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.Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron
on October 9th, 2018
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Also by this author: Plantation Shudders, A Cajun Christmas Killing, Body on the Bayou
USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron is back at it with fan-favorite plantation B&B owner Maggie Crozat in a fourth installment of the Cajun Country mysteries.
Southern charm meets the dark mystery of the bayou as a hundred-year flood, a malicious murder, and a most unusual Mardi Gras converge at the Crozat Plantation B&B.
It’s Mardi Gras season on the bayou, which means parades, pageantry, and gumbo galore. But when a flood upends life in the tiny town of Pelican, Louisiana—and deposits a body of a stranger behind the Crozat Plantation B&B—the celebration takes a decidedly dark turn. The citizens of Pelican are ready to Laissez les bon temps rouler—but there’s beaucoup bad blood on hand this Mardi Gras.
Maggie Crozat is determined to give the stranger a name and find out why he was murdered. The post-flood recovery has delayed the opening of a controversial exhibit about the little-known Louisiana Orphan Train. And when a judge for the Miss Pelican Mardi Gras Gumbo Queen pageant is shot, Maggie’s convinced the murder is connected to the body on the bayou. Does someone covet the pageant queen crown enough to kill for it? Could the deaths be related to the Orphan Train, which delivered its last charges to Louisiana in 1929? The leads are thin on this Fat Tuesday—and until the killer is unmasked, no one in Pelican is safe.
A simmering gumbo of a humorous whodunit, Mardi Gras Murder is the fourth piquant installment in USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron’s award-winning Cajun Country mysteries.
Here is what I thought
I so love this series! It hasn’t let me down yet!!
It starts off with a prologue about a huge flood that hits Pelican and uproots several citizens but it also washes up a dead body, but nobody knows who he is. Why was a stranger kill in Pelican?
It’s Mardi Gras time and Pelican knows how to do it up big time. Maggie is excited as she loves this time of year and this year she will be participating in the Mardi Gras Run. There is also a Miss Pelican Mardi Gras Gumbo Queen pageant and when her Gran gets sick she passes on the judging gig to Maggie who really didn’t want it. Then one of the judges for the pageant is killed and Maggie can’t help but wonder about a few things, like why is the victim’s wife acting so nonchalant about the whole thing, saying they must go on with the pageant. Then some other things happen and it seems that maybe the pageant isn’t really meant to be this year. Gerard wasn’t a nice man and there was several suspects for Maggie to try and sort through.
This is just a great series and I really love all the characters. Maggie has a passion for being an artist while working as a tour guide at Dolcet, but this time we get a bit more of her artist side as they find a painting under a painting that could lead to a treasure! Bo who is one of the detectives and also Maggie’s boyfriend is awesome, I was a bit worried about their relationship in this one but all is fine! Phew! Maggies whole family is great and so are her friends. I will have to say that the one that has showed the most character growth which is great because I really wasn’t liking him and that is Rufus. Rufus has always had it out for the Crozat family as his family always blamed them for the reason nobody in their family can seem to find true love. Things have progressed with him especially in the last book and this one and he is starting to get on my good side. 🙂
Great mystery all around because I didn’t really have it figured out or the whys of it either! It’s a great cozy series and if you like southern cajun style fun then you need to try this series!!