Plantation Shudders: A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen ByronPlantation Shudders: A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen Byron

Plantation Shudders: A Cajun Country Mystery

byEllen Byron

Paperback | August 12, 2016

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USA TODAY BESTSELLERAGATHA AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST FIRST MYSTERYLEFTY AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST HUMOROUS MYSTERYDAPHNE DU MAURIER AWARD NOMINEECheck in for some Southern hospitality in Plantation Shudders, the Cajun Country series debut from Ellen Byron.It's the end of the summer and Prodigal Daughter Maggie Crozat has returned home to her family's plantation-turned-bed-and-breakfast in Louisiana. The Crozats have an inn full of guests for the local food festival - elderly honeymooners, the Cajun Cuties, a mysterious stranger from Texas, a couple of hipster lovebirds, and a trio of Georgia frat boys. But when the elderly couple keels over dead within minutes of each other - one from very unnatural causes - Maggie and the others suddenly become suspects in a murder.With the help of Bo Durand, the town's handsome new detective, Maggie must investigate to clear her name while holding the family business together at the same time. And the deeper she digs, the more she wonders: are all of the guests really there for a vacation or do they have ulterior motives? Decades-old secrets and stunning revelations abound in Ellen Byron's charming cozy debut, 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:Plantation Shudders: A Cajun Country MysteryFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.74 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 0.74 inPublished:August 12, 2016Publisher:Crooked Lane BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1629538248

ISBN - 13:9781629538242


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Plantations Shudders by Ellen Byron is the first book in the Cajun Country Mystery series. Magnolia “Maggie” Crozat works at a docent at Doucet Plantation (which used to belong to her mother’s family until they gifted it to the state) and help out at Crozat Bed and Breakfast (which is her father’s family’s plantation) in Pelican, Louisiana. It is the last weekend in August and the B&B is fully booked. The guests are all enjoying happy hour when the last couple arrives. Hal and Beverly Clabber are on their honeymoon. They are not what the Crozat’s expected. They are an elderly couple who just got married. Beverly is all smiles while her husband, Hal is very unpleasant (he has anal issues). One night there is a storm and the lights go out. Normally, the generator would come on immediately. Of course, it does not. The Crozat’s get out flashlights for everyone and they notice that Hal is turning purple. He then collapses. Beverly is distraught and asks for her pills. Maggie hands her the pills and a few minutes later Beverly collapses on top of her husband. Both Clabber’s are dead. Pelican Chief of Police is Rufus “Ru” Durand. He does not like the Crozat family because of a one hundred and fifty year old curse. Ru goes out of his way to be unpleasant to Maggie. He is thrilled that the death’s occurred on Crozat property and hopes it will ruin their B&B. The Crozat family is hoping that the new detective will be more open minded. The new detective is Bo Durand, Ru’s cousin. He has just transferred from Shreveport. Maggie knows the only way to clear her families name is to solve the case. With the help of her Grandmere, Charlotte, she starts looking into the Clabber’s backgrounds as well as those of her guests. Maggie finds two brochures (about castles in England and Scotland) and a ring hidden in the Clabber’s room. Maggie makes copies of them and hides (and locks) them in her desk. A few days later another guest is strangled. She evidently overheard something or got in the way of the killer. Then Maggie finds out that the brochures and ring have been stolen. Maggie determined to find the culprit. Luckily, Bo has turned out to be very different from his nasty cousin, Rufus. Will Maggie find the killer in time to save herself as well as the Crozat Bed and Breakfast? I thoroughly enjoyed reading Plantation Shudders. It had just the right amount of humor. When Beverly leaned to whisper to Maggie about Hal’s issues, I just laughed. It was such a funny sentence (you will have to read the book). I give Plantation Shudders 5 out of 5 stars. There is the main mystery as well as a couple of others (with the other guests), a little romance, humor, and, of course, the nasty sheriff (you have to have someone to dislike). The murder mystery was simple to solve, but I had no idea what the Georgia boys were up to. I hope there will be many more books in the Cajun Country Mystery series. I received a complimentary copy of Plantation Shudders from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
Date published: 2015-08-11

Editorial Reviews

USA TODAY BESTSELLERAGATHA AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST FIRST MYSTERYLEFTY AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST HUMOROUS MYSTERYDAPHNE DU MAURIER AWARD NOMINEEPraise for Plantation Shudders :Recipes and fascinating tidbits about plantation history add a tasty lagniappe to this entertaining and well-done cozy debut. A twisty plot and engaging colorful characters complete this mystery's many pleasures." - Library Journal starred review, Debut of the Month'Byron's debut brings energy and verve to the cozy.' - Publishers Weekly on Plantation Shudders "Enthusiastically recommended... a deftly crafted and terrifically entertaining novel." - Midwest Book Review "Brilliant... Ellen Byron has written a delectable Cajun cozy mystery that is one of the best books I have read in a long time!" - Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick "An engaging mystery with a touch of romance and a twist of Southern charm." - Nancy Atherton, New York Times bestselling author of the Aunt Dimity series" Plantation Shudders is a delight - a fast, fun read. Ellen Byron is a new cozy voice with a charming Southern accent. You'll love this novel and its colorful Louisiana characters." - Elaine Viets, author of Checked Out, a Dead-End Job mystery"When love goes wrong, aspiring artist Maggie Crozat heads back to the bayou to become a modern-day belle with a mission to keep the family's historic plantation financially afloat. A jambalaya of colorful friends and relatives, plus scrumptious Cajun cooking and a basset hound named Gopher make Pelican, Louisiana as southern as good manners and Spanish Moss. But before long, there's murder under the magnolias, and Maggie must spring into action. I love a mystery that's a gumbo of wit, charm, and plenty of heart. Laissez les bons temps rouler! " - Nancy Martin, author of The Blackbird Sisters Mystery Series "