Jun 142018
 

Too Many Crooks Spoil the Plot (A Ditie Brown Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Georgia
Lyrical Underground (May 29, 2018)
Paperback: 244 pages
ISBN-10: 1516108108
ISBN-13: 978-1516108107
Kindle ASIN: B078LQTSCN

Pediatrician Mabel Aphrodite Brown adores kids. So when a childhood friend asks Ditie to babysit her kids for a few days, she jumps at the chance. She never imagined she’d be solving a murder too . . .

Despite growing up together, Ditie hasn’t seen Ellie Winston in two years, and she didn’t even know Ellie was living in Atlanta. But when Ellie asks her to take care of Lucie and Jason for the weekend, she thinks nothing of it. They’ll bake cookies together, play with her dog—it’ll be fun! Until the police call with terrible news . . .

Ellie may not have been the best friend, but who would want her dead? Could it have something to do with the vague get-rich-quick scheme she mentioned to Ditie? Or the men in a black truck following her and breaking into her home? Not sure who to trust other than her best friend, Lurleen, Ditie’s buried maternal instincts kick in to protect the kids and find their mother’s killer—before they’re orphaned again . . .

Includes Family-Friendly Recipes!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Pediatrician Mabel Aphrodite Brown – Ditie – who spends her life saving kids. She works at a refugee clinic and sees kids with everything from malnutrition to abusing “uncles”. She comes to care a lot about these children in just the few minutes she spends with them. She has no kids of her own and would make a wonderful mom. She is stunned when her friend, Ellie Winston shows up at her door asking her to watch her kids, Lucie and Jason for a few days while she straightens out some things. Ditie quickly agrees but is worried about what kind of scheme her friend is caught up in.

When the police call informing Ditie her friend is dead she feels like she has to do something. Her friend Lurleen has been helping with the kids and they may now be in danger. She will do anything to protect Lucie and Jason. Which may mean moving out of her home and taking time off from work. This mom thing is much harder than she thought. Who knew she would be wrapped up in whatever got Ellie killed?

I really enjoyed this story! Mabel Aphrodite Brown is a strong woman but she doesn’t take off trying to solve everything herself. Detective Mason Garrett is assigned the case. He is the one who notifies Ditie of Ellie’s death. He is the one that comes to talk to the kids and Ditie to get their statements. He becomes invested in their lives right away, and there may just be a little spark between Mason and Ditie. He brings in a hunky P.I. to watch over Ditie, Lurleen, and the kids when he can’t be there. Later we meet Mason’s mom, a retired police officer. Together they all work to solve the case. It was refreshing to watch it all play out, even with the bumps the powers that be put in the road.

Sarah Osbourne gave us such wonderful characters. We learn some of their backstories, some of which may not be entirely truthful in Lureen’s case, while enjoying getting to know them in the present. They have tons of room to grow.  I was immediately engaged and wanted to know all of them better. The children, Lucie and Jason have had a hard life, Lucie more mature than her actual 9 years. She was responsible for 5-year-old Jason even when their mother was still alive. My heart broke for them. I can’t wait to see them hopefully develop more natural relationships as they grow.

In addition to these characters, Ms. Osboune gives us one heck of a mystery. So many people seem to be involved, one that was very surprising. Some great red herring diversions kept me guessing. It had some really suspenseful moments and some of the subject matter was a little grittier than in traditional cozy mysteries. The author tempered this with the right about of romance and humor.

I did find myself very emotional about the children in this story. Not just Lucie and Jason but the ones seen at the refugee clinic. With the way, children are now being taken away from their parents at the Mexican border and put in cages, and people seeking asylum being arrested instead of helped, Ditie has a very relevant job. While the story takes place in Georgia there are still families there that need help and I love that Mabel Aphrodite Brown is dedicated to just that.

This series is off to a super start!

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About the Author

Sarah Osborne is the pen name of a native Californian who lived in Atlanta for many years and now practices psychiatry on Cape Cod. She writes cozy mysteries for the same reason she reads them—to find comfort in a sometimes difficult world. Too Many Crooks Spoil The Plot is the first novel in her Ditie Brown Mystery series. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached at doctorosborne.com.

