Cajun Country Mysteries

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Winner of the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery and nominated for an Agatha Best Contemporary Novel award, BODY ON THE BAYOU is the second book in the Cajun Country Mystery series.

The Crozats feared that past murders at Crozat Plantation B&B might spell the death of their beloved estate, but they’ve managed to survive the scandal. Now there’s a très bigger story in Pelican, Louisiana: the upcoming nuptials between Maggie Crozat’s nemesis, Police Chief Rufus Durand, and her co-worker, Vanessa Fleer.

When everyone else refuses the job of being Vanessa’s Maid of Honor, Maggie reluctantly takes up the title and finds herself tasked with a long list of duties–the most important of which is entertaining Vanessa’s cousin, Ginger Fleer-Starke. But just days before the wedding, Ginger’s lifeless body is found on the bayou and the Pelican PD, as well as the Crozats, have another murder mystery on their hands.

There’s a gumbo-potful of suspects, including an ex-Marine with PTSD, an annoying local newspaper reporter, and Vanessa’s own spark plug of a mother. But when it looks like the investigation is zeroing in on Vanessa as the prime suspect, Maggie reluctantly adds keeping the bride-to-be out of jail to her list of Maid of Honor responsibilities in Body on the Bayou, Ellen Byron’s funny and engaging follow up to her critically acclaimed novel Plantation Shudders.

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by Ellen Byron

In this Agatha and Lefty-nominated mystery debut, it’s the end of the summer and Prodigal Daughter Maggie Crozat has returned home to her family’s plantation-turned-bed-and-breakfast in Louisiana. The Crozats have an inn full of guests for the local food festival—elderly honeymooners, the Cajun Cuties, a mysterious stranger from Texas, a couple of hipster lovebirds, and a trio of Georgia frat boys. But when the elderly couple keels over dead within minutes of each other – one from very unnatural causes – Maggie and her family suddenly become suspects in a murder.

With the help of Bo Durand, the town’s handsome new detective, Maggie must investigate to clear her name while holding the family business together at the same time. And the deeper she digs, the more she wonders: are all of the guests really there for a vacation or do they have ulterior motives? Decades-old secrets and stunning revelations abound in Ellen Byron’s charming cozy debut, Plantation Shudders.

Buy it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

Published by Crooked Lane Books.

“Diane Mott Davidson and Lou Jane Temple fans will line up for this series.”

The Library Journal


“Brilliant… Ellen Byron has written a delectable Cajun cozy mystery that is one of the best books I have read in a long time!”

Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick


Byron’s debut brings energy and verve to the cozy.”

Publishers Weekly


“’PLANTATION SHUDDERS’ is a brilliant book that takes us to Louisiana, where there is an abundance of Southern hospitality, charm, legends, and fabulous food. Ellen Byron has written a delectable Cajun cozy mystery that is one of the best books I have read in a long time!”

Night Owl Suspense Top Picks


“An engaging mystery with a touch of romance and a twist of Southern charm.”

— NYT Bestseller Nancy Atherton


“Grab a grisgris bag and dish out the jambalaya.  You won’t want to miss Magnolia “Maggie” Crozat, a charming new heroine, and her crime-solving adventures in Louisiana Cajun Country.”

Connie Archer, author of A Soup Lover’s Mystery Series

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