Murder in the Bayou Boneyard

Crooked Lane. (Cajun Country, Bk. 6). Sept. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781643854601. $26.99. M
The B&Bs in Pelican, LA, are having difficulties competing with a company buying up property, so Maggie Crozat comes up with a scheme that each B&B will host special events to celebrate Pelican’s spooky past. She has the bright idea that Crozat Plantation B&B will host a spa, and invites a Canadian cousin she’s never met, Susannah MacDowell, to be the massage therapist. Susannah shows up with her obnoxious, demanding family. Guests report seeing a scary rougarou, a legendary werewolf combined with a vampire, and people cancel their reservations. When a costumed rougarou dies at the mystery play in a cemetery, Maggie becomes the primary suspect. Her event plans are a disaster. She and her grandmother had planned a double wedding on New Year’s Eve, but grandma has turned into a bridezilla. Then the local police chief collapses in their family kitchen. With all of her family as murder suspects, Maggie has to solve the case, or she’ll be wearing an orange jumpsuit for her wedding instead of a traditional gown.
VERDICT Halloween, humor, and Louisiana legends are the key to the award-winning author’s follow-up to Fatal Cajun Festival. Byron’s readers and fans of Jenn McKinlay’s humorous mysteries will appreciate this latest story that incorporates family and food.

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