 

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Mar 102018
 


Dipped to Death (An Olive Grove Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Georgia
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (March 6, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425277249
Kindle ASIN: B0721HJDYS

On her family’s South Georgia olive plantation, Eva Knox is on the hook for murder in the third delightful Olive Grove Mystery from the author of One Foot in the Grove and Cold Pressed Murder.

On a sizzling-hot September day, Eva Knox’s ex-boyfriend, Dudley Dexter Codman the Third, along with a bunch of his corporate cronies from Boston, arrive at Eva’s family’s guest inn and olive farm, Knox Plantation. Maps and binoculars in hand, the New Englanders claim they’re on a bird-watching holiday. Only, Eva knows that her ex doesn’t know the first thing about birds. Nor does he care.

Eva can’t fathom why he’d show up after all these years in her off-the-beaten-path hometown–nearly 1,200 miles from Boston. When Dudley’s body is found drowned in the pond, Eva starts fishing for answers. But she doesn’t have much time after authorities determine that her ex was poisoned by one of Eva’s family’s olive oils. She’ll have to find the real killer before her family is caught for murder.

About The Author

Kelly Lane lives on a farm near Charlottesville, Virginia. In addition to her work as editor and “slush pile reader” for a prominent literary agent, she has penned as a copywriter, journalist, and worked as a business writer, editor, and public relations consultant for Fortune 500 companies. Set on an olive plantation in Southern Georgia, ONE FOOT IN THE GROVE and COLD PRESSED MURDER are the first two books in Kelly Lane’s OLIVE GROVE MYSTERY series published by Berkley Prime Crime. Each book includes original recipes inspired by dishes in the story.

Find out more about Kelly Lane at her webpage here


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Mar 102018
 

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Southern Discomfort: A Southern B&B Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Georgia
Alibi (March 6, 2018)
ASIN: B071K4DV7W

Southern hospitality meets deadly deception in the start of a charming new mystery series from the USA Today bestselling author of the Java Jive novels.

Quinn Bellandini loves her life in Savannah, Georgia, where she runs her grandfather’s B&B with her sister, Delilah. From baking fresh scones and serving up grits every morning to ensuring the guests see the best of their historic city, Quinn can’t imagine doing anything else—even if it means dealing with nuisances like the occasional malfunctioning commode. But when Quinn drops by the local restaurant owned by her friend Drew Green, and stumbles upon a murder, her whole world comes crashing down.

Drew’s brother was always a little surly, but Quinn can’t imagine that someone disliked the prickly chef enough to kill him. The police, on the other hand, don’t believe that Quinn was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Before her guests can even digest the next morning’s gourmet breakfast, Quinn learns that she and Drew are suspects.

Drew thinks they should do some investigating of their own. Quinn is pretty sure she’s better suited to playing hostess than amateur sleuth. But with Delilah as her cynical sidekick, Quinn starts looking for the real killer—before she gets put away faster than you can say “sugar.”

Praise for Southern Discomfort: A Southern B&B Mystery
by Caroline Fardig

I appreciated the diversity of suspects and motives as we got to know more about Quinn and Delilah as well as learning how their thinking patterns worked on chasing clues while staying safe.
~Laura’s Interests

I love stories about the (American) South. I love the punny titles of cozy mystery stories. And I love a stronger-than-she-thinks heroine. A writer that combines all of these with finesse is Caroline Fardig.
~Back Porchervations

If you love Southern cozy mysteries then Southern Discomfort is for you. Great debut cozy!
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CAROLINE FARDIG is the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Java Jive Mysteries series and the Lizzie Hart Mysteries series. Fardig’s BAD MEDICINE was named one of the “Best Books of 2015” by Suspense Magazine. She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

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Don’t miss Caroline Fardig’s thrilling Java Jive mysteries, which can be read together or separately:
DEATH BEFORE DECAF | MUG SHOT | A WHOLE LATTE MURDER | BREW OR DIE | MURDER OVER MOCHAS

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Mar 082018
 

Lethal in Old Lace: A Consignment Shop Mystery
by Duffy Brown


Lethal in Old Lace: A Consignment Shop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
1st with this publisher.
Setting – Georgia
Crooked Lane Books (March 13, 2018)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683315353
Digital ASIN: B074MB9R6J

 

 

Reagan Summerside returns in national bestselling author Duffy Brown’s fifth Consignment Shop mystery, now for the first time in hardcover.

