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Seas the Day

(A Seafood Caper Mystery #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Caterer River Holloway cooks like a dream and is known on Shell Island as a "finder" of things. Which is why a desperate mother begs River to track down her grown son, Chili Bolz, who's vanished.

Deputy Lance Hamlyn can't find the missing man, so he teams up with River. The missing person case boils over into something frightening when Chili's mother falls victim to a bruta
Published April 21st 2020 by Henery Press
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May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas’s Thoughts

River Holloway has her own catering business and is building up a nice list of clients but her friend and fish source Chili Bolz has gone missing. His mother contacts River and pleads with her to find her son. She had recently lost one son and can’t handle losing another.

River is surprised when Deputy Lance Hamlyn suggests they team up to find Chili. She is even more surprised when he continues to hit on her knowing she had a boyfriend.

When Chili’s mother is attacked and kill
Coastal towns are supposed to be relaxed and laid back, right? You never know what is going on right under your eyes. River Holloway is working hard to make her catering business on Shell Island, Georgia, a success. Her life is great except that her boyfriend Pete is living in California and her brother is trying to get his life straight. But when her deceased mom's best friend Estelle asked her to find her missing son, Chili, River can't turn her down. Six months ago, Estelle has lost another s ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Wonderful start to a new series.

River is one tough, smart, and dedicated woman. She believes in supporting friends and family no matter what and has a kind heart as we learn during a discussion with Pete about what she would do if she had a million dollars. It is obvious how much she values friendships when she starts looking for Chili, a pseudo big brother at the behest of his mother, Estelle. What River doesn't realize is that she will be put into some precarious positions in her search.

Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-food
PHEWEEEE!!! What a humdinger to the start of a series (at least I hope it will be a series!)

River Holloway lives on Shell Island in Georgia, her brother served a brief stint in prison but is turning his life around by going to technical college to train as a general contractor come handyman, and their mother died a few months before this book is set. River has started a catering company (ranging from 2 person celebration meals to grand buffets!) and her boyfriend (Pete) travels as a troubleshoot
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. Seas the Day kept me hooked on to the story till the end. The twists and turns
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this story! It was the first in the series but felt like it was in the middle, in a good way. You know there is backstory but you don't get bogged down in it. Really fun read and I was sad when it ended. ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Seas the Day earns 5/5 Fish & Black Cats...Engaging Entertainment!

Maggie Toussaint has penned an engaging cozy using a first-person narrative from the perspective of the delightful River Holloway. “Hello?” Estelle Bolz makes a frantic plea to River Holloway to help her find her last surviving son, Chili. Since losing her youngest in an accident at sea six months ago, her raw emotions are understandable. Chili is a local charter fisherman who also supplies River with the freshest catch of the day
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

This is the first book in the Seafood Caper Mystery series by Maggie Toussaint.

Basic premise: A desperate mother asks River to track down her son, Chili. But there is so much more going on here than just a missing person’s case.

The farther we see River go into this investigation, the more crazy it becomes. River’s boyfriend, Pete is stuck in California and can’t lend a lot of support. And she has Lance “Deputy Dog” Hamlyn wanting to draw her into his investigation at one point and pushi
Alice Liu
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's always a bit of a harrowing experience when an author you love starts a new series.  I didn't read the description for Maggie Toussaint's "Seas the Day" before I dove in, and so I was wondering where the story was going when the protagonist, River Holloway, set out to find a missing friend. With cozy mysteries, I like my bodies dead...not missing. But, my fears were unfounded! What I love best about Toussaint's writing is that her characters have an inner wisdom while being completely relat ...more
Ashley Cate
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Seas the Day is the first book in the Seafood Capers Mystery series by author Maggie Toussaint. I came across this book in a Facebook group, House of Clues, and was intrigued by the synopsis for the book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

The story centers around River Holloway, a caterer in Shell Island, Georgia. An old family friend, Estelle Bolz, contacts River and asks her to help her search for her missing son, Chili. Six months earlier Estelle’s other son Kale was presumed to be lost at sea.
Ryan Hoffman
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great cozy mystery. River Holloway is know for her cooking on her ho!e of Shell Island in Georgia, she's also know for finding things and people. when a friend, Estelle, calls her about finding her other son Chille, River accepts. Only lading her into more trouble. I liked the story and the main character. ...more
Pat Dupuy
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this first entry in a new series. There is a definite backstory concerning River's relationships and hopefully it will be explored in future books. I look forward to more mystery and mayhem on Shell Island!
Karla Brandenburg
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When Estelle Bolz asks River to find her missing son, River does her best. Estelle’s sons have been like brothers to River, but there’s a lot more to this story than meets the eye. The more River finds out, the more trouble she unleashes not only on the Bolz family, but on herself.

Secret identities, people who aren’t what they seem, and a plucky caterer who wants to see the best in everyone, Maggie Toussaint scripts a cozy mystery that showcases the unique landscape and sense of community found
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kale and Chili Bolz are close to their mother Estelle. But when Kale is lost at sea and Chili winds up missing, Estelle pleads with caterer River Holloway to find Chili. Busy with her catering business and worried about her boyfriend in California, River doesn’t really have time to investigate, but when she finds Estelle badly beaten, she pursues the case. Lots of twists and turns and secrets to uncover
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, first-reads
I don’t read very many cozies anymore because I find that too many of them are forgettable. Seas the Day certainly isn’t. The depiction of life in a small coastal town where business is seasonal and people pick up odd jobs to make ends meat felt realistic. And the characters were well done. Hopefully the author will go into more of Pete and River’s backstory as the series goes on. The book actually had a slightly darker, grittier feel than most cozy mysteries and I appreciated that.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new series that is off to a good start, Seas the Day stars River Holloway. She was a character in a previous short story called Trouble with Horses and according to the author, River was demanding her own series. Here it is and it's a winner. River has a talent for finding things but can that talent be translated to finding a person? When she receives a call from her late mother's friend, Estelle, asking for her help finding her missing son, Chili, she's not about to say no. Besides, Chili's b ...more
Diane Hernandez
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
In the first book in a new cozy mystery series, Seas the Day, “Chili Bolz is missing.”

