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.A Cajun Christmas Killing by Ellen Byron
Published by Crooked Lane Books on October 10th 2017
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Also by this author: Plantation Shudders, Body on the Bayou, Mardi Gras Murder, Fatal Cajun Festiva
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 Noel in A Cajun Christmas Killing, the recipe-stuffed third installment of USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron's Cajun Country mysteries.
For Maggie Crozat, there was nowhere lovelier than Pelican, Louisiana, during the holidays.
Here is what I thought
This third book in this series has sealed this as being one of my favorite series! It’s full of southern charm, and fun heartwarming characters. You get wrapped up in the characters and almost forget your trying to solve a murder.
It’s Christmas time in Pelican, Louisiana and Maggie’s favorite time of the year though it seems someone is trying to put a damper in her spirits. Someone on Trippee.com is giving their B&B bad reviews and they have no clue who is doing it or why because they have always been very accommodating. When her father who is not in the holiday spirits because he doesn’t want to go all out for the annual bonfire collapsed and Maggie finds out what he has been hiding. It seems that his brother Tig is in a bit of a mess with his business and it can affect the Crozat’s B&B, there is a man trying to shove Tig out of his own business so he can have the property. Then they find out that man is a guest at their B&B and figure he must be behind all the bad reviews, they kick him out.
Not long after that of course the man is found dead but it’s not just the Crozat’s on that list as it seems this man leaves his mark every where and even her boyfriend Bo is on the suspect list. It also seems like the acting police chief has now found another reason to sideline Bo from investigating. Instead he reinstates Rufus to investigate the murders and he even lets Maggie help him which is a Christmas miracle in itself as the Rufus has had it out for the Crozats for a long time. It seems that fatherhood has changed the man for the better.
I really liked getting to know a little bit of how they celebrate Christmas Cajun style and the bonfires along the Mississippi sound really cool! The author confirms that they indeed do that at Christmas and so Louisiana at Christmas is on my must go see list. 🙂 The characters in this series are just so easy to fall in love with from Maggie to her family to her friends and I am even starting to warm up to Rufus as he was a lot nicer in this one. I love Maggie and Bo’s relationship and his little boy is just a doll. It really is so easy to get wrapped up in the overall storyline that you can enjoy it and forget someone was murdered…lol.
The mystery is really well done and there are a lot of suspects and it was really hard to figure out who done it. The killer was on my short list but I wasn’t really sure up till the close to the reveal. The bad guy was a real sleazy bag so it was easy to see anyone wanting to clobber him. 🙂
If you enjoy cozy mysteries then you really need to try this series and it has recipes!!