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Book Review: Doggone It by Maggie Touissant

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Can you see the ghost dog? What a cutie!

I was excited to get to review Maggie Toussaint’s latest dreamwalker book because I too love to write about the world of psychics. Baxley Powell, landscaper by day, psychic by night (and any other time they need her) is a different psychic than say the Long Island Medium. She dreamwalks and when she does it’s a mighty scary. There aren’t just people floating around in white nightgowns but scary folks who pick on humans and put burning tattoos in people.

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Here is Maggie’s Synopsis of Doggone It:

Dreamwalker Baxley Powell can’t remember the last time she had such a crappy weekend. A twilight encounter with a ghost dog left her numb and disoriented, her dreamwalker abilities are wiped out, and the sheriff just summoned her to a double homicide.

With no access to the spirit world, Baxley bluffs her way through the crime scene where a movie star’s assistant and a charter boat captain were strung up and bled dry. In a haunted house, no less. Figuring out who killed these people will be a real challenge without her ability to speak to the dead.

Just when Baxley thinks her powers are returning, her dreamwalks malfunction. With the sheriff pushing her to solve the case quickly, Baxley teams up with a dognapping medium to boost her powers.

Suspects include the captain’s good-for-nothing brother, the assistant’s replacement, and, of course, his stalker. All of Sinclair County is on edge, and the media circus isn’t helping. At stake are the movie’s funding, the sheriff’s job, and Baxley’s senses.

Maggie Toussaint

Maggie Toussaint

Can Baxley safeguard her abilities and solve the case before the killer strikes again?

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Haunted houses, lost pirate treasure, conniving in-laws, supernatural baddies, and a determined ghost dog test amateur sleuth Baxley Powell’s mettle in Book Three of Toussaint’s Dreamwalker Series.

My Review: 5 Stars

What happens when a California film crew mixes with locals in a small town famous for pirate lore?  Actors make their livings fooling people so when a double murder occurs Baxley Powell is called on to dreamwalk into the spirit world and find the truth. The only problem is Baxley is tapped right now from previous dreamwalking encounters and is struggling to do her job.  Maggie Toussaint does a beautiful job taking us on a walk in a place of nightmares. You can’t always trust the occupants in this world so you’d better put some crystals in your pocket and whistle for your trusty ghost dog. I loved the paranormal side of this cozy mystery which made it a little different and exciting to read. I also love the character of  Baxley who is struggling with parenting issues and yet hanging out with the police to help solve a grisly double murder.  Great story!

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book

Book Review: The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum

Theperfectlyproperparanormalmuseum_coverIt’s no secret- I love books about the business side of the paranormal, so, of course, I couldn’t wait to read The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum by Kirsten Weiss. From her GD Cat to the creepy doll room, this is pretty interesting concept.  Here are some questions Kirsten was kind enough to answer for me!

1. What inspired you to write this book? 
This idea percolated for a couple years. I’d read a Wall Street Journal article on a paranormal museum attached to a hot dog joint. The museum made more money than the hot dogs. The business concept was wacky enough to make an intriguing setting for a cozy murder mystery, where off-beat characters and quirky, small-town settings rule the day. Of course, I switched the details. In The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum, the museum used to be attached to Chuck’s Chicken Shack before its owner sold out. The book opens with a tea room going in next door and the museum’s fate in limbo.
2. What was your favorite part of the book after you finished it? Was it a character, a scene or a plot twist? KirstenWeiss_Author
I think my favorite part was the end, where everything tied up so neatly. As I was writing the book, I wasn’t sure I was going to pull that off. And it’s definitely a “feel good” ending, which I wanted. But I’ve also came to appreciate GD Cat, who sort of operates as the heroine’s id. The heroine, Maddie, is a nice person, but GD Cat… is a cat.
3. What authors do you like to read? 
Ian Rankin is currently my favorite mystery writer. His characters and situations are dark and a bit gritty, but he really knows how to write believable, likable characters — even when they’re not behaving in such a likable way. And I love Charlaine Harris’ new, Midnight Texas, series.
4. Is this a part of a series? 
Yes! Currently, three books are planned. The second is with my publisher right now, and I’m starting work on book three this March.
5. Where can readers find your book?
Aside from on the usual Internet suspects — Amazon, B&N, Kobo, etc. — readers can find The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum in bookstores.
My Review–4 Stars
I really enjoyed this mystery. The idea of a museum dedicated to the paranormal and cat named Ghost Detector (GD) made this a fun read. You root through the entire book for Maddie to keep the museum and solve the mystery. I’d love it if a friend sold me a paranormal museum for $1!

Just in time for Halloween-Book Discussion Questions for A Dash of Murder

Discussion Questions for A Dash of MurderA Dash of Murder is my Halloween cozy mystery, so I’ve included a set of discussion questions whether you are in a book club or just want to answer them on your own.  If you do use them in your book club please let me know so I can acknowledge you on my Facebook page and Twitter (@ttrent_cozymys) account.  I also have a short ten question quiz at Goodreads with additional questions.

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I know I haven’t posted in awhile, but most of my readers know that’s a good sign–I’m busily finishing up my manuscript for my fifth mystery in the Pecan Bayou series.  I think I finally have a title, but I’m not ready to reveal that yet.

It’s Down Syndrome Awareness month so I’m sending my love to all my friends with Down Syndrome and their families .

 You are my inspiration in all you do every day.

 

Visiting the VBT Cafe Today

I’m off on the first stop on my virtual blog tour today. Come and visit me at the VBT Cafe. This tour is a special one to promote my Halloween book during the month of October. If you enjoy paranormal ghost hunting and a little Texas humor then you might want to put your name in for one of my book giveaways listed at each site. If you don’t want to count on luck, just go over to Amazon and pick up A Dash of Murder. (Warning: Watch out for the “Dead Tunnel”.)

         Next stop on the book tour-October 2 – Review, Book Feature & Ebook Giveaway at Books, Books, and More Books