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Address to Die For

(A Maggie McDonald Mystery #1)

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For professional organizer Maggie McDonald, moving her family into a new home should be the perfect organizational challenge. But murder was definitely not on the to-do list . . .
 
Maggie McDonald has a penchant for order that isn’t confined to her clients’ closets, kitchens, and sock drawers. As she lays out her plan to transfer her family to the hundred-year-old house
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Published July 19th 2016 by Lyrical Underground
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Vicki
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook-mystery
This is my first book by Mary Feliz and I know that I will be reading more. In fact, I already have Scheduled to Death in my Kindle to read.
The story is really well written and Maggie is a wonderful character with such realism and just a joy to read. The murders were interesting and kept me involved. If you love mysteries that are a little more than cozy then this is a nice in-between mix Not too graphic, and not too cozy.

I am reading this for Mystery Thriller Week the event that brings fans,
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Mary Feliz’s debut cozy Address to Die For follows the typical formula but with unique elements that give it its own flair. For starters, Maggie isn’t technically a single mom though she ends up as one for most of the book. She has what seems like a solid marriage, and I would have actually liked to see more of her husband in the story. Hopefully he will play a larger role in further books. We can instantly relate to Maggie from the moment she steps out of her car to discover that the house they ...more
Kristina
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2016
Address to Die For by Mary Feliz is the first book in A Maggie McDonald Mystery series. Maggie McDonald and her family have picked up moved from Stockton to Orchard View, California (near Silicon Valley). Max (Maggie’s hubby) inherited a beautiful old home from his Aunt Kay (a hundred year old California Craftsman). Max has fond memories of the house, barn, and property and is looking forward to moving in. Maggie is a professional organizer and believes she has everything in hand. Things do not ...more
Jenna
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Professional organizer Maggie McDonald is fairly certain she has everything planned to near perfection for her family's move to Silicon Valley. The house has been featured in countless stories of her husband, Max's, childhood, and everyone is excited for the move. The home has been billed as move-in-ready, thanks to a caretaker who knew the previous owner, Max's aunt, and who has been keeping an eye on things until Maggie, Max, their two boys, and their pets can move in. But the run-down, danger ...more
Amy
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorites cozies so far this year. It had me guessing with so many great red-herrings that I was quite surprised at the conclusion. Well-paced and a fun read. Looking forward to reading the next in this series...
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
ADDRESS TO DIE FOR is a good, strong start to the new mystery series that I hope to see last a very long time.

When moving into a new house, a dead body in the basement, or any room for that matter, doesn’t seem like a good omen. Lucky for us readers, it makes for a wonderful read. Not so lucky for series namesake, Maggie McDonald and her family. I really enjoyed getting to know Maggie and her sons. Sometimes children in a mystery can get in the way. I was happy to see that was not the case in A
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Melissapalmer404
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book #93 Read in 2016
Address to Die For by Mary Feliz

Maggie, her husband Max, their two boys Brian and David, dog Belle and cats Holmes and Watson move to a country home that Max inherited from his late aunt. As they begin to try to settle in, they first find a dead body in their basement. Then, vandalism happens to their home. Is someone trying to get them to leave before they even unpack? This was a good mystery read...cozy but with an edge to it. The characters were interesting. I enjoy the l
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Meg
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good first book in a series. Looking forward to reading the next.
Pamela
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mary McDonald, a professional organizer, along with her husband Max, two sons, two cats and a dog have just arrived at the one hundred year old house that Max has recently inherited from his aunt Kay. Supposedly in move-in condition, the house when they arrive is anything but. Max, having grown up living in the house with his Aunt, had previously regaled the family about how wonderful it was to grow up in Orchard View , CA. Since they've left their old house & jobs behind, all they can do is ...more
Diane
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a winner! I started and finished it in one long and delightfully entertaining afternoon, and was happily engrossed in the mysterious events that surround the McDonald family from the moment they pull up in front of their new home in Silicon Valley, California. Maggie McDonald is a great wife, a mother of two teen aged boys, and a professional organizer by trade. She's friendly, easy-going and of course, she's extremely organized which is a trait I find endearingly amusing. Unfortuna ...more
Betty
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, e-books, cozy
It is Moving day for Maggie McDonald and her family in the first book of fascinating new series. Max, her husband has I inherit the family home from his aunt. He is ready to start a new job nearby. The new house is not in the condition they thought it would be. Max gets a message that he needs to be Bangladesh on Monday. While checking the circuits Max finds a dead body in the basement. The house becomes a crime scene so the barn is a temporary home for awhile. Th closest neighbor is not too fri ...more
Kristine (A Cozy Booknook)
This is the first in a brand new series featuring Maggie MacDonald by author Mary Feliz. Maggie and her family are relocating to a new home - which unfortunately is not the turn key that was expected. Maggie must deal with vandals, and murder before she can get her new home in a satisfying organized manner.

