This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Summary from Goodreads:
Check in for some Southern hospitality in Plantation Shudders, the Cajun Country series debut from Ellen Byron.
It’s the end of the 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 a trio 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 a murder.
With the help of Bo Durand, the town’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 more 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.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
Cozy mysteries are a book type that are close to my heart. I find them to be filled with great characters that I look forward to seeing again and again.
PLANTATION SHUDDERS is firmly in the cozy mystery section, but it’s a little lighter than others I normally read. This is not to say that it’s not enjoyable- because it is!
Maggie is our heroine and she’s in trouble- wanting to keep her family’s B&B afloat- she’s trying to think of cute gimmicks and ways to pack the B&B.A murder, though, is not in her plans.
We have conflict- between Maggie and the sheriff- the kind of conflict, that if played right could keep this series afloat. There is also the love interest which ties nicely to the conflict character.
Most notably- the characters- especially Maggie’s grandma.
The mystery is a touch on the light side- even for a cozy, but I found myself entertained- and that’s really all that matters.
I’m eager to see where Ellen Byron takes Maggie and the characters- in the great state of Louisiana- the possibilities are endless.
Bottom line: Enjoyable and entertaining. Light mystery, strong on interesting characters.
*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T