Dreamed It (Dreamwalker Mystery)
by Maggie Toussaint
About the Book
Dreamed It (Dreamwalker Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Camel Press (August 13, 2019)
Paperback: 248 pages
Justice for the dead and solace for the living is Baxley Powell’s creed, but she faces uncharted territory in this sixth book of the Dreamwalker Mystery Series. The Suitcase Killer has struck again, only this big city menace is now a problem for Baxley’s hometown. As that investigation heats up, a local woman is reported missing. The sheriff orders Baxley to work the missing person’s case.
Listening to the dead is familiar ground for Baxley but finding a missing young lady isn’t in her skill set. Besides, her dreams rarely follow a timeline. With the clock ticking, can this crime consultant discover a way to reach the living?
Her main source of help in the afterlife, a mentor named Rose, is unavailable. Instead, Baxley must rely on her wits and her Native American boyfriend, Deputy Sam Mayes, to find leads. Each shared dreamwalk and energy transfer binds them closer together, creating another issue. Mayes wants to marry Baxley but it isn’t that easy. They’re hampered by their community roles in opposite ends of the state.
Baxley juggles the pressure of two high-profile cases, a determined suitor, and expanding her limits. One thing is certain. Without her extrasensory sleuthing, the missing woman will die.
Guest post by Maggie Toussaint
Long before I became a mystery writer, I read mysteries, watched crime dramas on TV, and took in a lot of cool movies. These days I read less and go to the movies rarely, but TV shows and movies on TV often fill my evenings. And my choice of programming? Anything with a mystery involved.
True crime programs also hold my interest, and I try to look at the newspaper every day. All of this input stimulates my creativity and helps me write strong, character-driven mysteries.
For many of my books to date, I’ve relied on local history and my imagination to create interesting crimes. I used restaurant fires, crumbling historical buildings, kayak canals, drug trade elements, crooked people who got caught and more to bring authenticity to my mystery and suspense books.
I write cozy mysteries, which means that the violence happens offscreen, so I didn’t know what to do with my interest in serial killers, until DREAMED IT. Some of the more famous serial killers, real or fiction, include Jack the Ripper, Jeffery Dahmer, and Ted Bundy. Their acts are too horrific for a cozy but though newspaper reports I found a way to incorporate a ripped from the headlines case into a cozy. I learned about a Suitcase Killer who disposed of victims in suitcases. I also learned that some bad guys in real life imitate famous killers.
Putting the idea of a Suitcase Killer together with a Copycat Killer, I came up with the working premise of DREAMED IT. This is the second of my “Ripped from the Headlines” inspired crimes in my Dreamwalker Mystery Series. Since the story’s fictional town of Marion is located next to an interstate, this would allow an outsider to use it as a dumping ground.
DREAMED IT opens with a big city crime in a small rural area, and the sheriff is desperate to get in front of it before the big guns and media find out. My amateur sleuth, Baxley Powell is called to the scene to do a touch reading of the suitcase. Things do not go well, and the story continues to unfold from there.
Before I became a writer, I was a scientist for many years, and it is second nature for me to question things. I often have how’d-they-do-that discussions with people because I have to know how things fit together. When it came to a real victim in a suitcase, it was a no-brainer for me to ask, how’d they do that, which led to a second clock-ticking case in the same story.
To reassure all cozy readers, no women or suitcases were harmed in the commission of this book. I hope you’ll check out DREAMED IT and let me know what you think.
Fun fact: I liked to explore places to hide for the game of Hide ’n Seek. I was always looking for places to hid in closets, under beds, behind sofas, even under some chairs. Did you ever hide in tight places as a child?a Rafflecopter giveaway
About Maggie Toussaint
Southern author Maggie Toussaint evolved into a mystery author after getting her feet damp in romantic suspense and dystopian fiction, with twenty fiction novels and two nonfiction novels to her credit. Her work won two Silver Falchions, the Readers’ Choice, and the EPIC Awards. She’s a past president of Southeast chapter of Mystery Writers of America and an officer of Lowcountry Sisters In Crime. She lives in coastal Georgia, where secrets, heritage, and ancient oaks cast long shadows. Visit her at https://maggietoussaint.com/
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