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  • E Byron’s Cajun Christmas Killing

    Joyeux Noel!! We are going to visit Pelican, Louisiana during the Christmas season. We will stay at the Crozat Plantation B&B. We will tour the area’s historical places, help build a bonfire on the levee plus watch others built their bonfires. We will eat gumbo, shrimp combos, crawfish and lots more yummy Cajun foods as we tag along with Magnolia Crozat better known as Maggie. Maggie has returned home to the bayou country after living in New York. She is an artist but helps her parents and Grand-mere at the B&B. Murder, explosions, deceit, revenge, ill will, twisted treatment of workers plus firecrackers, bonfires burning bright, a trip to Christmas decorated New Orleans plus more. The story starts off with a bang keeping a very fast pace until the finish. The characters are well rounded, colorful, quirky, well developed plus three dimensional involved in surprising interactions. Maggie discovers one of the guest is not who he says he is and is trying to take over the plantation by having bad reviews posted. He is a sharp, skilled takeover person who is also a real ladies man. That is until he is discovered DEAD. Who killed this man or more likely like who didn’t want this man dead?? Plenty of suspects with plenty of motives to sift through to discover the culprit. I absolutely loved Christmas in bayou country plus a good plotted story. Be sure to get a copy of the book. I volunteered to read this book. Thanks to the author via The Cozy Mystery Review Crew for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.

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  • Fun Cozy Mystery

    A CAJUN CHRISTMAS KILLING is a fun cozy mystery. Full of quirky characters and Cajun references, it's easy to get lost in this story and setting. Byron has a wonderful way with words, and a good dose of humor graces every page of this entertaining novel. Cozy readers are sure to enjoy this book. Disclosure: I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway.

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  • Great Cozy Mystery

    A Cajun Christmas Killing is a cozy mystery set in Pelican, Louisiana, just outside New Orleans, Louisiana. Magnolia Marie Crozat (Maggie) helps run a Bed and Breakfast Inn with her grandmother and parents. A guest, Steve Harmon, is killed and the mystery begins on who did it. The story definitely fills in background information as it weaves in and out with Maggie trying to figure out who killed their guest. Although this is one of a series, there were a few references to a previous story, but not enough so the reader would not be able to read this one as a stand alone. The novel was quite interesting as it imparted some New Orleans Christmas customs as well as some of the thinking processes of the people. And, there are a few bonus recipes at the end of the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read cozy mysteries.

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  • Only in southern Louisiana!

    law-enforcement, bayou, Louisiana, Cajun culture, situational-humor, cozy-mystery, family-dynamics, relationships Maggie is a smart, observant, paint artist with old school family lineage, kooky relatives, and a whole lot of figurative brush fires to put out. The main family home is a B&B with someone sabotaging the approval rating, the other family plantation is registered as historic but is being run by a corporation with delusions. The obnoxious owner of the corporation is staying at the B&B, but ends up murdered in the plantation house. Not only Maggie, but her whole family, some friends, and even her nice new boyfriend the cop are on the short list, even her crooked former boyfriend from NYC, who is a paid consultant for the deceased. Very twisty with lots of situational humor and a lot of red herrings. All of the characters are well developed and are very interesting, as is the trip to the Garden District of NOLA. And then there's all the mentions of the terrific local food! Thanks be that there are several of the recipes given at the end of the book! I requested and received this book courtesy of NetGalley.

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  • A CAJUN CHRISTMAS KILLING by Ellen Byron

    A CAJUN CHRISTMAS KILLING by Ellen Byron is the third book in the Cajun Country Mystery series. It’s the story of Maggie Crozat at Christmas time in Pelican, Louisiana where she has to call on her sleuthing skills once again to help solve not one but two murders. Maggie moved back from New York after the death of her husband to help her family run the Crozat Plantation Bed and Breakfast. She also works as a tour guide to the Doucet Plantation, the ancestral plantation of her mother, Ninette. Between her father, Tug’s health issues brought on my bad unfounded reviews for the B & B and having to deal with her new boss, Tannis Greet, at Doucet, Maggie was beginning to doubt her decision to leave New York and her art career. The highlights in her life are fulfilling her dream to own a book store and her growing affection for one Detective Bo Durand. The town of Pelican is deep in preparation for the Christmas bonfires when Maggie finds out that one of their guest who registered as Don Baxter was actually Steve Harmon, a hedge fund manager and the man trying to take control of their B & B. Knowing where the false reviews were coming from and now able to fight fire with fire, the Crozat’s thought they had a handle of things. That is until Mr. Harmon turns up dead inside the Dorcet Plantation. Their problems turned from rectifying false reviews to proving that they each had an alibi for the time of the murder. They were successful but Bo wasn’t. Trying to hit Harman who was trying to take advantage of your son’s talents, puts you right up at the top of the suspect list. It meant he was off the case and on desk duty. After a possible suicide was ruled as another murder, the police force is on high alert. When her father’s bonfire pile was sabotaged and members of her family, as well as herself, and friends were endangered, Maggie is determined to prove that Bo is innocent, but to also find leads for the police to nab the right suspect before anyone else gets hurt. After Bo was sidelined, she had reservations about working with Rufus Durand, Bo’s cousin and member of a rival family. Bo convinces her to give him a chance, that he’s a changed man since settling down. Can they end up working together for a common goal? Will each of them have clues having them coming up with the same suspect? Will they find the suspect before he strikes again? Or will the suspect find them first? Will this close knit town be able to salvage the Cajun Christmas and will the bonfires go off as planned? Ellen Byron did a fabulous job of balancing the accurate details of a Cajun Christmas as they can exist only in Louisiana, the historical details of plantations and social status of the time, and the wonderful crafted murder mysteries to roll out a cozy mystery that everyone will enjoy reading. To me A CAJUN CHRISTMAS KILLINGS is a book about a holiday that I think anyone would love reading year round. It has a lot going for it – including lots of suspects to keep you going down a path only to have to back up and go a different route and a great ending that will have you shaking your head wondering why you didn’t see that one coming. Add in a little romance to sweeten the deal and you have great book that I highly recommend. Wonderful recipes in the back of the book that are mentioned in the story. Can’t wait to try them because they sound yummy!

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