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Doggone It
A Dreamwalker Mystery (Book 3)
Maggie Toussaint

Five Star Publishing / Cengage
October 19, 2016 / ISBN 978-1432832315

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


Maggie Toussaint's spine-tingling paranormal has it all: Scheming in-laws, lost pirate treasure, ghostly apparitions, evil spirits and bloody murder.

Baxley Powell supports herself and her 10-year-old daughter Larissa by taking care of pets and trimming plants. She also works part-time for Sheriff Wayne Thompson as a dreamwalker, using her skills to communicate with the dead. Through visits to the "other side," Baxley has learned that her husband isn't deceased, just missing from his special military assignment. In his absence, his parents ask that Larissa visit during the summer, only to later refuse to return their granddaughter, believing their wealth makes them better providers.

Baxley's friend Charlotte is writing a newspaper article on haunted houses in Sinclair County, Georgia. She asks Baxley to go with her to June's Folly, a dilapidated house haunted by a dog. When the apparition throws Baxley's powers off kilter, she gets trapped in limbo until Rose, a demon entity, helps her escape. Baxley's skills slowly return, allowing her to help Sheriff Thompson investigate the murder of a movie star's assistant and female charter boat captain with whom he was having an affair. Unfortunately, the investigation into the killer's identity, and the steady drain on her abilities, only complicates Baxley's life.

Who is it Baxley senses watching her from the woods outside her home? Can she fight her in-laws and keep her daughter? Will she owe the demon Rose more than she can repay? These questions and more make for a tightly-knit, not-to-be-missed thrilling paranormal. The addition of a Stinger, a medium whose skill augments Baxley's talents, added a comical touch and the promise of an investigative partnership with more excitement to come.

Doggone It is a fast-paced mystery, jam-packed with and engrossing plot and enough suspense to keep me glued to the pages. I didn't want the story to end and definitely look forward to the next release in this outstanding series.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Gone and Done It #1
Bubba Done It #2
Doggone It #3
Dadgummit #4
Confoundit #5

Notes: Formerly a contract scientist for the U.S. Army and a freelance reporter, Maggie Toussaint is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. An award-winning author, she is published in romance and mystery genres as Maggie Toussaint and in science fiction as Rigel Carson.

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award-winning author of Fiery Surrender, Shadow of a Doubt, and Lani's Challenge.
Reviewed 2016