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Marcie's Murder (Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel #2)

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A beautiful woman is murdered in a small town in Virginia and Homicide Lieutenant Hank Donaghue is the prime suspect!

Donaghue is on vacation when he stops overnight in Harmony, a quiet little town where very little happens. Until, that is, the police kick down the door of his motel room in the middle of the night and drag him off to jail on suspicion of having strangled a
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Marcie’s Murder is set against the backdrop of a small town named Harmony. The story explodes with a first chapter that places Lieutenant Hank Donaghue in serious trouble as a potential suspect in a woman’s murder while he’s on vacation there. His partner, Detective Karen Stainer, arrives on the scene to help him out, and things heat up as she negotiates his freedom in no uncertain terms. In an odd twist, the detectives end up helping the local police solve the murder.

Donaghue and Stainer are ma
Kathleen Kelly
Marcie's Murder by Michael J. McCann takes place a short time after the previous book, Blood Passage. Homicide Detective Lieutenant Hank Donaghue is on a much needed vacation after the previous case that he and his partner Detective Karen Stainer solved. Wherever the road takes him is where he goes and when he decides to stop in a small town in Virginia, he finds himself in trouble. He checks into his motel room but he can't sleep so goes to a bar for a beer or two. He sees a woman on his way in ...more
A Book Vacation
Donaghue and Stainer are back in McCann’s latest crime novel, expertly unraveling the mystery surrounding Marcie Askew’s murder, the police chief’s wife. A woman with many secrets, Donaghue and Stainer have their work cut out for them as the scour the town for answers, interview reluctant witnesses, and dealing with a small town police division set in their ways.

I really enjoyed watching this novel unfold, especially as Donaghue and Stainer are the perfect team and their witty remarks make for
My rating a 3.5
Marcie’s Murder is the second book, in author Michael J. McCann’s, Donaghue and Stainer Crime Fiction novels and my first time reading his work. I found this to be an entertaining crime novel, with likable characters.

The tale begins when Donaghue is awakened in the middle of the night, beaten and handcuffed. Despite his cries of being a police officer, he is dragged down to the station. His vacation stop in Harmony quickly turns into a nightmare as he is accused of murdering the

Detective Karen Strainer, Lieutenant Hank Donaghue and assistant Detective, Ansell Hall are working together to solve the murder of Marcie Askew. Marcie is the wife of Chief of Police, Billy Askew.

The murder took place in Harmony, Virginia. Detective Strainer was brought in from Glendale, Maryland Police Department. The portrayal of a small town feels authentic and a perfect backdrop for a murder investigation. Of course, the Chief is put on administrative leave until it's cle
An excellent mystery!!! I particularly enjoyed the author's focus on his male and female protagonists dissimilar personal styles and emotional and mental characteristics and how he applied their characteristics with the secondary characters to solve the mystery.

I thought he was very clever to consistently focus on the close bond and interdependency of Donahue and Stainer without forcing a schmaltzy romance between them on the reader. His emphasis on their involvement and dependency on one anoth
Martha Bryce
Donahue and Stainer #2 have sent me in search of the first book of the police partnership's adventures. The characters are so well developed that I found myself swaying between never wanting to meet Stainer in a dark alley and wanting her to be my advocate. Intelligent characters, great plot, easy read and I want more!
Jeannie Walker
I have been stuck in a small town, and almost put in a jail cell by mistake - not for a murder, but for a traffic offense. I can tell you that was a very scary experience for me, especially since I didn't do anything wrong to deserve being confined in a jail and almost stuck in a cell while I was on vacation. I can certainly empathize with Donaghue, the character in this novel. He must find a way out of jail so he can root out the person who killed a police chief's wife. Just imagine your worst ...more
After receiving The Rainy Day Killer from NetGalley, I broke down and bought Blood Passage. When I recently found that my interest was waning in some of the books I'd started, I gave in and ordered two more by McCann: Marcie's Murder and The Fregoli Delusion.

In Marcie's Murder, Hank Donaghue finds his otherwise uneventful vacation interrupted by an accusation of murder in the small town of Harmony. His phone call, when he eventually gets it, is not to his lawyer, but to Detective Karen Stainer.
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Michael J. McCann is the author of The Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel series, including Blood Passage (, Marcie's Murder (, The Fregoli Delusion (, and The Rainy Day Killer ( He is also the author of The Ghost Man, a supernatural thr ...more
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Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel (4 books)
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  • The Fregoli Delusion (Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel #3)
  • The Rainy Day Killer (Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel #4)
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