Artist Maggie Crozat is settling in at her family’s bed and breakfast, the Crozat Plantation, in Pelican, Louisiana. Just when life is returning to normal for the family, after the past murders at the B&B, Maggie ends up feeling sorry for very pregnant, Vanessa Fleer, and agrees to be her Maid of Honor. A job, she finds out, that no one else was willing to take.
Not only does Maggie have to deal with the bridegroom, Rufus Durand, her nemesis, but also with the Bridezilla’s, long Maid of Honor’s to do list! One of the duties is to entertain Vanessa’s cousin, Ginger Fleer-Starke and give her a room, free of charge, at the Crozat Plantation. On top of all of this, Maggie’s detective boyfriend, Bo Durand’s ex-wife is in town, and this is making Maggie nervous about her and Bo’s relationship.
When Maggie begins to have nightmares, she wonders what other troubles lay ahead. She has no idea that finding Ginger’s lifeless body in the bayou is only the beginning! Soon Vanessa becomes a suspect and she informs Maggie that finding Ginger’s killer is now one her Maid of Honor duties! Will Maggie be able to solve the murder? Or will the killer put an end to Maggie’s duties by putting her on their list?
“Body on the Bayou” is a perfect mix of Southern charm, spicy people, fantastic food, and murder! There is plenty of action and intrigue in this magnificent mystery, to keep you guessing till the very end! The people are fiery and engaging, and you will be delighted to meet them! I really enjoyed revisiting everyone in Pelican, especially Maggie, Bo, Xander, Lia, Grand-mere, and of course JJ!
Once again, Ellen Byron has given us a murder mystery masterpiece! This is the Best book I have read all year! Everyone is going to be dying to get their hands on “Body on the Bayou”! It is an incredible continuation of Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country mystery series! I am looking forward to seeing what Ellen Byron has in store next for Maggie and the good people of Pelican!
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, Louisiana: the upcoming nuptials between Maggie Crozat’s nemesis, Police Chief Rufus Durand, and her co-worker, Vanessa Fleer.
Maggie, inexplicably tasked with being Vanessa's Maid of Honor, quickly discovers why everyone else refused the assignment when the Bridezilla hands her a long list of duties ? the most important of which is entertaining Vanessa’s cousin, Ginger Fleer-Starke, a mysterious woman with dangerous secrets. But just days before the wedding, Ginger’s lifeless body is found on the bayou behind Crozat Plantation and the Pelican PD, as well as the Crozats, have another murder mystery on their hands.
There’s a gumbo-potful of suspects, including an ex-Marine with PTSD, an annoying local newspaper reporter, and Vanessa’s own sparkplug of a mother. But when it looks like the investigation is zeroing in on Vanessa as the prime suspect, Maggie reluctantly adds keeping the bride-to-be out of jail to her list of Maid of Honor responsibilities in Body on the Bayou, the second in Ellen Byron's charming and witty series.