Check in for some Southern hospitality in Plantation Shudders, the Cajun Country series debut from Ellen Byron.
It’s the end of the summer and Prodigal Daughter Maggie Crozat has returned home to her family’s plantation-turned-bed-and-breakfast in Louisiana. The Crozats have an inn full of guests for the local food festival–elderly honeymooners, the Cajun Cuties, a mysterious stranger from Texas, a couple of hipster lovebirds, and a trio of Georgia frat boys. But when the elderly couple keels over dead within minutes of each other–one from very unnatural causes– Maggie and the others suddenly become suspects in a murder.
With the help of Bo Durant, the town’s handsome new detective, Maggie must investigate to clear her name while holding the family business together at the same time. And the deeper she digs, the more she wonders: are all of the guests really there for a vacation or do they have ulterior motives? Decades-old secrets and stunning revelations abound in Ellen Byron’s charming cozy debut, Plantation Shudders.
My take on this book:
As soon as I saw the cover of this book I knew I had to read it, but I have to say the cover is nothing compared to the story I found inside! I was drawn in hook line and sinker because of the quirky cast of characters and a murder with plenty of suspects that was far from easy to solve!
Maggie Crozat comes home from New York to the family plantation turned B&B in Louisiana and is helping her family run the place. It's a full house err B&B because of the summer festival and things are going good until two elderly guests turn up dead. Well you know that murder can't be good for the family business! Maggie decides she will try and and solve the crime, even though the local police chief has pointed a finger at her. It seems the towns new police detective wants to do a thorough investigation, so with his help Maggie is determined to solve the crime. A fast paced, fun filled, murder mystery that's filled with southern charm, tantalizing food and characters made this a page turning read for me! I loved the family feel of the story and found it easy to be drawn into the Crozat family. I have to say that Maggie's grandmother was easily my favorite character, she was a real hoot! While there was a bit of romance, I felt like it was secondary to the story, but I do look forward to seeing where things progress with the next book in the series. Overall, fans of fast paced cozy mysteries with a southern flair will enjoy Plantation Shudders. I for one can't wait to read the next book in the series! A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.
About The Author –
Byron is a native New Yorker who loves the rain, lives in bone-dry Los Angeles, and spends lots of time writing about Louisiana. She attributes this obsession to her college years at New Orleans’ Tulane University. Her debut novel, Plantation Shudders: A Cajun Country Mystery, launches on August 11th. Her TV credits include Wings, Just Shoot Me, and many network pilots. She’s written over 200 magazine articles, and her published plays include the award-winning, Graceland. She is also the recipient of a William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant. She’s the proud mom of a fifteen year-old daughter and two very spoiled rescue dogs.