USA Today bestselling author The third recipe-stuffed installment in the Cajun Country cozy mystery series is a “fun and heartwarming . . . holiday treat that will keep you guessing until the end” (San Francisco Book Review). Louisiana B&B owner Maggie Crozat joins forces with her longtime enemy to prevent a murderous Grinch from ruining Christmas.
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 Noël.
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron is a television writer, playwright, and freelance journalist. Her TV credits include Wings, Still Standing, and Just Shoot Me, and her written work has appeared in Glamour, Redbook, and Seventeen, among others. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, their daughter, and the family’s very spoiled rescue dog. A native New Yorker, Ellen still misses her hometown and still drives like a New York Cabbie. This is her third Cajun Country mystery.
Praise for A Cajun Christmas Killing: 2018 Best Humorous Mystery Lefty Award Winner
"Superb...there’s no end to the mischief and mayhem in this exceptional cozy." —Publishers Weekly starred review
"Amid the slew of Christmas cozies, Byron spices up the genre with her colorful Cajun Louisiana setting and entertaining protagonist." —Library Journal
“Fun and heartwarming, a real holiday treat that will leave you guessing until the end.” —San Francisco Book Review, five-star review
“A Cajun Christmas Killing is pure perfection! It has the just the right blend of holiday spice, mystery, and murder to be enjoyed not only at Christmas, but the whole year round! Once you crack open this blissful book you will be hooked!” —Night Owl Reviews
“Simply outstanding...unreservedly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections.” —Midwest Book Review
Praise for Body on the Bayou: 2017 WINNER OF THE LEFTY AWARD FOR BEST HUMOROUS MYSTERY NOVEL 2017 AGATHA BEST CONTEMPORARY NOVEL AWARD NOMINEE
"Cozy readers who fell under the spell of the eccentric and charming Crozat family will welcome their return...Diane Mott Davidson and Lou Jane Temple fans will line up for this series." —Library Journal
“A tight plot, an appealing setting, and a smart, good-hearted protagonist with a caring, supportive family and lots of friends give this story everything cozy readers could want.” —Publishers Weekly
“Who did the deadly deed? Often amusing characters and plenty of red herrings make Byron’s second Cajun Country mystery an entertaining read.” —Kirkus Reviews
"Body on the Bayou is a perfect mix of Southern charm, spicy people, fantastic food, and murder...Once again, Ellen Byron has given us a murder mystery masterpiece!" —Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick
"Southern charm and humor permeate Ellen Byron’s Body on the Bayou, a Louisiana murder mystery rife with suspenseful twists, relationship drama, and delectable cooking...Aside from the backdrop, the characters are the most compelling aspect of the novel, as even minor players possess unique and memorable personalities." —Foreword Reviews, five-star review
"Not only is the story a whole lot of fun to read, with a historical plantation setting, but there are also mouthwatering recipes for every reader to sink their teeth into." —Suspense Magazine
"Byron fills this mystery with delightful characters...The story flows nicely and the killer is a surprise." —Noir Journal
"Ellen Byron serves up a veritable feast of different characters, all twisting and turning to keep their own particular secrets hidden from those they would rather keep in the dark...If you like strong flavors in both your books and your food, then this is definitely for you." —Criminal Element
“Byron shares an entertaining look at Southern small town life, with all its complications and friendships, good food, and mysteries while adding humor.” —Kings River Life Magazine