Mardi Gras Murder (Cajun Country Series #4)

Mardi Gras Murder (Cajun Country Series #4)

by Ellen Byron

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2018 Agatha Award Winner for Best Contemporary Novel

USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron is back at it with fan-favorite plantation B&B owner Maggie Crozat in a fourth installment of the Cajun Country mysteries.

Southern charm meets the dark mystery of the bayou as a hundred-year flood, a malicious murder, and a most unusual Mardi Gras converge at the Crozat Plantation B&B.


It’s Mardi Gras season on the bayou, which means parades, pageantry, and gumbo galore. But when a flood upends life in the tiny town of Pelican, Louisiana—and deposits a body of a stranger behind the Crozat Plantation B&B—the celebration takes a decidedly dark turn. The citizens of Pelican are ready to Laissez les bon temps rouler—but there’s beaucoup bad blood on hand this Mardi Gras.

Maggie Crozat is determined to give the stranger a name and find out why he was murdered. The post-flood recovery has delayed the opening of a controversial exhibit about the little-known Louisiana Orphan Train. And when a judge for the Miss Pelican Mardi Gras Gumbo Queen pageant is shot, Maggie’s convinced the murder is connected to the body on the bayou. Does someone covet the pageant queen crown enough to kill for it? Could the deaths be related to the Orphan Train, which delivered its last charges to Louisiana in 1929? The leads are thin on this Fat Tuesday—and until the killer is unmasked, no one in Pelican is safe.

A simmering gumbo of a humorous whodunit, Mardi Gras Murder is the fourth piquant installment in USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron’s award-winning Cajun Country mysteries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683317050
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Series: Cajun Country Mystery Series , #4
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 130,107
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(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 fourth Cajun Country mystery.

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Mardi Gras Murder (Cajun Country Series #4) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
M_Murphy-Lee More than 1 year ago
If I could give half stars, I would rate this book a 3.5. I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. Mardi Murder introduced me to Cajun culture from a small town perspective. It did take me a little bit to get into the book, but once I did, the flow was pretty steady. I found I enjoyed the author’s writing style with plenty of events, dialog, and use of words. While there were a good variety of characters, I didn't get to know them well enough to feel invested in them. This could perhaps be due to this being the 4th book in the series. I have not read its predecessors. I did love the grand-mère character though with her sneakiness and comforting manner with Maggie. The storyline itself can stand alone. Unfortunately, I was able to figure out who the murderer was and the motive early on. Despite these, I would like to read more from this author as she definitely has a talent for writing.
jillybeans41 More than 1 year ago
You can’t go wrong reading about Mardi Gras, with it’s fun, colorful, entertaining, excitement, and that’s exactly what I found reading this book. The descriptions of the characters, the place, the atmosphere, made me feel like I was involved in the whole aspect of the book. Maggie is the main character and the amateur sleuths. Gran’ is a judge in the Miss Pelican contest, but when she takes ill, she convinces Maggie to be her replacement. After a confrontation with another judge, Maggie latter discovers him in his car….dead. Of course, Maggie can’t help herself, she’s going to jump in and investigate his death. There’s also a another small mystery in the background, which helps break up the book so it’s not all about the dead judge, you get to know the character’s more and more in each book. Maggie herself smart, edge, she takes risks but nothing that will put her in harms away. The characters can be a little quirky, but that’s what brings the life to these characters. The book itself is the fourth in a series, and I found it to be easily read as a standalone, without feeling lost and wondering who was who. The plot was interesting and kept me entertained and wanting to keep reading it. When I did stop I couldn’t wait to get back to it to see what was happening, I keep second guessing as to who dun it, but when I finally settled on the one, I was very surprised I got it right, as sometimes I don’t. The descriptions of the characters, the town, the history was very well written and not so over the top as some are. The humor of the book was well written and in all the right spots. Overall, this book is well worth the read.
