Release Date: Oct 9, 2018
Series: Cajun Country Mysteries
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Heavy rains have flooded the bayou and Maggie Crozat’s family bed and breakfast is currently housing Pelican, Louisiana residents who have been displaced by the flood. There was a fatality, an elderly man unknown by anyone in the area. It’s soon determined the stranger didn’t die in the flood – he was murdered! Even though Maggie is busy preparing for the town’s local Mardi Gras celebration, which includes serving as a judge in the Gumbo Queen contest, she finds time for sleuthing when another murder occurs in her beloved hometown.
This book is the fourth in the series. I’ve read all of the prior books, but a list of characters at the beginning of the book will help new readers quickly catch up on who’s who in Pelican. Although the first victim is a stranger, the second victim is well-known in the town, but not well-liked. This gives Maggie plenty of suspects to question, including the not-so grieving widow, some overly competitive pageant moms, and someone who has made their displeasure over a proposed “Cajun Orphan Train” exhibit well-known. Maggie is a likable, enthusiastic amateur detective who will do whatever it takes to support her family and keep the peace in her hometown. She and her boyfriend, Bo, make a great couple, but have realistic problems to work through in their relationship.
I like the humor throughout the book and the description of Louisiana culture and customs. In addition to the information shared as part of the story, the author includes so much interesting material on the Cajun orphan train and the Mardi Gras celebration at the end of the book. She also includes several recipes for featured dishes such as gumbo and a King Cake.
I wasn’t able to guess the killer or the motive, but I enjoyed trying to figure out the mystery along with Maggie. Some parts of the ending are a little pat, but I like how things are resolved and enjoyed the upbeat conclusion to the book.