Murder in the Bayou Boneyard: A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen Byron

Murder in the Bayou Boneyard: A Cajun Country Mystery
by Ellen Byron

A great escape from the challenges of 2020, Murder in the Bayou Boneyard will cement Byron’s place in your reading repertoire. Whether she’s an old friend that you get to visit again or a brand new reading experience, her latest release will keep you up at night . . . in a good way.
~Author Elena Taylor’s Blog

Murder on the Bayou Boneyard is a fun cozy mystery read (perfect for Halloween and fall!). I recommend it for fans of cozy mysteries, southern settings, and atmospheric mysteries.
~View from the Birdhouse

Murder in the Bayou Boneyard is an entertaining cozy mystery with a creepy cemetery, a wrathful Rougarou, a determined detective, a prolix parrot, multiple murders, a bold bridezilla, and problematic property line polemic.
~The Avid Reader

I enjoyed spending time with Maggie and her fiance’ Bo, and the rest of the Crozat family. The whole family is a bit wacky but I love have they have each other’s back no matter what the situation.
~Storeybook Reviews

All I can say about, MURDER IN THE BAYOU BONEYARD is, oh my goodness! This was one spooky, fun mystery.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews

You’ll love trying to solve the multiple crimes with all of the red herrings that you’ll encounter. I kept changing my mind about who the perpetrator(s) was(were)! I spent almost all day reading Murder in the Bayou Boneyard because I couldn’t put it down!
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

The main characters the Crozart family are fun and endearing. Maggie the main character is always ready to step in and figure out ‘what’s up’ and who the villain is. Even if she gets in a little trouble of her own.
~My Reading Journeys

Murder in the Bayou Boneyard is a totally entertaining Halloween mystery and a fantastic addition to this series.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron is a brilliant southern mystery. Ms. Byron’s writing captures this fun, polite, Louisana charm that makes it, so fun to read.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

. . . a satisfying mystery mixed with plenty of characters making for a pleasant mix. A total must read for cozy fans. I totally loved it . . .
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

About Murder in the Bayou Boneyard 

Murder in the Bayou Boneyard: A Cajun Country Mystery
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (September 8, 2020)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1643854607
ISBN-13: 978-1643854601
Digital ASIN: B082H3BT6F

Maggie Crozat has the Halloween heebie-jeebies in USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Ellen Byron’s howlingly funny sixth Cajun Country mystery.


Maggie Crozat, proprietor of a historic Cajun Country B&B, prefers to let the good times roll. But hard times rock her hostelry when a new cell phone app makes it easy for locals to rent their spare rooms to tourists. With October–and Halloween–approaching, she conjures up a witch-crafty marketing scheme to draw visitors to Pelican, Louisiana.


Five local plantation B&Bs host “Pelican’s Spooky Past” packages, featuring regional crafts, unique menus, and a pet costume parade. Topping it off, the derelict Dupois cemetery is the suitably sepulchral setting for the spine-chilling play Resurrection of a Spirit. But all the witchcraft has inevitably conjured something: her B&B guests are being terrified out of town by sightings of the legendary rougarou, a cross between a werewolf and vampire.


When, in the Dupois cemetery, someone costumed as a rougarou stumbles onstage during the play–and promptly gives up the ghost, the rougarou mask having been poisoned with strychnine, Maggie is on the case. But as more murders stack up, Maggie fears that Pelican’s spooky past has nothing on its bloodcurdling present.

About Ellen Byron

Maria DiRico

Ellen’s Cajun Country Mysteries have won the Agatha award for Best Contemporary Novel and multiple Lefty awards for Best Humorous Mystery. Her Catering Hall Mystery series, written as Maria DiRico, launched with Here Comes the Body and was inspired by her real life. She’s an award-winning playwright and non-award-winning TV writer of comedies like WINGS, JUST SHOOT ME, and FAIRLY ODD PARENTS, but she considers her most impressive credit working as a cater-waiter for Martha Stewart. A native New Yorker who attended New Orleans’ Tulane University, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and rescue furbaby. Sign up for her newsletter at

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