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In Murder At 221 Beacon Hill by D. Howard Armstrong, advertising executive Maggie Matheson was supposed to spend a beautiful holiday weekend with her fiancé, Edward Myers, in his Long Island mansion on Christmas night. Instead, she found him brutally murdered. His untimely death leads Maggie into a personal mission to bring the murderer to justice. Apart from the ongoing police investigation, Maggie is aided by Maxwell Howard, a former Secret Service agent. As they gather more clues, they learn more about Edward's business partner, his somewhat estranged sibling, and someone from his past relationship. From lucrative business dealings, art thieves, and personal grudges, Maggie and the authorities have to find the culprit before he or she eludes the law forever, or worse, kills someone else.
Murder at 221 Beacon Hill is a cozy crime mystery that has a steady plot with clear-cut prose. The narrative is expressive, making it easy for me to imagine each scene and feel the emotions of the characters. There are a number of potential suspects, each with a strong enough motive to kill the victim, Edward. Clues and information trickle in as the story unfolds, which will make some readers eager to connect the dots and perhaps draw an early conclusion on who the real culprit is. Maggie is easy to root for, including the other members of her new household; Rose, Juan, and Nita. Drama, suspense, and a subtle dose of romance make this is an entertaining read from D. Howard Armstrong for fans of the genre.