I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Cajun Kiss of Death by Ellen Byron
Series: Cajun Country Mystery #7
Genres: Mystery, Cozy
Published by Crooked Lane Books Pages: 320
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Also by this author: Plantation Shudders, A Cajun Christmas Killing, Body on the Bayou, Mardi Gras Murder, Fatal Cajun Festiva, Murder in the Bayou Boneyard
The next shot from Cupid's bow may be fatal in
bestselling, Agatha Award-winning author Ellen Byron's hearty and delightful seventh Cajun Country mystery.
In Pelican, Louisiana, Valentine's Day has a way of warming the heart, despite the February chill. But the air at Crozat Plantation B&B turns decidedly frigid when celebrity chef Phillippe Chanson checks in. And when the arrogant Phillippe--in town to open his newest Cajun-themed restaurant--perishes in a fiery boat crash, Maggie Crozat's dear friend JJ lands in very cold water.
Did JJ, proprietor of Junie's Oyster Bar and Dance Hall, murder Phillippe because he feared the competition? Might Maggie's mother, Ninette, have bumped off the chef for stealing one of her cherished recipes? Or was the culprit a local seafood vendor, miffed because Phillippe was somehow able to sell oysters for a remarkably reasonable price, despite an oyster shortage?
Maggie had planned to devote her February to art lessons in New Orleans, a present from her sweetheart, Bo. But now she has to focus on helping her friend and her mother cross a murder charge off the menu. Meanwhile, Maggie receives a series of anonymous gifts that begin as charming but grow increasingly disturbing. Does Maggie have an admirer--or a stalker? And are these mysterious gifts somehow related to Phillippe's murder?
Blood may be thicker than water, but this case is thicker than gumbo. And solving it will determine whether Maggie gets hearts and roses--or hearse and lilies--this Valentine's Day.
Here is what I thought
My beloved series has come to an end with this last book in the series. I am so very very sad.
This one starts off with three weddings and one of those was Maggie and Bo and all Maggie wants is to just get use to being married, she hopes there will be no more murders.
Things were going well for a while but then a celebrity chef decides to open a Cajun restuarant in Pelican and that would have been okay but he wasn’t a very nice man. He stole recipes, sabataged JJ’s restuarant, one of the local favorites all in trying to make sure his was the best. But during a fancy fireworks opening and him coming down the river in a boat ends up in the chef’ death there are plenty of suspects, but when JJ becomes their number one suspect, Maggie puts on her sluething hat again.
Because he was a celebraty there are more than just the local police involved and even if Bo thinks that JJ is innocent the other police don’t and so he is okay with Maggie doing a bit of sluething as long as she stays safe and tells him about anything she finds. Also going on is the fact that Maggie seems to have a Valentine stalker that is really freaking her out and Bo is taking it very seriously and doing the investigating on that one himself.
I have always loved my time in Pelican with Maggie and her family at the B&B or at Maggie’s other job at another plantation that is used as a muesuem. I have loved follow along with Bo and Maggie’s relationship and how sweet she has always been to his autistic boy who had a talent for art. Maggie is an artist and seen his great talent and helped him with it. So it was very bittersweet to see this one end, but I have to say I really liked how she ends the series which is why I know for sure it was ending, she had a nice epilogue that if you have read the who series you would know all the characters mentioned, etc. I am also going to miss Gopher and Jolie the dogs! The author has a new series starting next year and I just hope I enjoy it as much as I have this one!
I highly recommend this for fans of cozy mysteries!