Maggie for Hire (Maggie MacKay: Magical Tracker, #1)

Maggie for Hire (Maggie MacKay: Magical Tracker, #1)

by Kate Danley

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"A shot glass full of awesomesauce." -The Dark Side of the Covers


When monsters appear in Los Angeles, Maggie MacKay is on the job. No one is better at hauling the creepy crawlies back where they belong. No one, that is, except her dad, who disappeared without a trace in the middle of an assignment.

Now an elf named Killian has shown up with a gig. Seems Maggie's uncle is working with the forces of dark to turn Earth into a vampire convenience store, serving bottomless refills on humans.

The only hope for survival lies in tracking down two magical objects and a secret that vanished with Maggie's father.

WARNING: This book contains cussing, brawling, and unladylike behavior. Proceed with caution.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016628844
Publisher: Katherine Danley
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Series: Maggie MacKay: Magical Tracker Series , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,355
File size: 389 KB

About the Author

Kate Danley began her writing career as an indie author in 2010. Since then, she spent five weeks on the USA Today bestseller list, has been honored with various awards, including the Garcia Award for Best Fiction Book of the Year, and her Maggie MacKay series has been optioned for film and television development. She has won the 2016 Panowski Playwriting Award and her plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, and other major cities. She has over 300+ film, television, and theatre credits to her name, and specializes in sketch, improv, and Shakespeare. She wrote sketch for a weekly show in Hollywood and has performed her original stand-up at various clubs in LA. She learned on-camera puppetry from Mr. Snuffleupagus and played the head of a 20-foot dinosaur on an NBC pilot. She lost on Hollywood Squares.