Phyllis4707 More than 1 year ago
A fun read - a murder mystery and Louisiana history combined with Mardi Gras traditions and recipes! Our likeable heroine Maggie Crozat finds herself helping the police solve two murders in her small southern town just as Mardi Gras season hits the bayou. At the same time that she is judging the Mardi Gras Gumbo Queen pageant, she discovers an old painting that may provide clues to the murders. Included in the mix is an old mansion with a secret room, a Gumbo Cook-Off, and some rough patches in her on-going relationship with boyfriend Bo, the town's police detective. Louisiana/Mardi Gras food is mentioned throughout the book, and the recipes are included. I liked the way the author added explanations of Mardi Gras traditions, as well as cleverly incorporating actual history of the Louisiana Orphan Train. The author kept me guessing whodunit while providing mouthwatering food descriptions and including an assortment of southern characters who live in Maggie's small town of Pelican, LA. I received an advance reader's copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
kblr55 More than 1 year ago
Loved this fun book about a family and friends in a small town getting ready for Mardi Gras activities with some family dynamics and murder mystery. This showed how we do things to help our family even if it's something we don't necessarily like to do. I didn't figure out who the killer was until the end. I want to read more of her books!
AWilcox777 More than 1 year ago
Being totally honest, this is the first book I've read in this series. That being said, it started out slow for me and was confusing with all of the characters and their nicknames. I think this is a series best read in order so you can keep up. On to the actual story, the mystery within the mystery was really fun and got me turning pages. Beauty pagents aren't my thing at all but even given my distaste for that I enjoyed Ellen's ability to portray teens vs. adults so well. She really did a great job making you wonder whodunit through the whole book while also enjoying Mardi Gras with the cast. After all of that, I have to say I'll go back and start this series from the beginning to catch up and fill in the blanks. It's definitely worth it!
Jessica_Bone More than 1 year ago
Mardi Gras season in the bayou, when a flood just weeks before Mardi Gra deposits a body behind Crozat Plantation B and B, the celebration is put on hold. Maggie Crozat is at it again to help the Pelican Police Department to track down a killer, but when another body turns up none other than Gerard Damboise judge of the Gumbo Queen Pagent and leader of the Pelican Historical Society. Maggie knows the murders are connected, but is someone willing to kill for a crown or is it to keep the controversial exhibit about the Lousiana Orphan Train delayed or closed. As Maggie starts researching the past and discovers that the past is affecting the present and not just for the historical society. This was my first Ellen Byron story and I absolutely adored it. Maggies is an adorable character who you can relate to and the recipes in the back of the book are a huge bonus.
MyWhims More than 1 year ago
The charming town of Pelican Louisiana is preparing for the Mardi Gras celebration which will not allow the recent flood damage or dead body to interfere. It’s a celebration with a cook-off, beauty pageant, parade, and merrymakers. The local beauty pageant needs a replacement judge, and Maggie Crozat reluctantly volunteers and discovers more history regarding her town: orphan trains, historical house, prominent families, and the historical society. Plus, there is more than one mystery to be solved, and a treasure hunt. On a romantic level, the question is what will happen to Maggie’s relationship with Bo? (I was cheering for them.) The author crafted a fun and exciting tale with clues scattered throughout, and I enjoyed every minute of it! After finishing the book, I really wanted to experience Mari Gras for it sounds like a great time. As the Cajun French saying goes “Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!” (“Let the good times roll”). I received a copy of Mardi Gras Murder through SERC in exchange for my honest review.
lynnsreadingcorner More than 1 year ago
What a delightful book - this story was just as colorful on the inside, as the outstanding colorful cover design of this charming Southern murder mystery! This book had me to the very end, with a quick paced story, staging new excitement with every turn of the page. A pageant is afoot and Grand-mere is under the weather, meaning Maggie must take her place as a judge. During the pageantries, multiple murders occur and Maggie must get to the bottom of them before anything further happens. There are many characters in this book but a very helpful chart at the beginning of the book to help remind the reader of who's who. It's not too many one can't follow the story, but i really appreciated the list as this was my first introduction to this series. And speaking of, I don't feel like I missed out on being able to follow along because I hadn't read the earlier entries (I can't wait to catch up!). I was surprised to learn the author was from Southern California as so much of her writing made me believe she couldn't have been from anywhere else, but the middle of her Southern setting. The great cultural descriptions of Mardi Gras and festivities made me feel immersed in the great South, with very inviting and well researched history and details. There were multiple storylines weaved together and the way each detail was pieced together, flowed just as fast and strong as the floods that brought in the first murdered mystery guest in the story! And again, I just can't say enough how much I loved the setting! I really enjoyed the characters and their relationships with each other too. I can't wait to go back and catch up on the first couple of books in this series! Don't pass this book up!
