Dadgummit by Maggie Toussaint is the fourth book in the “Dreamwalker” mystery series. Publisher: Camel Press, coming August 1, 2017
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?
I love this series. Once again, Baxley is called upon to use her abilities to solve a complex case which took this reader on a mystifying ride that was hard to put down.
The mystery was well-developed giving me a chance to escape into the world of dream walking, little people and the cosmic universe. The narrative was visually descriptive that grabbed me immediately and I felt like I was there with Baxley as she tackled the mysteries of the untried. I like how this story was staged where it was more about finding a way to stop the demon and the steps and collaborative efforts of the newcomer and an unlikely ally to apprehend this vicious entity which was done with great aplomb. The main characters all played pivotal roles that added to my reading enjoyment and I especially enjoyed the scenes with Charlotte and the deputy.
Boasting a wonderful cast of characters, engaging dialogue and a supernatural atmosphere, this is one of the best book in the terrific series and I look forward to more adventures with Baxley and her friends.
FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the author.