2020 Silver Falchion Finalist
By Maggie Toussaint
Publication Date: August 2019
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From page one, Maggie Toussaint’s masterfully crafted Dreamed It: A Dreamwalker Mystery thrusts the reader into the world of Baxley Powell, who communicates with the dead. Disoriented, Baxley finds herself re-entering the corporeal plane without any knowledge of what has transpired only hours before. With the aid of her ghost dog, Oliver, and Sam Mayes, her spiritual and physical partner, they try to uncover the lost hours. Using her newly discovered ability for astral projection, Baxley crosses over into the world of the dead. When the sheriff consults her to find Kitty—a young girl who has been kidnapped from Sinclair County, Georgia—Baxley uses her talents to assist in the search.
Baxley, with the help of Mayes, a Cherokee who also has abilities that enable him to transcend the confines of the physical world, realizes that there may be a link between the kidnapping and a series of “suitcase murders.” Although the opening scene seems to be unrelated, it provides the catalyst for the characters to discern if the kidnapping and the murders are linked. The bonds between the characters that have been established in the past seem to play a key role in uncovering the truth of the murders. Although the relationships are not fully explored in this book, it does not hinder the reader from trying to unravel the enigmatic clues Toussaint dangles before the them. It becomes apparent that without Baxley’s powers and rationale, she and Mayes could not apprehend the guilty.
With the resolution to the criminal cases, Toussaint offers a new chapter in Baxley’s life for the reader to follow in subsequent novels.
Joy Gorence is new to Killer Nashville. She is an author, world-traveler, English professor (ret.), and avid reader. Originally from Long Island, NY she now lives in South Florida with her husband, Bill, and their two pampered kitties.