Book: Maggie's Image (Maggie McGill Mysteries Book 1) by Sharon Burch Tonercategories: Book, Women Sleuths, Terrorism, International Intrigue, California, Mother/daughter Team, Dogs, Big Sur, Food, Malibu, Sufism, Cozy Mystery
Sharon Burch Tonerabout this book: Maggie's Image is the first book of the Maggie McGill Mysteries. Maggie McGill, a psychotherapist living in Florida, visits her photographer daughter, Allie, in Los Angeles for a well-deserved vacation. The book is set in coastal California.
Almost immediately after Maggie's arrival they begin to notice coincidences that only increase in intensity and frequency and turn to actual threats, including a burglary of Allie's home and the intervention of Harry Cavanaugh, a CIA agent.
Maggie and Allie are kidnapped and imprisoned with a Sufi mystic, Mohammed Hadi El Kabir, who encourages them but also admonishes them that they must wait for the time to be right for their escape. He guides them through their escape with serenity and philosophical comments to a safe refuge even if it is a temporary one.
Threats and perils persist until the final dramatic resolution of the mystery. At the heart of the mystery are themes of terrorism and international intrigue.
The two heroines romp through the considerable dangers they face with lighthearted grace, courage and wit that serves them and the reader well.
Maggie and Allie McGill, mother and daughter, are intelligent, strong, resourceful women, but it takes all of their strength, courage and wit to confront the mysteries and dangers they meet. Through each challenge they maintain a close, supportive relationship, as well as a lighthearted joie de vivre.
Maggie's Image Reviews:
• ". . . Toner doesn't disappoint; the most harrowing scenes occur at the end of the book. . . . A very pleasant introduction to a promising mystery series; and there's no wait for subsequent books."
— Kirkus Reviews
• "Though this is a fast-paced light-hearted novel, the mystery at the heart of the story is serious as it deals with current themes in international news. I highly recommend this delightful, first-of-a-series book."
— Sandra Olshaski, Library of Clean Reads
Although much of Maggie's Image was written from personal experience, I researched for those elements that were not based on experience, just as I do for each of the books I've written.
Maggie's Image began in the early 1990's as a personal memoir after a visit to California. It languished on my computer until my retirement in 2005. After a significant amount of dusting it emerged as a book in 2008.
By that time, writing had become a cherished habit and now I write a book a year. Maggie McGill Mystery #7, Maggie in White, has just become available.
The Maggie McGill Mysteries will be especially appealing to mature women who appreciate getting lost in an exciting adventure with entrancing characters.
The Maggie McGill Mysteries are clean with no profanity, no explicit sex and little actual violence.
The Maggie McGill Mysteries:
Maggie at Sea
Maggie in White
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