A Cajun Christmas Killing (Cajun Country Series #3)

A Cajun Christmas Killing (Cajun Country Series #3)

by Ellen Byron


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A Cajun Christmas Killing (Cajun Country Series #3) by Ellen Byron

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 to stay at the family-run Crozat Plantation B&B. 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 more 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 Noël in A Cajun Christmas Killing , the recipe-stuffed third installment of USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country mysteries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683313052
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Series: Cajun Country Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 239,197
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron is a television writer, playwright, and freelance journalist. Her TV credits include Wings , Still Standing , and Just Shoot Me , and her written work has appeared in Glamour , Redbook , and Seventeen , among others. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, their daughter, and the family's very spoiled rescue dog. A native New Yorker, Ellen still misses her hometown and still drives like a New York Cabbie. This is her third Cajun Country mystery.

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A Cajun Christmas Killing (Cajun Country Series #3) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
A Cajun Christmas Killing captured my attention from the first page. The setting was magical, the characters engaging and the dialogue smart and sassy. The twists kept coming and the list of suspects kept growing. The victim wasn't known for his honesty. I wanted to be in Pelican, Louisana to experience a Cajun Christmas. Maggie is a strong woman who won't be intimidated by a murderer. I liked that. Her boyfriend, Detective Bo Durand, understands Maggie's drive. I was impressed with his decision to work with her rather than insist that she stop. I enjoyed all the characters especially Magnolia Marie Doucet, a long dead ancestor from the post-Civil War who spoke to Maggie. This cozy had it all. There was suspense, romance and characters that I cared about. Plus the mouth watering recipes are an added bonus. I'm a fan of Ellen Byron and her Cajun Country Mystery series. I can't wait to see what happens next. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.
Biszemom More than 1 year ago
I have not yet read the first two books in this series, however I have gone back and placed them on my “to be read” list. A Cajun Christmas Killing is the third book in the series, however it is so well written and the characters are described in such a manner that you don’t have to read this series in order, you can dive right into this book and immediately know your way around. Overall I found the story to have a beautiful setting in Louisiana, and I personally love stories that involve Christmas and delicious food. Not only were both subjects woven throughout the story, but recipes were included at the end-along with the history of each. The storyline itself had twists and turns throughout and keeps you guessing until the very end.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Ellen Byron’s A Cajun Christmas Killing Joyeux Noel!! We are going to visit Pelican, Louisiana during the Christmas season. We will stay at the Crozat Plantation B&B. We will tour the area’s historical places, help build a bonfire on the levee plus watch others built their bonfires. We will eat gumbo, shrimp combos, crawfish and lots more yummy Cajun foods as we tag along with Magnolia Crozat better known as Maggie. Maggie has returned home to the bayou country after living in New York. She is an artist but helps her parents and Grand-mere at the B&B. Murder, explosions, deceit, revenge, ill will, twisted treatment of workers plus firecrackers, bonfires burning bright, a trip to Christmas decorated New Orleans plus more. The story starts off with a bang keeping a very fast pace until the finish. The characters are well rounded, colorful, quirky, well developed plus three dimensional involved in surprising interactions. Maggie discovers one of the guest is not who he says he is and is trying to take over the plantation by having bad reviews posted. He is a sharp, skilled takeover person who is also a real ladies man. That is until he is discovered DEAD. Who killed this man or more likely like who didn’t want this man dead?? Plenty of suspects with plenty of motives to sift through to discover the culprit. I absolutely loved Christmas in bayou country plus a good plotted story. Be sure to get a copy of the book. I volunteered to read this book. Thanks to the author via The Cozy Mystery Review Crew for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
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 Durand, a longtime family enemy, as they uncover many suspects she needs to find the killer before she becomes the next victim. This story is a fun read. There really is a lot that happens in the book and just when I thought I had it figured out, something else would happen. Lots of yummy recipes added too, that I plan to try. I genuinely enjoyed reading this book and had trouble putting this book down. The story line was riveting and kept my attention to the very end. Ms. Bryon does an excellent job keeping her readers on their toes as they read her stories. I highly recommend this book to other readers and look forward to reading other books in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
RobynKFLNJ More than 1 year ago
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.
