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  • Ellen Byron’s Plantation Shudders

    We are going down to Cajun Country. We will be staying in Pelican, Louisiana at the Crozat Plantation B&B. We will be touring the historical places, eating Cajun food, the Southern charm of it’s residents and getting to share some of the Louisiana style cooking with recipes following the finale. We will meet Magnolia Crozat better known as Maggie. Maggie has returned home after living in New York. Maggie will be helping at the B&B plus giving historical tours at a nearby plantation. A double murder of an elderly couple, one dying in many notes after the other urges Maggie to start her own investigation to clear her family members and the B&B’s reputation. Where the guests present at the B&B there for local food festival or were their other devious reasons involved?? Murders, deceit, secrets, vivid descriptions, social issues (autism and slavery), historical fiction, humor plus a hint of romance make the story one you will one you will want to read. An array of well fleshed, colorful, quirky and interesting cast of characters mix together all the ingredients for a well plotted mystery with many twists and turns. An enjoyable trip and stay in the Cajun Bayou Country’s Crozat Plantation B&B.

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  • Plantation Shudders

    A very enjoyable read. The cajunr refrences are well researcghed. Love the characters, especiallu Maggie's grandmother. Had .e guessing all thewat tothhe end

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  • 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.

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  • Plantation shudders

    Great read. Characters are well done. Couldn't put it down.

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  • A fantastic beginning to a new cozy series!

    If you’ve read some of my other reviews, especially the ones for Peaches and Scream or Rest in Peach by Susan Furlong, you’ll be aware that I have an obsession with the South, even though I’ve only been to Arkansas. Now, with this fabulous book that Ellen Byron has written, I have yet another reason to want to visit down there! The characters were very well developed for a first book, and Byron’s descriptions of the architecture and landscape was wonderful. GrandMere was a hoot, and definitely my favorite character. Byron also introduces us to a character that is on the autism spectrum. I love when writers give us characters that are not as mainstream, because not everyone fits into perfect little pegs. I really enjoyed the paranormal aspect to the book, with Maggie and GrandMere getting feelings about certain things. Although it’s never mentioned as being psychic, it is implied. I’m looking forward to seeing how this continues in future books. And although Byron could have used this as a sort of cop out to investigating the mystery, I don’t think that was the case at all. The other thing I thought was a nice addition to the story was Maggie’s mother having had cancer, and being currently in remission. I think a lot of people can relate to this, either having had cancer themselves, or someone close to them who has had it. That story line just made me feel even more part of the family. As for the mystery itself, I thought it was very well written. Bryon left some clues if you paid attention, and if you didn’t there was still a big enough clue before the big reveal that it would make you feel as if you solved it before Maggie. A fabulous start to the Cajun Country Mystery series, and I’m looking forward to the next one, Body on the Bayou.

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