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
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Series: A Molly Malone Mystery #1
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.