K_Kendler More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It is refreshing to have a story that is over 150 pages and each paragraph adds to the entertainment. This is the first book I have read from this author. The book is a standalone. I did not feel left out by not knowing what happened in the previous book. I enjoyed the quaint town setting, the characters and the French references. There are recipes at the end of the book. The plot follows Maggie Crozat through a fun and quirky Christmas season in Pelican, LA. Having celebrated Pere Noel myself, I could easily see the adaptation of the European custom. I enjoyed being exposed to yule bonfires along the river, the interactions of semi-depressed economical area that still could support a luxury destination hotel and the Crozat’s B & B. I found the characters engaging, the story well written and groaned each time I had to put the book down. I was provided an advanced copy of this book and these are my unsolicited opinions.
Joey442 More than 1 year ago
I loved getting a look at Christmas in Pelican, Louisiana. Their Christmas customs are so different than any I have experienced that it made me want to go there. Like the bonfires on Christmas Eve to guide Santa. Everything was wonderful with the large family gathering at the Crozat Plantation B & B. That is until one of the guests is murdered and the entire family are suspects, along with Maggie's boyfriend, Bo. That left Maggie with no choice but to find the real killer. I liked the fast pace of this mystery and that Maggie's sleuthing didn't go smoothly all the time. How could she focus on finding a killer when she had so many family members and friends trying to help? Then there were illnesses and other family dramas to deal with. And even more, stress to handle when the B & B got some negative reviews. But this is a very well-written book so it is easy to follow Maggie in her adventures. I really enjoyed this book and am glad I got a copy through NetGalley. I didn't expect a murder mystery to be funny, but I couldn't help but chuckle at some of the characters and what they did. This is a great book for cozy mystery fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read all three of the Cajun books in one weekend and can't wait for the next. Action is fast and plot twists unexpected. Writing style is in the tone of the Sneaky Pie Brown books, and evokes the south vividly. Read in order if possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! What is next?
rgp1950 More than 1 year ago
As with her two other books, the story line in A Cajun Christmas Killing keeps you captivated. Just when you think you've figured it out, there's a twist. Again in this book, it isn't until the very end that the guilty party is revealed. Ms. Byron's style is reminiscent of Agatha Christie. Being a Louisiana native, I really appreciate the fact that the depiction of her setting is true to the area. Can't wait for book four.
Marla-Bradeen More than 1 year ago
A CAJUN CHRISTMAS KILLING is a fun cozy mystery. Full of quirky characters and Cajun references, it's easy to get lost in this story and setting. Byron has a wonderful way with words, and a good dose of humor graces every page of this entertaining novel. Cozy readers are sure to enjoy this book. Disclosure: I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy reading about Louisiana traditions and also enjoy a good mystery this is the book for you. Throughly enjoyable characters make you want more adventures in Pelican !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Cajun Christmas Killing is a cozy mystery set in Pelican, Louisiana, just outside New Orleans, Louisiana. Magnolia Marie Crozat (Maggie) helps run a Bed and Breakfast Inn with her grandmother and parents. A guest, Steve Harmon, is killed and the mystery begins on who did it. The story definitely fills in background information as it weaves in and out with Maggie trying to figure out who killed their guest. Although this is one of a series, there were a few references to a previous story, but not enough so the reader would not be able to read this one as a stand alone. The novel was quite interesting as it imparted some New Orleans Christmas customs as well as some of the thinking processes of the people. And, there are a few bonus recipes at the end of the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read cozy mysteries.