Donna48 More than 1 year ago
Mardi Gras Murder This is my first time meeting Maggie but it will not be the last. Ellen Byron brings Pelican, La alive. Visualizing the B&B and Maggie’s family is very easy. The Crozat’s B & B filled with history and wonderful smells and great owners sounds like a place I would be glad spend a weekend. There are twist and turns in the book; first you think one person is guilty and then another until the killer is finally and surprisingly identified. Learning about the Louisiana Orphan Train was amazing and made me want to know more. This was a very easy, page turner and it had me interested from the beginning. Now I will be reading all three other Cajun Country Mysteries. Try the Banana Pancakes with Brown Sugar Butter they are simple and taste wonderful.
ScoobyVicki More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this series and this newest book does not disappoint. I received the book from the Publisher at no cost to me, and was thrilled I was one chosen. I have a love for Cajun, and mysteries and this has plenty of both. You'll fall in love with the characters and the many flavors of Louisianan in this well laid mystery.
ashleym919 More than 1 year ago
Ellen Byron revisits Pelican, Louisiana in the fourth book of her Cajun Country Mystery series, Mardi Gras Murder. A hundred-year flood has swept the bayou, depositing an unidentified dead body at the Crozat Plantation B and B. While the mystery bothers Maggie, it is Mardi Gras season, and she has been roped into judging the Miss Pelican Mardi Gras Gumbo Queen pageant forcing her to focus elsewhere. When one of her fellow judges is murdered, Maggie begins to wonder if the crimes are connected and if the judges may be in mortal danger. I have read all of Byron's Cajun Country books and have enjoyed them all. I love New Orleans but have not had the time to travel outside of the city. I enjoy how Byron captures so much of the spirit, celebration, customs and, of course, the food in the region and transports readers into the heart of Cajun Country and outside of the city many of us are familiar with. Warning: These books will make you hungry! I didn't think this book had as much character development as some of the others in the series that have brought not only Maggie and her family but many of Pelican's citizens to life. However, a major life event did occur at the end (no spoilers) so I assume that future tomes will be more satisfying for readers who have invested in these characters. Overall, this is a quick, easy, enjoyable read. Cozy fans and fans of all things Mardi Gras and gumbo should be pleased. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Bookaholic-mka More than 1 year ago
This is a story about Mardi Gras and Gumbo in a little town called Pelican. While the town might be little, the celebrations and cooking contests are most certainly not. Nor are the contests taken lightly. The contests are as important as one’s blood line. This is a story about some families still of a mind that good blood lines are more important than good people. Right in the middle of the Pelican contest highlights, Maggie’s dad loses his well-seasoned jumbo gumbo pot. Can you imagine? Not only does someone take their best jumbo gumbo pot but it is also the pot that it has taken years and years to get all of that burny crud on there to season it. What a loss huh? Actually, if my mom read this she’d be mad at me for making fun of how long it takes to season a good iron skillet. Nonetheless, you have to like a little gumbo to get this gist of this. Before I leave this part of the review, I do want to remind you that gumbo has okra in it, just in case you have forgotten. Ew. I think from the above paragraphs you can see that many of the scenes as well as the characters were well-defined enough for me to have a pretty good picture of life in Pelican and of Maggie’s family. I hope I’ve given you the impression that this is a light-hearted, quite sarcastic and funny cozy. I love sarcastic and I love light-hearted so it was truly my kind of story. This is a part of a series titled “A Cajun Country Mystery”. Looks online like they all have good reviews so I think you should check them all out. ***This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
Horsebranchjess More than 1 year ago
Mardi Gras Murder is fourth in the Cajun Country mysteries. Even though I have not read all the others in the series, I found it easy to catch up with the story. Mardi Gras has come to Cajun Country and celebrations must go on even as the community of Pelican is struggling to rebuild following massive flooding. When a John Doe washes up in the bayou behind the Crozat Plantation B&B, Maggie finds herself right back in the thick of an investigation and aiding her beau, Bo in the police investigation. Maggie finds herself juggling pageant judging, relationship woes, and murder for a busy story that is light-hearted fun that keeps you guessing until the very end. The characters deliver charm and humor and the story moves quickly and smoothly (leaving me with a hankering for some gumbo). I like the addition of the history behind the orphan train and Mardi Gras that the author explains well in the afterword. The book is a great cozy read that is hard to put down and will keep you returning for more Cajun Country mysteries. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.