There are two social functions in Savannah guaranteed to get people talking: weddings and funerals. And just as consignment shop owner Reagan Summerside agrees to marry the hunky Walker Boone, her neighbors, sisters Annie Fritz and Elsie Abbot, step up their business as professional mourners. They are so successful that the Sleepy Pines Retirement Center has hired them as a part of their retirement package. But the celebration over good business is cut short when the residents at Pines suddenly begin dying at an alarming rate. And the sisters are the first suspects.

Reagan has her doubts, however, and begins to look into the strange phenomenon. But then something even stranger happens: a body winds up in the sisters’ pink Caddy. The evidence begins to pile up and the suspicious case of Willie Fishbine, who swindled the sisters out of a fortune and coincidentally died prior to the Pines case, is reopened.

Not wanting Willie to be buried until they can find the killer responsible for the murders, Reagan must catch the culprit in time to walk down the aisle.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I was over the moon when I heard this series had found a new home. This is one of my favorite series and I sure wasn’t done with these wonderful characters.

Something I have been waiting for is moving forward in this book. Boone pops the question and Reagan says yes. They are moving forward in their life together with some major decisions like where they will live and the renovations that may be needed. Due to some crazy circumstances, their wedding party is going to be filled with some people I never suspected. That’s the good news. The bad news is a dead body is found in sisters Annie Fritz and Elsie Abbot garden and another body with casket is hidden in Aunt Kiki’s garage. Both are connected to the Sleepy Pines Retirement Center and the sisters are prime suspects for what could be two murders. Aunt Kiki decides to go undercover in the retirement home to help Reagan solve the case.

Reagan Summerside owns the Prissy Fox Consignment Shop and her neighbors Annie Fritz and Elsie Abbot’s help out at the shop while Reagan is out trying to plan her wedding or catch a killer. Her mother, Judge Gloria and her Aunt Kiki are usually along for both. Her new fiancee Walker Boone does his best to keep all of them out of trouble. With two murders to solve his task is far from easy. I had so much fun following along with their antics. Ms. Brown’s Savannah, Georgia has its hands full with this gang,

Southern charm, snappy dialogue, genuine, unique characters, laugh out loud moments, and a top-notch whodunit grace the pages of Lethal and Old Lace. From the very first word until the last this story completely entertains.

I love the way Duffy Brown writes. Each new story quickly becomes my favorite. It was a bit of a wait for this book, but it was so worth the wait. It surpasses a perfect escape by quite a bit. Yes, this book gets my Paradise Rating. Thank you, Duffy Brown, for this marvelous story!

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About the Author

While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy Brown longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. Today she conjures up who-done-it stories for Berkley Prime Crime and has two series, the national bestselling Consignment Shop Mysteries set in Savannah and the Cycle Path Mysteries on Mackinac Island.

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Jan 032018
 

 


Welcome to the 1st Cozy Wednesday of 2018!
I am pleased as punch to welcome Gail Oust back to Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book today!

A DAY IN THE LIFE:  THE CASE OF THE REVOLVING EDITORS
by Gail Oust

 

Two books, five editors.  How did I get so lucky?  Or should make that unlucky?  The saga began when Anne Brewer, my dream of an editor, made an offer for two more books in my Spice Shop Mysteries—Curried Away and Ginger Snapped.  I was elated at learning this while visiting family in Michigan over the Christmas holidays.  Sadly, Anne decided after returning from maternity leave to depart Minotaur/St. Martin’s for another publishing house.  She left me in the capable hands of her assistant who I’ll refer to as Editor B.  B came on board just in time to request revisions on Curried Away.  Unfortunately, the request came at a time when we were eight hundred miles from home due to a family medical emergency.  I invariably travel with my computer as though it’s attached by an invisible umbilical cord–but not this time.  The life-or-death emergency had prompted us to hastily throw essentials into the car and head north.  I prevailed—make that begged, pleaded—family members to help me out of this predicament.  Help came in the form of my granddaughter’s mother-in-law, Deb.  I rolled up my shirtsleeves and went to work.  It wasn’t the revisions that left me frustrated—B’s hand with the red ink was mercifully light—it was the fact Deb used a totally different Windows Office from which I was accustomed.  In spite of afternoons and evenings spent at the hospital, mornings were devoted to revisions.  Thanks to Deb I was able to complete and return everything on schedule.

