Cajun Kiss of Death

Crooked Lane. (Cajun Country Mystery, Bk. 7). Aug. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9781643857381. $26.99. M
B&B proprietor Maggie Crozet and police detective Bo Durand marry in Pelican, LA, on New Year’s Eve, in a ceremony that is a celebration of their small town’s Cajun culture. By February, Pelican’s restaurants are threatened by celebrity chef Phillippe Chanson’s plans to open Chanson’s Cajun Kitchen in town. Chanson’s staff is staying at Crozet’s B&B, and Maggie becomes aware of the tension Phillippe creates among his team. Local chefs get caught up in the drama, as Phillippe steals recipes and undercuts oyster prices, and Pelican’s favorite eating spots are shut down by the health department. It’s shocking, but no surprise, when Phillippe’s boat goes up in flames during a celebration and he’s killed. Everyone’s a suspect, even Maggie’s mother, so Maggie has reason to ask questions. But her attention is divided between an embezzlement scandal at Doucet (the historic site where she works) and a stalker who’s leaving her anonymous gifts. A second murder involving Chanson’s puts more pressure on Maggie, Bo, and the police to find the killer.
VERDICT The seventh “Cajun County Mystery” (after Murder in the Bayou Boneyard) wraps up the award-winning series. Fans will want to read this final volume, which resolves the futures of Maggie, Bo, and the other beloved characters from a comforting series that brings Cajun food, culture, and music together.
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