Bad Housekeeping

An Agnes & Effie Mystery, #1

"Bad Housekeeping" is the first book in a new cozy mystery series! It’s about Agnes, a woman who stumbles upon the dead body of a woman she recently had a harsh altercation with. She must clear her name before she gets charged for murder.

To start off, I have to say that I loved this book! Agnes, the main character, was just amazing! She’s feisty and relatable. Her character voice was loud and unique. She felt real—like someone I could be friends with. That’s the best kind of main character.

The secondary characters were all quirky and charming. All unique in their own ways and fully fleshed out. I connected with all of them, but my favorite, besides Agnes, was her great-aunt Effie. She was glamorous, honest and laugh-out-loud funny! I couldn’t get enough of her. Her and Agnes make a great pair.

The mystery itself was exciting, unpredictable and addicting. I was literally hooked from page one, and I didn’t put the book down until I turned that last page.

Overall, this is an excellent start to a new series! It’s well-written and unpredictable. The characters were all realistic and delightful. It’s a very fun read that will have you lusting for the next one when you’re finished! I highly recommend!

Book Blurb for Bad Housekeeping

When 28-year-old Agnes Blythe, the contented bifocals-wearing half of an academic power couple, is jilted by her professor boyfriend for the town Pilates instructor, her future is suddenly less than certain. So when her glamorous, eccentric Great Aunt Effie arrives in town and offers a job helping to salvage the condemned Stagecoach Inn, what does Agnes have to lose? But work at the inn has barely begun when the unlikely duo find the body of manipulative Kathleen Todd, with whom Agnes and Effie both have recently had words. Words strong enough to land them at the top of the suspect list.

The pair have clearly been framed, but no one else seems interested in finding the real murderer and Agnes and Effie's sleuthing expertise is not exactly slick. Nevertheless, they're soon investigating a suspect list with laundry dirtier than a middle school soccer team's and navigating threats, car chases, shotgun blasts, and awkward strolls down memory lane.

In Bad Housekeeping, the first novel in the Agnes & Effie cozy mystery series by Maia Chance, danger mounts, deadlines loom, ancient knob-and-tube wiring is explored, and the ladies learn a thing or two about the awful, wonderful mistake that is going back home.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2017 5.00