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Christmas 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 need to catch the killer before anyone else ends up dead and puts an end to everyone’s happy holiday. Ellen Byron writes the kind of story that I love to escape right into. Never having been anywhere near the Louisiana bayou I depend on her words to take me there and she does it so wonderfully. I loved learning the traditions so unlike those here in Wisconsin. While we do eat a lot during the season, it is more the usual turkey and cranberry meals, not a pot of gumbo. No bonfires here either but usually way too much snow. These differences help to draw me in but it is the characters and the suspense that make me stay. The characters are wrapped up in so much, the new manger at Doucet is really shaking things up, Tug has a health scare, someone is writing trashy reviews about the B&B, Maggie ex comes to town, and Maggie and Bo’s relationship is growing and becoming more known. All that before the murder of Donald Baxter. All these plot lines come together in this marvelous mystery. All the characters have continue to evolve and the way they handle all the situations that arise is very believable. I really love they family feel of this story. Everyone is welcome whether truly related or just a friend. A true Christmas feeling. I have loved each book in the series but this one is my favorite. The intrigue built as the pages kept turning but there are several bits of humor too. A perfect mystery to curl up and read this holiday season.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
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 Durand, his cousin, returns to be lead investigator (he is not a fan of the Crozat family—but he swears he has changed). Maggie needs to find the real killer and clear Bo off the suspect list as well as herself and the rest of the Crozat family. Her attention is diverted by Tannis Greer’s changes at Doucet (and her hideous new costume), her father’s ill health, numerous anonymous complaints about the B&B on a travel site, Lia’s revelations, and the return of her ex-boyfriend who is determined to exploit Bo’s son, Xander. Just another typical week for Maggie in Pelican, Louisiana. Come along for some Christmas fun in A Cajun Christmas Killing! A Cajun Christmas Killing is an entertaining cozy mystery. It has lively, unique characters and a small, quirky Southern town. Maggie has a large extended family and many friends in Pelican. It was interesting to read about the bonfires being built and how they are utilized on Christmas Eve (what a nifty tradition). I just loved the descriptions of the old homes with original details (I am one of those people who loves squeaky old wood floors). I found the story to be nicely written and to have a good pace (makes for an easy to read story). There is quite a bit going on in A Cajun Christmas Killing. I highly recommend reading the series in order. It will help familiarize you with the characters (it can be hard to keep them all straight). My rating for A Cajun Christmas Killing is 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). I do wish, though, that the mystery had been harder to solve. I like to be challenged, and I accurately predicted the outcome before Maggie stumbled upon the body. There are some delightful sounding recipes at the end of the book. The ending was very satisfying (those who dislike Tannis will be merry). I look forward to visiting Pelican, Louisiana again in the next A Cajun Country Mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
its a good book
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LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
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 in the air. Every word pulled me further in. I felt more like an observer than merely a reader. I feel like I can honestly say I have been to Louisiana. The mystery element of A CAJUN CHRISTMAS KILLING was superb. Lost deep into the story, wanting to solve this whodunit, I barely came up for air. With each new chapter author Byron added another layer of intrigue, another outcome as to how this tale would end. I was completely surprised when I read the reveal. This emotional cozy also had a happy turn of events. One that has me looking forward to a new book in the series, as well as going back and catching up on those I missed in order to fill in the back stories of these characters I instantly loved. All of the above, and amazing recipes too, A CAJUN CHRISTMAS KILLING is a book you have to add to your bookshelves.
