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Fatal Cajun Festival
Cajun Country #5
BY Ellen Byron

Crooked Lane
September 10, 2019/ ISBN 978-1-64385-129-7
Mystery / Cozy

Reviewed by  Laura Hinds

It’s festival time, so get ready for Cajun Country Live! Maggie Crozat, proprietor of the Crozat Plantation B&B, is thrilled that her friend, Gaynell Bourgeois, and her band, Gaynor and the Gator Girls, will be performing. The headline act, Tammy Barker, a homegrown Pelican gal who became a singing sensation on a TV singing competition, has a series vendetta against Gaynell.

When a member of Tammy’s entourage is murdered, Gaynell tops the chart as the number one suspect. Knowing full well that her friend is not a killer, Maggie takes action to prove Gaynell’s innocence. Is Maggie putting her own life in danger? Or will things be resolved in time to save Gaynell? If this can be solved, perhaps Maggie can get back to planning her wedding to her favorite man, Bo.

This is one of those books that makes me wish I were a Southern lady. But I’m not and so I thank Ellen Byron for sharing a glimpse into the world of Pelican Louisiana. There are several things that make for a good cozy mystery. These include the murders happening without the gore and terror of conventional murder mysteries, a fair amount of humor scattered throughout the book, and a romance or two to keep things interesting as the amateur sleuth does her sleuthing. You’ll find all of this and more in Fatal Cajun Festival.

I had fun reading this book, and I think you will too. It’s a charming series with characters I’ve grown to enjoy more and more with each book. The author and her team get all sorts of bonus points from me for the extensive list of characters and how they relate to the story. This was at the front of the book, and then, lo and behold, at the back readers are gifted with page after page of recipes!! Highly recommended to all mystery lovers and especially those who adore Southern charm and food!

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Reviewer Notes: The author won a coveted Agatha Award for “Mardi Gras Murder” in this series.

Reviewed 2019