Review: Deadly Politics by Maggie Sefton

Posted October 31, 2012 by Felicia S in 2012 Read, 3.50 Wine Glasses, Reviews / 18 Comments

Review: Deadly Politics by Maggie SeftonSource: Physical Book Purchase

Format: Paperback

Deadly Politics by Maggie Sefton

Date Read: October 2012

Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery

A gripping new mystery from New York Times bestselling author Maggie Sefton 

Molly Malone was driven from Washington, D.C., by political back-stabbing, scandals, and personal heartbreak. But now she’s starting a new life in the one place she swore she’d never come back to.
When Molly’s only Washington job prospect falls through, her politico niece, Karen, sets her up with a position in the office of a freshman senator. As the former wife of a congressman, Molly is alarmed to hear that Karen is having an affair with her boss,  congressional chief of staff Jed Molinoff. Just days later, Molly finds Karen shot to death. Discovering that Molinoff has ransacked Karen’s apartment, Molly investigates further . . . and finds herself in the crosshairs of a shadowy political group that’s killing anyone who gets in its way.

"Maggie Sefton's foray into political intrigue is a marvelous look at the shady underbelly of insider Washington...A tightly plotted tale of treachery."—MYSTERY SCENE MAGAZINE

"Sefton has a sharp ear for dialog and knack for writing strong female characters that serve her well as she ventures into suspense."—LIBRARY JOURNAL

More Information:
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Series: A Molly Malone Mystery #1

Review: Deadly Politics (Molly Malone Mystery #1) by Maggie Sefton

Read for Fun
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.50

Fall Funk Reviews (Quick and Dirty because I am in a Review Writing Funk)

First Thought when Finished: Deadly Politics is a solid beginning to a brand new series from Maggie Sefton.

What I Thought of the Story: Deadly Politics started off a little slow but then picked up steam towards the end. While the pacing was a little off, the writing was fun and I think it works for a first in series book. There was a little too much time spent on introducing the characters so the story kind of took a back seat to that in the first half.

What I Thought of the Characters: I am going to admit that I don’t love Molly yet but towards the end she grew on me. I think she has the potential to be a great leading character in a series. I am going to consider DC a character in the book and not just the city. It is clear that Maggie loves the town and I fell in love with it through her writing. It is the main reason I will be continuing the series.

Final Thought: Solid start to a new series that clearly shows Maggie’s love for the DC area and her ability to write engaging cases.


FTC Disclosure

Overall Rating
3.5 / 5
Story Rating
3.5 / 5
Character Rating
3.5 / 5
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18 responses to “Review: Deadly Politics by Maggie Sefton

    • I am going to be honest, I don’t actually think you would like this one. It is totally based on the possible love interest and how that just isn’t done well. However, since this is a mystery I let those things slide.

  1. Woot! Quick & dirty is the word(s) of the day! I definitely did the same thing over on my blog.

    Like that this one started out slow but then got a move on–those are actually my favorite kind of mysteries, when the tension builds.

  2. YAY! I’m so glad to hear that DC factors into the story so much. It is seriously one of my favorite cities in the world and though so many government agency thrillers involve the DC area because they are located there, very few really turn DC into a character or vital part of the story. I’m really looking forward to this one now!

    • DC was my favorite part of this book but really it is a decent starting book for a series. She describes the town with parks, eating places, running paths, and just you feel like you are there. It was done so great that I fell in love with DC!

  3. Fall Funk Reviews! I LOVE that! I’m adopting that as I share in your review writing funk. I’ve been writing mini reviews this week to kind of ease my way back into review writing and it’s been helpful. I think I might stick with it for a while:) I’ll be curious to see if you like Molly more in the second book!