Murder in the Bayou Boneyard



Murder in the Bayou Boneyard: A Cajun Country Mystery
by Ellen Byron

About Murder in the Bayou Boneyard 

Murder in the Bayou Boneyard: A Cajun Country Mystery
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (September 8, 2020)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1643854607
ISBN-13: 978-1643854601
Digital ASIN: B082H3BT6F

Maggie Crozat has the Halloween heebie-jeebies in USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Ellen Byron’s howlingly funny sixth Cajun Country mystery.

Maggie Crozat, proprietor of a historic Cajun Country B&B, prefers to let the good times roll. But hard times rock her hostelry when a new cell phone app makes it easy for locals to rent their spare rooms to tourists. With October–and Halloween–approaching, she conjures up a witch-crafty marketing scheme to draw visitors to Pelican, Louisiana.

Five local plantation B&Bs host “Pelican’s Spooky Past” packages, featuring regional crafts, unique menus, and a pet costume parade. Topping it off, the derelict Dupois cemetery is the suitably sepulchral setting for the spine-chilling play Resurrection of a Spirit. But all the witchcraft has inevitably conjured something: her B&B guests are being terrified out of town by sightings of the legendary rougarou, a cross between a werewolf and vampire.

When, in the Dupois cemetery, someone costumed as a rougarou stumbles onstage during the play–and promptly gives up the ghost, the rougarou mask having been poisoned with strychnine, Maggie is on the case. But as more murders stack up, Maggie fears that Pelican’s spooky past has nothing on its bloodcurdling present.

A Word from grand-mere...

Bonjour, I’m Charlotte Bringier Crozat, Maggie Crozat’s grand-mere. Our whole family lives and works at Crozat Plantation Bed and Breakfast, a home that’s been in our family for more than a century and a half. I have some surprising news to share, especially considering my ripe old age of eighty-three. After decades sans spouse, I’m getting remarried. The lucky man is Lee Bertrand, proprietor of the sole service station in our little Louisiana village of Pelican. There’s been a bit of gossip about the town’s grand dame plighting her troth with the local mechanic. But it’s absolutely a love match between a lonely widow and widower who count themselves lucky to have found each other.

According to my amused and slightly annoyed family, I’m on the cusp of becoming a bridezilla. And I don’t apologize for that one bit. I married my first husband on a train platform before he shipped out to fight in the Korean War. This time, I’m going all out. I might even wear one of these fancy princess wedding gowns… if I can find one that flatters a woman of a certain age, no easy feat so far. Unfortunately, there’s one bit unpleasantness marring my bridezilla joy. My granddaughter Maggie hired a long-lost cousin as the masseuse for our brand-new Crozat Spa and Wellness Retreat. We were all so excited to welcome Suzannah Crozat MacDowell and her family to our home and looked forward to developing a close relationship with her. But to be blunt, the woman is a HORROR. A nightmare. Un cauchemar. Worse… she’s a threat to the very future of Crozat Plantation Bed & Breakfast.

But never mind all that – I’ve got a wedding to plan! I know cream will be one of my theme colors. But what to choose to go with it? Peach, Pale Peach, Dusty Peach, or Peaching to the Choir?

Decisions, decisions…

About Ellen Byron

Maria DiRico

Ellen’s Cajun Country Mysteries have won the Agatha award for Best Contemporary Novel and multiple Lefty awards for Best Humorous Mystery. Her Catering Hall Mystery series, written as Maria DiRico, launched with Here Comes the Body and was inspired by her real life. She’s an award-winning playwright and non-award-winning TV writer of comedies like WINGS, JUST SHOOT ME, and FAIRLY ODD PARENTS, but she considers her most impressive credit working as a cater-waiter for Martha Stewart. A native New Yorker who attended New Orleans’ Tulane University, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and rescue furbaby. Sign up for her newsletter at

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