Murder in the Bayou Boneyard:
A Cajun Country Mystery
by Ellen Byron
About Murder in the Bayou Boneyard
Cozy Mystery 6th in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (September 8, 2020)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B082H3BT6F
Maggie Crozat has the Halloween heebie-jeebies in USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Ellen Byron's howlingly funny sixth Cajun Country mystery.
Maggie Crozat, proprietor of a historic Cajun Country B&B, prefers to let the good times roll. But hard times rock her hostelry when a new cell phone app makes it easy for locals to rent their spare rooms to tourists. With October--and Halloween--approaching, she conjures up a witch-crafty marketing scheme to draw visitors to Pelican, Louisiana.
Five local plantation B&Bs host "Pelican's Spooky Past" packages, featuring regional crafts, unique menus, and a pet costume parade. Topping it off, the derelict Dupois cemetery is the suitably sepulchral setting for the spine-chilling play Resurrection of a Spirit. But all the witchcraft has inevitably conjured something: her B&B guests are being terrified out of town by sightings of the legendary rougarou, a cross between a werewolf and vampire.
When, in the Dupois cemetery, someone costumed as a rougarou stumbles onstage during the play--and promptly gives up the ghost, the rougarou mask having been poisoned with strychnine, Maggie is on the case. But as more murders stack up, Maggie fears that Pelican's spooky past has nothing on its bloodcurdling present.
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.
A fabulous addition to a great cozy series. It is close to Halloween but Maggie is not excited about that. To help business though she creates a themed event for the whole month pairing with several other places. Things start fairly well and a recently discovered cousin is coming to be the masseuse at the new spa on the property. This starts as a great turn of events until things go bad making it necessary to fire the cousin who turns up dead not long after. The death happened at a jurisdiction line so a new group of police are involved who quickly focus on Maggie. This makes for a fun ride when she starts looking into things. Overall a satisfying mystery mixed with plenty of characters making for a pleasant mix. A total must read for cozy fans. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.
About Ellen Byron
Ellen’s Cajun Country Mysteries have won the Agatha award for Best Contemporary Novel and multiple Lefty awards for Best Humorous Mystery. Her Catering Hall Mystery series, written as Maria DiRico, launched with Here Comes the Body and was inspired by her real life. She’s an award-winning playwright and non-award-winning TV writer of comedies like WINGS, JUST SHOOT ME, and FAIRLY ODD PARENTS, but she considers her most impressive credit working as a cater-waiter for Martha Stewart. A native New Yorker who attended New Orleans’ Tulane University, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and rescue furbaby. Sign up for her newsletter at https://www.ellenbyron.com/
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