His mother, Estelle, tells Shell Island caterer, River, to look for Chili because the police aren’t making much of an effort to find her grown son. It’s bad enough that Estelle lost her other son, Kale, at sea just six months ago. She can’t lose her remaining child too. Since Chili supplies fish for her catering company and Estelle has been friends with River’s mother for years, River starts investigating.

River Holloway grew up on Shell Island with Kale
and Chili Bolz. They were like brothers to River.
Kale died leaving Chili to take care of their mother,
Estelle. Chili was a seafood supplier for River’s
catering business. So imagine her surprise when
he did not show up with the fish, River need for
an event that evening. Then Estelle frantically
approaches River......Chili is missing. Estelle wants
River to find him as she is known for being a
finder of things.
Deputy Lance Hamlin is assigned to Chili’
Mar 27, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nancy Timmerman
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: print-books
I melted right into the book, “Seas the Day” from the beginning. It was a not only a cute cozy mystery, but had such amusing characters I truly enjoyed. The author, Maggie Toussaint whipped up the scene in a beautiful coastal town. I imagined myself cutting through the streets and the farmers market in this small little town wanting to buy my own fresh fish for dinner.

River Holloway is growing her catering business by word-of-mouth because she stirs up some delicious mouth-watering food. She mi
Judy Johnson
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No spoilers in this review, but all in all, a lovely Southern Cozy Mystery set on an island off the Georgia Coast. River Holloway is our sleuth who is a caterer who has a knack for finding things including trouble. Her quest at the moment is finding a missing fisherman. Twists and turns will keep you engaged with plenty of 'red herrings' (yes, pun intended!) thrown in to keep you guessing and turning the pages until the satisfying end. Fun, well-developed, likable and relatable characters, some ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Caterer River Holloway is busy enough trying to expand her catering business, so when her friend’s mother asks River to help find her missing son, she reluctantly agrees. She isn’t one to refuse to help anyone. This vulnerability is noted by the Sheriff who has his amorous eye on her, much to the dismay of River’s beau out in California. When River starts tracking the missing person’s movements, she discovers much more than a man who might have run away from problems at home. Bad people might be ...more
Tracie Crane
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written story! I loved it!
I read a ton in this genre, but what makes this one unique is that everything happening is believable, no eye rolling and far fetched story line here.
The plot and the lovable caterer, River Holloway, will keep you on the edge of your seat. River is asked to help find the missing son of a close family friend. As River starts searching things start to get dangerous for her and the missing person case turns into much more.
The only flaw I saw (that really isn't a fla
Kathleen Gray
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
River's a caterer but she's more than willing to help her friend Estelle when Estelle's sons Kale and Chili run into trouble. Chili's missing and Kale's lost at sea. And then Estelle is attacked! River's love interest Pete is in California and she's doing a wordplay thing with Lance. There's some sparks in that relationship. This is the classic first installment in a new cozy series where you get to know the characters and the locale (nicely done, btw). There are secrets in every small town and ...more
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mcn
4/16/2020 A few notes that likely won't make it into my official review, in hopes they won't be a thing in the published version:

1. Italians and Mexicans aren't interchangeable, and it would be nice if that was made clear.

2. When considering illicit activities, a list including drug running, arms smuggling and human trafficking should not falsely equate illegal immigration with those first three, good grief.

Full review tk with food photos at
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
River Holloway’s friend asks for help finding her son. Thus begins this spellbinding mystery, which grabs you immediately and doesn’t let go. The writing is very skillful, with a nice twisty plot and believable, well-developed characters. Highly recommended! I’m eagerly awaiting the next book. I received this book free and chose to make a voluntary, unbiased review.
Barbara Tobey
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Loved it! An exciting and engaging cozy mystery. Many twists and turns. A black cat adds some charm. Family and friends issues and bonds. The catering business. All equal an entertaining read. Thanks to the author for providing a copy for my voluntary review. I look forward to reading the next one in this new series.
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent start for a new series, a cozy I loved for its originality.
It's a bit darker than the average cozy, the description of the small town is interesting and the characters are well thought and likeable.
The mystery is solid and kept me guessing.
I can't wait for the next instalment.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting start to a new series!
Reviewed in the United States on April 23, 2020

I found this to be a good mystery with a wonderful cast of characters on Shell Island. The story was well written with twists and turns and some interesting items mentioned which might be addressed in future books! I received an ARC and this is my honest opinion.
I love the cover and the title, which is what drew me into reading this one. I found the plot to be a bit lacking but entertaining enough to keep reading and finish the story. Also... some of the character names made me hungry while reading. Guess that’s what happens when characters are named after food!
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A scientist by training, a romanticist at heart, Maggie Toussaint loves to solve puzzles. Whether it’s the puzzle of a relationship or a who-dun-it, she tackles them all with equal aplomb and wonder. Maggie writes romantic suspense, contemporary romance , and science fiction for Muddle House Publishing, cozy mystery for Camel Press, Henery Press, and Muddle House.

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