“Lake Tahoe in February is beautiful, but Maggie can’t see a thing as she drives through a blinding blizzard with her friend Tess Olmos and their dogs, golden retriever Belle and German shepherd Mozart.Maggie has offered her professional decluttering skills to help Tess tidy up her late husband’s cabin in preparation to sell. She also plans to get in some skiing when her husband Max and their boys join them later in the week.
What she doesn’t plan on is finding a boot in a snowdrift attached to a corpse. The frozen stiff turns out to be Tess’s neighbor, Dev Bailey, who disappeared two months ago. His widow Leslie expresses grief, but Maggie can’t help but wonder if it’s a snow job. As more suspects start to pile up, things go downhill fast, and Maggie must keep her cool to solve the murder before the killer takes a powder …” – Amazon
Snowed Under is the first book I’ve read in the Maggie McDonald Mystery series by Mary Feliz and I am so happy I did. It was perfect timing too since Wisconsin was going through a heat wave and Lake Tahoe during the winter months helped to keep my mind off the heat. In regards to the snowy, icy weather Feliz really put you into the action with the descriptions of the weather, snow gear, and the treacherous conditions that can happen while walking or driving in the winter.
And for me a good cozy must have a cast of likeable characters that I want to get to know more about and keep visiting book to book. Feliz accomplished this wonderfully. Maggie and Tess are great friends and I love that Feliz even included moments of bickering between the two. It was fun getting to know the neighbors in the snowy village and since this took place outside of the town Maggie lives in, I look forward to getting to know the people from her town since Feliz developed these characters so well.
I loved that the local police were so inviting when it came to Maggie and Tess helping with the investigation, and it seems like the police force in her hometown may have a similar attitude. I enjoy when the police are encouraging instead of raging against the heroine and her friends all the time. I didn’t figure out whodunit early, so that is always a bonus in my book.
A very enjoyable cozy mystery and I look forward to reading more in the series. If you haven’t read any in the Maggie McDonald Mystery series yet, you may want to start with the first book, Address to Die For.
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