USA Today bestselling author The fifth Cajun Country mystery is “a delightful romp . . . flavored with lovable characters and Southern charm that readers . . . will devour along with the scrumptious recipes” (New York Journal of Books)
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.
About the Author
Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country Mysteries have won the Agatha award for Best Contemporary Novel and multiple Lefty awards for Best Humorous Mystery. She writes the Catering Hall Mystery series, under the name Maria DiRico, and will debut the Vintage Cookbook Mysteries (as Ellen) in June 2022. Ellen is an award-winning playwright, and non-award-winning TV writer of comedies like WINGS, JUST SHOOT ME, and FAIRLY ODD PARENTS. She has written over two hundred articles for national magazines but considers her most impressive credit working as a cater-waiter for Martha Stewart. Sign up for her newsletter at https://www.ellenbyron.com/
Praise for FATAL CAJUN FESTIVAL: “Down-home Cajun charm, a climatic surprise, and praline recipes: How sweet it is.” —Kirkus Reviews
"Witty...Cozy fans will enjoy returning to Pelican and dropping in on the Crozat clan." —Publishers Weekly
“A delightful romp among family, friends, groupies, fans, and hangers-on that ends in a satisfying conclusion. Ellen Byron has written a lip-smacking light mystery flavored with lovable characters and Southern charm that readers of cozies will devour along with the scrumptious recipes.” —New York Journal of Books
“Mouthwatering Cajun recipes included after the novel ends, some of which are already in my cooking plans.” —Mystery Scene Magazine
"Readers are once again transported to an entertaining dose of a 'whodunnit' mystery (southern style)." —Midwest Book Review
“A charming series with characters I’ve grown to enjoy more and more with each book...Highly recommended to all mystery lovers and especially those who adore Southern charm and food! —MyShelf
"Readers will look forward to the mayhem bound to happen at Maggie and Bo’s wedding." —Kings River Life
Praise for MARDI GRAS MURDER: 2018 WINNER OF THE AGATHA AWARD FOR BEST CONTEMPORARY NOVEL
“Byron embeds her tricky mystery in an amusing and informative tale of Cajun life and the logistical travails of Mardi Gras.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Superior…Well-rounded characters, a fair-play plot, entertaining repartee, as well as dashes of Cajun lore and Louisiana history make this cozy a winner.” —Publishers Weekly