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Amateur sleuth Baxley Powell is on vacation at Stony Creek Lake in the north Georgia mountains. Her parents, best friend, and ten-year-old daughter are camping with her. Almost immediately, a young man’s body is found beside the lake. Strangely, there’s no apparent cause of death. The local police have heard about Baxley’s skill at closing unusual cases, and at their urging she agrees to help.
Her psychic sleuthing leads the police to a halfway house. There they encounter eight comatose victims and an odd man named Jonas, who also has supernatural abilities. Baxley senses Jonas cruelly drained their life force energy. Jonas escapes, taking the sheriff as a hostage. Deputy Sam Mayes, a Native American, leads the manhunt, and he keeps Baxley close, knowing she’s the key to capturing this powerful criminal.
Baxley’s paranormal talent of dreamwalking, which she uses to traverse the veil of life, draws the unwanted attention of beings believed to be Cherokee folklore. Jonas stole a treasured artifact from them, and they want it back. They hold Baxley’s best friend and two others because they know Baxley can help them. As the clock ticks, Jonas taunts this crime-fighting duo and proves to be a wily adversary.
With the body count rising, Baxley and Mayes realize they are up against an entity who appears to be invincible. Do they have the power to subdue an energy vampire, turn the tide of evil, and save the day?
Death and taxes are not certain
By Maggie Toussaint
Psst. I have news.
My amateur sleuth Baxley Powell became a widow when the army declared Roland, her soldier husband, dead a few years ago. The trouble is Baxley doesn’t believe them. After all, a wife would know if her guy was gone, and she more than most.
Baxley’s dreamwalker talents allow her to search for spirits among the dead. She’s looked and looked, but Roland’s not in the afterlife. Since he isn’t dead, she concludes he must be alive. But where? And why isn’t he coming home to her and their ten year old daughter Larissa?
That uncertainty and lack of closure haunts her days and nights. A few guys ask her out after she legally became a widow by she refuses them. She can’t possibly date anyone when there is a chance Roland lived.
Meanwhile, her days are full of caring for pets and plants, raising Larissa, dreamwalking, and police consulting. With summer drawing to a close, her entire family goes camping in the Georgia Mountains.
Two very different and very troubling things occur once a young man is found dead of no apparent means, and Baxley is asked to consult on the case. First, she’s paired with Deputy Sam Mayes, a full-blooded Cherokee Indian. Second, they are kidnapped by entities straight out of myths and legends. Both encounters rattle the foundations of Baxley’s world.
Sam Mayes, in addition to being ruggedly handsome and a rock solid cop, is another dreamwalker. He understands the challenges Baxley faces as she seeks justice for the dead using her extra abilities. In essence, he speaks her language.
Their kidnappers are known to Mayes. He’s visited the Nunne’hi before, seeking wisdom. This time though the Nunne’hi have their own agenda. They expect Baxley to contact her Other World mentor who will then punish the man who stole a precious artifact from them. To ensure her cooperation, they keep several adults, including Baxley’s best friend, hostage.
While these actions are upsetting on several levels, Baxley is exposed to the concept of multiple realms between the living and the dead. It occurs to her that her missing husband could somehow be trapped in an interim realm, and she renews her pledge to find and rescue him.
As the case wraps up in the Georgia Mountains, Baxley realizes she enjoys working with Mayes. She isn’t ready to say goodbye. Turns out, he feels the same way. Mayes makes it known that he wants to date her, and when she declines a romantic relationship, he says he’ll be her friend instead.
Death and taxes aren’t certainties in Baxley Powell’s world. The only certainty in her world is change. Things continue to change, no matter what she does. These changes seem to be for the good. She has a new idea about where to search for her missing husband and another powerful dreamwalker to help her.
For more about Baxley’s adventures camping in the mountains, check out Dadgummit, book 4 of the Dreamwalker Mystery Series.
About The Author
Formerly a contract scientist for the U.S. Army and a freelance reporter, mystery and suspense author Maggie Toussaint has thirteen published books. Her recent mystery releases include Gone and Done It, Bubba Done It, Death, Island Style, and Dime If I Know. Her latest mystery, Doggone It, is Book Three in her dreamwalker series about a psychic sleuth.
Maggie won the Silver Falchion Award for Best Cozy/Traditional Mystery. Additionally, she won a National Readers’ Choice Award and an EPIC Award for Best Romantic Suspense. She was twice nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year Award and finaled in the Beacon and the Readers’ Crown Contest.
Maggie lives in coastal Georgia, where secrets, heritage, and ancient oaks cast long shadows. Visit her at www.maggietoussaint.com.