Shortly afterward, B informed me she, too, was leaving Minotaur.  Editor C became my new editor.  By this time, I had begun the final book of my contract.   I haven’t the foggiest idea of what happened to her, but Editor C lasted only two months before replaced by Editor D.  D jumped in with both feet and promptly changed the title.  I have to admit her idea was terrific.  When it comes to titles, it was easier naming my children. D ably guided my baby, now titled Ginger Snapped, through all its stages of growth and development:  revisions, copyedits, page proofs, cover copy, and cover design. I really liked D and felt bad when I learned she, too, was moving on to newer pastures.  At that point, E, my fifth and final editor, appeared on the scene.  Editor D didn’t leave much behind for E to do on Ginger Snapped, but she answers all of my emails promptly and seems enthusiastic on my behalf.  I’m not dissatisfied.

At times I wonder how this game of revolving editors has impacted my writing career. To be honest,  I’ve seen some differences between the first three books in the series and the last two.  Could these be the result of editor turnover?  On the other hand, these changes could also be the result of business strategies far beyond my control.  I remind myself that you can’t control what you can’t control.  I also like the adage that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.  So, here’s to lemonade and Ginger Snapped!

~Gail

Thank you so much, Gail, for visiting today!


Ginger Snapped: A Spice Shop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Georgia
Minotaur Books (December 12, 2017)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250081261
Kindle ASIN: B071LM71RR

 

 

Piper Prescott and Police Chief Wyatt McBride might have gotten off on the wrong foot but, over the past year, their interactions have evolved into a friendship of sorts. And when the body of Shirley Randolph is found floating in a fishing hole, their relationship reaches entirely new territory.

Shirley, the town’s Realtor of the Year, was also Wyatt’s suspected romantic interest, and now the residents of Brandywine Creek are speculating that Wyatt is responsible for her death. As the town council moves to suspend the handsome lawman, Piper springs into action to save his reputation and possibly his freedom. She enlists the aid of her BFF, Reba Mae Johnson, along with Wyatt himself, to help solve the puzzle and find Shirley’s real killer.

Pointing them toward high-powered real estate tactics and possible affairs, the investigation soon becomes personal when Piper’s shop, Spice It Up!, is burglarized, and she’s forced off the road late one night, narrowly escaping serious injury. Realizing that she must be close to uncovering the truth and that the evidence against Wyatt is no longer circumstantial, Piper resorts to drastic measures to prevent a grave miscarriage of justice.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The town of Brandywine Creek is turned upside down when local realtor Shirley Randolph is found in Police Chief Wyatt McBride’s fishing hole. He is suspended from the force and is now the prime suspect. Piper is on the case to prove his innocence and set things right all around town, but it isn’t easy when her ex gets right in the middle of things. She is clearly on the killer’s radar because her shop was broken into and the person was definitely looking for something. Circumstances get dicey when her life is in danger and spicy when she gets closer to the chief.

This was a fun mystery to read. Piper and Reba Mae are always entertaining, but the direction of Wyatt and Piper’s relationship was the part I liked the best. Him, being suspended made him see how beneficial Piper could be with her bit of investigating. Plus spending time together sure didn’t hurt. This is not your typical cozy romance, in fact, Piper did believe the gossip around town, that he and the deceased were seeing each other. Kudos to the author for the way this is written.

The case this time was tricky because the officer left in charge was trying harder to prove Wyatt’s guilt, being after his job, rather than trying to find the real guilty party. Thankfully Piper was following the clues and reporting back to the chief so that the truth would be revealed. I was there with them every step of the way.

This mystery is nicely seasoned with plenty of humor. Small town life lends well to that as does small-town politics. At times I was shaking my head because so many things remind me of the small town where I grew up. Then you add in the Southern ways and charm, and you have a perfect cozy mystery.

There are also fantastic recipes in the book after the story.

What a great read to start the new year!

