read the books I haven't read yet. A fun fundraiser leads to a death, and whodunit? This book kept me reading with twists and turns and a couple of hair-raising spots. It's an excellent read that I highly recommend to all who like this genre.