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Ellen Byron Books In Order

Publication Order of Cajun Country Mysteries Books

Plantation Shudders (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Body on the Bayou (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Ellen Byron is one of the prominent authors from the United States, who likes to write mystery novels. She has written a few successful books in her writing career, which have helped her to earn enormous name and fame. Author Ellen was born in New York, The United States. She says that she gained the inspiration for writing mystery novels from the noteworthy works of some of the most prominent authors like Jacqueline Winspear, Charles Dantes, Agatha Christie, Tine Fey, Louise Penny, as well a few others. The debut book written by author Ellen is titled as Plantation Shudders, which is also the first book of her intriguing mystery series called Cajun Country Mystery series. This book has been nominated for the Lefty, Daphne, and Agatha Awards. After the success of this book, author Ellen wrote and released the second book of her career, which is titled as Body on the Bayou. Similar to the first book of the mystery series, this book too offers everything that a reader of cozy mystery books wants. It has highly praised by the Publishers Weekly. Also, the Library Journal has praised the book as well as the series saying that the fans of Lou Jane Temple and Diane Mott Davidson would line up in desperation.

Riding on the success of these two excellent books, author Ellen went on to receive the Grant of William Deeck Malice Domestic from the Malice Domestic Conference. Along with writing novels, author Ellen has several TV credits to her name. A Few of them include Wings, Just Shoot Me, and Still Standing. She is also associated with cable and network pilots. In her journalist career, author Ellen has written more than 200 articles for nationally published magazines. Recently, she had served on the UCLA Writer Program’s Editorial Board for editing a few of its books. Those included Inside the Room and Cut to the Chase. Author Ellen has also penned down a few plays that have been published by the Dramatists Play Service. The most popular ones among all her plays include Asleep on the Wind and Graceland. Before beginning her writing and journalist careers, author Ellen obtained her graduate degree from the Tulane University. As of today, Ellen resides in her home located in the nearby area Los Angeles, California along with her loving husband and a beautiful daughter. Her happy family also consists of several rescue dogs. Being a native of New York, author Ellen misses being in her hometown a lot. Whenever she wishes, she drives down to her hometown in her cab.

The Cajun Country Mystery series written by Ellen Byron is comprised of 2 books till now, which were released between 2015 and 2016. The first book was published under the title of ‘Plantation Shudders’. The Crooked Lane publishers released this book in the year 2015. According to author Ellen, this book gives the readers a feel of the Southern hospitality. She has described the main characters in the form of Maggie Crozat and Bo Durand, and the plot is set in Louisiana. In the starting sequence of the mystery book, author Ellen has described the end of the summer season in Louisiana. The Prodigal Daughter, Maggie Crozat decides to return home to look after the plantation business of her family in Louisiana. At the time of her return, a local food festival is organized in the town due to which the inn of the Crozats gets filled with numerous guests. The guests include a couple of elderly honeymooners, two hipster love birds, the Cajun Cuties, the frat boys’ trio from Georgia, and the Cajun Cuties. As soon as the food festival begins, the elderly couple is found dead due to natural causes within the difference of a few minutes. Due to this sudden event, Maggie Crozat and a few others become the prime suspects in couple’s murder. The town has a newly appointed handsome detective in the form of Bo Durand, who helps Maggie investigate the case. Maggie Crozat is faced with the dual challenge of clearing her name from the murder as well as preventing her family business from coming down. The more she digs into the mystery of the murder case, the more doubts whether all the guests had come there for vacation. She wonders whether a few of them had some uglier motives behind their visit. Maggie and Bo Durand also think that the real killer might have used the local festival as an ultimate chance to carry out his deadly crime. Due to the sudden turn of events after the incident, they believe that the killer might not have left the town. Therefore, they begin to look out for each and every guest who have arrived at the festival to see whether any of them is linked to the murders. In the following events, decades old secrets as well as stunning revelations are discovered, which not only shock Bo Durand and Maggie Crozat, but also the entire town.

The next book in the series written by Ellen, Body on the Bayou, was also published by the Crooked Lane publication. At the beginning of the book, author Ellen has shown that the Crozats lived in the fear the past murders that took place at their plantation might cause the death of their dear-to-heart estate as well. But somehow, they manage to come out of the scandal safely. Now, a big is about to take place in Pelican, Louisiana due to the upcoming marriage of the nemesis of Maggie Crozat, the Chief of Police Rufus Durand, and a co-worker of hers named Vanessa Fleer. For the big event, Maggie gets inexplicably tasked to become the Maid of Honor of Vanessa. Very soon, she understands why no one else was ready to take up the task when she takes a look at the long list of assignments given to her by Vanessa. The most important task in the list is to entertain Vanessa’s cousin named Ginger Fleer-Starke. Maggie finds her as a mysterious woman hiding dangerous secrets. When a few days are left for the grand wedding, the dead body of Ginger Fleer is discovered on the bayou located behind the plantation of the Crozats. As a result, the Pelican police department and Maggie Cozart get a new murder mystery to solve. The ones who are in the list of suspects include a former Marine, a local reporter, and Vanessa’s own mother. Finally, it appears that the police are about to zero in as the prime suspect on Vanessa. But, Maggie decides to keep her out of trouble as a part of her dutiful responsibilities.

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