“Disorderly Conduct” By Mary Feliz: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow

Details on how to win either an ebook or print copy of this book at the end of the review and links to purchase it.

It’s fire season in Silicon Valley, California, so of course, professional organizer Maggie McDonald has a backup plan to her backup plan in the event of an evacuation from her home. Plan A is hitting a bit of a snafu, though, as their intended sanctuary at a friend’s house is already experiencing an emergency of their own. Patrick Olmos had been out of touch for several days, and now his wife Tess has been asked by the Santa Clara police to identify his body. The long-distance runner did not meet his fate from the fire or a fall, though, and Maggie is further stunned when evidence implicates Tess in her husband’s murder.



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Fortunately for Tess, Maggie and her family have surrounded themselves with competent and sympathetic law enforcement investigators willing to help discover the truth. The Orchard View chief of police, his former partner, an attorney friend, and of course, Maggie’s husband and teenaged sons all assist the organizer in learning what led to the Silicon Valley professional’s death. Armed with a whiteboard and clearly listed suspects and motives, Maggie learns that the Olmos’s unique marriage and separate households may have given other interested parties the wrong ideas, with rumors were flying at both their workplaces. Drama had ensued amidst the Orchard View Road Runners as well, where Patrick’s coaching ability garnered him more than one enamored fan within the troupe of recreational joggers.

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Organizational tips at the start of every chapter prove Maggie’s skills at organization and task-management, here focusing on not just on daily household duties but on more critical threats facing California today. It’s in the area of nuanced interrogations that Maggie seems to falter, letting her emotions override what should be unbiased questioning of those who were a part of the Olmos’s lives. This only makes Maggie and her supportive circle all the more sympathetic and relatable, especially when she confronts the issue of cyber bullying. As much as the threats facing California have been in the news, here they truly come to life as they are made so dire to residents. Armed with her intuition, time management skills, and deft ability to sort and categorize, Maggie proves to be an effective contributor to the official police investigation.

Maggie, her family, her police officer friends, and of course, her Golden Retriever and cats all form a team that successfully blends police procedure with cozy amateur detecting fun.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).


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