I enjoyed this book and the characters. I thought they were well drawn out and likable. Often times the first book in a series is a little tedious with information because the author is attem
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Candace Calvert
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I usually save my reading for the treadmill at the gym and I must say that Ms. Feliz’s engaging and addictive cozy mystery, Address to Die For, made for a LOT of extra Fitbit steps. She had me laughing, flipping pages, wondering, guessing, and thoroughly entertained. A fresh new voice, an unexpected Silicon Valley setting, great secondary characters and a wonderfully believable and endearing heroine. I especially loved that Maggie McDonald is a professional organizer. Not only does she sort clue ...more
Jessica Robbins
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-kindle
Book one in the Maggie McDonald Mystery series. What a great start to a new series. Maggie and her family are relocating to an inherited house in a town only the husband is familiar with having grown up there. The only problem is that everything that can go wrong does including finding a dead body in the basement when they first arrive. The crazy events just build one after another keeping the reader hooked wondering what will happen next. Maggie tries to keep everything going but life sure seem ...more
Tari
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been wanting to read this book for quite awhile now so I was glad that another online book club I'm in chose it for their May discussion this weekend. I think what drew me to buy it to begin with was that Maggie, the main character, is a professional organizer and I thought that was interesting. I also really liked the idea that for once in a cozy mystery, she was happily married, had two nice young sons and was basically just a mom. It's something that's not written about too often and it' ...more
Ryan
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great start to cozy series that actually is realistic. It's a great story. The sleuth, Maggie McDonald, and her family decide to move to a small town and move into a new (old) house. Her husband, Max, takes a tech job in Silicon Valley, in the small town of Orchard view happens to be in the heart of Silicon Valley. Max finds that his tech job has moved to India, Maggie hopes to get everything settled and set up shop with her business, Simplicity Itself. She is a professional organizer, ...more
AngryGreyCat
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A new to me author and series, Address to Die For, is the first in A Maggie McDonald Mystery Series. The title character, Maggie, is a professional organizer. As the series opens she is in the middle of moving with her family to a home her husband inherited from his aunt. The move goes anything but smoothly and the main upset is a dead body found in her new house. Maggie steps up the challenge of handling the move, fixing up the dilapidated house, meeting new people in town and figuring out who ...more
Cindy
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great start for a new series. A little unusual for a cozy mystery as the main character, Maggie, is married with two boys. Maggie and her family have just moved to a new town in a house inherited from her husband's aunt and their first hour in the house they find a dead body in the basement. The story is a little slow at the first as a lot of ground work is laid, plus they are trying to get used to their new surroundings. It does pick up towards the middle to carry on through the end. I liked ...more
Leslie Karst
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having lived several years in a neighborhood of Silicon Valley not unlike Orchard View, I can attest that Mary Feliz has nailed the setting in her debut mystery, ADDRESS TO DIE FOR. I loved the descriptions of the Craftsman houses and their eccentric inhabitants, as well as the Northern California summer weather.

