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Confound It
Dreamwalker Series #5
BY Maggie Toussaint

Camel Press
June 1, 2018/ ISBN 978-1603815956
Mystery/ Suspense/Supernatural

Reviewed by Linda Morelli 

Dreamwalker Baxley Powell has two guests at her Georgia home, one of which is Deputy Sam Mayes, a fellow dreamwalker. When she and Sam are asked to investigate a suspicious fire, they discover that the fire was caused by a meth lab and resulted in the death of Mandy Patterson. Baxley learns the woman was cooking meth in order to provide a better life for her teenage son, Doodle.

Baxley is upset that the authorities prefer to concentrate on the drug aspect of the fire, and because she’s a mother and concerned about Doodle’s fate, Baxley visits the woman on the other side of the Veil of Life. Meanwhile, Doodle is placed in his aunt’s care, someone is casting voodoo spells on Baxley, and Sam becomes even more determined to protect Baxley in a case that grows more dangerous by the minute.

Confound It is probably the best release in this series to date, with an excellent plot filled with lots of suspects with realistic motives and the return of several wonderful characters. The real charm of this particular release for me, however, was the growing relationship between Baxley and Sam Mayes. They share a strong psychic connection and make an excellent investigative team on both sides of the Veil of Life. While they share a strong sexual attraction and their developing romance heats up the pages, Baxter is hesitant to commit until her husband’s death is confirmed. Baxter’s concern for others shines through, as well as her willingness to risk her life to save others, and numerous surprises kept me guessing about the murderer’s identity. While this book can stand on its own merit as an excellent whodunit, readers will want to read the previous releases in this series to get the full impact of this wonderful author’s work.

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 2018