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Maggie Dove

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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  568 ratings  ·  310 reviews
Susan Breen introduces a charming new series heroine in this poignant and absorbing cozy mystery with a bite. Maggie Dove thinks everyone in her small Westchester County community knows everyone else’s secrets. Then murder comes to town.

When Sunday School teacher Maggie Dove finds her hateful next-door neighbor Marcus Bender lying dead under her beloved oak tree—the one he
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Published June 14th 2016 by Alibi
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Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Maggie Dove

Susan Breen

ARC received from NetGalley for an honest review.

I had a hard time putting down MAGGIE DOVE once I started reading. Maggie's story takes place in Westchester County N.Y., close to where I grew up and I can tell you that reading this made me feel like I was right back there. Susan Breen describes the location perfectly. Small town New York at its finest. If you have ever lived in small town America, you know how quickly gossip spreads and Susan describes it perfectly.

Laura Salas
Maggie Dove is so very human. She's basically a good person, long defined by the death of her young adult daughter, who has plenty of flaws and is willing (eventually) to recognize and admit them. When a hated next door neighbor and a loved but not always liked friend are both poisoned to death, Maggie is thrust into the mystery to protect a man who is like a son to her. This was a really good read--I kept picking it up to sneak in a few more pages, because I needed to know what happened next. A ...more
Lisa Morin
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Maggie Dove, Sunday school teacher, is a wonderful character in this exciting book.
When she finds her neighbor,Marcus Bender lying dead under her beloved oak tree, she assumes he died of a heart attack while out running. Marcus was indeed Maggie's enemy, he was bugging her to cut down her beautiful oak tree, but Maggie refused his request.
Unfortunately, Marcus didn't die from a heart attack and soon her good friend Peter, a DARE officer, is the prime suspect.
Maggie refuses to believe her friend
Dana Isaacson
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MAGGIE DOVE marks the start of an amazing mystery series by the talented Susan Breen. When I finished this book, I had to pause for a moment at its emotional gravity. This is a mystery, and a fun one, but it's also a meaningful and moving book. Tell all your friends to read Susan Breen's wonderful new novel.
May 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of mysteries and religious fiction
Recommended to Melodie by: NetGalley
Maggie Dove, a brooding, character-driven mystery by Susan Breen, started slowly but ultimately I found it difficult to put down. I found Maggie Dove, the main character, difficult to like, especially at first. She is very proper, righteous, and has spent 20 years mourning the death of her daughter, effectively putting her own life on hold that entire period of time.

The book is set in a small town near Tarrytown, NY on east side of the Hudson River, north of New York City. Both the location and
Susan Foulkes
I love a good "Cosy" novel but this wasn't quite what I was expecting.

I found Maggie to be a difficult character to empathise fact I found her annoying and prudish.

The mystery was good, although I guessed who the killer was, but not why.

The narrative jumped around, in both time and place, which broke my concentration, as did the introduction of random characters.

I was also put off by the religious elements.....but this is purely a personal reaction.

I received an ARC from the publisher,
A Wondrous Bookshelf
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, netgalley, arc
I love cozy mysteries, however, Maggie Dove did not do it for me. There were several things I didn't care about this novel. The characters were a bit outdated. I felt this novel was written for an older crowd. I also didn't really care for the character of Maggie. She was a Sunday school teacher, so at times, she sounded very judgmental and preachy for my taste. Overall, this is an easy read and the mystery is not that predictable. It just wasn't what I was expecting.
I'd like to thank NetGalley
Rating: 2.5/5
(I received a free copy from the publisher, Alibi, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)
***Minor spoilers***

Maggie Dove has lived a life of love and loss. After losing both her husband and daughter, she's now settled down in her little town living her nice, quiet life. This is interrupted when her new neighbour insists that she moves the tree in her yard so that he can paint the river properly. Maggie's hatred for this man grows - until he is found dead under the very sam
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Maggie Dove by Susan Breen is a wonderfully warm and entertaining cozy mystery that takes place in a small town in Westchester County. Maggie Dove is a former mystery writer and a Sunday school teacher. Her unlikeable next-door neighbor, Marcus Bender has been after Maggie to cut down her favorite oak tree that blocks his view of the river. Since she won’t cut it down, Marcus decides to poison the tree. All this makes Maggie consider what rather un-Christian like acts she can do to Bender. Only ...more
Jun 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

If this cozy mystery were any cozier, it would knit itself a sweater. Or perhaps crochet an afghan. And as much as I occasionally love a good cozy (Marty Wingate’s Potting Shed AND Birds of a Feather series for example) this one just didn’t work for me.