C_Fowler 7 months ago
I loved Mardi Gras Murder, which is an awesome book with wonderful characters, atmosphere, and humor. Pelican, Louisiana takes its Mardi Gras celebrations seriously, and things become tense when an unidentified body is found at the Crozat Plantation Bed & Breakfast property after a devastating flood and is determined to be a victim of foul play. Soon there is another victim -- one of the judges of the Pelican Miss Mardi Gras Gumbo Queen pageant, and Maggie Crozat, who has a special knack for solving crimes and mysteries, is determined to investigate. This book is a fast-moving page-turner, and I enjoyed getting to know Maggie (short for Magnolia) and her family and friends. I also enjoyed the Cajun atmosphere and language as well as reading about the Orphan Train to Louisiana, a part of history that I was not aware of. Although this is the fourth book in the Cajun Country Mysteries, it is the first I have read in the series and can stand alone. However, I can't wait to go back and start reading the first book, Plantation Shudders. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.
KTempleton More than 1 year ago
The story is well plotted and the mystery has several twists and turns to keep the reader in suspense. I really enjoyed how the story of the pageant was intertwined with the death of the mystery man. I also enjoyed learning more about Mardi Gras traditions and celebrations. The characters still have their same wonderful quirky personalities. I love how Maggie and her family are able to live together and still get along so well even when one of them is a little obsessed with something like Maggie’s dad and his gumbo pot. You may enjoy the backstory of some relationships better if you have read the books in order. Having said that this book can definitely be enjoyed as a stand-alone mystery. I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
Mardi Gras Murders by Ellen Byron is simply outstanding, all that a great cozy mystery should be and more. This is the first of the four-book series that I’ve read, but it easily stands alone. I’m eager to read the previous books, however – it’s that good – and I can’t wait to see where Byron takes these characters next. Mardi Gras Murders is extremely well written with delightful, sometimes quirky characters, great humor, and steeped in the southern charm of the New Orleans area. Pelican, Louisiana was “a community so close-knit that residents occasionally discovered they accidentally married distant cousins.” I was initially a little overwhelmed by the list of characters at the beginning, but it turned out to be very helpful and everyone was pretty easy to keep up with. Whether working as tour guide at the family plantation, serving as beauty contestant judge, or simply taking care of her grandmother, Maggie is a likeable lead character. For a small town, Pelican sure has a lot going on, especially in preparing for Mardi Gras festivities. Maggie’s dad, Tug, had a great approach to making his famous seafood gumbo … “Some men make their wives crazy all year. I save it for Mardi Gras.” A lot of the action revolves around the Miss Pelican Mardi Gras Gumbo Queen contest – try saying that real fast! Not long after an unidentifiable body washes up at the back of Maggie’s property, an obnoxious fellow judge is murdered, and everything escalates from there. It was tempting to read fast to discover the solution, but slowing down to savor every page won out – it was that good! Mardi Gras Murders is a clean read, with no profanity or explicit scenes, and I hope that trend continues. This is a thoroughly entertaining story with surprising depth, and I’m eager for more Cajun Country mysteries. Highly recommended. I received a copy of this book through Great Escapes Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
AmyWeidenaar More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and I had a lovely history lesson to go with it. The way it was woven so beautifully into the plot line was incredible in and of itself; however, the world building and characters were equally fantastic. I didn't have the slightest idea who the bad guy was and I was floored when it was all put together. I enjoyed the different viewpoints that were shown through the annual beauty pageant. It was well-written instead of coming across as preachy or forcing one viewpoint and limiting the others. Recipes included: Oyster Soup, Banana Bon Temps Cocktail, Banana Pancakes with Brown Sugar Butter, Easy-Peasy King (Bundt) Cake, Gumbo Recipes ( Gaynell's Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Gaynell's Seafood Gumbo), Ellen's Cajun Country Potato Salad, and Gaynell's Potato Salad. Thank you so much to Ellen Byron, NetGalley, and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read this book and share my honest thoughts and opinions with others.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Forget about New Orleans y’all. I want to go to Mardi Gras in Pelican and stay at the Crozat Plantation Bed and Breakfast! Author Ellen Byron has penned another Cajun mystery delight. I was quickly pulled into MARDI GRAS MURDER, and held captivated until the last page. This was a thrilling murder mystery combined with subplots that increases the depth of the story. Page after page, I hung on every word, and by the end of the book I was near breathless. Mystery, humor, action, and wonderful recipes make MARDI GRAS MURDER a must read!