The story is exciting and fast-paced, and I found myself rooting for professional organizer, Maggie McDonald, and her two teenage boys—who’ve just moved to the town only to find a dead
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Gail
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, family, kobo
A nice cozy mystery with a professional organizer as the heroine. She and her family, husband and two teenaged-ish boys, are in the midst of moving to a new town in Silicon Valley, to a house and land inherited by her husband. The house has been vandalized and they find a body in the basement (it looks as if the elderly caretaker might have fallen or maybe had a heart attack), the movers have had mechanical trouble, and the hubs has to suddenly travel to Bangalore, India for his new job. Fortuna ...more
Rage
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
this was a fun read. it's very family-oriented, with plenty of scenes with Maggie coordinating her kids' after-school activities and making dinner (or going to in n out) and sending her husband emails while he's away for work. Maggie has a LOT on her plate, but somehow it all gets handled by the end. there are plenty of red herrings throughout the story, the characters are interesting and diverse, and the resolution was satisfactory. I will continue reading this series!
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Jonathan
A pretty good debut. I'll read the next one.

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Regan
Dec 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
I had high hopes for this book since it's set in the SF Bay Area. Pretty disappointing. At points I felt that the author had a check list of elements you find in a cozy and as she met each point she checked it off and moved on. All that was missing was someone who had a disability. It read more like someone's day planner of day to day activities and the amateur detective didn't really do any detecting....it just kind of happened periodically in between her daily errands of trying to move into a ...more
Una
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Definitely one of the better cozies I've read in a long time. The MC was very believable as were the other characters. Part of the mystery I figured out fairly early on, but the ending mystery took me completely by surprise. Can't wait to get ahold of book two.
Rose Blum
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Cookies, cookies, cookies... Oh & dogs, dogs, dogs... edit, edit, edit!!!!!
Mary Brown
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Address To Die For
A Maggie McDonald Mystery, Book #1
Mary Feliz
5 Stars

Synopsis:

For professional organizer Maggie McDonald, moving her family into a new home should be the perfect organizational challenge. But murder was definitely not on the to-do list . . .

Maggie McDonald has a penchant for order that isn’t confined to her clients’ closets, kitchens, and sock drawers. As she lays out her plan to transfer her family to the hundred-year-old house her husband, Max, has inherited in the hills above
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IslandRiverScribe
In February, when Max McDonald inherited his aunt’s home in Orchard View, CA, it was in good condition, considering it had been a rental for several years. In April, after the estate paperwork had been completed the house was still in pretty good shape, needing just a few repairs to bring it up to more modern standards. Now, in August, as Maggie and Max McDonald, their two sons, their two cats and their one dog stand in the yard ready to move in, they find a battered wreak.

They also find a fresh
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Laura Thomas
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Maggie has a lot on her plate right from the beginning. Her and her husband and two sons have just arrived at their new home and it’s turned out to be much more of a project to get ready to live in than they thought. While doing a run through to see what needs to be done, they find a dead man in their basement. What a way to say hello to your new neighbors. Their front lawn is soon filled with emergency vehicles and flashing lights.

I’m huge on making lists and enjoy checking it and crossing off
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Kathleen
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Address To Die For, the first book in the Maggie McDonald Mystery series, author Mary Feliz weaves an intriguing cozy mystery tale that easily draws the reader into the trials and tribulations that professional organizer Maggie McDonald and family go through when they move into a dilapidated hundred year old house that husband Max inherited in Orchard Valley, California. Maggie takes the reader along on her amateur sleuth adventure as she tries to uncover who murdered Javier Hernandez, the es ...more
Cathy Cole
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first word I would use to describe Maggie is "Mom." And since she's a professional organizer, the second word would be "organized." With a dead man in the basement and their new home being targeted for unknown reasons, she's still got to get stuff unpacked and her two sons as settled as is humanly possible. In between errands and trips back and forth to the boys' schools, Maggie makes the time and effort to get acquainted with her neighbors. This is when readers learn that Mary Feliz has cre ...more
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Mary Feliz writes the Maggie McDonald Mystery series featuring whip-smart professional organizer Maggie McDonald and her side-kick golden retriever. Together, with the help of family, friends, and a quirky community, they restore order when violence rips their world apart.

Other books in the series

A Maggie McDonald Mystery (5 books)
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  • Dead Storage (A Maggie McDonald Mystery #3)
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  • Cliff Hanger (A Maggie McDonald Mystery #5)