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Cajun Country Mystery Series

 
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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.
Book Five
USA Today
Bestselling Author

Fatal Cajun Festival

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It’s Mardi Gras season on the bayou, which means parades, pageantry, and gumbo galore. But when a flood upends life in the tiny town of Pelican, Louisiana―and deposits a body of a stranger behind the Crozat Plantation B&B―the celebration takes a decidedly dark turn. The citizens of Pelican are ready to Laissez les bon temps rouler―but there’s beaucoup bad blood on hand this Mardi Gras. 
Book Four
USA Today
Bestselling Author

Mardi Gras Murder

A Cajun Christmas Killing

Maggie Crozat is home in Cajun Country during the most magical time of the year. But the Grinch has come to stay at the Crozat Plantation B&B, and he’s flooding travel websites with vicious reviews. Maggie ID’s him as rival businessman Donald Baxter –until Baxter is found stabbed to death. With her detective boyfriend sidelined as a suspect, Maggie must catch the real killer or it will be the opposite of a Joyeux Noel for her.
"Superb...there's no end to the mischief and mayhem in this exceptional cozy."
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY STARRED REVIEW
Book Three
​LEFTY AWARD
NOMINEE

FOR BEST HUMOROUS

MYSTERY

In book two of the USA Today bestselling series, Maggie Crozat agrees to be frenemy Vanessa Fleer’s Maid of Honor. But when a murder occurs and Vanessa tops the list of suspects, meeting this Bridezilla’s demands takes a backseat to keeping her out of jail.

​LEFTY AWARD WINNER

FOR BEST HUMOROUS

MYSTERY

AGATHA AWARD NOMINEE

FOR BEST

CONTEMPORARY

NOVEL

Body on the Bayou

Book Two
"Cozy readers who fell under the spell of the eccentric and charming ­Crozat family will welcome their return in this entertaining sophomore effort. The writing is energetic, and the twisty plot includes a touch of romance. Diane Mott ­Davidson and Lou Jane Temple fans will line up for this series."
LIBRARY JOURNAL
 
"BODY ON THE BAYOU is a perfect mix of Southern charm, spicy people, fantastic food, and murder...Once again, Ellen Byron has given us a murder mystery masterpiece!"
A 5-STAR NIGHT OWL REVIEW
 
"A tight plot, an appealing setting, and a smart, good-hearted protagonist with a caring, supportive family and lots of friends give this story everything cozy mystery readers could want."
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
 
 

Plantation Shudders 

AGATHA AWARD
NOMINEE

FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL

LEFTY AWARD NOMINEE

FOR BEST HUMOROUS

MYSTERY

DAPHNE AWARD NOMINEE

FOR BEST MAINSTREAM MYSTERY

Book One
​​The town motto of Pelican, Louisiana is “Yes, We PeliCAN!” But can artist and native daughter Maggie Crozat solve a murder that threatens to ruin her family’s plantation- turned-B&B in this Agatha, Lefty, and Daphne-nominated debut mystery?​
DEBUT MYSTERY OF THE MONTH!
"Recipes and fascinating tidbits about plantation history add a tasty lagniappe to this entertaining and well-done cozy debut. A twisty plot and engaging colorful characters complete this mystery’s many pleasures."
LIBRARY JOURNAL
“Byron’s debut brings energy and verve to the cozy.” 
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
 
"Brilliant...Ellen Byron has written a delectable Cajun cozy mystery that is one of the best books I have read in a long time!"
NIGHT OWL REVIEWS, TOP PICK