Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron

Fatal Cajun Festival: A Cajun Country Mystery
Good Day!  Buried in the Stacks by Allison Brook, Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron and Remembering the Dead by Elizabeth J. Duncan are out today.  The Girl Who Loved Ghosts by K. C. Tansley releases on September 16.  It is the third spirited tale in The Unbelievables series
The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival at Armstrong Park is on, cher! Check out everything to eat, drink, see, and do at the fest.
Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron has us journeying to Pelican, Louisiana.  Maggie Crozat and her fiancé, Bo Durand have temporarily put aside their wedding planning.   Everyone is needed to help prepare for Cajun Country Live! that Charlotte Crozat, Maggie’s grandmere dreamed up to bring tourists to their town.  The headliner of the festival is Tammy Barker, a hometown girl, whose claim to fame is being the winner of Sing It!  Gaynell Bourgeois, Maggie’s friend, is not happy that Tammy will be returning to Pelican.  The pint sized bully enjoyed tormenting Gaynell in high school. Gaynell and the Gator Girls are a local popular act who will also be performing at the festival.  When Tammy’s manager is murdered, Tammy is quick to point the cops in Gaynell’s direction since she had words with him.  Maggie sets out to prove Gaynell’s innocence by ingratiating herself with the band members.  Can Maggie get the band members to spill their secrets so she can finger the killer or will Gaynell be serenading the warden at the local penitentiary?
These sweet and sugary pralines are loaded with toasted pecans - they are a classic Southern treat that practically melts in your mouth!
Fatal Cajun Festival is an engaging cozy mystery that will have your craving etouffee and a beignet.  Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron is the fifth A Cajun Country Mystery.  This is a series that I recommend reading in order because it will allow you to get to know the characters and the town.  I enjoy Ellen Byron’s conversational writing style.  Her story welcomes you and I soon find myself immersed in the story.  There is a great cast of characters in A Cajun Country Mystery series. I like their Southern charm and Louisiana quirkiness.  Maggie comes from a close family and lives with her grandmother, Charlotte.  Maggie was happy to put her wedding plans on the back burner to help with the festival.  She designed the graphics for the festival and is also making the pralines (they are yummy) to sell at the Pelican Praline booth.  Unfortunately, the Crozat B&B kitchen is off limits thanks to Tammy and her entourage with their special meal requests.  Maggie must rely on the kindness of her friends and relatives for the use of their kitchens.  I liked Gaynell with her sweet demeanor and beautiful voice.  Gaynell and the Gator Girls played lively tunes that set my toes to tapping.  I thought the mystery was clever from the way the individual was killed to the killer.  You need to pay careful attention to the clues, or you will end up fingering the wrong person. Charlotte is sorting through her belongings and uncovers some information about her deceased husband that raises questions and sends her on a journey.  The joyful ending will have you beaming.   At the end of the book there are a couple of recipes including one for pecan pralines. Fatal Cajun Festival is a harmonious cozy mystery with lip-smacking pecan pralines, toe tapping Cajun tunes, a dramatic diva, an electric stage, a clever killer and a sneaky sleuth.
A Cajun Country Mystery
Fatal Cajun Festival is available at Amazon along with the other four books in A Cajun Country Mystery series. Thank you for reading my review today.  I am a stop of the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for A Night's Tail by Sofie Kelly tomorrow.  It is the eleventh A Magical Cats Mystery.  May you have an electric day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

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