Title: Seas the Day (A Seafood Caper Mystery #1)
Author: Maggie Toussaint
Published on: 21st April 2020
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Caterer River Holloway cooks like a dream and is known on Shell Island as a ‘finder’ of things. Estelle Bolz asks River to help find her missing son – Chili Bolz. Her other son, Kale, died six months ago at sea and Estelle cannot afford to lose Chili too.
Days later, Estelle is brutally beaten up and left to die. River rescues her but it is too late. Estelle’s dying words take River on one heck of a journey. The suspect list runs longer than River’s grocery list. The local deputy Sherrif Lance seems to be overly friendly with River but incompetent at solving a missing person’s case. Pete, River’s boyfriend has his foot in a mess and she’s worried about his safety. Will River be able to find Chili before it is too late?
Seas the Day is the first book in A Seafood Caper Mystery series by Maggie Toussaint. As a series debut, this book has surely made quite an impression on me. Series debut usually focuses on character background and tend to be a little low on the ‘mystery’ part. But not this book. It felt like we were in the middle series but with just the right amount of background story.
The character introduction is simple and brief. The story begins with Estelle asking River to help find her missing son. River goes to the bar that night and meets her childhood friend Viv. Viv introduces River to a couple of peeps and none of them seems to have seen Chili recently. The deputy Sherrif Lance asks River to help him – he’s working on the missing person’s case – meaning Chili’s case.
River agrees to help the deputy but the townspeople think River and Lance are dating. Lance shows interest in River but she refuses his advances. It sounded a tad creepy here because Lance does not take no for an answer. River trusts him anyway when he tells her they would share whatever information they find on Chili. Lance goes over the line to help River.
Pete, River’s boyfriend, has a story of his own. His latest venture seems to have a mob angle to it and he is not happy. Uh-huh! The mystery behind Estelle’s laundry business and Chili’s disappearance takes a whole new turn with Estelle’s death and two ‘long lost relatives’ creating a mess at Estelle’s place.
Something fishy seems to be going on at the docks. River wants to find out and this gets her into a lot of trouble. She finally gets a warning or two from the killer! But Chili and Estelle were like family and River would do anything to get to the bottom of this mess!
Seas the Day kept me hooked on to the story till the end. The twists and turns in the story piqued my curiosity. River’s dedication to her work and friends is very well portrayed. Toussaint has an excellent job in portraying the character as neither perfect nor imperfect – you will love River for all the choices (even if some are bad) she makes.
The ending is mind-blowing. In the second half of the story, the reader is given a slight clue as to who the killer might be. River plays a major role in catching them red-handed. I highly recommend you to read Seas the Day. A wonderful and completely engrossing series debut. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.
There’s a giveaway for this blog tour. If you are interested to win a copy of Seas the Day (Digital or print, your choice), details are here.
Many thanks to Lori for the blog tour invite.