Review – Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron

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Synopsis:
The Crozats feared that past murders at Crozat Plantation B&B might spell the death of their beloved estate, but they’ve managed to survive the scandal. Now there’s a très bigger story in Pelican, Louisiana: the upcoming nuptials between Maggie Crozat’s nemesis, Police Chief Rufus Durand, and her co-worker, Vanessa Fleer.

Maggie, inexplicably tasked with being Vanessa’s Maid of Honor, quickly discovers why everyone else refused the assignment when the Bridezilla hands her a long list of duties — the most important of which is entertaining Vanessa’s cousin, Ginger Fleer-Starke, a mysterious woman with dangerous secrets. But just days before the wedding, Ginger’s lifeless body is found on the bayou behind Crozat Plantation and the Pelican PD, as well as the Crozats, have another murder mystery on their hands.

There’s a gumbo-potful of suspects, including an ex-Marine with PTSD, an annoying local newspaper reporter, and Vanessa’s own sparkplug of a mother. But when it looks like the investigation is zeroing in on Vanessa as the prime suspect, Maggie reluctantly adds keeping the bride-to-be out of jail to her list of Maid of Honor responsibilities in Body on the Bayou, the second in Ellen Byron’s charming and witty series.

My Rating:
3 out of 5 stars

It’s been a while since I read the first book in this series, so I was excited to jump back into another story with the Crozat family. Unfortunately I just didn’t care for this book as much as I did the previous one.

It seemed like there was just a lot of unnecessary drama with this book. The demands that Vanessa and her mother put on Maggie for maid-of-honor duties really started to get old after a while. Some of the things they expected of Maggie was absolutely ridiculous. There’s no way anyone should have to put up with that. I wish Maggie had stood up for herself more and put her foot down. If I remember correctly from the first book, Maggie really doesn’t even care for Vanessa all that much, so I don’t understand why she put up with as much as she did.

There was also the drama and uncertainty with Maggie’s relationship with Bo and the appearance of his ex-wife Whitney. I didn’t like Whitney from the very start because I just knew she was going to try to cause trouble for Bo and Maggie and try to get Bo back.

I also wish Maggie had done more sleuthing. It seems like nothing really happened until over half the book was already over. I do give Maggie major credit though for not crumbling under the pressure of everything that was going on and that she had to deal with.

I did like that the mystery kept me engaged with the story. There were plenty of suspects to choose from. There were a couple twists that I didn’t see coming and that increased the suspense factor. I was shocked to find out who the killer was. I wasn’t expecting that at all. I was wondering how that person could have possibly been the killer, but after other things were revealed about them and everything started coming together, it made more sense.

The ending of this story was really sweet. I’m looking forward to seeing how things go in the next book.

 

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