Please join us in welcoming award-winning author Maggie Toussaint today! The talented Maggie has written numerous books of mystery and suspense–including the most recent Seas the Day, and we’re so happy to have her visiting us today.
River Holloway’s On The Case!
I’m a sucker for old family photos! I love to look at faces and see what people were doing way back when.
In my family, for instance, our several beach trips stand out in my mind because going to a beach here was a big production. Georgia’s marshy coast is protected by barrier islands, so it’s a boat ride, and for our 40-50 person extended family, we took a shrimp boat. We kids had the run of the boat, usually ending up atop the pilot house telling pink elephant jokes. Then it was ferrying small groups ashore in a jon boat because the shrimp boat had too deep a draft. We ran all over the deserted beaches of Blackbeard, Sapelo, and St. Catherine’s Islands, picnicking, swimming, making sandcastles, seining for fish, and of course, surf fishing. On the way home us sunburned kids napped in the forward part of the hold.
My beach-going memories came in handy as I crafted my catering sleuth, River Holloway. When her childhood friend that she fished and beached with on Shell Island goes missing, River promises his mom she’ll search for him. River’s relieved when a friend and a deputy join her to barhop and find out if anyone knows what happened to Chili.
Viv and River are quite the pair, with Viv’s desperate-for-a-date vibe and River’s more earthy hearth-and-home persona. The deputy assures their safety in exchange for news about the case. However, the two women approach everyone in the nightlife crowd over the course of two nights without so much as a bread crumb for a lead. The only positive response came when one patron mistakenly thought River asked if he wanted a bowl of chili.
As the hours turned to days, River doggedly searches for her island friend, but her memories of their childhood days help her get to the bottom of the case.
Caterer River Holloway has talents beyond her to-die-for cooking. She is also known among friends and family on Shell Island as a “finder” of things. Which is why a desperate mother begs River to track down her grown son, Chili Bolz, who’s seemingly vanished.
Deputy Lance Hamlyn, a newcomer to Shell Island, has hit a dead-end in trying to locate the missing man. Familiar with River’s reputation, he attempts to team up with her, hoping that her inside track with the locals might aid his investigation. But the simple missing person case begins to boil over into something far more frightening when Chili’s mother falls victim to a brutal assault. Worse, her dying words to River seem to incriminate more than one of River’s friends in both kidnapping and, now, murder.
While Deputy Hamlyn conducts the formal criminal investigation, River uses her time between catering events to do some sleuthing of her own. Her efforts are hampered by the unexpected return of her absentee boyfriend, who has his own reasons for wanting her to stay safely in the kitchen. With the number of suspects growing longer than her food shopping list, River soon finds herself caught in an unsavory recipe for disaster. She must locate the missing Chili and discover who killed his mother before her own goose is quite literally cooked!
A scientist by training, a romanticist at heart, award winning author 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. Maggie writes cozy mystery and romantic suspense under her own name, and science fiction under the pen name of Rigel Carson. For more information about her Guardian of Earth series, Visit RigelCarson.com. Besides being a member of Washington Romance Writers, she’s also a member of First Coast Romance Writers, Southeast Mystery Writers of America, and Low Country Sisters In Crime. For more information, please visit maggietoussaint.com.