rgp1950 More than 1 year ago
This author has once again written an engaging story filled with not only one, but two mysteries with a little romance thrown in. Her writing style transports you to Pelican, Louisiana so that you feel as though you are actually there viewing the events first hand. I love the fact that she delivers the story in a way that keeps you guessing until the end who the real culprit could be. Ms. Byron also does a good job of authentically representing the culture and location of her story. Her description of the Courir de Mardi Gras is very accurate. This is a book that does not disappoint.
anneinaz More than 1 year ago
Mardi Gras Murder is the fourth in the Cajun County Mysteries by Ellen Byron. Maggie Crozat has come home to Pelican from the big city of New York and is finding a life there with her parents and boyfriend, Bo. It is time for Mardi Gras and in many peoples' eyes the celebration in Pelican is far more appealing than the larger one in New Orleans. Maggie works as an interpreter/guide at Doucet manor, a local historical museum. The entire area is still reeling from a recent hurricane that plowed through town, leaving mayhem in its wake. At Doucet, a damaged painting is noticed and Maggie, being an artist, as asked to restore it, which she does to amazing ends. Maggie has been drafted into filling her grandmother's spot on the Pelican Mardi Gras Gumbo Queen's judging panel, which she is not enjoying at all. Far too many gumbo queen moms jockeying for position, plus an unknown man has turned up dead and Maggie just can't quite let that go. The Historical Society plans a show soon featuring the Orphan Train passengers that ended up in and around Pelican. There is a lot going on and Maggie is in the thick of it. Mardi Gras Murder has a definite Southern feel to it, at least to the Westerner. That is one of its endearing qualities. The characters give off a Southern vibe consistently and the whole book reeks of "small town." The peripheral characters are as well drawn as the main characters, which makes for an enticing read. Characters make up 75% of a cozy's allure. The mystery is a good one, based on something we are all familiar with: keeping up appearances and peoples' need to fit in to their world. The setting is appealing and interesting and the subplots are delicious. All in all, a good read for a rainy afternoon. I recommend it. I received an ARC of Mardi Gras Murder in exchange for a fair and honest review.
anneinaz More than 1 year ago
Mardi Gras Murder is the fourth in the Cajun County Mysteries by Ellen Byron. Maggie Crozat has come home to Pelican from the big city of New York and is finding a life there with her parents and boyfriend, Bo. It is time for Mardi Gras and in many peoples' eyes the celebration in Pelican is far more appealing than the larger one in New Orleans. Maggie works as an interpreter/guide at Doucet manor, a local historical museum. The entire area is still reeling from a recent hurricane that plowed through town, leaving mayhem in its wake. At Doucet, a damaged painting is noticed and Maggie, being an artist, as asked to restore it, which she does to amazing ends. Maggie has been drafted into filling her grandmother's spot on the Pelican Mardi Gras Gumbo Queen's judging panel, which she is not enjoying at all. Far too many gumbo queen moms jockeying for position, plus an unknown man has turned up dead and Maggie just can't quite let that go. The Historical Society plans a show soon featuring the Orphan Train passengers that ended up in and around Pelican. There is a lot going on and Maggie is in the thick of it. Mardi Gras Murder has a definite Southern feel to it, at least to the Westerner. That is one of its endearing qualities. The characters give off a Southern vibe consistently and the whole book reeks of "small town." The peripheral characters are as well drawn as the main characters, which makes for an enticing read. Characters make up 75% of a cozy's allure. The mystery is a good one, based on something we are all familiar with: keeping up appearances and peoples' need to fit in to their world. The setting is appealing and interesting and the subplots are delicious. All in all, a good read for a rainy afternoon. I recommend it. I received an ARC of Mardi Gras Murder in exchange for a fair and honest review.
