Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron


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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

Body on the Bayou

Summary: 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.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

After having enjoyed Plantation Shudders last year, when Body on the Bayou was offered to me for review consideration- I did not hesitate.

As in Plantation Shudders, the mystery is still a bit on the light side (and I figured out the bad person before the ending) but that did not take away from the book.

What just annoyed me was VANESSA. Bridezilla with a big ole B. As her demands got crazier, I longed for Maggie to tell her to “No.” I understand that Vanessa’s ways were to be humorous (and sometimes, they were). Other times, it was almost distracting because it was like she was a caricature of every other bride behaving badly in the entire universe.

The ongoing conflict in the series does not look to be resolved any time soon (which will be be a good thing!)

Maggie’s romance might be heating up just a tad (also a good thing- I think!)

Bottom line: Easy read. Fun. A perfect read for a cozy mystery fan.


*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

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