• Body on the Bayou

  • A Cajun Country Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Ellen Byron
  • Narrated by: Meredith Mitchell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,287 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Crozats feared that past murders at Crozat Plantation B&B might spell the death of their beloved estate, but they've managed to survive the scandal. Now there's a très bigger story in Pelican, Louisiana: the upcoming nuptials between Police Chief Rufus Durand and Vanessa Fleer.

Maggie Crozat, inexplicably tasked with being Vanessa's maid of honor, quickly discovers why everyone else refused the assignment when the bridezilla hands her a long list of duties - the most important of which is entertaining Vanessa's cousin, Ginger Fleer-Starke, a mysterious woman with dangerous secrets. But just days before the wedding, Ginger's lifeless body is found on the bayou behind Crozat Plantation. Now the Pelican PD and the Crozats have another murder mystery on their hands.

There's a gumbo pot full of suspects, including an ex-marine with PTSD, an annoying local newspaper reporter, and Vanessa's own spark plug of a mother. But when it looks like the investigation is zeroing in on Vanessa as the prime suspect, Maggie reluctantly adds keeping the bride-to-be out of jail to her list of maid-of-honor responsibilities.

©2016 Ellen Byron (P)2016 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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Fun not noir!

cozy-mystery, family-dynamics, friendship, usa, law-enforcement, murder, recipes, laugh-out-loud

What fun! The impending bride and her mother are nutz, the bride's cousin makes the mob look honest, Maggie is worried about problems with her boyfriend, and then there's the murders. The characters certainly are, the setting is marvelous, the plot twists are unexpected, and the herrings are all red. There is no problem for a reader who dives into this one without reading the other, and no problem should you also discover that you bought this one a while ago but it got legs and walked off before you even read it!
Well this time I got the audio. Meredith Mitchell does a fantastic narration.

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Great series

This series is always engaging. It’s funny, sad and happy moments keep you in your toes

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Very enjoyable

Very cute story and such an enjoyable read! Would definitely recommend to a friend. So fun!

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enjoyable

this was a nice surprise find in the Amazon included titles. quick and wholesome little mystery

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Why can’t Maggie say no?

Maggie was sassier in Book 1, WTH is up with Vanessa? She cannot possibly have friends so why is Maggie putting up with her nonsense? I like the Zander parts and the concept, though MORE needs to be said about the slavery history of the plantation. I like the narrator.

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Enjoyable

I’m really enjoying this series. The mystery keeps you guessing and the regional lore is like a taste of home.

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Very enjoyable

I love reading books based in the South where most of the characters don't seem like idiot hicks, and I especially appreciate hearing a narrator who can sound mostly authentically Southern. (Of course my Southern sound is Georgia and Alabama, so I can't truly speak for Louisiana Southern, but it sounded pretty good to me. ) I will say, though, that if any person alive or dead who has ever had to deal with a bride such as is in this book, bless your heart and may you reach sainthood.😉

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Lighthearted Listen

This is the second book in the series. Once again, the story takes the reader to a small town in Louisiana. Maggie, the main character, finds herself right in the middle of a murder mystery. Despite the book being categorized in this genre, it is really a book about family, friends, and finding a place in life. The other big event, in the story, is a wedding. A pregnant Van, and Ruf are headed to the alter. Maggie has drawn the short straw, and is saddled with being the maid of honor, wedding coordinator, and a detective. There are quite a few laugh out loud moments. If you are looking for an lighthearted listen, this book fills the bill.

P.S. The narrator is good, and seemed to improve the voices of most of the characters. Male voices, for whatever reason, are often difficult for a female narrator to land.

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Horrible from beginning to end.

This book was horrible. I wanted to keep listening hoping it would get better but it never did. The narrator was also terrible. Amateur book, predictable, terrible story line and dumb conversations

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2nd book is better

this book was better than the 1st. for my reading entertainment this is too shallow. though future stories will probably get better

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  • 09-19-22

Sickly story

Gave up about chapter 4. Nobody could be this sickly sweet. Their business would have been bankrupt years ago. Totally unbelievable.

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  • R Towers
  • 09-10-22

Full of southern charm..US

A very good narrator and a charming Cosy mystery series set in American deep South.

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  • Mrs. C. J. Mchardy
  • 06-06-22

Great Listen

This is a great listen with wonderful characters and a couple of murders as well. I will be listening and reading more by this author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-05-22

Fantastic

Brilliant storyline love the history and the characters looking forward to the next instalment, narrator brought characters to life.

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  • Julie
  • 01-16-22

Weddings can lead to murder

I enjoyed this book. It worked for me because I liked the characters who are just quirky enough to be fun and interesting. There is a lot of them, most of whom we meet in the first book, so you might want to start with that book to get to know them and all the relationships but it does make for a good standalone. This book is not all about the mystery as there is a lot going on from home life drama with finding lost pets and there babies, to relationship woes and wedding planning but don't worry it all ties in or helps lead to clues. The side story I liked best was the little boy with the puppies and kittens, tugs at the heart. The mystery was good and I never would have guessed the killer so was surprised. I was also very surprised with the ending, let's just say what started with drama ended with drama. Looking forward to the next book to see what the author has in store for the characters next.
Somehow Maggie has got roped into being the Maid of honour to her pregnant co workers Vanessa and her soon to be husband and long time nemesis the police chief Rufus Durand. Maggie's family a long time ago supposedly put a curse on the Durand family with regard to love and as a consequence Rufus blames her for everything that goes wrong in his life. Can Maggie finally put an end to the feud by helping with the wedding? The more Vanessa adds to her duties the more Maggie feels like the feud isn't so bad. Especially when Vanessa's cousin tells up early and Maggie's family is expected to host them at there B&B. Maggie thought Vanessa was bad but Ginger takes it to another level. Just when she thinks it can't get any worse she stumbles over her dead body. After Rufus has a silly argument with the mayor over parking spaces he is taken off duty and a replacement brought in. This spells trouble for the investigation as it also means Maggie's detective boyfriend is bumped to traffic duty and the new chief is convinced Vanessa is the killer. With the baby shower, bachelorlet party and the wedding still going ahead, it's up to Maggie as one of her many Maid of honour duties to find the real killer. At the same time Maggie's boyfriends ex is back in town and up to something, she finds a cat and dog that have recently given birth and need nursing, the guests at the B&B still need taking care of and her Grandmother seems to have found herself a boyfriend. Can Maggie juggle everything going on in her life and catch the killer before somebody else is killed.
I liked the narrator. She did a charming job of bringing the characters to life.

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  • mrs.v.preen
  • 12-02-21

Thoroughly Enjoyed

I really enjoyed this book . Easy to listen and nice little twists that you can see coming if you want to look for them .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-22

Enjoyable

A great second instalment in the series, this story would also have no trouble standing alone if you haven’t read the first. I hope there is more to come.

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