Maggie Dove's Detective Agency by Susan Breen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Thank you Alibi via NetGalley for the free Kindle e-book Maggie Dove's Detective Agency: Maggie Dove Book Series #2. This is in exchange for an honest review.
I did enjoy reading Maggie Dove's Detective Agency, by Susan Breen. I am an older woman that appreciates a geriatric female protagonist. Her business partners; Agnes and Helen are interesting characters.
This book stands alone well enough, but I think I would understand the business relationship at the agency better if I read #1.
At first it seemed as if Agnes had more authority and ownership of the business, and just named it after Maggie. Agnes seemed bossy, and scattered, and I never knew what to expect from her character.
Maggie Dove is still mourning the loss of her only daughter, and I have a firsthand understanding of that sorrow. Others want you to "get over it." I applaud Susan Breen for showing the importance of grief, and that there is a time frame of loss for each person.
The mixture of witchcraft vs Catholicism vs mainstream opinion was at odds in narration - in my opinion.
Maggie's affection for Helen's raging, violent child was another part that did not seem to jibe with me. Would Helen and or Maggie tolerate a child running and launching himself at an elderly woman, taking a chance on a dire injury?
It seemed like the author had much to say, and tried to fit it all into book 2, when perhaps a 2.5, would help with the complicated subplots.
This novel was well written, and I may update this after reading Book #1.
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