After years of living in Brooklyn where she worked as an artist, Maggie Crozat has returned home to Pelican, Louisiana. Maggie splits her time working at an old plantation from her mom’s side of the family and the plantation turned bed and breakfast from her dad’s side. In her fleeting free time, Maggie creates her art and tries to figure out just where she belongs and what her next endeavor should be.
As Plantation Shudders begins, the summer is winding down and the Crozat Bed and Breakfast is welcoming a full house of guests. Just as their stay gets underway, two of the Crozat guests die within minutes of one another. The investigation reveals that, while one of the deaths was of natural causes, the other was anything but natural. The clues begin piling up to implicate Maggie’s family, but Maggie will stop at nothing to uncover whoever is framing her family.
Ellen Byron brings Southern hospitality to life, transporting her readers to the heart of Cajun country. Plantation Shudders unfolds at a true Southern pace – slowly, yes, but deliciously so. The combination of good old fashioned family values, spicy Louisiana recipes, plenty of Southern charm, and a dash of romance make this a tempting cozy debut sure to entice mystery fans to check in at the Crozat Bed and Breakfast.
FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All of the opinions expressed in the review are mine alone.
About the Author
Ellen 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.
More About the Book
A Cajun Country Mystery
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (August 11, 2015)
E-Book ASIN: B011IZPRR6
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.
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