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.
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 Murder in the Bayou Boneyard: 2021 LEFTY AWARD WINNER, BEST HUMOROUS MYSTERY
"Captivating...Cajun history and delectable food descriptions supplement the crime solving. Cozy fans are in for a Halloween treat." —Publishers Weekly “Halloween, humor, and Louisiana legends...Byron’s readers and fans of Jenn McKinlay’s humorous mysteries will appreciate this latest story that incorporates family and food.” —Library Journal “Readers will love the local color and spooky detail of the setting.” —Midwest Book Review
“A fast-paced, fun, cozy mystery with a great deal of atmosphere.” —Manhattan Book Review
“Byron’s plotting is smooth, with well-turned dialogue and exploration. A must-read.” —New York Journal of Books
Praise for the Cajun Country Mysteries: "Witty...Cozy fans will enjoy returning to Pelican and dropping in on the Crozat clan." —Publishers Weekly
"Flavored with lovable characters and Southern charm that readers of cozies will devour along with the scrumptious recipes.” —New York Journal of Books
“Ellen Byron draws you in from the first page and doesn’t let go until the end." —Manhattan Book Review
“Readers get a great mystery with suspense, love, and humor.” —Night Owl Reviews
“If you enjoy atmospheric mysteries set in the South, I highly recommend this series. Fans of Jana Deleon will enjoy the humorous banter.” —Bubble Bubble Books and Trouble
“Lots of fun and delicious recipes, too!” —Suspense Magazine
“A Cajun Christmas Killing is pure perfection! It has the just the right blend of holiday spice, mystery, and murder to be enjoyed not only at Christmas, but the whole year round! Once you crack open this blissful book you will be hooked!” —Night Owl Reviews
"Diane Mott Davidson and Lou Jane Temple fans will line up for this series." —Library Journal
"Enthusiastically recommended." —Midwest Book Review
"Ellen Byron is a...cozy voice with a charming Southern accent." —Elaine Viets, author of Checked Out, a Dead-End Job mystery
"A jambalaya of colorful friends and relatives, plus scrumptious Cajun cooking and a basset hound named Gopher make Pelican, Louisiana as southern as good manners and Spanish Moss." —Nancy Martin, author of The Blackbird Sisters mysteries