GET LOST IN A STORY READERS. Today's guest is Mystery & Romance Author Maggie Toussaint.
KIRKUS REVIEW says about DEATH ISLAND STYLE “Toussaint creates a gutsy heroine whose struggles with murder and romance add up to a very enjoyable read”
A little sun, a little fun, and a dark shadow from the past
Recent widow MaryBeth Cashour moved six hundred miles to escape memories of her late mother’s betrayal and her husband’s mysterious death. While beachcombing for seashells to use at her artsy Christmas shop, MaryBeth finds a corpse rolling in the surf on Sandy Shores Island.
The horror doesn’t end there. When detectives uncover a connection between the murdered man and MaryBeth, she’s their prime suspect. It’s not her fault the dead guy had one of her hand-painted Christmas sharks in his pocket—she doesn’t even know him. Besides, lots of people from the Mid-Atlantic region vacation in coastal Georgia. She insists it’s a coincidence he’s here. The cops don’t believe her.
As her world comes unglued, MaryBeth strips the shellac from her memories, discovering secrets that endanger her life. But time to prove her innocence is running out faster than a rip tide. The killer is crafting up a new murder – MaryBeth’s.
Death, Island Style is a cozy mystery flavored with eccentric southerners, Christmas music, and hand-painted holiday decorations. Set in sunny coastal Georgia, the book reveals the struggles of a young woman trying to make her Christmas gift shop profitable while dodging a murder rap. Beach scenes, a hunky pharmacist, and disastrous craft projects add sparkle and humor.
Death, Island Style, Five Star
AND NOW LET'S LEARN ABOUT MAGGIE TOUSSAINT:
DONNELL: Hi, Maggie: What’s your favorite room in your house?
MAGGIE: I love relaxing on my sunporch. It’s so bright and welcoming. Just outside is a very active bird feeder, and I try to keep several pots of pretty flowers out there as well. Right now, I have two lovely pots of pansies, and their cheerful colors make me smile.
DONNELL: Favorite activity outdoors?
MAGGIE: This sounds like a cliché, but I love, love, love walking on the beach. Always have. I like the way the warm sand crunches under my toes, hearing the sound of the surf, wading in the breaking waves, and even sitting down at the high water mark and watching all the action. Even if the beach is deserted, there’s always something going on at the beach. Now with sun issues, I have to be a lot more creative about my beach time, but its still my all-time favorite thing to do.
DONNELL: What’s your preference -- small towns or big city?
MAGGIE: I’m definitely a small town gal. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the shopping a big town has to offer, but there are too many people there to suit me. I feel like they are using up all my air.
DONNELL: When you’re not writing, what will we find you doing?
MAGGIE: I have a part-time job at our weekly newspaper, I sing and play guitar in our church choir, and I help with the care of a family member who is having memory issues.
DONNELL: Who’s braver your protagonist in Death Island Style or you?
MAGGIE: MaryBeth in Death Island Style doesn’t start out very brave at all, but by the end of the story, she’s got all the moxie of a Stephanie Plum. I fit in the middle of that spectrum. I don’t like surprises. I like to know what happens next, something that’s rare indeed in a family setting. So, I’d definitely say MaryBeth is braver than me.
DONNELL: What’s in your refrigerator right now?
MAGGIE: Jello, cheese, fake eggs, V-8 juice, fresh veggies, strawberries, and about 6 kinds of salad dressing. This is a South Beach Diet season for my husband and me. So far, it’s working great!
DONNELL: Do you read your reviews?
MAGGIE: That’s like asking if I chew my food! Of course, I read reviews. The wonderful ones lead to euphoria; the less stellar ones cause muttering. I realize you can’t please all the people all the time, but it is nice to know that a reader/reviewer got what you intended from the story.
DONNELL: What sound do you love?
MAGGIE: The sound of moving water.
DONNELL: If you could meet anyone in your lifetime, alive or dead, who would it be?
MAGGIE: I’d like to meet Walt Disney in his heyday. The man was such a font of creativity, imagination, optimism, and entrepreneurship – I’m in awe of his accomplishments. I’d like to talk with him about wellsprings of creativity and how he overcame the challenges he faced along the way to fame. The classic Disney features were mainstays of my childhood and strongly affected my storytelling decision. I’d love to meet the man behind the magic.
READERS: NOW MAGGIE GETS TO ASK *YOU* A QUESTION
MAGGIE: What inspires you to do the things you love each day?
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