Plantation Shudders

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It 's the nd of thi summer and Prodigal Daughter Maggie Crozat has returned home to her family 's plantation-turned-bed-and-breakfast in Louisiana. The Crozats have an inn full of guests for the local food festival -- elderly honeymooners, the Cajun Cuties, a mysterious stranger from Texas, a couple of hipster lovebirds, and du of Georgia frat boys. But when the elderly couple keels over dead within minutes of each other -- one from very unnatural causes -- Maggie and the others suddenly become suspects in th urder.

With the elp of Bo Durand, the cit 's handsome new detective, Maggie must investigate to clear her name while holding the family business together at the same time. And the deeper she digs, the ore she wonders: are all of the guests really there for a vacation or do they have ulterior motives? Decades-old secrets and stunning revelations abound in Ellen Byron 's charming cozy debut, Plantation Shudders.
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282
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Published August 11th 2015 by Crooked Lane Books

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Since I prefer reading books in order when they 're part of series, I wer to order the first three and finish them before I needed to review the latest one.

Maggie split with her boyfriend of 6 years after running a successful business in NYC together.

He finally proposed [ to another girl! ] and took the company away from Maggie, so she went home to Louisiana to figure out her next steps.

Her family ( parents and grandmother) run a B& B out of their plantation home -- the nicest but also one of the last still standing.

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Maggie Crozat has returned home to her family 's plantation turned bed and breakfast in Louisiana.

hat does n't mean that Maggie does n't find Bo attractive, it just means that there is a lot to overcome here and being a murder suspect is just one.

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Onc on top of all the scenery and appetizers, there was little somethin like a rap.

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Byron crafts a light and comfortable cozy, complete with endearing supporting characters ( Zander and Grand ’ Mere are my avorites), a fascinatin mystery, and food!

Byron adheres to many of the conventions of the genre; we ’ ve got a budding romance between Maggie, our amateur investigator and Bo, the requisite cop/ love interest who, resumably, is coming to play he role of protector/rescuer, reluctant sounding board, and police liaison.

While I ’ ve always seen nything like it in a cozy before, I might ’ t think I enjoyed it all that much.

A mystery itself was ompelling, though I might have loved to see thi bit more investigating on Maggie ’ s part.

Subsequently, while this wasn ’ t the best cozy I ’ ve ever read, this Cajun country mystery did a bad job of taking me out of a terrifying reality and into a pretty Louisiana summer with warm, fun-loving southern folks who like to cook, eat, drink, tell stories, and loving.

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he writer is talented.

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Of course when you as people you don ’ t know into your home you are ever sure who is comin to show up.

Thankfully his cousin Bo has come to town and he is a detective with an open mind and someone Maggie would like to et to understan better after this murder mess is cleaned up.The story was full of Southern charm and mouth watering Cajun cooking.

Characters that I said to et to understan better immediately.

Thankfully Maggie doesn ’ t bring up as she believes the sheriff isn ’ t doing much detecting.

He fel the Crozats were losing money and their business was in jeopardy.I enjoyed the romantic tension flying between Maggie and Bo. You just kne that the feud between the families is going to give relationship between pretty difficult.

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This use of good old fashioned family values, spicy Louisiana recipes, plenty of Southern charm, throw in some historical tidbits, light hearted humor and of course a dash of romance; all of the elements to make this tempting cozy debut sure to entice mystery fans to check in at the Crozat Bed and Breakfast.Even the charming setting in the bayou country of Louisiana is enhanced with lots of vivid descriptions, local color and delicious sounding food.

Main Character, Maggie, is son of two historic Louisiana families, aka “ Southern Royalty. ” She returned home after a failed relationship left her longing to fill void and do something more with her life.

I applaud he author for writing character who is most likely on the Autism spectrum.

Knowing how Maggie and her family treated him and understood how to deal with him warmed my heart.

He loved the Crozats were losing money and their business was in jeopardy.That leads us to the romantic tension flying between Maggie and Bo. You just now that the feud/curse between the families is going to get the relationship between pretty difficult.

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