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A Cajun Christmas Killing: A Cajun Country Mystery: 3 Paperback – 11 September 2018
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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 Noe?l inA Cajun Christmas Killing, the recipe-stuffed third installment ofUSA Todaybestselling author Ellen Byron's Cajun Country mysteries.
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2018 Best Humorous Mystery Lefty Award Winner Superb...there's no end to the mischief and mayhem in this exceptional cozy.
--Publishers Weekly starred review Amid the slew of Christmas cozies, Byron spices up the genre with her colorful Cajun Louisiana setting and entertaining protagonist.
--Library Journal "Fun and heartwarming, a real holiday treat that will leave you guessing until the end."
--San Francisco Book Review, five-star review "A Cajun Christmas Killing is pure perfection! It has the just the right blend of holiday spice, mystery, and murder to be enjoyed not only at Christmas, but the whole year round! Once you crack open this blissful book you will be hooked!"
--Night Owl Reviews "Simply outstanding...unreservedly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections."
--Midwest Book Review Praise for Body on the Bayou
2017 WINNER OF THE LEFTY AWARD FOR BEST HUMOROUS MYSTERY NOVEL
2017 AGATHA BEST CONTEMPORARY NOVEL AWARD NOMINEE
Cozy readers who fell under the spell of the eccentric and charming Crozat family will welcome their return...Diane Mott Davidson and Lou Jane Temple fans will line up for this series.
--Library Journal "A tight plot, an appealing setting, and a smart, good-hearted protagonist with a caring, supportive family and lots of friends give this story everything cozy readers could want."
--Publishers Weekly "Who did the deadly deed? Often amusing characters and plenty of red herrings make Byron's second Cajun Country mystery an entertaining read."
--Kirkus Reviews Body on the Bayou is a perfect mix of Southern charm, spicy people, fantastic food, and murder...Once again, Ellen Byron has given us a murder mystery masterpiece!
--Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick Southern charm and humor permeate Ellen Byron's Body on the Bayou, a Louisiana murder mystery rife with suspenseful twists, relationship drama, and delectable cooking...Aside from the backdrop, the characters are the most compelling aspect of the novel, as even minor players possess unique and memorable personalities.
--Foreword Reviews, five-star review Not only is the story a whole lot of fun to read, with a historical plantation setting, but there are also mouthwatering recipes for every reader to sink their teeth into.
--Suspense Magazine Byron fills this mystery with delightful characters...The story flows nicely and the killer is a surprise.
--Noir Journal Ellen Byron serves up a veritable feast of different characters, all twisting and turning to keep their own particular secrets hidden from those they would rather keep in the dark...If you like strong flavors in both your books and your food, then this is definitely for you.
--Criminal Element "Byron shares an entertaining look at Southern small town life, with all its complications and friendships, good food, and mysteries while adding humor."
--Kings River Life Magazine
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- Publisher : CROOKED LANE BOOKS; Reprint edition (11 September 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1683317556
- ISBN-13 : 978-1683317555
- Dimensions : 13.84 x 1.65 x 20.98 cm
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Maggie's police detective boyfriend Bo is a person of interest in the case so he's sidelined at his desk for the duration of the investigation which leaves Maggie on her own some of the time but also working with Ru, Bo's cousin that she never thought she'd be able to work with. However, being a dad has changed Ru and he's more cooperative and willing to work with her especially since he knows her sleuthing has been helpful a couple of other times. A couple of attempts on lives as well as another murder, make Maggie even more antsy to get the answers to this case before Christmas gets there and all the traditional fun of the bonfires begins. Hopefully she can find this person before they find her!
I love the whole Christmas season so I really enjoyed this third installment in the Cajun Country series. I like how Maggie's former nemeses, Vanessa and Ru are now friends with her and she can actually count on them when she needs to. As always I just love Gran' and how she enjoys looking up things online and doing research. I had to laugh out loud at the part where everyone is gathered around the big screen to see Mass at the Vatican with Pope Francis. Pelican is especially proud because their own priest is there at the Mass. It was so hilarious when they caught him taking a selfie amid all the other religious leaders at Mass! He was tweeting different things leading up to Christmas Eve as well. Even Gopher the dog had a little moment in the spotlight earlier in the book.
Ellen Byron describes things so vividly that I can just picture myself at Crozat Plantation or really anywhere she has her characters visiting in the story. She's an awesome story teller and it's always evident that she's really done her research and homework, that she truly loves Cajun Country. Since Bo and Maggie are growing ever closer, I can't wait to see what the next book brings for them!
In this book, you are introduced to several new visitors, some hot shots that are trying to buy up properties. They bring in people to slander the B&B's to slow down business then swoop in and try to buy them up. In this line of work, you are sure to make many enemies. So when Maggie finds the head of the business dead, the suspect list is endless.
There are a few new story lines in this book and they all compliment each other. I love that fatherhood has changed Rufus and I enjoy he and Maggie's new found friendship. I am so glad that Maggie and Bo are almost a "real" couple now.
I had suspicions but did not have a true idea of the killer. It literally could have been any number of people. Well played!
I cannot wait to read the fourth installment, Mardi Gras Murder.
Byron delivers a delightful book. Christmas in the Bayou is exotic, add bonfires, murder, steamy nights, and vendettas and it kicks it up more than a notch. This is the third book in this series, but the first I have read and as soon as I closed the cover, I bought the first two installments. It's that wonderful.
When a former guest in the Crozat family B&B is found dead in Maggie's ancestral (but deeded to the State) home during a tour, the Crozat family become prime suspects in his death. The guest is suspected of writing devastating reviews of the B&B in an attempt to ruin the business. Worse, the attempt is working. The net of suspicion widens to include Maggie's boyfriend, Detective Bo Durand and suddenly, Maggie is left to follow investigative leads butting heads with Bo's replacement, his cousin Rufus. Not a fan of Bo or Maggie.
In true Cajun style, connections and family are everything and Maggie pulls out all the stops to find the killer before someone in her family is framed for a murder they didn't commit. When the bonfires light the way for Pere Noel, will they also light the true killer? Or will the fires consume everyone in their path? No spoilers here in this well rounded, tightly drawn, plot.
Maggie is one of the most likable characters I have encountered in a book in a long time. Byron has written someone who leaps off the page and into your heart. I didn't want to let her go.