In spite of the contemporary setting, there’s something slightly old-fashioned about both the heroine and the story. Although the story isn’t strictly first person singular, it is definitely written from prot
Vicki Jaeger
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vicki by: advance reading copy
A woman who has spent the last 15-20 years in mourning for her lost daughter. The boy who was with the daughter when she died. And many others in the community who are in some kind of limbo or transition within their lives.
I liked the book. It had a good flow, the writing worked well, and the mystery (and increasing body count) was interesting. Though there were nods to God and religion in the book (she's been a Sunday School teacher for decades), they were not over the top. (And that's saying s

I wanted to fall in love with this book about a woman who is mourning her dead daughter.
Juliet was a high school student who had her entire life in front of her. Her death was more than 20 years ago.

Maggie lives in a small town in rural New York. She is a widow, a former cozy mystery author, a Sunday School teacher and a woman who has never gotten past the loss of her daughter.

Maggie is not a very warm and likable character. She has been judgmental about everyone she know
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maggie Dove
Susan Breen

What it's all about...

This was one of the sweetest cozy mysteries I have read in a long time. I loved it! Maggie...widow...blocked mystery writer...and Sunday school trying to deal with a hateful neighbor...a neighbor who wants to kill her beloved oak course...Maggie is the one who finds him dead under her beloved tree. There is another murder and lots of suspicious characters and a fun and fascinating plot.

Why I wanted to read it...

I love coz
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first in a new series featuring Maggie Dove. She is a retired author and has been teaching Sunday School 30 years. An oak tree planted by her daughter is growing on her ground. The daughter was the victim in the automobile crash. She love's her daughter's fiancee, Peter Nelson like a son. Her new neighbor says the tree is blocking his view of the river and wants to cut it down. Maggie refused to move or cut the tree down. One night she finds the neighbor dead on her lawn. The new police chie ...more
Mary Brown
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Susan Breen introduces a charming new series heroine in this poignant and absorbing cozy mystery with a bite. Maggie Dove thinks everyone in her small Westchester County community knows everyone else’s secrets. Then murder comes to town.

When Sunday School teacher Maggie Dove finds her hateful next-door neighbor Marcus Bender lying dead under her beloved oak tree—the one he demanded she cut down—she figures the man dropped dead of a mean heart. But Marcus was murdered, and the prime susp
A week or so ago, the electric company came out to do some tree trimming because the trees were interfering with the power lines. Luckily there were only smaller trees to be cut. If they had tried something with our trees that have been around for hundreds of years, they might've had a fight on their hands! So I can understand Maggie Dove's sentimental attachment to the oak tree in her yard. And if 'someone' afterwards tried to poison the tree, and not subtly at that, to use the words of the imm ...more
Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes)

Well. I must say that Maggie Dove was not a book I would normally pick up and read on my own. It is pretty far out of what I would normally read.

Maggie Dove is a cozy mystery about...Maggie Dove. She lives in a small town, is a widow, and her daughter died young as a result of a car accident. Maggie Dove is one of those ladies that is a strong member of the community. She knows and talks to everyone. She once upon a time was a murder mystery author (she gave it up when her daughter died). She ha
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
In Maggie Dove, author Susan Breen weaves an entertaining and fast-paced cozy mystery set in a small village in Westchester County, NY, that follows the amateur sleuth adventures of Sunday School teacher Maggie Dove. Maggie is investigating the murder of her hateful next-door neighbor, Marcus Bender, who was found lying dead under her beloved oak tree. The prime suspect is Maggie's young friend Peter Nelson, and she is determined to prove his innocence and find the real killer, even when danger ...more
Penny Marks
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This cozy is a breath of fresh air. I enjoyed the storyline and characters in the small town of West Chester,NY. Loved the undertones of hope and friendship above all else throughout the book. I also really enjoyed the Christian based themes that were cleverly placed in this story.
Maggie Dove hasn't had it easy. Her daughter pasted away 20 years ago and she has been on hold since. She does have wonderful friends that are there to support her like Winifred who used to be her neighbor and Peter Ne
Laura Reading
No matter how you rate this complicated mystery you will agree it has five star moments.
What I liked most about it was that if you paid attention, there were many small clues thrown in leading up to the surprising climax.
Maggie has strong ties to the past and if you have ever lost a loved one too soon, you understand that a part of your spirit is forever tied to that era of time. Moving forward is necessary but never simple or easy.
Change comes slowly to smaller communities and is oh so difficu
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I liked Susan Breen's writing style. Her characters, though, were lacking for me. I didn't find a single one very likeable. Breen was so focused on making them realistically flawed, she missed out on making them lovable. Maggie Dove, the lead, is a 60-something-year-old widow who teaches Sunday School. Dove has been through some loss, and this (at least) really resonated with me. Having lost someone young to a tragic accident 8 years ago, I felt Breen really nailed the emotional journey of that. ...more
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fell in love with Maggie Dove! I enjoyed the well thought out story line and the many twists and turns it took. The characters were very vibrant and leapt off the pages - they also were very representative of residents you would expect to meet in a small town. It really kept you guessing right to the end, who the killer was...which I love.

