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Body on the Bayou

(Cajun Country Mystery #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  933 ratings  ·  166 reviews
Nominated for a 2016 Best Humorous Mystery Lefty Award, BODY ON THE BAYOU finds Maggie Crozat once again using her artist's eye to spot clues and help solve a murder or two.

The Crozats feared that past murders at Crozat Plantation B&B might spell the death of their beloved estate, but they've managed to survive the scandal. Now there's a très bigger story in Pelican,
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Crooked Lane Books
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After devouring the first book in the Cajun Country Mystery cozy series by Ellen Byron, I had to jump on the second, Body on the Bayou. It's quickly becoming one of my new favorites series, and I definitely recommend it for other cozy mystery fans. Set in Louisiana on a plantation home converted into a B&B, the charming setting and characters truly invoke a wonderful southern atmosphere while sharing and spreading great history and relationships among the town of Pelican.

In this caper,
Susan Johnson
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Maggie has returned to help run her family's plantation's B&B in Cajun County in Louisiana. She also leads tours of the family's old plantation run by the state now and in her spare time, finds dead bodies. In this second book of the series Maggie agrees to become the maid of honor of her disagreeable co-worker, Vanessa, who is marrying her family's arch enemy, Police Chief Rufus Durand. Vanessa is also hugely pregnant and quite demanding.

Maggie is also pursing a secret
Ellen Byron
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Very proud of it, LOL!
Stacie Amelotte
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has quickly become one of my favorite cozy series. Body on the Bayou is a perfect blend of mystery, and humor, with a few serious issues thrown in. I often found myself laughing out loud at the antics of Maggie and her family/ friends. There are twists and turns around every corner, which kept me reading page after page. Ms. Byron has cleverly written a series with well developed plots, a unique culturally rich setting and unforgettable realistic characters. I find myself wishing I could ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-audio
I recently listened to this book, and now I'm officially caught up with the Cajun Country series. I'm not sure how I missed this one originally, but I'm glad I went back and listened to it. The narrator was amazing! Her voices are just perfect. She has the normal voice of a younger person, but she does a great voice for Gran and even the guys too!

There were some good twists in this book, and even though I've already read the books ahead of it, I was still not aware of how this one ended as far
Jessica Robbins
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book two in the Cajun Country Mystery series and I found this one to be so much better than the last one. Maybe is was because it was book one which requires the set up of the series but i just had a really hard time getting into the story. This one was much better as it starts with a bang, has lots of drama as a pregnant bride is involved, and finally ends with a big sh-bang that definitely different to say the least. Maggie is pregnant Vanessa's maid of honor which is really funny because she ...more
Mark Baker
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, mystery
Maggie Crozat has been pressed into service as maid of honor is her co-worker Vanessa’s wedding. As if dealing with the very pregnant bridezilla isn’t enough, she is also playing host to Vanessa’s cousin Ginger. At first, Ginger seems nice, but soon she is driving everyone crazy. Which means that when Maggie finds Ginger’s dead body, the list of potential suspects is very long. With finding a killer added to her maid of honor duties, can Maggie successfully juggle everything?

I completely enjoyed
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Although I really enjoyed the first book in the series, this one, however, not so much.

What I did like:

I like the setting of these stories and it makes a great back drop for a cozy mystery.

I liked the mystery and the clues although it's pretty easy to figure out who the victim(s) will be, who will be framed and who the guilty party really is.

I liked most of the characters in general but not necessarily how they were fleshed out in this book. I really did like Bo's son and how he is being
Dollycas’s Thoughts

We return to Pelican, Louisiana and the Crozat Plantation B&B. Our protagonist Maggie Crozat has become maid of honor for Vanessa, one of her coworkers, because everyone else ran away from the job. With Vanessa due to deliver a baby soon, she has heaped most of the wedding plans on Maggie’s shoulders. Vanessa and her mom both expect Maggie to just do everything they ask and do it immediately. She also has Vanessa’s cousin Ginger and her entourage staying at the family
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very few cozies move me to tears. Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron is exceptional. It is a cozy that has that right balance of what you love in a cozy mystery, a crazy set of circumstances and an incredible dose of reality. I loved this book. Maggie (Short for Magnolia) is a character I could immediately relate too, she was easy to get behind and felt like she would make a really great friend. The relationships in this book are wonderful, and what I would expect from a southern based cozy, tons ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
When Maggie is asked by Vanessa to be her Maid of Honor, she wants to say no, but doesn't. Vanessa is bridezilla plus. Her relatives are no treat either. When Vanessa's cousin, Ginger's body is found on the plantation, Maggie is once again investigating to save the Plantation.

Body on the Bayou is a perfect blend of mystery, and humor. I often found myself laughing out loud. I really enjoy Maggie's family. Her mother, father and grandmother are the epitome of southern hospitality. The characters
Cathy Daniel
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book!! I loved it so much!!! The ending gave me goosebumps it was so sweet and perfect and I was surprised by the identity of the killer. I couldn't have loved this book more. Highly recommend
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had such a fun time reading Body on the Bayou. Somehow, Maggie Crozat has found herself the maid of honor to a true crazy Cajun bridezilla, Vanessa. As her to do list from Vanessa grows, Maggie tries to juggle the unrealistic demands while working at two plantations, finding time to focus on her art career, and sneaking in time for her budding yet clandestine romance with police detective, Bo. As members of Vanessa's family stream into town for the wedding and associated parties, Maggie and ...more
Really 4.5 stars, but I rounded up.

