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    Incredible

    I really enjoyed this book and I had a lovely history lesson to go with it. The way it was woven so beautifully into the plot line was incredible in and of itself; however, the world building and characters were equally fantastic. I didn't have the slightest idea who the bad guy was and I was floored when it was all put together. I enjoyed the different viewpoints that were shown through the annual beauty pageant. It was well-written instead of coming across as preachy or forcing one viewpoint and limiting the others. Recipes included: Oyster Soup, Banana Bon Temps Cocktail, Banana Pancakes with Brown Sugar Butter, Easy-Peasy King (Bundt) Cake, Gumbo Recipes ( Gaynell's Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Gaynell's Seafood Gumbo), Ellen's Cajun Country Potato Salad, and Gaynell's Potato Salad. Thank you so much to Ellen Byron, NetGalley, and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read this book and share my honest thoughts and opinions with others.
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    Good

    Very much enjoyed this story. A who done it, which was really hard to figure out.
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    Mardi Gras and Murder!

    Maggie Crozat is preparing for Mardi Gras in her hometown of Pelican, Louisiana. But, a flood destroys part of the town and leaves a dead body behind. Maggie’s grandmother falls ill and can’t be a judge in the local beauty pageant. So, Maggie steps in as one of the judges. Can she find the murderer, judge the beauty pageant, and make it through Mardi Gras in one piece? This was a great cozy mystery. I learned so much about the history and society of old Louisiana, it was fascinating. I loved the character’s quirky behaviors and how the plot revolved around the relationships between Pelican’s citizens. Maggie’s relationship with Bo, a detective, was refreshing because they, meaning the police, listened to her and she was upfront with what she figured out. I can’t wait for the next Cajun Country mystery. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
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    Yes we pelican!

    After Pelican, Louisiana is hit with flooding, a body of a John Doe is found and it turns out he was murdered. Overtime Maggie Crozat becomes convinced the dead stranger’s murder is linked to murder of a local man. As Maggie digs deeper, she finds that the past can, and does, impact the present and future. But will Maggie figure out who the murderer is before her future is cut short? I love spending time in Pelican, Louisiana, even if it’s only fictional. The people are friendly and make you want to grab a praline and several and join in the fun now and then. Can’t wait for book 5 to see what life has in store for Maggie and the town of Pelican!
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    Fourth book in series!

    Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron is the fourth book in A Cajun Country Mystery series. The town of Pelican, Louisiana suffered from heavy rains and flooding. Behind the Crozat Plantation B&B, under piles of debris the family finds a dead man without identification. Three weeks later, the town is recovering from the flooding and they are ready for the Mardi Gras celebrations to begin—Laissez les bon temps rouler. The celebrations include a gumbo cook-off, a parade and the Miss Pelican Mardi Gras Gumbo Queen pageant. Maggie’s grandmother normally is one of the pageant judges, but walking pneumonia has her confined to bed which means Maggie must step up to the plate (despite her opinion of pageants). At the first meeting of the judges, Maggie learns about the controversial Louisiana Orphan Train exhibit. The highlight of the meeting is when a fight breaks out between two of the pageant contestant mothers. On the way home, Maggie is rear ended by Gerard Damboise, head judge and president of the historical society. Maggie finds him bleeding from a gunshot wound. Gerard whispers two last words before he perishes. Maggie wonders if his death is related to the pageant or the orphan train exhibit. Maggie begins scouting for clues in the hopes of resolving Gerard’s murder. Can Maggie unmask the killer before Fat Tuesday? Mardi Gras Murder can be read alone if you have not read the other novels in A Cajun Country Mystery series. There is a lot going on in Mardi Gras Murder. I only covered the basics in my summary. There is the unidentified dead man, Mardi Gras, the pageant, problems with Tug’s gumbo pot, Gran’s illness, guests at the B&B, Maggie’s relationship with Bo, a mystery at Doucet, a secret room at Grove Hall, the flooding, and the orphan train exhibit controversy. The book is well-written with a steady pace and humor scattered throughout. There are numerous characters, but the author does provide a handy cheat sheet at the beginning of the book (I wish I could have printed it out). Pelican is a small town where everyone knows your business and is happy to pass it along to others. The town goes all out for Mardi Gras. I learned some interesting facts about the holiday along with interesting traditions. The murder mystery has some intriguing points (I do not want to spoil it for you). There is misdirection along with direct clues. Avid cozy mystery readers will have no problem solving the whodunit. All the storylines are wrapped up at the end. There is a sweet ending that will have the romantics smiling, and I love who won the gumbo cook-off. Ellen Byron combines Southern charm, Mardi Gras, humor, a cast of quirky characters and a beguiling mystery into one rousing cozy mystery.
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