StoreyBookReviews More than 1 year ago
I love this series because it takes me to my roots on my mom's side in southern Louisiana.  I can hear the accents and picture the scenery and the older homes.  This series also makes me laugh, a lot!  Here is one line that started me giggling - "Some men make their wives crazy all year.  I save it for Mardi Gras." The book starts off with a bang with this line: "But an intrepid crew of Crozat family members and volunteers let the relentless rain soak them as they hauled away the detritus of small town life. It wasn't until they'd almost reached the bottom of the pile that they found the body. The body of a stranger to Pelican, Louisiana." Before you think this book is all fun and games, it isn't.  There are actually several murders but we don't know if they are all tied together or not.  We suspect that they might be, but it takes the effort of many characters to solve the mystery.  There are twists and turns galore and when the killer is revealed I was quite surprised.  While we have a few clues to figure things out, they don't necessarily point to this character. Another favorite line of mine in this book was this one: "We shouldn't ignore the past. We should study it and use what we learn to build a better future."  How true is this statement in today's world? We give this 5 paws up!
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
Don't let book 4 scare you off if you haven't read the rest. This is a great series and you can jump in at anytime. You've only missed a little romance and alot of mystery but you can always go back. Mardi Gras Murder was a fun read. I did have a bit of a hard time keeping the pageant contestants and moms straight but I finally got them all straight. There are quite a few characters in the story/plot but they all have their own places in the story and everything comes together in the end. The series takes place around an historical home turned museum. The main character Maggie works at the museum as a tour guide. But she is really a talented artist. When it's realized that a painting in the museum has been painted over Maggie gets the job of doing the restoration. While restoring the painting a 'can of worms' is opened and more drama/conflict. All the while she is hoodwinked by her granny into judging the Miss Gumbo pageant. More drama/mystery begins when one of the other judges is murdered. And so while the gumbo simmers the plot thickens until the climatic end when the real villain tries to take out not only Maggie but her best friend and Maggie's beau. On a side note the ending reminded me of one of my favorite movies Romancing The Stone. You'll have to read it yourself to find out why! If you enjoy a good great cozy you'll be hooked on this series. I received a complimentary copy.
cc27 More than 1 year ago
What happened to Gerard Damboise? Could it have anything to do with the missing children from the little known Cajun Country Orphan Trains? Why is an amateurish painting a treasured family heirloom? Most importantly, who will be the winner of the Miss Pelican Mardi Gras Gumbo Queen Pageant? As a bonus, there's light romance with a hot LEO and a budding relationship with his adorable son. Set against the rich traditions of the Courir de Mardi Gras, this is an engaging mystery that could only happen deep in Cajun country . Laissez les bon temps rouler! I received a free digital review copy of this title from NetGalley. #MardiGrasMurder#NetGalley
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Pelican, Louisiana is underwater, floods have ravaged the area. The clean up continues as the residents prepare for their Mardi Gras celebration complete with a parade, contest to crown a gumbo queen and a gumbo cook-off. Then a body is found in the water behind the Crozat Plantation B&B. No one recognizes the man so its going to be a tough case to solve but Maggie is going to do her best to find out who he is and who killed him. Maggie also gets roped into the queen contest as a judge where she learns about the Louisiana Orphan Train and that the exhibit set to open has been postponed. She also comes upon another dead body, one of her fellow judges. She is starting the think the deaths have to be connected and may even have something to do with the Orphan Train exhibit. She also makes an interesting discovery at Doucet and another at Grove Hall. The floodwaters are receding but the bodies are starting to pile up. It’s time to catch this killer before they strike again! Oh my goodness, the author has filled this book with so much Mardi Gras goodness! Maggie is involved in everything, I was tired out she reading about all the things she did. In addition to all her duties and murder queries she and Bo are having trouble connecting. With his job, the flood damage, and his son he doesn’t have much free time. But there are some issues below the surface too. I was rooting for this couple through the entire story, worried and concerned but so happy with the ending. There are a lot of characters within these pages. Study the wonderful cast of characters list the author provides at the beginning of the book before you start reading. Each character is unique so you shouldn’t have too much trouble keeping everyone straight. The core characters all shine and the supporting cast is excellent. The character development over the series and within this story is exceptional. The story is very well plotted with some fabulous twists. I love the way Ms. Byron entangles the story-lines all together and blends in history and humor that hooks the reader from the first page to the last. Filled with Southern charm and a Cajun’ theme this story was so much fun to read. Each story in this series has been a perfect escape. I always recommend starting a series from the beginning for maximum enjoyment but this story would read well all on its own.