The first half wasn't too bad, although I had trouble getting into it at first. The action was kind of "choppy" - murder, police questioning, another murder police questioning, attack on Maggie, police questioning, etc. later on in the story, the authors introduced a device that they likely thought cute, but struck me as stupid (to say the least): Maggie as "beard" for Lionel's new, closeted boyfriend. I'll read a third book; but, unless it's a vast improvement, that'll be it for me. For the record, I liked the previous (pilot) Maggie book.