Dollycas

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Friends often accuse Gail Oust of flunking retirement.  While working as a nurse/vascular technologist, Gail penned nine historical romances under the pseudonym Elizabeth Turner for Avon, Pocket, Berkley, and Kensington.  It wasn’t until she and her husband retired to South Carolina that inspiration struck for a mystery.  Hearing the words, “maybe it’s a dead body,” while golfing with friends fired her imagination for the Bunco Babe Mystery series originally published by NAL.  In conjunction with Beyond the Page Publishing, the Bunco Babe series has been republished in digital format as the Kate McCall Mysteries complete with new titles and a whole new look.  Gail has written five Spice Shop Mysteries for Minotaur/St. Martin’s.  Her favorite pastimes are reading, traveling, and hanging out with friends.

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Oct 252017
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am over the moon to have Larissa at Escape With Dollycas today as part of her Great Escapes Book Tour! 


20 Quick Questions with Larissa Reinhart

 

Favorite Color – orange

Favorite Candy – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

Favorite Snack – Fried Apple Pie

Favorite Soft Drink – Tea

Favorite Hard Drink – Lemon Sour (a drink in Japan made from fresh lemon, seltzer water, and Japanese grain alcohol—kind of a vodka made from rice)

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – dark chocolate with raspberry

Favorite Movie – Lost in Translation

Favorite TV Show – Cops

Favorite Book – This one’s too hard, I have many favorites 😉 The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is my earliest favorite.

Favorite Fictional Character – Edward Rochester

Favorite Super Hero – Black Widow

Favorite Singer/Group/Band – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Favorite Carnival Ride – bumper cars

Favorite Spring Activity – Eating BBQ

Favorite Summer Activity – Floating or tubing (inner tube on a river)

Favorite Fall Activity – Going to the North Georgia Mountains and eating fried apple pie

Favorite Winter Activity – Reading

Favorite Place to Read – In bed

Favorite Place to Write – In my inherited Danish chair with a footstool

Not sure if this what Larissa’s looks like 🙂

Dream Vacation Destination – Singapore

Thank you so much Larissa for plating 20 Quick Questions! 

Now let me tell you about her new book!

16 Millimeters: A Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery
Cozy Mystery/Romance
2nd in Series
Past Perfect Press (October 17, 2017)
Print Length: 320 pages
Kindle ASIN: B074TW9MZ8

#StillAWannabeDetective In continuing her career-makeover quest as a for-real detective, ex-teen and reality star Maizie Albright has a big learning curve to overcome. A sleuthing background starring in a TV show— Julia Pinkerton, Teen Detective—does not cut the real life mustard. It doesn’t even buy her lunch, let alone extra condiments. Her chosen mentor, Wyatt Nash of Nash Security Solutions, is not a willing teacher. He’d rather stick Maizie with a safe desk job and handle the security solution-ing himself. But Maizie’s got other plans to help Nash. First, win Nash’s trust. Second, his heart.

Wait, not his heart. His respect. His hearty respect.

So when a major movie producer needs a babysitter for his hot mess starlet, Maizie eagerly takes the job. But when her starlet appears dead, and then not dead, Maizie’s got more than an actress to watch and a missing corpse to find. Body doubles, dead bodies, and hot bodies abound when the big screen, small screen, and silent screams collide. Maizie’s on the job, on the skids, and on thin ice, hunting a killer who may be a celebrity stalker. And Maizie just might be the next celebrity who gets snuffed.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Maizie Albright is working at Nash Security Solutions but as a bookkeeper instead of getting the training she needs for her private detective license. That changes when she brings the firm a new case that entails keeping a movie starlet out of trouble and to the set on time. Should be easy, right? But what starts out a basically a babysitting job turns into a full blown case with dead bodies and body doubles. It also brings Wyatt closer to admitting his feeling for her. Now she just needs to stay alive and solve the case so she can maybe take their relationship to a whole new level.

Hollywood comes to Georgia and brings a whole bunch of trouble. I liked that Maizie had a history with actress she is supposed to be “watching” and quickly finds out she really doesn’t know her very well at all.  It isn’t long before Nash is brought in because with the sighting of  more than one dead body that goes missing before the cops can arrive, Maizie is clearly in over her head. Maize still has the spunk she had in the first book, standing up to her overbearing mother and not giving up on the case. Finding herself in some sticky situations she is able to think on her feet, but some situations could be avoided if she would think before she acts. That is why she is still in training and #StillAWannabeDetective.

