A Cajun Christmas Killing

A Cajun Christmas Killing

Ellen Byron / Feb 19, 2020

A Cajun Christmas Killing Maggie Crozat must pair up with unlikely ally and longtime family enemy to catch the killer before Christmas on the bayou is ruined Maggie Crozat is back home in bayou country during the most magical

  • Title: A Cajun Christmas Killing
  • Author: Ellen Byron
  • ISBN: 9781683313052
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Maggie Crozat must pair up with unlikely ally and longtime family enemy to catch the killer before Christmas on the bayou is ruined.Maggie Crozat is back home in bayou country during the most magical time of the year In Pelican, Louisiana, Christmastime is a season of giant bonfires on the levee, zydeco carols, and pots of gumbo Except, this year, the Grinch has come toMaggie Crozat must pair up with unlikely ally and longtime family enemy to catch the killer before Christmas on the bayou is ruined.Maggie Crozat is back home in bayou country during the most magical time of the year In Pelican, Louisiana, Christmastime is a season of giant bonfires on the levee, zydeco carols, and pots of gumbo Except, this year, the Grinch has come to stay at the family run Crozat Plantation BB When he floods travel websites with vicious reviews, Maggie thinks she s identified him as rival businessman Donald Baxter That is, until he s found stabbed to death at Maggie s workplace And Maggie and her loved ones become top suspects.The Crozats quickly establish alibis, but Maggie s boyfriend, Detective Bo Durand, remains under suspicion With Bo sidelined during the investigation, Maggie finds herself forced to work with an unlikely ally longtime family enemy Rufus Durand Her sleuthing uncovers suspects than drummers drumming, and lands her in the crosshairs of the murderer.The sleigh bells are jingling, and the clock is ticking for Maggie and Rufus, who must catch the killer or it will be the opposite of a Joyeux Noel in A Cajun Christmas Killing, the recipe stuffed third installment of USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron s Cajun Country mysteries.

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      • Ellen Byron

        BODY ON THE BAYOU, the second book in Ellen s Cajun Country Mystery Series, recently won the Left Coast Crime Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery, and is nominated for an Agatha Award in the category of Best Contemporary Novel Ellen s debut novel in the series, PLANTATION SHUDDERS, was nominated for Agatha, Lefty, and Daphne awards, and made the USA Today Bestseller list Book three, A CAJUN CHRISTMAS KILLING, launches October 10th Ellen s TV credits include Wings, Still Standing, and Just Shoot Me, as well as network and cable pilots As a journalist, she s written over 200 magazine articles for national publications She recently served on the Editorial Board for the UCLA Writers Program s books, Cut to the Chase and Inside the Room Her plays, published by Dramatists Play Service, include the popular Graceland and Asleep on the Wind.A graduate of Tulane University, Ellen lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, daughter, and the family s spoiled rescue dogs, which they describe as a corgi jack huahua and a cherrier A native New Yorker, Ellen still misses her hometown and still drives like a New York cabbie.


    1. 4 1/2 starsThis is the third book in the Cajun Country Mystery series, and even though I haven't read the first two books, I was able to dive right in and keep up just fine. I love the fact that this series is based in Louisiana. There aren't many books (regardless of genre) that have an authentic Cajun "flavor" to them, so this is a real treat. Maggie Crozat is determined to find the man responsible for trying to put her family's B&B out of business by writing nasty reviews online. The man [...]

    2. Cute cover on this one. A good representation of the story. Good use of graphics. Nice composition as well. The title work is OK, and there is a bit too much text on it that makes it look a bit too busy.I enjoyed this one more than I did book one. It had a nice festive feel to it. As with book one I again enjoyed the Louisiana setting and the Christmas traditions. It was well written and well paced. The plot was engaging and kept me guessing until the end. There was a good selection of secondary [...]

    3. With a couple of weeks to go before Christmas, Maggie should be focusing on getting into the Christmas spirit. However, she’s just learned that a businessman is trying to take over her family’s bed and breakfast built on their family’s plantation. When he turns up dead, naturally, they are all suspects, and Maggie begins to try to figure out what really happened. With a list of suspects that only grows, can Maggie find the killer?We are getting quite a nice community in this series, and I [...]

    4. Quite simply, a fun and entertaining mystery! I’ve had the first two books of the Cajun Country Mysteries in my TBR since they both came out. I read so many books, that sometimes I overlook titles in my stacks. However, after reading book three in the series, A CAJUN CHRISTMAS KILLING, I will be moving up the others to read much sooner.So fabulous were the descriptions from author Ellen Byron, I instantly became lost in Pelican, Louisiana. The people, the scenery, the excitement of Christmas i [...]

