Auntie M has been showcasing UK authors you to investigate, and now she turns her focus to home. Georgia author Maggie Toussaint is a trained scientist who loves a good puzzle, which is why she tackles mysteries in addition to writing romantic and contemporary suspense novels.
One to look for on Amazon.com or in Barnes & Noble is Toussaint’s second Cleopatra Jones novel, On the Nickel.
In For A Penny introduced single mother Cleopatra Jones an avid-but-awful golfer and competent accountant, who lives in rural Maryland and has an engaging family life. On the Nickel is the second in this series, and finds Cleo is watching over her hugely pregnant St. Bernard, two teenaged daughters, and her strong-willed mother, all while trying to contend with a new love in her life and an ex-husband who wants her back.
As if that wasn’t enough drama for any woman to handle, her mother becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation, when Mama’s church-lady rival, Erica Hodges, is run over with a car–several times. Then Cleo finds a huge dent in Mama’s Olds, and Mama refuses to discuss her movements on the night in question.
Toussaint gets all the points right: love-able but demanding teenagers; the push from an ex wanting a second chance; the pull of an exciting new love; even the behind-the-scenes hierarchy and drama of Southern churchwomen groups.
This is perfect for summer reading, with its lighthearted, balanced storyline combining more than a hint of romance, as Cleo scrambles find the real murderer of Erica Hodges, and all before her St. Bernard delivers those puppies!
Maggie Toussaint is a member of numerous organizations including Sisters in Crime. To learn more about her and her other novels, visit: http://www.maggietousssaint.com.