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.Fatal Cajun Festiva by Ellen Byron
on September 10th, 2019
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Also by this author: Plantation Shudders, A Cajun Christmas Killing, Body on the Bayou, Mardi Gras Murder
USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Ellen Byron cranks it up to eleven in the fifth fast and funny Cajun Country mystery.
Louisiana B&B owner Maggie Crozat kicks up her heels at a country music festival--but she'll have one foot in the grave if she can't bring the killer of a diva's hanger-on to heel.
Grab your tickets for Cajun Country Live!, the pickers' and crooners' answer to the legendary New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Maggie Crozat, proprietor of the Crozat Plantation B&B, plans to be in the cheering section when her friend Gaynell Bourgeois takes the stage with her band, Gaynell and the Gator Girls.
The festival's headliner, native daughter Tammy Barker, rocketed to stardom on a TV singing competition. She has the voice of an angel...and the personality of a devilish diva. But Maggie learns that this tiny terror carries a grudge against Gaynell. She's already sabotaged the Gator Girls' JazzFest audition. When a member of Tammy's entourage is murdered at the festival, Tammy makes sure Gaynell is number one on the suspect list.
Gaynell has plenty of company on that list--including every one of Tammy's musicians. Posing as a groupie, Maggie infiltrates Tammy's band and will have to hit all the right notes to clear her friend's name.
Here is what I thought
I am so behind on reviewing books that I have read so bare with me this might be short and sweet…lol. I love this series though it’s one of my favorites and this one was really good.
Maggie’s grandmother came up with a great idea of having a music festival in Pelican and so everyone is getting ready for it. Maggie is helping make pralines to sell while helping her parents host the celebrity singer and her band. The singer is a hometown girl and everyone is excited, except for her friend Gaynell.
Gaynell is a great singer and Maggie is confused as to why she isn’t a fan of the Tammy, but it doesn’t take her long to find out. Tammy makes things seem like she never done anything bad to Gaynell and even wants to help her make it big, or so she says. She introduces her to her manager but Gaynell and the manager don’t see eye to eye and I am sure Tammy knew that would happen.
Then the manager ends up dead and Gaynell is the prime suspect so Maggie of course has to figure out what is going on. Bo her detective fiance is also on the case and trying to make sure she doesn’t get into to much trouble. Bo doesn’t like her idea of a fake break up so she can get in with the band as sort of a groupie to try and figure things out but he goes along with it.
I love all the characters in this series even Rufus who it took several books for me to warm up to him…lol. I love Maggie and Bo and Bo’s little boy who is autistic. I also like how Bo and his ex-wife plus her new husband and now Maggie are making a unique family to accommodate the boy (whose name escapes me!).
I thought it had a pretty decent mystery as well because it took me a while to figure it out. I had an idea but wasn’t real sure till pretty close to the end.
If you love cozies you really should try this series and look at that cute doggie! I just love Gopher and he is in all the books so it’s just not a cute pic trying to lure you in…lol.