The author has packed a lot of action, danger, humor, and romantic tension in this story. Twists and turns are “off the chain” 🙂 The relationships and conversation are realistic and had me laughing so many times. Maize is truly one of a kind and I just can’t get enough. Unlike her former Hollywood persona, Julia Pinkerton, there is no script and the dead bodies and the danger are all real. And so is steamy Wyatt Nash. Another awesome character that I love.

I dove right into this book and completely escaped. Yes, I think I am channeling my much younger self  a little bit in this review. Maizie just brings that out of me. This was a fun read and I can’t wait for the next Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery! I really want to follow her wherever she goes and whatever messes she gets herself in and out of.

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Larissa is a 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, 2014 finalist for the Silver Falchion and Georgia Author of the Year, 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, have been living in Nagoya, Japan, but once again call Georgia home. See them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website, LarissaReinhart.com, find her chatting on FacebookInstagram, and Goodreads,  or join her Facebook street team, The Mystery Minions.

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Dadgummit
Series: Dreamwalker Mystery
Paranormal Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Georgia

Publisher: Camel Press (August 1, 2017)
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603815932
Kindle – ASIN: B073RVW3XC

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?


Energy Thieves
By Maggie Toussaint

As children, we are taught the difference between right and wrong. Our parents and other family or community members reinforce those lessons of how to conduct ourselves. For the most part, by the time we are old enough to “know better,” we do.

However, for some people that home training doesn’t stick or maybe they didn’t get it. These folks have an entirely different code for living. They think nothing of stealing from friends, family and strangers. They take items from cars, homes, businesses, and governments. They live to steal.

Some forms of theft may seem more subtle, such as stealing from the cable company or the power company. Criminals may rationalize their actions, but their conduct hurts us all in some fashion.
On top of this, there’s another kind of energy thief. You may have run across someone like this and never even thought twice about it. Think back and see if you remember feeling overtired after being with a person for a short while or even after engaging in conversation with someone. You might notice that some routine task you perform at work or elsewhere is especially difficult – and you aren’t sick and didn’t begin the day overtired.

Did that ever happen to you? If so, you may have encountered an energy thief. This is an actual process where some people have the ability to siphon off your energy. Most of us are unable to block such a specialized talent. The only saving grace is that most energy thieves, or energy vampires, as they are also known, need to be in close proximity to effect the transfer.

In most cases, an energy thief is someone in a negative mindset. Perhaps it’s someone: who blames others for everything, who is insecure and worried about everything, who is jealous of another’s happiness, or who is a killjoy and doesn’t want anyone to have fun. You might feel these effects after being around a bully, a drama queen, a gossiper, a whiner, or even someone with a short temper. I bet by now you are nodding your head in agreement.

These symptoms are often reported after being near people who sap your energy: exhaustion, lack of focus, and depression. Long term exposure to an energy vampire may lead to a lack of motivation, a pale complexion, and general malaise.

Starting to sound scary, right? What if an author decided to take this real-life phenomenon to extreme? What if energy vampires required energy from others to survive? What if they intentionally drained people past the point of no return? What if they selectively preyed on vulnerable people?

In Dadgummit, book 4 of my Dreamwalker Mystery series, I’ve placed an energy vampire in the mountains. Further, he’s befriended a young man in the community who knows everyone. This young man becomes the spotter for the energy vampire so that the targets don’t complain and generally aren’t missed.

The story begins with the death of the spotter. His body is positioned beside a lake, and his peaceful repose is at odds with the fact that his life was stolen from him. Life changes for the energy vampire, and local cops realize they need a different kind of sleuth to solve this crime. Lucky for them, Baxley Powell is vacationing in the mountains when these two former partners have a falling out.

For more about energy vampires, check out Dadgummit by Maggie Toussaint.

