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The Murder of Madison Garcia

The Murder of Madison Garcia

By Marcy McCreary
Categories: Fiction, Police Procedural, Women Sleuths, Traditional British
Series: A Ford Family Mystery
Imprint: CamCat Books
Hardcover : 9780744308303, 336 pages, March 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780744308426, 336 pages, March 2023
Paperback (Large print edition) : 9780744308419, 482 pages, March 2023
Audiobook (Unabridged edition) : 9780744308433, March 2023
Paperback : 9780744308402, 336 pages, March 2024

Detective Susan Ford and her father, retired Detective Will Ford, team up to solve the brutal murder of a woman with ties to Monticello, New York and uncover sordid family secrets from the woman's past.


Sometimes the truth doesn’t set you free—it gets you killed.

Detective Susan Ford notices a missed call on her phone from a number she doesn’t recognize, and when Madison Garcia, a woman with past ties to the town of Monticello, New York, is found stabbed to death the next morning, Susan realizes that Madison was the one who had called her. But why?

Susan teams up with her father, retired Detective Will Ford, to find the killer, and their investigation soon threatens to uncover Madison's family secrets—an inheritance, accidental death, money laundering, extramarital affairs, and family rivalries, just to name a few—and they don’t appreciate the Fords digging into their business.

As the investigation twists and turns, the Fords discover that Madison was planning to confess to a long-kept secret, but someone brutally silenced her. Everyone she knew is a suspect. Anyone could be her killer.


“A gripping mystery of long-hidden, family secrets that features a fierce and utterly unforgettable female detective. McCreary’s read-it-in-one-sitting crime novel simmers with astonishing prose and clever craftsmanship. This classic who-done-it with a modern edge and whole lot of heart grabs the reader and does not let go.” —Natalie Symons, author of Lies in Bone

“Dark yet heart-felt, the second novel in this tense series is filled with long-buried secrets and surprises, right up to the shocking ending. Come for the deft plotting, but stay for the characters, including Detective Susan Ford and her father, Will, a former detective, who band together to solve this complex crime. A terrific series!” —Edwin Hill, author of The Secrets We Share

“Thoroughly engrossing, Marcy McCreary’s The Murder of Madison Garcia is a detective novel with enough potential suspects and twists to keep you guessing until the last page. Detective Susan Ford is a deeply committed and intelligent investigator, and her relationship—and partnership—with her retired detective father adds a touching warmth to the story. Highly recommended!” —Emilya Naymark, author of Behind The Lie

“The mystery behind The Murder of Madison Garcia is like peeling back an onion, each layer with its own bit of intrigue and secrets. A fun read!” —Georgina Cross, author of The Niece

The Murder of Madison Garcia is my favorite kind of book—a twisty police procedural featuring a smart female detective. Marcy McCreary serves up a delicious puzzle full of secrets, lies and hot-blooded murder in this page-turning mystery.” —Joanna Schaffhausen, author of Long Gone

“Propulsive, addictive, with lush, visceral prose and richly-layered characters, The Murder of Madison Garcia confirms Marcy McCreary as one of the freshest voices in crime fiction. Perfect for fans of Tana French and Meg Gardiner, I was wholly swept away by this twisty suspense!” —May Cobb, author of My Summer Darlings