Fatal Cajun Festival Book Review

Fatal Cajun Festival Book Review

Title: Fatal Cajun Festival: A Cajun Country Mystery
Author: Ellen Byron
Published: September 10, 2019, Crooked Lane Books
No. of Pages: 304
Cover Price: $26.99 Hardcover, $12.99 Kindle

Fatal Cajun Festival is the fifth installment in the Cajun Country Mystery series by Ellen Byron. The protagonist, Maggie Crozat, proprietor of the Crozat Plantation B&B, is excited to attend the Cajun Country Live! Festival in their small Louisiana town, especially since her talented friend, Gaynell, with her band, the Gator Girls will be performing. Tammy Barker, who became famous when she won a singing competition, comes back to her hometown to headline the festival, and when the locals see how she treats them, she all of a sudden becomes less popular to them. However, when one of the members of Tammy’s staff is murdered, and Gaynell is blamed, Maggie gets involved in amateur sleuthing to clear her friend.

One of the fun things about this series is the food. Almost everything revolves around it – Maggie sells pralines at the festival, and others are constantly making mouthwatering Cajun food at the B & B. It’s nice that there are good recipes at the end of the novel, too; they are fairly easy, so readers will want to try them.

Maggie is a likeable character who has been well-developed; readers will like her even if they haven’t read the previous books. The supporting characters are also likeable and well developed (well not all are likeable, of course because there is a murderer in the mix and a very big-headed singer that thinks she is better than her old friends). Actually, there is a good variety of characters that are relatable.

The story is told in an easy-to-follow way, and is typical of small-town America. Readers will enjoy Byron’s writing style, and will appreciate the fact that it is a fast and fun read. Most readers will want to read all of the books in the series.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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