Body On The Bayou: A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen ByronBody On The Bayou: A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen Byron

Body On The Bayou: A Cajun Country Mystery

byEllen Byron

Hardcover | September 23, 2016

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Winner of the 2016 Best Humorous Mystery Lefty Award and shortlisted for the Agatha Best Contemporary Novel Award, Body on the Bayou finds Maggie Crozat once again using her artist's eye to spot clues and help.The Crozats feared that past murders at Crozat Plantation B&B might spell the death of their beloved estate, but they've managed to survive the scandal. Now there's a tres bigger story in Pelican, Louisiana: the upcoming nuptials between Maggie Crozat's nemesis, Police Chief Rufus Durand, and her co-worker, Vanessa Fleer.When everyone else refuses the job of being Vanessa's Maid of Honor, Maggie reluctantly takes up the title and finds herself tasked with a long list of duties - the most important of which is entertaining Vanessa's cousin, Ginger Fleer-Starke. But just days before the wedding, Ginger's lifeless body is found on the bayou and the Pelican PD, as well as the Crozats, have another murder mystery on their hands.There's a gumbo-potful of suspects, including an ex-Marine with PTSD, an annoying local newspaper reporter, and Vanessa's own sparkplug of a mother. But when it looks like the investigation is zeroing in on Vanessa as the prime suspect, Maggie reluctantly adds keeping the bride-to-be out of jail to her list of Maid of Honor responsibilities in Body on the Bayou, Ellen Byron's funny and engaging follow up to her critically acclaimed novel Plantation Shudders .
Ellen Byron is a television writer, playwright, and freelance journalist. Her TV credits include Wings, Still Standing, and Just Shoot Me, and her written work has appeared in Glamour, Redbook, and Seventeen, among others. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, their daughter, and the family's very spoiled rescue dog. A n...
Title:Body On The Bayou: A Cajun Country MysteryFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.04 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1.04 inPublished:September 23, 2016Publisher:Crooked Lane BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1629537683

ISBN - 13:9781629537689


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Second book in series! Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron is the second book in A Cajun Country Mystery series. Magnolia Marie Crozat (who prefers Maggie) is a docent at Louisiana Doucet Plantation that was owned by her ancestors. Maggie is also a painter and helps with the families bed and breakfast (Crozat Plantation Bed and Breakfast). Maggie has agreed to act as Vanessa Fleer’s maid of honor (even though she does not like Vanessa) in hopes of repairing the rift between the Durand and Crozat families. Rufus Durand is Vanessa’s fiancé, and he believes that a Crozat ancestor placed a curse on all Durand relationships. Maggie is hoping to soften Rufus’ attitude toward her family. But Maggie did not count on Vanessa’s turning into a bridezilla or firing her wedding planner (why pay someone if you can get someone to do it for free). Then Maggie finds out that Vanessa wants her cousin, Ginger Fleer-Starke (along with her assistant and intern) to stay at the Crozat B&B (for free). When Rufus finds out, he starts laughing hysterically (not a good sign), and Maggie is warned to keep Ginger away from stairs (this does not bode well for the Crozat’s). Ginger is sweet as sugar the first night of her stay (she arrived a week early), but the next day Maggie finds out why Rufus was laughing. After some Ginger related shenanigans at the co-ed bridal shower (which Maggie had to host and pay for), Maggie finds Ginger dead with her head in the bayou. The suspect list is long with Vanessa near the top of Acting Police Chief Hank Perske’s list. Vanessa pleads with Maggie to find the real killer before her wedding day. Maggie starts her investigation with the help of Bo Durand (in between wedding preparation and planning the bachelorette party). But then Trent Socher, Ginger’s assistant turns up dead at the bachelorette party. He was killed with Vanessa’s wedding gift from Rufus (a small silver pistol—so romantic). Maggie needs to work quickly or this wedding will not go off as planned (though Maggie would like to avoid the maid of honor dress that reminds her of a neon Vegas showgirl outfit). Can Maggie find the real culprit before Vanessa and Rufus’ wedding begins? You will have to read Body on the Bayou to find out! Body on the Bayou was not my cup of tea. It was a too over-the-top silly for my tastes. It was just one inane thing after another (my mother claims I do not have a sense of humor). Maggie comes across as weak willed and a bit of a doormat (she lets Vanessa and others walk all over her). My favorite character is Bo’s son, Xander. Such a little sweetie. I thought the killer’s identity was easily figured out (I knew who it was as soon as the character was introduced). It was also very easy to figure out who was going to be killed. I mean who didn’t want to kill Ginger. Two clues are all that is needed to solve the mystery (if you need them). I thought too much of book devoted to Maggie and Bo’s “relationship” or lack of one. I like subtle romance in cozy mysteries. I give Body on the Bayou 3 out of 5 stars. The book is easy to read and can be finished in just a few hours. Body on the Bayou is the second book in the series, but it can easily be read alone. Ellen Byron gives us all the background information to bring a reader up-to-date. While this novel was not for me, others will enjoy the humor in it. I suggest getting a sample (if you have an e-reader) to see if the books suits you. Body on the Bayou has a sweet ending that will make you sigh with pleasure. I received a complimentary copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review. The comments and opinions are strictly my own.
Date published: 2016-09-14

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Body on the Bayou :2017 WINNER OF THE LEFTY AWARD FOR BEST HUMOROUS MYSTERY NOVEL2017 AGATHA BEST CONTEMPORARY NOVEL AWARD NOMINEECozy 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 "