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Monday, July 15, 2019

Protocol (Maggie O'Malley Mystery #1) by Kathleen Valenti


Hardcover, First, 300 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Henery Press

Goodreads synopsis:
“A page-turner! Smart, fast-paced and surprising.” – Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark Award-Winner, Author of Say No More

Freshly minted college graduate Maggie O’Malley embarks on a career fueled by professional ambition and a desire to escape the past. As a pharmaceutical researcher, she’s determined to save lives from the shelter of her lab. But on her very first day she’s pulled into a world of uncertainty. Reminders appear on her phone for meetings she’s never scheduled with people she’s never met. People who end up dead. 

With help from her best friend, Maggie discovers the victims on her phone are connected to each other and her new employer. She soon unearths a treacherous plot that threatens her mission—and her life. Maggie must unlock deadly secrets to stop horrific abuses of power before death comes calling for her.slightly tarnished investigative kills and tame her fears (and her hair) to catch the real thief.


5 Stars

This is the first book in the Maggie O’Malley mystery series.

To me this felt the least like a cozy mystery and more like a mystery thriller. It is the surprise book of the season for me. I was totally absorbed in all the action and craziness.

Maggie O’Malley is starting a job in a pharmaceutical company where she is one of the lowest rungs on the corporate ladder. The big boss’s son takes a quick liking to her and when she rebuffs him an angry onslaught of weird things start happening to her. In the midst of all that is going down she realizes that something fishy is happening in Rxcellence. 

On top of that, she had a new phone. It is someone else’s old phone that was stripped clean and refurbished. Then she begins to get mysterious appointment reminders on her phone showing a time frame and a photo of someone. By the time she wakes up the next morning after getting the strange reminder, that person in the photo ends up dead. And it keeps happening. By the third time she reaches out to the police and the person in the photo is practically labeled a crazy lunatic.

This book keeps you on your toes. I had put aside a previous book because I had gotten too emotionally involved in the story for my heart’s liking. But this one brought on all the feels and more. I had stress reading this book. I was absorbed. I wondered of Maggie would get her head out of her butt long enough to realize that Constantine “Gus” her best friend and constant companion was in love with her.

Highly recommended. I already picked up the next two books in the series. I hope the author continues to write fiction because I truly like her style. All the one liners and quips between the leads made this such an entertaining experience.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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