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Murder in the Bayou Boneyard: A Cajun Country Mystery

(Cajun Country Mystery #6)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  278 ratings  ·  159 reviews
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 h
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Published September 8th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
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Murder in the Bayou Boneyard is the latest book in the Cajun Country Mystery series written by Ellen Byron. I've read all the previous books, and when this one became available on NetGalley, I had to request it. The book doesn't launch until September 2020, but it's one of my favorite series and I will highlight it again around publication day. So... let's chat a bit about this 5-star read.

Maggie, a 30ish witty young woman from Pelican, Louisiana, runs a B&B with her parents, the Crozats. Throw
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all - can I just say I love the cover of this book. How can you not with such a cute little basset hound on it!

OK now that that has been said on with the review of the actual book.

I found this to be a fun campy mystery story that makes me long to visit Cajun country again. The main characters feel genuine and you really root for the heroine to find a love for Halloween.

The who done it part of the story really had me guessing till the end. I look forward to reading more books written by
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In this 6th book in the 'Cajun Country' cozy mystery series, amateur sleuth Maggie Crozat is suspected of murder. The book can be read as a standalone.


Artist Maggie Crozat helps her parents, Ninette and Tug, run Crozat Plantation Bed and Breakfast in Pelican, Louisiana.

The Crozats are concerned because their inn - like other local hotels - has been losing business to a new app called 'Rent My Digs.' To increase business, Maggie and four other B&B owners create a package called 'Pelican's S
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2020
What better place to celebrate Halloween than Pelican, Louisiana with its history and spooky atmosphere as a background. This was my first book from this series and I enjoyed it very much.

The story centres around Maggie and her family and their B&B business in the small town of Pelican. This particular Halloween they have joined up with the other local B&Bs to provide extra activities to increase the Holiday fun. Unfortunately things turn serious when the murders start.

The characters are enterta
beachbum bookworm
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Newest Adventure Details:

Where: Pelican, Louisiana

Who: Maggie Crozat

When I found out I was heading to Louisiana….i was thrilled...Cajun country here I come!! When I met Maggie it was on the way to a funeral…. I wasn’t really dressed for the occasion, but...well ok. Upon returning from the funeral things were hectic @ the B&B and new spa getting things ready for guests coming for the Louisiana Halloween experience. Maggie was filling me in about the events coming up for Halloween, and how se
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
The sixth book in the Cajun Country Mystery series by Ellen Byron. Maggie Crozat and her family and friends are back in another delightful book. When mysteries happen in Pelican, LA, Maggie, a B&B owner in Cajun Country, is quick to help investigate and find the guilty party.

In this book, Halloween is coming up, and some local B&B owners put together the "Pelican's Spooky Past" package to draw visitors to town. The package included fun events for the visitors. It's all good until someone spots a
Mark Baker
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2020
In an effort to increase bookings at her family’s Louisiana bed and breakfast during October, Maggie Crozat has come up with the “Pelican’s Spooky Past” promotion. Five of the area B & B’s are teaming up and offering historical crafts, food, and other promotions to tie in to the season. Someone else has gotten into the act since guests keep siting a rougarou, a local legendary monster. One of the events during the month is a play being staged at a nearby dilapidated graveyard. The first couple o ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy, arc
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

This is a wonderful Cozy-Mystery series and I just love the Cajun Country and all the colorful characters that call this area home. I know that the author lives in So Cal and not So LA, but she has a love for this area that comes through in every book. The whole Crozat family is just wonderful and I love the way they are trying to preserve their ancestral home and survive in th
Eve (Between The Bookends)

This series is by far my favorite cozy mystery series. The books are always well written. The mysteries keep me turning the pages and guessing right until the end. The characters are extremely likable. The setting is fantastic, and you get yummy recipes as a bonus. I can't wait to see what these characters get up to next. 👍👍
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Halloween in Pelican, Louisiana can be interesting but this year business at the local B&B’s in taking a hit due to a new enterprise for regular folks can rent out rooms to tourists. So a few local B&B’s band together to host weekends featuring “Pelican’s Spooky Past” packages complete with spa treatments, crafting classes, special menus, and a play Resurrection of a Spirit performed in a cemetery. Visitors may also be treated to seeing a rougarou, which is a cross between a
Lisa Morin
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maggie is becoming one of my favorite characters. She goes to the end of the earth to help her friends and family, and always earns a gruff thank you from the sheriff.
There is plenty of action in this fast paced book that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
I arrive late at the party, this is the first book I read in this series or of this author. I will probably go back to the others.
If you like cozy mysteries, and I do, this is what you'll find here, nothing more, nothing less. It is not a surprising or an innovative book, it is what is supposed to be and sometimes that's what you need as a reader.

I read an ARC copy of this book through Netgalley. My opinion is independent and unbiased.
Nancy Baker
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I felt immersed in all things Louisiana while reading this story. The setting does an excellent job of putting the reader in small town Louisiana complete with mansions, food and even rougarous. The setting also proved to be an excellent backdrop for the Halloween theme of this story. Add some murders for the mystery and Gran exploring every aspect of the perfect wedding for humor and it becomes a well balanced plot.

Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed ar
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's Halloween in on the Crozat Family B&B in Pelican, Louisiana and everyone is excited to celebrate, except Maggie Crozat. She doesn't care for all the supernatural so when a fabled Cajun werewolf/vampire creature scares the guests watching a play set a local cemetery, she has all the more reason to detest the merrymaking. But the fright turns deadly when someone is poisoned on the property. She's also dealing with greedy relatives who came from Canada to visit under false pretenses and a mass ...more
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maggie Crozat is not a big fan of Halloween, but she does know how it can help the local B&B community by having festivities dedicated to the spooky holiday. So thanks to Maggie, the B&Bs in Pelican, Louisianna are offering packages as part of October’s Pelican’s Spooky Past festivities and people are heading into town.

