“Confound It” Dreamwalker series By Maggie Toussaint: Review/Giveaway

by Kathleen Costa
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Dream… Dream… Walking…

Maggie Toussaint’s four-book Dreamwalker series was first published in April 2014 with Gone and Done It following Baxley Powell who operates a landscape business in a small, coastal town in Georgia. Baxley’s Army husband has been MIA, so essentially she is a single mother raising her ten-year-old daughter Larissa and trying to reconcile with the fact the army has declared her husband dead. Why then is it difficult for her to move on? More importantly, she has inherited from her father a unique psychic ability, one she prefers to call “dreamwalking.” Often using an object from the deceased, she can spirit herself beyond the veil to commune with the dead, exchange messages between the dead and the living, and as has recently been the case, assist law enforcement in solving murders. She continues to discover the depths of her abilities. But at what cost!

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Confound It earns 5/5 Mysterious Messages From Beyond…Marvelous!

Baxley is more than willing to help anyone find answers from their departed love ones, anytime for no charge, although often she finds groceries on her porch. Today Cipriona Marsden has arrived with an emotional request, as do most coming to use her talents, hoping to get information to help gain an early release for her Granny Elmira. She is in jail serving time for killing Cipriona’s father, who many believe to have been deserving of his fate since he may have killed his wife years earlier. But, crossing over into the realm of the dead and speaking directly to Damond Marsden, she is disturbed by his claim of innocence, love for his wife, and pointing the finger to his daughter and mother; they “are thick as thieves.”

Baxley’s involvement with the police department also includes Sam Mayes, a friend and cop who has come into town for a bit of R&R. Together they are helping with an arson investigation that resulted in the death of Maddy Patterson. While viewing the crime scene, Baxley discovers her ‘dreamwalking’ can just happen…the dizziness, the fog, then a clear scene appears for her to witness. She finds she's unable to interact, but these scenes offer her insights into the victim’s life which may lead to motive and the killer.

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I was totally entertained by Maggie Toussaint’s Confound It, the newest book in her Dreamwalker series. My introduction leaps well into the series with book five, and I was prepared that much as transpired in the storyline and character development. I noticed several references, but no spoilers, to previous events and investigations, issues with ‘beyond the veil’ Rose, tattoos and hair color changes, and perilous, near death experiences by her and her father, and although they fed my eagerness to read more from the series, my enjoyment was not negatively effected. I remained very engaged with Baxley’s ever-increasing psychic abilities, her smoldering sexual attraction and strong psychic connection to Sam Mayes, the murder mystery, the visits to the land of the dead, and the ultimately exciting conclusion. With interesting references to Mayes’ Native American heritage and culture and the abilities of Baxley’s family, the story goes beyond the fiction. I greatly enjoyed Baxley who has realistic flaws and fears, yet her strength of conviction and loyalty are what spurs her on. It's fine for newbies to start with book five, but you’ll be compelled to read the rest of the series.

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“A scientist by training, a romanticist at heart, Maggie Toussaint loves to solve puzzles. Whether it’s the puzzle of a relationship or a who-dun-it, she tackles them all with equal aplomb and wonder. Her works blend mystery and romance, often with a dash of humor.” Maggie Toussaint is a member of Southeast Mystery Writers of America, Sisters In Crime, and Guppies. She was awarded the WRW Magic Crystal Award in 2004, won the National Readers Choice Award and the EPIC ebook Award for Best Romantic Suspense, along with the Silver Falchion Award for Best Mystery. She's been nominated for Georgia Author of the Year twice. You can read the full Bio for Maggie Toussaint on her website, and learn more about her alter ego Rigel Carson.

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.
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  1. Thanks for all your kind words, King's River Life, and Kathleen. I'm sure you can see my ear-to-ear grin all the way out in California! This Dreamwalker series began for a personal reason, and oh what a fun journey this has been. I'm glad to connect with fans who love the series, who love the idea of a person who is different navigating through a world of allegedly normal.

  2. Thanks for the review. Sounds like an interesting read. kckendler at gmail dot com

  3. I would really like a print copy of "Confound It". Great series.


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