When a hang-gliding stranger is found fatally injured in the cliffs above Monterey Bay, the investigation into his death becomes a cluttered mess. Professional organizer Maggie McDonald must sort the clues to catch a coastal killer before her family becomes a target . . .
Maggie has her work cut out for her helping Renée Alvarez organize her property management office. Though the condominium complex boasts a prime location on the shores of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, aging buildings and the high-maintenance tenants have Renée run ragged. But Maggie’s efforts are complicated when her sons attempt to rescue a badly injured man who crashed his ultra-light on the coastal cliffs.
Despite their efforts to save him, the man dies. Maggie's family members become the prime suspects in a murder investigation and the target of a lawsuit. Her instincts say something’s out of place, but solving a murder won’t be easy. Maggie still needs to manage her business, the pushy press, and unwanted interest from criminal elements. Controlling chaos is her specialty, but with this killer’s crime wave, Maggie may be left hanging . . .
“A skillful amateur detective with an impressive to-do list.”
—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW, Address to Die For
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Mary Feliz’s Cliff Hanger
Monterrey Bay, California is where Maggie
McDonald, professional organizational
expert is taking a job at a beach resort so
her boys can spend their summer vacation
with her. Sounds perfect.....until they arrive
and are told no dogs are allowed?? Then
the rental unit.....an absolute mess and the
smell is nauseating. What a mess!!! This
is not the arrangements the person who
hired her had Maddie with her.
The boys go down to the beach where a
ultralight had crashed into the cliff. They
help rescue the pilot and call 911. The pilot
under goes surgery but then succumbs to
The boys find themselves in a lawsuit
because of the pilot’s death. This sets the
McDonald family and good friends into
action to determine what happened to the
Smugglers, drug runners, a mysterious barn
set between two farmers land, fraudulent
grant monies and workers, gang members,
machine shop, ICE agents, plus a cast of
well crafted, artfully drawn up colorful
characters that add to the story makes this
a recommended read.
Bella, the McDonald’s dog and Munchkin,
the veteran dog, top off the cast.
The plot is well written with plenty of twists,
turns and family issues and dramas that
make the book very relatable.
This is book # 5 in the Maggie McDonald
Mysteries series. It can be read as a stand
I volunteered to read Cliff Hanger. Thanks to
the author via the Cozy Mystery Review Crew.
My opinion is voluntary and my own.
Each chapter offers you organizational tips
for taking a beach vacation
Fifth book in series!
Cliff Hanger by Mary Feliz is the fifth A Mary McDonald Mystery. Maggie McDonald along with her two boys, Brian and David are heading to Monterey Bay for the summer. Maggie has been hired by the management of the Heron Beach Resort to help the new complex manager, Renee Alvarez organize the office and the payment includes a condo for the summer. David and Brian notice a downed ultralight aircraft pilot and quickly contact emergency services. The distraught family lashes out by filing a lawsuit against the boys and has them the target of an investigation by local law enforcement. The family rallies their resources and begins a deep dive into the victim’s life. After noticing some suspicious activity at night, Maggie believes there is some foul play afoot. I thought Cliff Hanger was nicely written, moves along at a steady rate and is just the right length. While Cliff Hanger is the fifth book in the series, it can easily be read alone. The characters are established, and I find them relatable. Maggie has a good relationship with her two kids, and they have gotten the sleuthing bug from her. The complex crime was not what you typically find in a cozy mystery (I do not want to share too much and spoil it for you). It is multifaceted with a handful suspects and misdirection. The family certainly came up with some unique theories regarding the crime. The action kept the story moving forward toward the conclusion. There is a good wrap-up that ties up the loose threads. I enjoyed the authors vivid descriptions especially those of Monterey Bay and the sea life (a blue whale and dolphins). It was interesting to learn about ultralight aircraft and the regulations for them. I enjoyed Maggie’s handy tips at the beginning of reach chapter to help people prepare for trips. I thought they were clever, helpful and easy to implement. Cliff Hanger has an uplifting adventure with two teenage sleuths, stunning sea life, a malodorous condo, disorganized records, and one weary woman.