Another dead body. Just another day in the Bayou for budding sleuth Magnolia Crozat. In the 3rd Cajun Country mystery, Ellen Byron once again cooks up a laugh out loud page turner that's as yummy as Ninette Crozat's Holiday Brandy Pain Perdu. Maggie Crozat is home for the holidays playing mistress of the Doucet Plantation to the tune of her new manager’s fiddle and helping out at her own family's B&B. Not a moment too soon, given that her family is sick with stress—the trouble is that the Crozat Plantation B & B is being targeted. It isn't long before Maggie and hunky boyfriend Bo Durand dig in, seeking out a mysterious Internet troll who is writing damaging reviews about all of her uncle's properties. What they find at the heart of the matter is a ruthless financier intent on acquiring the Crozat estate. Sadly, (but not really) that financier ends up dead, which lands Maggie and Bo on the suspect list. From irrational reviews to bursting bonfires and crusty guests, the sleigh bells are jingling, and the clock is ticking for Maggie and Rufus, who must catch the killer. Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country mysteries are delightful and addictive. I can't wait for the next book.
I give this five glorious bonfires a burning. ~ Author Rachael Stapleton
Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series Crooked Lane Books (October 10, 2017) Hardcover: 304 pages ISBN-13: 978-1683313052 E-Book ASIN: B06XW23LPG
Maggie Crozat is back home in bayou country during the most magical time of the year. In Pelican, Louisiana, Christmastime is a season of giant bonfires on the levee, zydeco carols, and pots of gumbo. Except, this year, the Grinch has come to stay at the family-run Crozat Plantation B&B. When he floods travel websites with vicious reviews, Maggie thinks she’s identified him as rival businessman Donald Baxter. That is, until he’s found stabbed to death at Maggie’s workplace. And Maggie and her loved ones become top suspects. The Crozats quickly establish alibis, but Maggie’s boyfriend, Detective Bo Durand, remains under suspicion. With Bo sidelined during the investigation, Maggie finds herself forced to work with an unlikely ally: longtime family enemy Rufus Durand. Her sleuthing uncovers more suspects than drummers drumming, and lands her in the crosshairs of the murderer. The sleigh bells are jingling, and the clock is ticking for Maggie and Rufus, who must catch the killer or it will be the opposite of a Joyeux Noël in A Cajun Christmas Killing, the recipe-stuffed third installment of USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country mysteries.About The Author
Body on the Bayou, the second in Ellen's Cajun Country Mystery series, won the Left Coast Crime Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery, and was nominated for a Best Contemporary Novel Agatha Award. Her debut book in the series, Plantation Shudders, made the USA Today Bestsellers list, and was nominated for Agatha, Lefty, and Daphne awards. Ellen is also a recipient of a William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant from the Malice Domestic Convention. Her TV credits include Wings, Still Standing, and Just Shoot Me, as well as network and cable pilots. As a journalist, she's written over 200 magazine articles for national publications. Her plays, published by Dramatists Play Service, include the popular Graceland and Asleep on the Wind. A native New Yorker and graduate of Tulane University, Ellen lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, daughter, and the family’s spoiled rescue dogs.
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