Wednesday, December 21, 2011

PW review is a mag Christmas gift

fab new cover quote from
Publisher's Weekly
I kept wondering what I would get myself for Christmas this year. I'm oh-so-tempted to buy a little here and there as I'm working down my Christmas list, but this year I'd held back. Then  Publisher's Weekly surprised me with a great review.

I was anxious about this book, my first mystery not in my popular Cleopatra Jones series. Would the reviewers like it as much as my other titles? Would it tank, and there'd never be another Maggie Toussaint cozy sold? So many things go through your head when you send a book out into the world, almost like putting your child on the school bus for the first time.

Anyway, if my "gift" of a review for Death, Island Style from Publisher's Weekly is a portent of things to come, I think I can relax and let go.

My publisher was so pleased with the review that the cover was changed to incorporate the new PW quote" "exciting whodunit."

Here's their entire review:

Widow MaryBeth Cashour, a former Maryland resident, makes a fresh start on the tiny coastal island of Sandy Shores, Ga., after the mysterious drowning death of her husband and her mother’s death from cancer in this exciting whodunit from Toussaint (In for a Penny). Running a souvenir and gift shop gives MaryBeth purpose, income, and a good reason to tackle crafting and shelling. When she discovers a dead body bobbing along the seashore, the police are suspicious of a newcomer with so much death in her recent past. When the corpse is linked to MaryBeth’s former life, the heat really turns up. Fortunately, there’s also heat from a handsome pharmacist in a neighboring storefront. MaryBeth realizes that if she’s ever going to drop off the police radar, she’ll have to figure out some things for herself.

gingerbread cookies
are a family favorite
I haven't figured out how to wrap this one up and put it under my tree, so I'm glad to have the Mudpies blog to showcase this wonderful gift. My publisher notified me that Death, Island Style would also release in large print, so that's two gifts in one!

To read the first Chapter of Death, Island Style, visit the Bookshelf page of my site,

Death, Island Style by Maggie Toussaint.
Five Star, $25.95 (262p) ISBN 978-1-4328-2566-9
Available March 9, 2012 from all online and bricks and mortar vendors
Wishing everyone the merriest Christmas ever!
Maggie Toussaint
A bit of holiday cheer
on my door


  1. Maggie,
    Congratulations on the wonderful Publisher's Weekly review! I'm a huge fan of your writing, so I add a "MUCH DESERVED!" I'm so proud of you, and wish you continued, amazing success! *Hugs*
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Congrats! Very nice cover. :-) To put it under your tree, print the cover and frame it!

  3. Thanks for your friendship and cheers, Diana.

    And Loraine, what a cool idea to frame my cover and put under the tree. Which gives me an idea to make it small enough to be an ornament. hmm. Wouldn't that be nice for all of us writers? Book Cover ornaments! I like it!

    Also, my publisher just came out with a new "flip book sales catalog." If you'd like to view it (I think I'm on page 15 or 16), here's the link:

    Thanks for stopping in and keeping a smile on my face today! Maggie

  4. Maggie, I'm thrilled for you! Congrats! Happy holidays.

  5. Maggie--you deserve this review! It's so wonderful--you have a real knack for writing mysteries...along with a little romance. Congratulations, a big hug, and good wishes for more, and more, and more....
    Merry Christmas!

  6. Hi Jacquie and Celia! I'm delighted you stopped in to read my news. I'm hoping for continued good reaction to this book. Merry Christmas to you both.

  7. Most excellent gift. The color and size are perfect!

  8. Gorgeous cover, Maggie, and kudos on the great review! I loved In For a Penny and On The Nickel, so I can't wait to read Death, Island Style!

    Have a wonderful holiday ~

  9. Wonderful review, Maggie. How did I miss critiquing this one? It sounds like a wonderful Maggie book. I doubt you had reason to worry about your readers abandoning you. Cheers to you and happy holidays.

  10. Congrats on the great review. You must be thrilled! The same thing happened to me; I got a good PW review and Five Star put it on my cover. Kudos to you, and wishing you many more successes.


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