Excellent, simply excellent. I took off a half of a star simply because the killer was easy to figure out, but besides that this book was outstanding, and deserving of it's Agatha nomination. I'll read the next one!
This cozy series continues to entertain and amuse me. The mystery was a twist, just like the one in the last book, and the situations were hilarious. And I especially enjoyed the strong heroine. You know how in some murder mysteries, the heroine can't stay focused on the danger and mystery because of her raging hormones? Not so this heroine. She has a strong moral compass, treats her family well, and doesn't get sidetracked from what's important even when she's having relationship issues. ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A solid read for me. Easy and enjoyable, with main characters that already feel like family, and others that you'd so love to hate. There are only what I believe to be a couple of incongruities and a misused word that were minor enough not to pull me out of the story for very long. Was happy to see that a Christmas story is coming soon.
Lisa Mathews
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this one just as much as the first, Plantation Shudders! Really enjoyed the return visit to Pelican, LA and catching up with Maggie and her endearing (and sometimes eccentric) fellow characters. I'm already booked for a trip back at Christmas for the next book in this series!
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy, all-ages
Great cozy mystery! The setting is awesome - a lovely B&B on a historic, family-owned plantation in a small Louisiana town. The main characters are quite likeable and realistic. The plot is great, and kept me guessing who the culprit was until the very end.
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy, arc
ARC provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The first few chapters of Body on the Bayou are an introduction of the cast of characters that were in Plantation Shudders, but things pick up quickly. I just love the southern charm that comes through and how friends and family pull together when someone is in need or, in this case, stuck with an unpleasant task and a murder. Great plot and characters. The family is a real joy and the slow burn romance between Maggie
Jeanie Jackson
I really enjoyed Body on the Bayou; the primary characters and their friends where well developed, intelligent and fun to spend time with. While caricature stereotypes just aren't my thing, I was impressed that most of the ones in the book had at least one redeeming moment. Their role was to provide humor and to offer a foil for the protagonist and for that they worked well; I admit it, I laughed at their antics even as they got on my nerves. I really wanted Maggie to tell Vanessa off or at ...more
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty enjoyable read. I liked the first book, Plantation Shudders, and was hoping to spend more of the mystery centered around the Crozat family, not dealing with a bridezilla. The mystery itself was engaging but it I did find it distracting to wade through Vanessa and her mother's unrealistic and constant growing list of demands. I also thought the book had a bit too much emphasis on the romantic tension between Maggie, Bo and his ex-wife Whitney for my taste in a cozy. That's just ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Just not my complete book.

While the description of the B&B and the surrounding areas are wonderful, the characters just left me feeling, meh.
The main character is a door mat and for me that was just a big turn off.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Lost a star for h being a doormat.
Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron is the second book in A Cajun Country Mystery series. Magnolia Marie Crozat (who prefers Maggie) is a docent at Louisiana Doucet Plantation that was owned by her ancestors. Maggie is also a painter and helps with the families bed and breakfast (Crozat Plantation Bed and Breakfast). Maggie has agreed to act as Vanessa Fleer’s maid of honor (even though she does not like Vanessa) in hopes of repairing the rift between the Durand and Crozat families. Rufus Durand is ...more
RO G'ma
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Body on the Bayou is the second book in Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country Mystery series and the first book I’ve read in this 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 characters, and unexpected twists and turns in this even paced whodunit. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves reading cozy mysteries.

Magnolia Marie Crozat (Maggie) is a talented
Rebecca Douglass
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was a good, fun read! I enjoyed the story, and was caught up in it from almost the beginning. Though this is the second book in the series, I didn't feel like I was missing anything or confused about characters--just enough was explained as we went along (and I can go read the first book without having had it spoiled for me, either).

The mystery is well constructed, though I had my suspicions about the guilty party early on. I lacked any idea of the motive, of course--that was a big part of
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This is still a new series (as this is only book 2), but what a great series. I will say that I have family that lives in South Louisiana in this general area, so I can relate to the crazy families, Cajun food and Zydeco music. But I don't let that influence me....much!

Maggie is still trying to figure out her life but has somehow gotten roped into being Vanessa's maid of honor. Now normally for most of us, that wouldn't be a big deal...but Vanessa is just like those reality TV shows you see that
Criminal Element
Ellen Byron takes us to Louisiana for this Cajun Country mystery. Maggie Crozat’s long and distant relatives used to own the Doucet Plantation. Now, it’s the Crozat Plantation Bed and Breakfast, where tourists come for a glimpse of the past and a taste of the present. Maggie is busy planning a wedding. Her co-worker Vanessa Fleer is getting married to Police Chief Rufus Durand. It seems the town of Pelican will be greeting a new resident soon, as Vanessa is pregnant, making the speedy ...more
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, e-books
This was a great addition to the Cajun Country Mystery series. Maggie finds herself neck deep in maid of honor duties plus some for Vanessa's upcoming wedding and impending birth. When one of Vanessa's family member's is thrust upon her and her family's B&B Maggie can't understand why the woman is so disliked, but eventually sees why. When a body turns up in the bayou behind the B&B Maggie along with most everyone in and out of town are the suspects. Maggie has to clear her family name ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Another giggle and gasp story from the pen of Ellen Byron.

The Crozats weathered the storm of the murders in Plantation Shudders but Maggie is not sure she can weather what is happening now, basically she has been landed with the very onerous task of being the Maid of Honour to a very pregnant Vanessa Fleer (known to Maggie and her other co-workers at the Doucet Plantation as The Loch Nessa Monster!), Vanessa has turned into a total Bridezilla, but that seems to be the least of Maggie's worries,
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Ellen is the Agatha Award-winning author of the bestselling Cajun Country Mysteries. MARDI GRAS MURDER won the Agatha for Best Contemporary Novel and was nominated for a Best Humorous Mystery award by the Left Coast Crime conference. A CAJUN CHRISTMAS KILLING and BODY ON THE BAYOU both won the Left Coast Crime Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery, and were nominated for an Agatha Award in the

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