 

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Southern author Maggie Toussaint writes mystery, suspense, and dystopian fiction. Her work won the Silver Falchion Award for best mystery, the Readers’ Choice Award, and the EPIC Award. She’s published seventeen novels as well as several short stories and novellas. The next book in her paranormal mystery series, Dadgummit, releases August 2017. Maggie serves on the national board for Mystery Writers of America, is President of Southeast Mystery Writers of America, and is Co-VP of Low Country Sisters In Crime. Visit her at www.maggietoussaint.com.

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Dadgummit
Series: Dreamwalker Mystery
Paranormal Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Georgia

Publisher: Camel Press (August 1, 2017)
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603815932
Kindle – ASIN: B073RVW3XC

 

 

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?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Baxley Powell can’t even go on vacation without being drawn into an investigation. This time people are dying without any trauma to their bodies. She is asked to dreamwalk with the latest victim to try and get some answers. Her walk leads her to some scary and unbelievable places both in the present and beyond the veil.

Maggie Toussaint has an extraordinary imagination and I can’t help but follow her with mine right into this story.

The Powell family seems to be an ordinary American family but they are not. Each has their special gifts to communicate with the supernatural realm and with each other. Now that more people know of her talents Baxley’s demands on her time are almost overwhelming. While on vacation the local sheriff arrests her to convince her to help them on a case, while a pushy medical examiner demands help on a cold case. She has dealt with the medical examiner before, I didn’t like her much then and my feelings haven’t changed. All the characters the author brings to this story are special and different in their own ways. Readers will like most but there are a few to really dislike as well.

The mystery itself was very complex mixing Cherokee folklore with other supernatural elements. The way the author made these other worlds come to life is really unique. The dialogue was so well written.  The plot has some surprising twists and very fearful moments.  This story is sure to be a hit among paranormal/supernatural fans.

As this is a series I do recommend reading them in order but this book can be read all on its own.

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*Suicide is part of this story’s plot lines.

 

 

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Southern author Maggie Toussaint writes mystery, suspense, and dystopian fiction. Her work won the Silver Falchion Award for best mystery, the Readers’ Choice Award, and the EPIC Award. She’s published seventeen novels as well as several short stories and novellas. The next book in her paranormal mystery series, Dadgummit, releases August 2017. Maggie serves on the national board for Mystery Writers of America, is President of Southeast Mystery Writers of America, and is Co-VP of Low Country Sisters In Crime. Visit her at www.maggietoussaint.com.

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Big City Heat (A Brack Pelton Mystery)
Suspense/Thriller
3rd in Series
Setting – Georgia
Henery Press (April 25, 2017)
Paperback: 294 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635111996
Kindle ASIN: B01N6UQHTG

 

 

Lowcountry bar owner and Marine veteran Brack Pelton heads to Atlanta in the wake of a panicked three a.m. phone call. A woman is missing and Brack’s friend Mutt is in danger. Brack’s old flame, investigative news correspondent Darcy Wells, now lives there and is set to marry another man. If Brack was honest with himself, and he usually wasn’t, he’d realize that the missing woman isn’t the reason for his visit. His Semper Fi buddy Mutt can handle himself just fine.

When Brack and Mutt team up to find the woman, the Atlanta underworld revolts, the two biggest players target them, and people start dying. Most people would size up the situation, call it impossible, and walk away. But most people are not Brack Pelton. Impossible situations are his specialty. He made it through Afghanistan and when the military commanders mistook suicidal tendencies for leadership qualities they promoted him. Can Brack succeed at finding the woman, protecting his friend, and winning the girl without destroying the Capital of the South? Not since Sherman’s march across Georgia has the city of Atlanta been in this much danger.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The 3rd installment to this thriller series takes Brack Pelton and his mostly faithful dog Shelby to Atlanta to help his friend Mutt find a missing woman. Star reporter Darcy Wells is in Atlanta too and is engaged, but not to Brack, something he is not too happy about. The 3 team up for a wild adventure that may be the end of them. Buckle in and hold on tight as David Burnsworth takes us at breakneck right along with them.

The author continues to bring the “heat”. Our characters find themselves in Atlanta’s gritty underworld of drugs, prostitution, sex trafficking, illegal imports and more. Car chases and guns blasting reign as they find themselves deeper and deeper in a case that may be beyond their reach. The action starts right away and holds a very rapid pace through the entire story. It get so intense Brack realizes he needs to get Shelby out of harm’s way. The decision brings Brother Thomas to Atlanta too. It was great to see the whole gang together.

