- Title: The Murder of Miss Toadvine: A Dark Paranormal Cozy Mystery Novel
(Mystic California Cozies Book 2)
- Author: Dovie Ruth
- Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Cozy Mystery
- Length: 410 pages
- Publisher: Courtney & Chenille
- Publication Date: October 24, 2019
The Murder of Miss Toadvine – Synopsis
When quirky Eunice Toadvine is found dead in a desolate Central California oil town, a young autistic man is suspected of the spinster’s murder. Mary Carol Satterlee, who is home from college, doesn’t believe the accusation for a minute.
Everybody in Roughneck, California knew that Eunice has been flirting with danger for years. Just weeks before her death, she’d placed an advertisement in the local newspaper for a witch to cast spells.
Sergeant Rodney Gullett isn’t of a mind to listen to Mary Carol’s arguments in defense of the accused young man. The officer just wants a quick and dirty trial. After all, there are so many young ladies to chase in Roughneck. Including Mary Carol.
In the true spirit of the cozy mystery genre, The Murder of Miss Toadvine contains no gore, foul language, or overt sex. The Murder of Miss Toadvine is a standalone novel, however, some of the background information presented in Once Upon An Equinox will enhance the reading experience.
About The Author
Dovie Ruth was born into a family with a penchant for teaching and writing.
From an early age, Dovie took solace in her pen — even with the knowledge that her journal would be breached periodically and read aloud to the family.
But nothing stopped Dovie’s quill from dissecting the guarded veils of family life, the hidden stories that swam in academic fishbowls, and the nature of the universe. Fueled by the transgressive examples of Sylvia Plath, Ken Kesey, Shirley Jackson, and John Steinbeck, Dovie has inked her observations about courage, mental illness, disabilities, alternative lifestyles, the dark side of academia, and the baffling fit of traditional religions in our modern world.
Dovie was also mystified by the works of Alfred Hitchcock, Agatha Christie, and of course, Carolyn Keene. Those authors, among others, have been an inspiration for her own series of dark paranormal cozy mysteries.
The subject matter of the author’s books might be heady, but Dovie Ruth’s tales are delivered in a lively, juicy, provocative tone that leaves the reader questioning the status quo.
Dovie has a Bachelors degree in psychology with a minor in design and illustration. She has also completed a Masters degree in special education. Professionally, she has worked as a social worker, an administrator of residential care homes for the developmentally disabled, and as a special education teacher. She is the author of a professional manual in special education that is often quoted in the dissertations of doctoral students. Saints of Camarillo is her first work of fiction.