Murder in the Bayou Boneyard
A Cajun Country Mystery
by Ellen Byron
About Murder in the Bayou Boneyard
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.
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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Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron is the 6th A Cajun Country Mystery. Maggie Crozat came up with “Pelican’s Spooky Past” to help draw customers to the local bed-and-breakfasts. It runs the month of October with various activities including a play in the Dupois cemetery. The Crozat family are also getting to meet a distant cousin and her family who will be arriving from Canada. One night they hear a guest screaming outside. She claims to have seen the legendary Rougarou. Maggie writes it off as a prank until guests from other bed-and-breakfasts have similar sightings. Maggie is watching the “Resurrection of a Spirit” in the cemetery when a Rougarou stumbles onto the stage and collapses. When the mask is removed, it turns out to be Maggie’s new cousin, Susannah MacDowell who is now dead. Maggie and her family come under suspicion because of a recent altercation with the victim. When a second death occurs, Maggie knows she needs to solve this case quickly before Pelican turns into a ghost town.
I thought Murder in the Bayou Boneyard was well-written with developed characters. I always enjoy visiting Pelican, Louisiana. There is nothing better than to be there at Halloween. I enjoyed the spooky happening and learning about the Rougarou. I just loved that this was a double mystery. There are spooky sightings, a pesky police detective, a chatty parrot, and various suspects. This was a fun mystery to solve. Murder in the Bayou Boneyard had plenty going on in it which made the story zip by so quickly. There were some quirky characters including bird who lands Maggie in hot water. Maggie and Gran are both engaged. They are going to have a double wedding. Gran has taken over the wedding planning for the extravaganza. She is particularly enjoying the cake tastings. I just loved the screaming doorbell at the Crozat Bed and Breakfast (I want one for my house). Murder in the Bayou Boneyard can be read as a standalone. I recommend reading this entertaining series in order. It will allow you to know the characters, their relationships, and the town. The ending was delightful. There is a bounty of food in this story (had my stomach growling). There are recipes at the end for some of the items featured in the book including Ninette’s Holy Trinity Chicken and Cajun Pecan Cookie Fingers. Murder in the Bayou Boneyard is an entertaining cozy mystery with a creepy cemetery, a wrathful Rougarou, a determined detective, a prolix parrot, multiple murders, a bold bridezilla, and problematic property line polemic.
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Murder in the Bayou Boneyard is available from Amazon*, Penguin Random House, B&N, Kobo, and IndieBound. You can find the other novels in A Cajun Country Mystery series here. A Catering Hall Mystery series can be located here. Ellen Byron's next release is Long Island Iced Tina which is the 2nd novel in A Catering Hall Mystery series. It will publish on February 23, 2021. As part of the tour, Ellen Byron is giving away one print copy (sorry, but US only) of Murder in the Bayou Boneyard. You can click here to enter or use the Rafflecopter form below. Do not forget to leave a comment for an extra entry. Good Luck! Thank you for visiting today. I am reviewing Before the Crown by Flora Harding tomorrow. I hope that you have a joyful day. Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!
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