This is the first book in the Cajun Country by Ellen Byron, and this is my second time reading. I wasn’t blogging two years ago when I read it the first time, so I wanted to share my Goodreads review here, especially since I’ve added to it. This is one of my favorite series, and since I’m fairly sure I didn’t read Body in the Bayou (the second book), I’m hoping to visit Pelican, LA again very soon!
I won’t be able to include this in most of my challenges, maybe Craving for Cozies, since it’s a reread only within the last two years, but that’s ok. I know of another challenge just for rereads–if I do enough of them this year, I’ll join it! LOL
My Goodreads review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
(Original review from 2017) This book was a great start for the series and I can’t to read the next and see what happens in that adventure. I love the little lagniappe too!
ADDED TO on 3-22-19: I think I’ve improved a little in writing reviews and I just wanted to add a few things, since it’s been a little over two years since I read this. One of the FB book clubs will be discussing it soon, and I thought it was a good excuse to revisit the first book. I’ve noticed since I have read more of this series that I love how the book just doesn’t abruptly end when the perp is caught. It was great how Bo showed up and along with Maggie, they went through the how and why of the killer’s actions. The first book’s group of guests ended up seeming like a real family. The showdown with the killer in this book was one of the most awesome I’ve read.
Since my love for the characters has been established for a couple of years, it was fun to go back and try to remember my first impressions of them. Ru and Vanessa were just as loathsome the second time around LOL! Gran was just as feisty but loving, and I enjoyed rereading the scene where she helped enable Maggie to snoop in the room the deceased had used. Word to the wise: Gran doesn’t make the best sentry when snooping in a crime investigation room. 😉
I’m not sure that I ever read the next book, since I had joined a review group and received a copy of the Christmas book next. I will have to do something about that! 😉 In rereading the Lagniappe and the Acknowledgments, I caught a few things I hadn’t the first time around. This was definitely a book that was worth reading again!