    5. Dollycas’s ThoughtsChristmas in Pelican sounds just fantastic! Huge bonfires on the bayou, yummy food, special carols and people coming together to celebrate. The whole town is excited and getting ready. Then Donald Baxter is found dead at Doucet and the whole Crozat family are lined up on the suspect list. Even Detective Bo Durand makes the list and is pulled off the investigation. Rufus Durand and Maggie make an unlikely team but there is too much at stake to deal with a family feud. They ne [...]

    6. Maggie Crozat's family runs a quaint bed and breakfast in Pelican, Louisiana, about 100 miles from New Orleans and in the heart of Cajun country. However, they have been receiving very negative reviews on a travel website and their small business is suffering--so much so that they have had to downsize their famous Christmas Eve bonfire. Could the man who Maggie found murdered on nearby Doucet Plantation where she is employed as a guide, be connected in some way to the plot to discredit her famil [...]

    7. I Loved This Book. From the very first page to the last one I enjoyed this story so much. I just wish I could have given it more than 5 stars. The mystery part of the story was written perfectly. I didn't know who the killer was until the end and that excited me. I hate when I figure out who the killer is half way through the book.The author included just the right amount of description and I adored reading about the Louisianan Christmas customs. I will admit I had tears in my eyes while reading [...]

    8. Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.I love this cozy-mystery series! The flavor of the bayou with their historic houses and the warm holiday traditions and food (recipies included - BIG bonus) permeate this wonderful cozy. Another plus - I had no idea who the baddie was. Maggie Crozat is having something of an identity crises. She is back home after living in New York as an artist. Now, she barely has time to pic [...]

    9. Setting:  Pelican, LACharacters:  Magnolia Marie Crozat, artist, daughter of Ninette and Tug, who are B & B owners. Bo Durand, a Pelican PD detective and Maggie's boyfriend. Assorted family members, friends, coworkers, and suspects!Plot:  The holidays are nearing in the small Louisiana town of Pelican. Maggie is hard at work helping her parents and grandmother operate the Crozat Bed & Breakfast while also working as a guide at another area plantation. She fears that her career as an a [...]

    10. This great Christmas-themed cozy is the 3rd in the series and each book just gets better than the last! There are plenty of suspects in this story, and even though Maggie, the main character, figures out who the culprit was, it isn't revealed until just the right moment. Centered around Maggie's family's plantation-turned-B&B, new characters (suspects, victims, friends and foes) are introduced in each book, though my favorites are still around, too. And I love how a couple of the characters [...]

    11. I received an advanced copy from the author to read and give an honest review.I think this is the best book I've read recently!!Fantastic locations, with great descriptors; I felt like was there. (It is on my "Bucket List" to visit)Well developed characters and relationships. I loved the fact that she shows that just because you didn't get along with a person, that you can move past that point, and become friends, and that people CAN change.The plot has lots of twist that keeps you guessing "Who [...]

    12. A Cajun Christmas Killing is an engaging book. I loved learning about Cajun traditions. This book was a fast read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Maggie, her family and friends are close knit, and are always there for each other. I enjoyed the plot twists, and the descriptions of the delicious foods. I want to go to New Orleans and take part in their customs. I highly recommend this book, and this series.

    13. I was lucky to get an advanced reading copy of Ellen Byron's third book in the A Cajun Country Mystery series, A Cajun Christmas Killing. This book is out October 10th and a series I adore!Ellen Byron made me feel right at home at Christmas in her home plantation and b&b. Set just before Christmas, this was not your normal Christmas story either and I loved that it was a complicated crime to solve and there were some points in the story I found so emotional. I feel so invested in these chara [...]

    14. I strongly recommend this read for a Christmas with a difference. In Cajun country of Louisiana, where the main industry is history, Maggie Crozat shepherds guests around a historic mansion while her family runs a separate B&B. People travel over the holidays, so they are busy, but bad reviews on a trip site annoy the B&B owners. Especially since they need funds to make repairs. A guest dies unexpectedly in the historic mansion and Maggie has to stem the hysteria that might arise. Too mu [...]

    15. Another engaging cozy in the Cajun Country Mystery series! Who doesn't love a cozy mystery set in the Christmas season? I don't usually read books out of season but this one didn't bombard me with Christmas details so it was fine to read in the summer! I love the details regarding the plantations, tours of the old houses, Cajun customs, and food! Lots of twists and turns and a very surprising ending. I would have liked to see more scenes with Xavier, since I've grown very fond of that character, [...]

    16. It's Christmas time in Cajun country and Maggie Crozat couldn't be happier to be at her childhood home in Pelican. Aside from having a rude guest staying with them, some grinchy person is leaving negative reviews on a popular travel review site. Ever the diligent internet user, Gran' will not stop until she's gotten every single one of them removed especially after they get to the bottom of what was causing them. Although that doesn't come until after the rude guest they have staying with them t [...]

