Maggie Crozat is back home in bayou country during the most magical time of the year. In Pelican, Louisiana, Christmastime is a season of giant bonfires on the levee, zydeco carols, and pots of gumbo. Except, this year, the Grinch has come to stay at the family-run Crozat Plantation B&B. When he floods travel websites with vicious reviews, Maggie thinks she’s identified him as rival businessman Donald Baxter. That is, until he’s found stabbed to death at Maggie’s workplace. And Maggie and her loved ones become top suspects.
The Crozats quickly establish alibis, but Maggie’s boyfriend, Detective Bo Durand, remains under suspicion. With Bo sidelined during the investigation, Maggie finds herself forced to work with an unlikely ally: longtime family enemy Rufus Durand. Her sleuthing uncovers more suspects than drummers drumming, and lands her in the crosshairs of the murderer.
The sleigh bells are jingling, and the clock is ticking for Maggie and Rufus, who must catch the killer or it will be the opposite of a Joyeux Noël in A Cajun Christmas Killing, the recipe-stuffed third installment of USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country mysteries.
USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron is a television writer, playwright, and freelance journalist. Her TV credits include Wings, Still Standing, and Just Shoot Me, and her written work has appeared in Glamour, Redbook, and Seventeen, among others. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, their daughter, and the family’s very spoiled rescue dog. A native New Yorker, Ellen still misses her hometown and still drives like a New York Cabbie. This is her third Cajun Country mystery.
Praise for Body on the Bayou:
2016 LEFTY AWARD WINNER FOR BEST HUMOROUS MYSTERY NOVEL
“Cozy readers who fell under the spell of the eccentric and charming Crozat family will welcome their return…Diane Mott Davidson and Lou Jane Temple fans will line up for this series.”
“A tight plot, an appealing setting, and a smart, good-hearted protagonist with a caring, supportive family and lots of friends give this story everything cozy readers could want.”
“Who did the deadly deed? Often amusing characters and plenty of red herrings make Byron’s second Cajun Country mystery an entertaining read.”
“A perfect mix of Southern charm, spicy people, fantastic food, and murder!…Ellen Byron has given us a murder mystery masterpiece!”
—Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick
“Southern charm and humor permeate Ellen Byron’s Body on the Bayou, a Louisiana murder mystery rife with suspenseful twists, relationship drama, and delectable cooking…Aside from the backdrop, the characters are the most compelling aspect of the novel, as even minor players possess unique and memorable personalities.”
—Foreword Reviews 5-star review
“Not only is the story a whole lot of fun to read, with a historical plantation setting, but there are also mouthwatering recipes for every reader to sink their teeth into.”
“Body on the Bayou is a perfect mix of Southern charm, spicy people, fantastic food, and murder…Once again, Ellen Byron has given us a murder mystery masterpiece!”
—Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick
“Byron fills this mystery with delightful characters…The story flows nicely and the killer is a surprise.”
“Byron shares an entertaining look at Southern small town life, with all its complications and friendships, good food, and mysteries while adding humor.”
—Kings River Life