When ex-cop-turned-P.I. Maggie Doyle scores a lucrative undercover job at the makeup counter at a fashionable Galway department store, she expects discounted lipstick and an easy paycheck.
After an altercation with a customer leads to a dead body in Maggie's bathtub, she and her assistant realize there's more to the department store case than missing cash. Can they catch the killer before the holidays? Or will the festive season end in an explosion of tinsel and turmoil?
What I thought about Rebel Without A Claus
Maggie Doyle is at it again. Working on a case for her Private Investigations business, Magie goes undercover to find who's been stealing from a department store in Galway and ends up with a dead body in her bathtub. Just a normal day for Maggie!
What comes next is a complicated series of interconnected crimes that don't really seem to be related to each other at first. But Maggie and her sidekick Lenny are up for the challenge to find out just what is going on and how it all follows them back to Whisper Island.
Complicating the crime investigation, at least at first is the unannounced arrival of Maggie's sister. Maggie isn't too thrilled about it, but she's a trooper and handles the inconvenience. I really did like this subplot with Maggie's sister and how their relationship changes over the course of the book. It was really sweet.
Things are also heating up for Maggie with Liam Reynolds, a local law enforcement agent. While this series is a mystery series, there is a touch of romance in each book between Maggie and Liam that always leaves me smiling.
In Rebel Without A Claus, Liam is struggling with a family situation that has him on edge when it comes to his daughter. I'm looking forward to more on this bit of mystery!
Zara Keane does a great job in this series of crafting an engaging mystery and crime for Maggie to solve. I've loved the progression in this series from Maggie coming back to Ireland after her failed marriage to building a business for herself. She's a strong character and I just love her. There's always a nice touch of humor too that always has me finding a place for Zara Keane's stories in my busy reading schedule.
If you like a tight mystery with a bit of humor, quirky local characters and a touch of romance, this might be the series for you.
An ARC was provided for review.
About the Author
Zara Keane grew up in Dublin, Ireland, but spent her summers in a small town very similar to the fictional Ballybeg.
She currently lives in Switzerland with her family. When she’s not writing or wrestling small people, she drinks far too much coffee, and tries – with occasional success – to resist the siren call of Swiss chocolate.