Couples who solve mystery
By Maggie Toussaint
The Dreamwalker Mystery Series has a female protagonist, Baxley Powell. She uses her psychic talents to direct the deputies to real evidence to help solve crimes. She is a highly effective crime consultant.
Baxley is also a single mom and only 28 years old. Her Special Forces husband disappeared and then, after years of searching for him, his whereabouts became known, only he wasn’t alive in the traditional sense. Needless to say, he moved into the light, and Baxley became a widow.
The handsome Native American deputy she meets in the mountains while on vacation catches her eye, though she swears she wasn’t looking for a guy. Deputy Sam Mayes feels a soul-deep connection with Baxley as soon as he meets her and encourages her to think about him in a non-professional light.
Their tentative relationship is fraught with peril. For starters they live in opposite ends of the state and have strong ties to their communities. Mayes is being groomed for the sheriff’s spot in his home county, as his sheriff plans to run for governor, as well as tribal leadership. Baxley can’t leave Sinclair County because she’s the Dreamwalker. Ay-yi-yi.
Sam Mayes isn’t one to walk away from a challenge. Baxley is his dream woman in every sense of the word. He keeps the pressure up, visiting Baxley, solving crimes with her and her sheriff, fixing her when she depletes her energy, and generally immersing himself in her life.
Baxley tries to use logic to protect her heart, but it’s too late. They are a couple long before she realizes it. She’s also in love with Mayes.
But does a relationship this serious belong in a mystery novel? My answer is why not? In addition to solving the puzzle of whodunnit, the push-pull of Baxley and Mayes’ relationship adds conflict and characterization opportunities.
Will Mayes win her hand? You’ll have to read DREAMED IT to find out.
What do you think about couples who solve crimes together? Yay or Nay?