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
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 their hands full with negative reviews about the Crozat B&B, Tug's failing health, and the new manager who's making Maggie's life miserable at Doucet. Relationships are changing in Pelican, and it's nice to see the progression. I really enjoyed this book, and will anxiously await the release of any future installments. Highly, highly recommend! A+++
TheCozyReview More than 1 year ago
Bonfires 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 rival, Donald Baxter is not whom he seems, and before long her family and everything they worked for are in danger. Maggie is set to accuse Baxter of trying to destroy their business when she finds him stabbed to death. Her family all have alibis, Detective Bo Durand, Maggie’s boyfriends comes under suspicion. Maggie is forced to work with longtime family enemy Rufus Durand, who, as it turns out, isn’t as bad as she thought. The investigation leads her in circles and places her in the line of fire. -- Series: A Cajun Country Mystery Author: Ellen Byron Publisher: Crooked Lane Books Genre: Cozy/Mystery A Cajun Christmas Killing is a wonderfully entertaining book with colorful characters who will remain in the reader's memory for years to come. Ellen Byron has crafted a story that leads the reader down a path of Cajun proportions. Filled with everything you would expect for a Cajun Christmas celebration, music, unique characters and of course, food. Maggie is crazy about her boyfriend Bo, and she wants things to move on to the next step, but Bo is a gentleman and won’t be rushed. Tug and Ninette, Maggie’s parents, are the kind of parents who support their daughter in everything she does but also want her to be happy and settle down. Gran is a delight; she has a mischievous nature; she is lively, caring and can be put on airs when necessary. This book is the third installment of the “A Cajun Country Mystery” series. Readers that have not read the first two books will have no trouble understanding the backstory, the players or their role in the family dynamic. They will fall in love with the Cozart family. This book is a page-turner and will keep the reader guessing to the end. The reveal of the killer is in true Cajun style, filled with excitement that leaves a smirk on the reader's face. The story is fast-paced and flows smoothly; it is extremely well written. The action and intrigue are non-stop. This book, along with the series is highly recommended as an all-out entertaining and satisfying read.
bluegreen91 More than 1 year ago
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 have evolved over the 3 books and have changed my opinion of them. This book had a great pace, and I barely put it down. Both the new and familiar characters are often connected to others in unexpected ways, which adds some great layers to this mystery. I'm excited that I got a chance to read this book - which I won an advance copy of - but now I've got a long wait for book #4. Not a bad problem to have, I suppose
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
Only a handful of light mysteries have captivated me the way A Cajun Christmas Killing did. From the first page, the story and characters kept pulling at me until I was frustrated at each interruption. I really enjoyed the first two books, but this one felt special. In fact, for me it is one of the standout books for the year. There is so much heart and humor in this series that in spite of murder and cheating and other issues, I felt great just from reading it. Ms. Byron pulls me into the story and characters so much that I almost cheered out loud to see several villains get their comeuppance. I am glad to see that real love has softened Vanessa and Rufus. That is not a spoiler; the event that started the shift was in Body on the Bayou but we really see it carried out here. The Maggie's family is in for a tough time and she fights tooth and nail to keep home and family safe. All the members of Maggie's family are darling and her friends are great and then there is Bo. Bo is...well he is Bo!! I am a big fan of Christmas activities and I got to spend time sharing the holiday traditions with the family! I will be rereading my own copy of this book in early December. Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Publishing for the chance to read an advanced reader copy. I knew that I would have fun with Cajun Christmas Killing but I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. The opinion stated is all mine. I always review books that I enjoy and I way more than enjoyed A Cajun Christmas Killing.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
law-enforcement, bayou, Louisiana, Cajun culture, situational-humor, cozy-mystery, family-dynamics, relationships Maggie is a smart, observant, paint artist with old school family lineage, kooky relatives, and a whole lot of figurative brush fires to put out. The main family home is a B&B with someone sabotaging the approval rating, the other family plantation is registered as historic but is being run by a corporation with delusions. The obnoxious owner of the corporation is staying at the B&B, but ends up murdered in the plantation house. Not only Maggie, but her whole family, some friends, and even her nice new boyfriend the cop are on the short list, even her crooked former boyfriend from NYC, who is a paid consultant for the deceased. Very twisty with lots of situational humor and a lot of red herrings. All of the characters are well developed and are very interesting, as is the trip to the Garden District of NOLA. And then there's all the mentions of the terrific local food! Thanks be that there are several of the recipes given at the end of the book! I requested and received this book courtesy of NetGalley.