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Body on the Bayou: 07/13/21

Body on the Bayou by Allison Brook

Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron is the second book in the Cajun Country mystery series. Maggie Crozat is being run ragged by her maid of honor duties. Vanessa Fleer, now pregnant, is engaged to Police Chief Rufus Durand. In the run up to the wedding some of the most cantankerous guests end up murdered.

The locations of both murders are huge giveaways to the observant reader. Shortly after the discovery of the first body I already had the murderer's identity pegged. What kept me reading was the why.

With the mystery being centered on a wedding, Body on the Bayou brings together event planning, art gallery management, and the creative process (as Maggie and her boyfriend's son are both artists). I like listening to how Maggie works when she's concentrating on her art.

The one detail I'm torn on is Xander Durand, her boyfriend's autistic son. I do appreciate the connection Maggie and he have over their art. On the other hand he hasn't yet come into his own as a character. He's about fifty percent individual character and fifty percent inspiration porn.

The third book is A Cajun Christmas Killing (2017).

Four stars

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