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Maggie for Hire 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
World Walker Maggie MacKay is a tough woman whose lively hood is dedicated to tracking down magical creatures. These monsters have gone AWOL on the Earth side of the boundary. Her job is simple, find her mark, take him down dead or alive, and collect the bounty. However, when an elf named Killian gets her to help him to save the world, Maggie finds out that her job isn't as simple as it used to be. Throw in an evil uncle, a missing dad, a psychic mother and you got a really good quick read. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. It was a pretty good mystery that kept me reading. If you are looking to read a mystery with a sassy female lead with a paranormal twist, then you will like this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love when an author puts out a free read, & it turns out to be fantastic, & then you discover a new author you love. This had a lot of action & humor. This story had me laughing and intrigued. It was an easy and very enjoyable read. I totally recommend & look forward to the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normally, if I don't like a book thqt begins a series I wont continue reading, however, I liked this book. The characters were fairly lively and interesting. I plan to continue on reading the rest of the series.
SpaZd0gLee More than 1 year ago
Rollicking good time with a nice twist of the vampire/supernatural world. I'm now looking forward to the rest of the series!  p.s. This is NOT a YA book, plenty of good four letter words. Must be why I like it so much >;P
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like the story and the characters. Interesting and well written. Nice plot, will like to continue reading more stories. Great job. Please keep writing. MR.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first in Danley's urban fantasy series is a fast, light read. The characters are a lot of fun; Maggie keeps an engaging internal monologue going through the whole story. My only complaint is that the final confrontation with the bad guy was over rather quickly. (The swearing may also be a bit much for some readers.) Recommended to fans of Devon Monk, Seanan McGuire, and Meghan Doidge. -- lyradora
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I came across this book by purchasing the Magic After Dark Boxed Set which included 6 books from 6 different authors.....all from the urban fantasy / paranormal genre. What a great find! This is the first book I've read by the author but it will definitely not be the last! Interesting story line but I loved the sarcastic wit the most. The female lead is the start of a strong character which I hope will be further developed in the series. I liked The supporting characters as well, I could easily picture the old chain-smoking chinese man. I highly recommend checking this fun, easy and refreshing story out yourself...... I'm going to buy the next in the series right now!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is never boring.  It got my attention immediately and I was hooked.  An easy read, like candy for the brain  I am going to start on book 2 .  Maggie is a great heroine, with a brain and courage.  Very believeable.  Highly recommend this book.
Dragonskull2523 More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book. I laughed so hard through the whole thing. I can't wait to get the rest. Katherine Danley has become an instant favorite for me.
Valerian70 22 days ago
3.5 Stars As an Urban Fantasy this just about works, although for me it was more outright Fantasy with the tale taking place both in modern day LA and then a parallel LA than can be reached if only you know how to open, or access, a portal. There is also a lot of ambiguity about a lot of the characters we meet, particularly in the "real LA" - are they genuinely of this time and place or are they voyagers from the parallel world? This ambiguity did spoil things for me as I would spend time wondering about a minor character (who has no actual bearing on this story) and find myself 3 or 4 paragraphs further on and having to backtrack and re-read. The base story is actually pretty straight forward, it is just gussied up with a supernatural element to Maggie's bounty hunting. Then rather than some covert para-military group causing issues it is a breakaway vampire sect. Of course Maggie has to have a sidekick - don't all battlers of evil / vaguely detective types? In this case it is an Elf, to be honest he does fit the moderately useless but pretty sidekick trope rather well. The world building is fairly pedestrian and we never really learn too much about the "real LA" Maggie inhabits or it's counterpoint, just general overviews of each. Fortunately, Maggie is smart and snarky and doesn't seem to think that she is invincible. In fact, she is nicely aware of her human vulnerability - especially against vampires. The writing itself is enthusiastic and peps along through the story at quite a pace. Unfortunately, it does kind of mask the shortcomings of the plot and that the bare bones of the world are only partially fleshed. That said, whilst reading the story I did find myself enjoying it and whilst not breathlessly turning pages I was fairly well immersed and, therefore, interested in how things were going for Maggie and Killian. Not the best of the genre but a long way from the worst. Not too sure I am invested enough to check out the rest of the series though.
Anonymous 4 months ago
First time reading this author and enjoyed the storyline and the characters. Plenty of room for development. I'm looking forward to reading more by her.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Great book kept me laughing. couldn't put it down.
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I enjoyed this book and can't wait to start the next in the series. A very fast read with twists and turns.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Maggie and her Adonis of an elf save the world from her uncle, vampires & other dark creatures.
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Fun and enjoyable book. Will buy the next one.
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Allizabeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Description: Maggie MacKay is a tracker; she has the ability to cross between dimensions and track down the monsters that want to start trouble in the human world. So when Killian, a messenger from the Elf Queen, shows up with a job - stopping a group of vampires from using humans as juice boxes - Maggie can't turn down the opportunity to kick some blood-sucking butt. Unfortunately, her family is more entwined with the inter-dimensional brawl than she realizes, and the only way to stop the madness is to find a couple magical objects and unleash a secret that could put everyone - and everything - in danger. With the help of Killian, her family, and a few otherworldly allies, can Maggie find the relics and stop the approaching apocalypse? Or will the world end with her neck on the chopping block?Review: After seeing the cover art and reading the blurb, how could someone not want to read this book?! I have always been a fan of the otherworldly, especially when it involves a no-holds-barred heroine who doesn't take any B.S. from anyone - or anything, and can dole out a mean arse-kicking. That's why I loved Maggie For Hire! Maggie is a great character; well-developed, strong-willed, and full of attitude. She reminds me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but more sure of herself and less fragile. The plot is action-packed, full of gory detail, and overflowing with the "unladylike behavior" promised on the back cover. I had a lot of fun reading, and was surprised that it was over so fast. The chapters were a nice short length, and the dialogue was fun and feisty. I only wish that I would have taken my time so there would be more to read! I hope that there is a sequel because Kate Danley is one heck of a writer! Recommended to older teens and adults who want pulse-pounding paranormal action that will leave them craving more!Rating: On the Run (4.5/5)*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well-written, well-edited fun and funny adventure story. The characters are a lot of fun to be with watch them to the travails. A light afternoon fluff you will enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started a little slow but once it got going the action was like a good movie that hase you on the edge of your seat. Must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to the next book