Maggie Dove proved to be a tenacious character who would not surrender her conviction of Peter's innocence, even though innuendo and gossip made it appear dif
Barbara M
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Maggie Dove is a page turning cozy mystery set in a small town in Westchester, NY. It’s also a powerful and touching story about coping with grief. It’s well worth reading!

The story opens with Maggie Dove finding a neighbor she hated dead under her oak tree. Someone she loves is being investigated for the murder. Maggie knows in her heart that he didn’t do it and gets involved in trying to solve the murder.

Maggie is an interesting and well developed character. She loves her small town, she is a
Christine Martin-resotko
I received this book for free through for a fair and honest review. This is the first book by Susan Breen that I have read. I feel that this book was designed to fill a gap in the mystery market: Christian fiction. The main character, Maggie Dove, is a religious woman who is dealing with 20 years of grief. She struggles with behaving the way God teaches while still being very upset by her neighbor who keeps wanting her to move/chop down the tree that reminds her of her family hist ...more
I got several chuckles out of this book and for the most part was entertained. However, I felt it did go on quite too long in several places almost to the part of redundancy. The writing was done well, the characters well developed and included many suspects. I didn't even suspect the true murderer! But I just got tired of reading it about 3/4 of the way through and was ready to find the culprit. I didn't need a description of everything in the room and everything they wore. That, for me, was ju ...more
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maggie is a woman alone, having lost her child and husband years ago; she hasn't truly let go of her grief. She's upset with her new neighbor, Marcus, for campaigning to have her beloved oak tree moved/removed. Then, she finds him dead, under her oak tree! Later she learns he's been murdered! The murders don't stop there...
A good, emotional mystery! Maggie isn't as alone as she thinks in this small town. The characters are flawed and real and range from young to old(er). There's a story withi
The Bookish Hooker
I am in love with this new mystery series from Susan Breen. Maggie Dove features it's namesake, Maggie, a Sunday School teacher turned detective, as she tries to uncover the truth about her next-door-neighbor's untimely death at the base of her treasured oak tree. The small town in riddled with likely suspects, as the victim wasn't well liked. Maggie finds that everyone has secrets in the village, including her closest friends. The mystery was believable and had a surprise ending. Characters are ...more
Dawn Webb
Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I love cozy mysteries but it took me some time to get into Maggie Dove: A Mystery. Half way through the book I still had questions that were unanswered that just confused me and made it hard to finish. I think that the characters are interesting and the idea of the plot is good. It was an easy read and that made it easy to finish. Liked the small town visual and the funny characters. Not sure if I can say I loved it but I also can't say I hated it. A quick, easy read if you have time.#RHMysteryP ...more
Sandy Harris
Jun 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
MAGGIE DOVE is a lite mystery with religious overtones. While more thought seemed to be placed on the cast of quirky characters rather than the mystery itself, you can tell that future adventures are in the works. True mystery buffs will probably be disappointed, but those that enjoy characters will enjoy this novel. My thanks to Random House for the opportunity to express my opinion in exchange for a copy.
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This was really good. It gets an extra star for keeping me guessing right until the end. I love when I can't figure out the killer until the reveal. I hope that this gets turned into a series. The characters are really great. I especially like Maggie Dove and Agnes.
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“It was almost 3:00. Two hours until dinner and six hours until bed. Not that she was regimented. “It’s too much, isn’t it? I knew I shouldn’t ask.” “Hold on,” Maggie said. “It’s just I was surprised.” “You’ll do it, then,” Helen Blake gushed. “Would you really? That would be such a help. I would owe you for the rest of my life.” 0 likes
“out they had to walk up four flights of stairs, and she couldn’t help chuckling as she listened to Frank wheezing behind her. When they got to the landing, she saw his hair had flattened out. He peered into the metal plate on the door, fluffing up his hair, until the door creaked open and Char Bender stood before them. Bender’s first wife looked fragile, like a bomb had gone off alongside her and she’d been dealing with the reverberations for some time. She was thin, the knobs of her neck stuck out. She looked gray. Grieving for Bender? Maggie wondered. Hard to imagine she was mother to a 6-year-old and a 9-year-old. Not hard to see what Bender would have found appealing in Noelle’s sleek vitality.” 0 likes
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