A Suspense Magazine BEST BOOK of 2020!
When professional organizer Maggie McDonald finds a body in a snowdrift outside her friend's ski cabin, she must plow through the clues to find a cold-blooded killer . . .
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 . . .
“A skillful amateur detective with an impressive to-do list.”
—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW, Address to Die For
Mary Feliz’s Snowed Under
Maggie McDonald is a professional organizer.
She aides her customers in putting order into
unorganized spaces to downsize.
Maggie is traveling with her best friend, Tess
Olmos and their dogs to Tahoe Basin with
the purpose of clearing out the family
vacation home to sell.
The remaining family members will join them
on the weekend to hit the slopes.
But huge snowstorms have other plans for
the area and it’s residents.
The snowy drive proved to be horrendous,
scary and driving blindly so the car gets
parked at the bottom of the drive. Then the
women with their dogs trudge through the
unplowed snow up to the house for the night.
The following morning, Maggie and Tess go to
move the car up to the house and to bring in their
belongings left in the car.
Maggie slips......she grabs a boot to stop sliding
then realizes it wasn’t Tess boot. Whose boot did
she grab? Who is buried in the snow??
Maggie has found a dead body!!!
The body is that of a neighbor who had been
missing since around the Christmas holiday.
How had he died? Why was his body found
there now when the area had been searched
Maggie begins to use her investigation skills
along with Tess and the sheriff. As the story
continues, Stephen arrives with his mastiff,
Paolo, Penny and Rocket to help determine
and arrest the culprit.
Well written plot plus a surprising subplot
with plenty of drama, murder, intrigue, turmoil,
explosions, underlying threats, misgivings,
blizzard conditions with spiraling suspense,
twists with unexpected turns and issues such
as, drugs, illegal activities and sex trafficking.
The scenes are written with deft description.
The reader will feel the cold as they walk
with the characters. They will get clear insight
on living in the Lake Tahoe skiing area. They
will become acquainted with the groomers,
avalanche control, ski patrol lift operators and
the Red Hats.
The characters in the area are interesting,
colorful, relatable and considerate. Some are
quirky but they all pitch in to help one another
especially during the storms.
Even the fur babies are well described and take
part in the story. The reader will meet:
Belle, the golden retriever -Mozart, the German
Shepherd -Duke, a Chihuahua Mix- Winston, the
Old Labrador- Munchkin, the enormous Mastiff.
Remember when organizing make four piles:
Garbage, Recycling, Donate, Keep. This will
simplify your efforts.
This is book # 6 in the Maggie McDonald
Mysteries series. It can be read as a stand
I volunteered to read Snowed Under. Thanks
to the Mystery Review Crew & NetGalley for
the opportunity. My opinion is voluntary and my own.