    17. I enjoyed reading A Cajun Christmas Killing by Ellen Bryon, her third book in her A Cajun Country Mystery series. This story captured my interest from the first chapter. Maggie Crozat has returned home to the family B&B in Pelican, Louisiana for the holidays when she finds herself trying to determine who killed Donald Baxter, since her family and boyfriend are the main suspects. It becomes vital for them to solve this crime sooner rather than later. Maggie finds herself working with Rufus Du [...]

    18. It’s winter in Pelican, Louisiana, which means the season to construct elaborate and enormous pyres on the levee in preparation for the annual burning of the bonfires on Christmas eve. But instead of getting to enjoy the traditional celebration as she should, Maggie finds herself back on a murder case when a rival businessman is found stabbed to death at the plantation where she works. With its vibrant Cajun Lowcountry setting, and the quirky and colorful characters one has come to expect from [...]

    19. Christmas is upon Pelican, LA and all is not merry and bright. It seems someone is trying to put the Crozat Plantation B&B out of business by leaving false bad reviews. When it is discovered that the reviewer is actually a guest, and has more to wanting them out of business, the family kicks him out. Only to discover his body the next day. Now everyone is a suspect. It doesn't stop there, bodies start turning up and mysterious accidents happen so they have to find out who is the culprit befo [...]

    20. I enjoyed this mystery that had a bit of southern and Cajun charm to it. Maggie is tasked with finding out who killed Donald Baxter and as her family and boyfriend are the main suspects, it becomes very important for it to get figured out sooner than later. Especially with Christmas and all of its traditions coming up. I also really enjoyed how I could see certain places as they were described and enjoyed having the recipes so I could try them out.

    21. Excellent mystery that capitalizes on Cajun ambience and holiday traditions to ground the story. Magnolia Marie Crozat has returned from an art career in NYC to Pelican, La where bodies keep turning up, to help her parents run a B&B.While this is the third installment, you won't need to read the first two to appreciate and enjoy the story. The mystery is solid with fair red-herrings and the evil doer not immediately apparent. Overall, it's charming and well-done.

    22. What a fun holiday story! Christmas is my favorite season and combined with a touch of mystery is a plus. This is the first time reading this author and I fall in love with this story. The detailed of this historic Plantation B & B in Pelican, Louisiana makes you want to visit the place. I can see myself walking through the streets admiring the decoration, the bonfires, and tasting the amazing food. As soon I begin reading I love the character of Maggie and her family. She loves her family, [...]

    23. Title: A Cajun Christmas Killing: A Cajun Country MysteryAuthor: Ellen ByronPublisher: Crooked Lane BooksGenre: Cozy/MysteryBonfires on the levee, zydeco carols, and pots of gumbo greet Maggie Crozat when she returns home to Pelican, Louisiana. It's Christmas time, her favorite time of the year. This year, however, things aren’t going as planned at the Crozat Plantation B&B. Murder shows up for the holidays.Someone is writing bad reviews on travel websites that are hurting business. A riva [...]

    24. This series just keeps getting better and better! The latest installment in the Cajun Country Mystery Series by author Ellen Byron, A Cajun Christmas Killing, is just as wonderful a cozy mystery as the previous two books in the series. It's Christmastime, and the residents of Pelican, Louisiana (Yes, We Pelican!!!) are busy with the construction of their annual bonfires, which the entire town participates in, but that doesn't stop a murderer from striking not once but twice! Maggie et al have th [...]

    25. This is the third in the Cajun Country Mystery Series and they keep getting better and better. And no, you don't have to read the the other two before this one, but it will make you more familiar with the characters.Maggie Crozat's parents own a B&B, which is always the center of attention. In this particular book, the B&B is receiving ugly reviews from an unknown person. These reviews are hurting business and Maggie is going to get to the bottom of who is writing them. In the mean time, [...]

    26. I do like this series and this Christmas outing is no exception. It isn't excessively Christmassy, nor did I get as much of a Cajun feeling as in the past despite many local references unique to the area. I do read a few series set in Cajun country so maybe I'm just getting used to it and don't notice the setting as much.What I appreciate the most in this book, besides a decent mystery with lots of sleuthing, it that there is character development. Many of the characters have changed since the f [...]

    27. A Cajun Christmas Killing by Ellen Byron is the third book in A Cajun Country Mystery series. Maggie Crozat and her family are busy with guests at the Crozat Plantation B&B and making Christmas preparations. One of their guests, Donald Baxter is playing the part of Scrooge with his constant complaints. Maggie is guiding a tour around Doucet and discovers their guest has become a ghost when she finds him stabbed to death. Bo Durand, Maggie’s boyfriend, is a person of interest and Rufus Dura [...]

    28. A Cajun Christmas Killing is the third book in Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country Mystery series. Ms. Byron has written a well thought out and interesting mystery, with a good story line and excellent character backstories and development. She has woven together humor, intriguing and somewhat quirky characters, and lots of twists and turns in this steadily paced whodunit with a surprising reveal. Ms. Byron has provided readers with a complicated crime to solve and detailed descriptions of the area, t [...]

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