It will be closer to Halloween than Lent when Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron is released, but that shouldn’t give a reader pause. The fourth in the Cajun Country Mystery series is enjoyable any time of year.
Pelican has been flooded but everyone is going ahead with Mardi Gras, and especially with the gumbo contest. A mysterious body causes only a small ripple. Of bigger concern, heroine Maggie Crozat’s father has had to give up his well-seasoned cast iron gumbo pot because a dog licked it (I did rather wonder about that), and Maggie has been snagged into judging the Miss Pelican Mardi Gras Gumbo Queen pageant, which means she has to deal with the other judges, pageant moms, and teenage drama queens. When a fellow judge is the next body, homicide becomes a bit harder to ignore.
Will Maggie figure it all out? Will a satisfactory gumbo pot be found? And what secrets lurk in the pageant? And what does the history of the Orphan Train have to do with anything?
As you dive into summer reading, you might want to consider starting your fall TBR list and put Mardi Gras Murder at the top. It can be preordered here.
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