Maggie’s life is on the upswing. Her relationship with her handsome cop boyfriend, Sam Villari, is heating up and shows no signs of slowing down. After taking a year-long sabbatical from teaching to work on her sculptures, she is finally having a showing at The Outlook. Although she was supposed to be mingling, she takes collector, Hank Duran, into the back studio where they stumble across a dead body. The showing is closed down and Maggie is back to her second job of amateur sleuthing, this time with her best friend, Lisa, and the down-to-earth, Duran…a memorable investigative team that works hard to find out the identity of the killer while tripping over their own two feet.
NOTE: Last year, I have previously reviewed the first book in the series by the same author: ARTFUL DODGER
A year after Maggie Kean discovered her neighbor Elizabeth’s body in a septic tank, she finally found her talent in sculpting. Detective Sam Villari, who used to handle Elizabeth’s case, is now Maggie’s boyfriend although she isn’t ready to really commit to a serious relationship. On the night of her prestigious sculpture opening at The Outlook, Hank Duran, a prospective buyer, decided to take a look at Maggie’s other masterpieces, which was stored in another location. When both of them went ahead to look for her hidden sculpture, Maggie smelled & discovered a burned body inside the kiln. It wasn’t long before she went into her usual sleuth mode and poked her nose into discovering the killer on the loose. This time, she had her best friend Lisa and Duran as her accomplices/partners in crime. And as usual, Villari was disappointed and angry because Maggie didn’t confide in him about her own investigation.
Nageeba Davis’s second book in the Maggie Kean Misadventures series is exceptionally written, perfect for sleuths like me who love murder mysteries with romance on the side. Maggie was her usual self – snarky, smart-mouth and a snoop. And I actually missed that in her. Sorry, it took me a year to read the sequel, so I was more than happy to share happy thoughts and snide remarks about her. Villari was still hot and hunky. Yes, I know, almost all heroes and heroines are either gorgeous, sexy and hot, so I always say that on my reviews; I couldn’t help it. Anyway, I liked the newest character, Hank Duran, who was a walking rainbow, and had a lot to say about the people around him.
Artistic Licence is a very entertaining read, full of humor and thrills. This is another mystery series that had me thinking about the killer until the end.
About the Author:
Nageeba Davis is an “author, wife, a mother, a dabbling cook, and a misplaced Texan—although people say Texas is always in your blood no matter where you are. I grew up in the dry, hot El Paso deserts where tumbleweeds littered the landscape to eventually settle in a town located in the Colorado Rockies, with evergreen trees and snow-capped mountains as far as the eye can see.”
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