Having finished the spa at the Crozat’s B&B, Maggie invites a recently found cousin who is a masseuse to work for them for the month so they can get to know each other better. Tur
Susan Johnson
I have always enjoyed this cozy mystery set in a Louisiana mansion now being operated as a B & B by Maggie Crozat and her family. It's fun and I love the setting. What made me sad is that I expect the last big hurricane probably did some damage to the home. I bet it lost it's ailing roof.

This is, thankfully, set before that hurricane at Halloween. The local B & B's have been running special packages especially appropriate in voodoo country. There is a lot of planned activities and sightings o
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wish-list, netgalley
Pelican at Halloween time was pretty awesome! I never completely guessed the killer, because all the red herrings and clues were so good and leading in all different directions. I just sat back and enjoyed the ride. I got a kick out of Gran and her wedding plans right in the middle of a murder. I love that little Xander has come such a long way, and I can't help but feel that Maggie can claim some credit for that with giving him art lessons ever since she met Bo. Xander also taught Maggie that H ...more
Jerri Cachero
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Halloween is made even creepier for Maggie with a murder, appearance of a rougarou (wolfman creature), greedy "surprise" family members, bossy guests and all this while Maggie and Grandmere are planning their double wedding. When Maggie contacts a massage therapist to work at her new spa, she has no idea how much trouble is headed her way!

I enjoyed the book and it kept me reading well into the night. My favorite part of the book centered around Grandmere and Maggie's double wedding. Bo and her f
Laissez les bons temps rouler!!!
Let us go to the Pelican, Louisiana
to stay at one of the five local plantations
offering the “Pelican's Spooky Past”
package. This package will include
Halloween traditions of the historical past.
We are staying at the Crozat Plantation
B& B. There we will meet Magnolia Crozat
better known as Maggie, her parents
( Ninette and Tug) and her Gran-mere.
Crozat will offer unique cajun style menu’s
made for mourners in the past. You will
make immortelles which are cemetery
Keenan Powell
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
Maggie Crozat hates Hallowe'en. But the family's B&B is suffering diminished revenue as the result of an out-of-towner buying up Pelican homes for day rentals. So she coordinates with the other B&Bs to host Halllowe'en events hoping to encourage reservations. She also has the bright idea of hiring her Canadian cousin as a masseuse in her newly-built Crozat spa. As soon as the Canadians land, strange things begin happening all over town. Soon enough the bodies begin to fall and the authorities' p ...more
Kay Parker
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4 🔪
Author: Ellen Byron
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Release Date: 8th September 2020
(Thank you NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the free early copy!)

Maggie Crozat has the Halloween heebie-jeebies in USA Todaybestselling 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 ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. I found the characters interesting and likeable. I definitely felt invested in the main characters Maggie and Bo and the family, as I was angry that Suzanne and Doug were trying to pull some fast ones over them. I figured that Bonnie had something to do with it, but never suspected that Emily did it. This book has multiple murders so plenty of mystery to go around. #MurderintheBayouBoneyard #NetGalley
Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron is the 6th A Cajun Country Mystery. Maggie Crozat came up with “Pelican’s Spooky Past” to help draw customers to the local bed-and-breakfasts. It runs the month of October with various activities including a play in the Dupois cemetery. The Crozat family are also getting to meet a distant cousin and her family who will be arriving from Canada. One night they hear a guest screaming outside. She claims to have seen the legendary Rougarou. Maggie writes i ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Anytime I read one of the books in this series, I feel like I am visiting my family that lives in Cajun country. The vernacular is spot on and the food, well, let's just say it is all delicious and I'm glad that the author provides recipes at the end of the book.

I enjoyed spending time with Maggie and her fiance' Bo, and the rest of the Crorzat family. The whole family is a bit wacky but I love have they have each other's back no matter what the situation. Actually, the whole town seems to suppo
The Cozy Review
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maggie always seems to find a body or be around when someone is murdered. In the new Halloween themed addition to the "A Cajun Country Mystery" series, Murder In The Bayou Boneyard, Maggie and crew are at it again.

Even with her wedding on the horizon, and her grandmother going all out and really needs Maggie to keep her from going to far overboard, Maggie finds a way to get involved in another murder investigation. To make matters worse, she also has her squatter cousins to get rid of. The cast
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is a fun cozy mystery that is perfect for Halloween. I like the fact that the folklore of Rougarou was included in the book. The main characters are unique and likable. However, the "new" relatives were not very likable. However, the story would not be the same if they were likable. The mystery is entertaining with several twists and turns and no shortage of suspects. I look forward to the next in the series.

All thoughts and opinions are my own, and in no way, I have been influenced by any
Murder in the Bayou Boneyard is a fast paced and entertaining cosy mystery with a bit of action. I loved Maggie, her BF and her close-knit family. I also wouldn't mind eating some of all the yummy food mentioned.
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting mix of young people and older people in this storyline.
I liked the grandmother and granddaughter sharing a wedding day .The grandmother’s extravagance and a bit of craziness planning their day.
Also enjoyed some of the folklore around New Orleans and Halloween.
Terry Self
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most excellent read from beging to end.Kept you on edge waiting to discover the killer.Love to read more from this author.Great way to write a murder novel
Ellen Byron makes me want to go to Louisiana. I am not a hot weather person so this is a feat. Every time I read one of her books, I’m ready to go. She does an amazing job bringing Pelican Louisiana to life between the covers of her books. It’s not just the scenery that Ms Byron brings to life either. You can smell the Cajun cooking delights waft up from the pages. She makes me drool!
This book is set at one of my most favorite times of the year...Halloween! Louisiana is in my top five places to
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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 cat

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