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Dadgummit
Dreamwalker Mystery #4
Maggie Toussaint

Camel Press
August 1, 2017/ ISBN 978-1603815932
Mystery / Supernatural / Psychics

Reviewed by  Linda Morelli

 

Baxley Powell, an amateur detective, is also a dreamwalker who can pass through the veil of life and visit the dead. Visiting the other side has its disadvantages – that of owing an entity called Rose a debt Baxley must pay in hours of her life – yet Rose helps Baxley when no other resource is available.

Baxley is on a camping vacation with her family and best friend Charlotte in the mountains of Georgia when she’s called in by the local sheriff to investigate the body of a young man with no apparent cause of death. Baxley uses her psychic abilities and finds a secluded house where she and the sheriff encounter eight comatose victims and Jonas, whose supernatural abilities were used to drain the victims of their life force energy. Jonas escapes, taking the sheriff hostage. Deputy Sam Mayes, a Native American, and Baxley work together to find the sheriff and capture the criminal. In doing so, Mayes brings Baxley in contact with the little people of Cherokee folklore. They want a treasured artifact Jonas stole and, to insure its return, they kidnap Baxley’s friend and two others.

I enjoyed the inclusion of Deputy Mayes, who has psychic abilities of his own which touch Baxley in ways that make her uncomfortably aware that he’s a man. Even Charlotte has a budding romance. The circle of loveable characters that Maggie Toussaint builds just keeps getting better and better.

Dadgummit is a solid and fascinatingly eerie mystery that tingled my spine and had me sleeping with the lights on. I didn’t want to put it down! While it’s a fantastic follow-up to the author’s outstanding previous releases, the backstory is so expertly woven into this new release that the book stands on its own as an exciting, enticing and thoroughly entertaining read.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Gone and Done It #1
Bubba Done It #2
Doggone It #3

Notes: Maggie Toussaint has also published as Rigel Carson. She is president of the Southeast Mystery Writers of America and has a seat on the national MWA Board. She is a member of Sisters In Crime and Low Country Sisters In Crime, and has won the Silver Falchion Award for Best Cozy/Traditional mystery, a National Readers Choice Award and an EPIC award for Best Romantic Suspense.

Reviewed 2017
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