I’m loving that the Halloween cozy mysteries are starting to come out and today we have one by Ellen Byron. Read my review below of Murder in the Bayou Boneyard.
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.
It’s Halloween in Louisiana and Maggie and her fiancee are working on wedding plans while also trying to attract people to their tourist cabins. Maggie feels lucky when a distant cousin who is also a masseuse moves onto the property to help out their month-long promotion of theater, visits to the graveyard, and spa treatments. There is also a rougarou running around (Louisiana werewolf) who is not a part of the program scaring off guests. In this mystery, you never know quite who to trust and cousins are not always what they make themselves out to be. There is a real taste of Cajun living here with excellent Louisiana foods, family, and bayou murder. For a downhome cozy Halloween mystery, this one can’t be beat.
I obtained this book through Net Galley and have left an honest review.