Book Review: Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron

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Body on the Bayou (Cajun Country Mystery, #2)Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

After devouring the first book in the Cajun Country Mystery cozy series by Ellen Byron, I had to jump on the second, Body on the Bayou. It’s quickly becoming one of my new favorites series, and I definitely recommend it for other cozy mystery fans. Set in Louisiana on a plantation home converted into a B&B, the charming setting and characters truly invoke a wonderful southern atmosphere while sharing and spreading great history and relationships among the town of Pelican.

In this caper, Maggie is forced into serving as the maid of honor for a rival-turned-friend (Vanessa) from the last book. She and the groom’s family have been at odds for 150 years due to a curse one of them brewed up. When Vanessa’s extended family comes into town, she sticks them on Maggie as part of the responsibilities for the maid of honor. Unfortunately, a few of them turn up dead! Maggie tries to solve the case, grows more attracted to the new detective Bo, and determines who she really wants to be. Will she be able to help bring a long-lost family member back to the fold? Or will she get caught up in the downside of a wedding not meant to happen easily?

Byron is a talented writer with tons of humor ingested into dialog and narrative. It sometimes crosses the line into witty or stomach-cramping clearly showing great range in how to keep your readers invested and entertained. The pages are easy to follow, I digested this one in under 3 hours. It’s got 4.5 stars from me… the only reason I didn’t give it a full five was parts of the story were a little forced — nonetheless, it made for fantastic reading and shouldn’t worry anyone. This is a very solid series. I can’t wait to devour the next one in a week as I try to catch up on this awesome cast of characters so I can read the ARC for the latest one next month.

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge –and multiple Readathons. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


9 thoughts on “Book Review: Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron

    lghiggins said:
    October 19, 2018 at 3:38 PM

    While posting my review for #4 in this series, I saw this review. How fun! I haven’t read this one, but you make it sound good!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 19, 2018 at 10:04 PM

      I’m reading #4 next week. How did you like it? Will check your review out this weekend.

      Liked by 1 person

    Martie said:
    October 20, 2018 at 1:36 PM

    Enjoying your cozy reviews.

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 20, 2018 at 3:41 PM

      I’m on a roll! Got your email too. I will respond tomorrow, but I totally appreciate it. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

        Martie said:
        October 20, 2018 at 5:05 PM

        No need to respond. I was just thinking of you.

        Liked by 1 person

    carhicks said:
    October 20, 2018 at 9:37 PM

    I love this series. I love the characters, the house, the southern hospitality, the food and of course the mysteries. So glad to see you are enjoying it as well Jay. Wonderful review.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 20, 2018 at 10:43 PM

      Thanks, C. I can’t wait to read the latest and compare with everyone.

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        carhicks said:
        October 21, 2018 at 6:47 AM

        I have the third and fourth up to read soon. I will watch for your review.

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    James J. Cudney IV responded:
    October 21, 2018 at 8:21 AM



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