Maggie Crozat has the Halloween heebie-jeebies in USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Ellen Byron's howlingly funny sixth Cajun Country mystery.
Maggie Crozat, proprietor of a historic Cajun Country B&B, prefers to let the good times roll. But hard times rock her hostelry when a new cell phone app makes it easy for locals to rent their spare rooms to tourists. With October--and Halloween--approaching, she conjures up a witch-crafty marketing scheme to draw visitors to Pelican, Louisiana.
Five local plantation B&Bs host "Pelican's Spooky Past" packages, featuring regional crafts, unique menus, and a pet costume parade. Topping it off, the derelict Dupois cemetery is the suitably sepulchral setting for the spine-chilling play Resurrection of a Spirit. But all the witchcraft has inevitably conjured something: her B&B guests are being terrified out of town by sightings of the legendary rougarou, a cross between a werewolf and vampire.
When, in the Dupois cemetery, someone costumed as a rougarou stumbles onstage during the play--and promptly gives up the ghost, the rougarou mask having been poisoned with strychnine, Maggie is on the case. But as more murders stack up, Maggie fears that Pelican's spooky past has nothing on its bloodcurdling present.
In Agatha winner Byron's captivating sixth Cajun Country mystery (after 2019's Fatal Cajun Festival), Magnolia "Maggie" Crozat, the proprietor of the Crozat Plantation Bed and Breakfast in Pelican, La., struggles to compete with the Rent My Digs app, which is siphoning off the B and B's bookings. When Maggie hires her distant Canadian cousin, Susannah Crozat MacDowell, to help out over the hectic October tourist season, Susannah betrays their working agreement and claims part of Maggie's land actually belongs to her side of the family. On top of all this, a rougarou, a "kind of werewolf-meets-vampire creature," appears to be scaring off many of Maggie's guests. When someone wearing a rougarou costume drops dead during a play performed in the local cemetery, it turns out to be a case of poisoning. With Maggie's family's livelihood at stake, she once again turns sleuth. Cajun history and delectable food descriptions supplement the crime solving. Cozy fans are in for a Halloween treat.
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PAST & PRESENT BROUGHT TOGETHER BY A ROUGAROU!
One of my favorite delights is getting settled in my recliner with a large glass of Sweet Tea, and reading the latest installment of Ellen Byron’s outstanding Cajun Country Mysteries!! This entire Series has been such a delight from beginning through the present. Byron’s Crozat Family’s characters are endearing, compelling, entertaining, warm, inviting, loving and their way of life is contagious! The villains are always exasperating, exhausting, devious, conniving, cold-blooded and still cannot manage to outsmart the Crozats no matter how hard they try! Once murder is involved, they will rally the troops and work together to solve the mystery!
In Byron’s latest release, MURDER IN THE BONEYARD, Halloween has come to Pelican, LA and no one loves an opportunity to CELEBRATE anything MORE than the Lovely People in the Great State of Louisiana! Five plantation B&Bs have decided to host “Pelican’s Spooky Past” by offering special packages featuring regional crafts, unique menus, and a pet costume parade. The highlight is the spine-chilling play Resurrection of a Spirit which takes place in the neglected Dupois cemetery. All of the guests are having a great time until there are several sightings of the rougarou (a cross between a werewolf and vampire). The Crozats’ soon find themselves in dire straights after some relatives come to town and stir up all manner of trouble. Add a little murder to the mix and you will soon find that you have almost enough different ingredients to make a good ole Jambalaya! Oddly enough, the Rougarou manages to play a very important part in bridging past and present together and solve all the Crozats problems!
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.