Burnsworth writes a story so well you feel like you are watching a movie instead of reading a book. His descriptive talent is top notch enabling me to see such vivid pictures in my mind.

There is a bit of a romantic element to the story as Brack tries to decide if he should fight for the girl but it all takes places right along with all the action. The Southern dialect comes through in the dialogue especially with Brother Thomas and Mutt. Brack is a sarcastic son-of-a-gun so there is humor there too.

I knew from the author’s first book that he was an author to watch. He gives us the full package – tough, flawed characters you want to root for and a thrilling plot that will keep you up reading late into the night. This guy just keeps topping himself. I am so excited about all his stories. I need to read Blu Heat soon. It has Brack crossing over to meet Blu Carraway, the protagonist of his new series that will be released in September. Burnswoth’s future is really heatin’ up and I can’y wait for more!!

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David Burnsworth became fascinated with the Deep South at a young age. After a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and fifteen years in the corporate world, he made the decision to write a novel. Southern Heat is his first mystery. Having lived in Charleston on Sullivan’s Island for five years, the setting was a foregone conclusion. He and his wife along with their dog call South Carolina home.

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The Night the Lights Went Out
Women’s Fiction/Mystery
Setting – Georgia
Berkley (April 11, 2017)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House
Hardcover: 416 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451488381
Kindle ASIN: B01LWLFUT2

 

 

Recently divorced, Merilee Talbot Dunlap moves with her two children to the Atlanta suburb of Sweet Apple, Georgia. It’s not her first time starting over, but her efforts at a new beginning aren’t helped by an anonymous local blog that dishes about the scandalous events that caused her marriage to fail.

Merilee finds some measure of peace in the cottage she is renting from town matriarch Sugar Prescott. Though stubborn and irascible, Sugar sees something of herself in Merilee—something that allows her to open up about her own colorful past.

Sugar’s stories give Merilee a different perspective on the town and its wealthy school moms in their tennis whites and shiny SUVs, and even on her new friendship with Heather Blackford. Merilee is charmed by the glamorous young mother’s seemingly perfect life and finds herself drawn into Heather’s world.

In a town like Sweet Apple, where sins and secrets are as likely to be found behind the walls of gated mansions as in the dark woods surrounding Merilee’s house, appearance is everything. But just how dangerous that deception can be will shock all three women….

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Merilee Talbot Dunlap’s and Sugar Prescott’s lives collide when Merilee rents a cottage from Sugar following her divorce. Sugar doesn’t usually get involved in her tenant’s lives but there is something that draws her to Merilee and her children. When an anonymous local blog spills all the details about Merilee’s divorce and she finds she doesn’t have much in common with the other moms at her children’s pricey private school (paid for by their grandparents), she finds herself opening up to Sugar. She does make friends with a couple of the moms but Sugar advises her to be cautious of Heather Blackford, one of the Sweet Apple’s elite that has basically taken her under her wing. There is just something about her Sugar doesn’t like….

I loved this story for so many reasons.

The first is the story starts with a blog post, what blogger wouldn’t love that.

The second is the characters and the friendships that build throughout the story. The friendship between Sugar and Merilee drew me deeply into the story. Both woman started out very uncertain about their future both apart and together. Sugar had quite a life, losing the love of her life and living on her property her entire life while developers bought up land all around her. She shares her memories with Merilee and in turn us readers. It gives Merilee a different perspective for her life. We also learn they both have secrets.

Third, there was mystery. I knew from there was something building but was totally surprised and then things fell into place like dominoes. There were fantastic twists all along the way that I really enjoyed.

Full of Southern charm, friendships, history, mystery, and humor. These complex characters will jump off the pages and into your heart quickly. As the weather warms, make yourself a pitcher of sweet tea, find a comfy chair and grab this book. A perfect springtime escape!

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About the Author

Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including the Tradd Street series, The Night the Lights Went OutFlight PatternsThe Sound of GlassA Long Time Gone, and The Time Between. She is the coauthor of The Forgotton Room with New York Times bestselling authors Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. She grew up in London but now lives with her husband and two children near Atlanta, Georgia.


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