In the past, I used to share a weekly author alert on my blog. Often it was a new indie writer I’d come across, or it might have been one I really enjoyed reading. Since I’ve given up writing my 365 Daily Challenge and have been posting mostly book reviews and my own book promotions, I decided I needed to get back to a few basics again. One of those will be sharing an alert on authors and series I’ve either finished or gotten caught up on and am awaiting the next book.
I’ve been a major fan of series ever since I was a young child and participated in summer readathons at my local library. I used to sit for hours and read books only ever in order… I’m ashamed to say I have only been about 80% faithful to that rule of reading in order, but I’m trying to be as consistent as possible these days. This week, I’m starting with a series I actually have read in order — The Cajun Country Mysteries by Ellen Byron.
I have a personal connection to these books because of where they take place — Louisiana. Although I didn’t grow up there, my partner did, so I take a few trips a year to the bayou to visit my other family. I’ve visited a handful of plantations which makes it even easier for me to recognize some of these places, histories, and the culture. It’s ripe with imagination, drama, and intensity — exactly what Byron delivers in her books. The heroine, Maggie, is a perfect balance of intuition and analysis; she never barges into a situation or inserts herself in something where she doesn’t belong. It always feels natural.
If you’ve never read them before, then you must give them a chance. While they fall under the cozy mystery sub-genre, they are truly about the mystery and drama around the town. You might find a recipe or two, and you’ll get a few thoughts from the author about the book, but the series has depth and a very solid cast of intelligent and fun characters. Maggie has an awesome grandmother who drinks just enough to be hysterical. Her parents are wonderful owners of the family’s beautiful bed and breakfast. She’s smitten with the local detective, and her friends come in many shapes, sizes, and forms. I love them all, even the rude ones who sometimes push my buttons!
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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. My new book series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations but with a twist. There are five books: Academic Curveball, Broken Heart Attack, Flower Power Trip, Mistaken Identity Crisis, and Haunted House Ghost. I read, write, and blog A LOT on this site where 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.