USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Ellen Byron cranks it up to eleven in the fifth fast and funny Cajun Country mystery.
Louisiana B&B owner Maggie Crozat kicks up her heels at a country music festival--but she'll have one foot in the grave if she can't bring the killer of a diva's hanger-on to heel.
Grab your tickets for Cajun Country Live!, the pickers' and crooners' answer to the legendary New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Maggie Crozat, proprietor of the Crozat Plantation B&B, plans to be in the cheering section when her friend Gaynell Bourgeois takes the stage with her band, Gaynell and the Gator Girls.
The festival's headliner, native daughter Tammy Barker, rocketed to stardom on a TV singing competition. She has the voice of an angel...and the personality of a devilish diva. But Maggie learns that this tiny terror carries a grudge against Gaynell. She's already sabotaged the Gator Girls' JazzFest audition. When a member of Tammy's entourage is murdered at the festival, Tammy makes sure Gaynell is number one on the suspect list.
Gaynell has plenty of company on that list--including every one of Tammy's musicians. Posing as a groupie, Maggie infiltrates Tammy's band and will have to hit all the right notes to clear her friend's name.
Byron's witty fifth Cajun Country mystery (after 2018's Mardi Gras Murder) finds Maggie Crozet, whose family owns the Crozet Plantation Bed and Breakfast in Pelican, La., gearing up for Cajun Country Live! a music and culture festival. The town is abuzz when Tammy Barker, a rising country music star and winner of the popular TV talent show Sing It, signs on to headline the event. Tammy rolls into Pelican with her ragtag entourage of musicians, assistants, minders, and groupies. Can trouble be far behind? Although professing to have matured, Tammy is finding it hard to overcome the mean girl skills she honed in high school. Her primary target is Gaynell Bourgeois, a local musician and friend of Maggie's. When Tammy's "handsy" manager is murdered and Gaynell is arrested for the crime, Maggie steps up to investigate. Byron supplies a few nasty characters readers can love to hate, along with a joyous dollop of Cajun lore. Cozy fans will enjoy returning to Pelican and dropping in on the Crozet clan.
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Ellen Byron’s Fatal Cajun Festival
It’s time for the Cajun Country Live Festival
in Pelican, Louisiana. This is the town’s
answer to the annual New Orleans Jazz
and Heritage Festival.
Tammy Barker, a native daughter who won
a singing contest then became an overnight
success is the lead act. Tammy and her
manager have reserved the whole Crozat
Magnolia Crozat better known as Maggie
helps her parents and Gran-mere at the
B&B. She has just acquired a new position
at the Planation where she had been a
tour guide. She is now the Doucet’s Art
Maggie is going to run a booth at the
festival selling Pelican Pralines and several
of her art pieces.
Maggie’s best friend, Gaynell Gaynell
Bourgeois has a band called Gaynell and
the Gator Girls. They are hopeful to perform.
Gaynell and Tammy have a history going
back to high school. But what has Gaynell
done that has made a Tammy so vindictive??
When Tammy’s manager, Pony Pickner goes
to check out the microphone Tammy will use
during her performance, he ends up DEAD.
Was Pony the intended victim or Tammy?
The drummer in Tammy’s group is found
beaten to the point he needed hospitalization.
What’s happening within this group?
Maggie acts like a band groupie to infiltrate
the band until she finds a snake in her car.
It is an imported one. She is getting to close
to the culprit.
The story is intense with plenty of drama,
suspense, intrigue and colorful, quirky, vivid
characters. The plot really thickens when
Gaynell is kidnapped. There are plenty of
well created suspects to sift through to find
The reader gets a historical tour of the area
plus a sample of Cajun food. There are recipes
at the end.
Come enjoy time spent in Pelican, Louisiana,
the Cajun Country Live Festival, the New
Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival plus a visit
with Maggie, her family and friends.
This is book # 5 in the Cajun Country Mysteries
series. It can be read as a stand alone.
I volunteered to read Fatal Cajun Festival.
Thanks to Crooked Lane Books via Net Gallery
for the opportunity. My opinion is voluntary and
Another good read
If you like learning about Cajun culture, easy to read mystery, and charming characters, this series is for you. I love that the setting is in Louisiana (I’m in St. Landry Parish) and I love Maggie and friends.
I enjoyed Gran’s announcement at the end of this book! I can’t wait for the next one.
COME PASS A GOOD TIME, CHÈRE!
When you open an Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country Mystery, set in the beautiful and inviting Pelican, LA, you will be greeted by all the locals saying, “Come Pass A Good Time, CHÈRE!” In other words, “Come join our family and friends and have a great time!” You will always be welcome to stay at the Crozat B&B where descendants of the original owners still reside. FATAL CAJUN FESTIVAL is Byron’s latest installment and it is a winner!
Grand-mère Crozat suggested at the tourism board meeting that the town host CAJUN COUNTRY LIVE! for people who were passing through on their way to Jazz Fest in New Orleans. The headliner will be a local girl who recently found fame & fortune by winning a national talent search. Sounds Simple Enough. When said singer & her entourage roll in to Pelican, it seems as if most everyone else’s brains have taken a leave of absence! Old jealousies, past hurts, hero worship and relatives who haven’t been heard from (much less SEEN) in years suddenly appear to be bosom buddies, a band made up of thrown together has-beens and an egotistical, womanizing manager all add up to one thing - Peril in Pelican that ends up with a Fatality during the Festival!
Byron is a master of this genre and this area and its people. When you’ve finished one of her books, you feel as though you’ve literally taken a trip to small town Louisiana and had a visit! Like any good Louisiana Hostess, she always shares her favorite Recipes. Don’t overstay your welcome though or cause any mayhem or mischief because there’s always something spooky going on in the Bayou ...
I was provided an ARC of this book by Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.