A Cajun Christmas Killing Audiobook by Ellen Byron (Review)

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Review of: A Cajun Christmas Killing Audiobook
Ellen Byron

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On November 20, 2019
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A Cajun Christmas Killing Audiobook

By: Ellen Byron

Narrated by: Amy Melissa Bentley

Published by Tantor Audio 08/27/2019

A Cajun Christmas Killing Audiobook

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Cajun Country Mystery  Series #3

9 hrs and 3 mins

Genre: Cozy Mystery

A Cajun Christmas Killing Audiobook Sample

A Cajun Christmas Killing Audiobook

4.0 Hearts

Christmas in Cajun country sounded like a fun setting for a cozy mystery so I gave the new to me author and series a go. Laissez le bon temps rouler at the Crozat Plantation B&B!

A Cajun Christmas Killing is the third book in the Cajun Country Mystery series. It was obvious that I jumped into the middle of a series since there is a personal story arc for Maggie, her family, and her friends even as each book offers a standalone mystery.

The story opened and developed a desperate situation for Maggie and her family with a cut throat financier looking to acquire several historic properties in the area, including the Crozat family plantation. Unscrupulous and something of a womanizer, I was not surprised when he met a nasty end. There was no lack of suspects including Maggie’s own family in the eyes of the local police because of the man’s push to take her uncle’s company and pull the plantation out from under her family. Her police detective boyfriend, Bo Durand, is not even on the case because he had a run in with Harmon over the situation with his son who is a brilliant child artist with Asperger’s. Oh, and let’s not forget the women Harmon has used and tossed aside and all the people his shark-like business practices burned. Meanwhile, Maggie’s ex has shown up and she’s got trouble at work with an annoying boss.

I had a good time with this one though it caught me by surprise how much drama in the personal storyline for Maggie went on since I don’t expect that in cozy mysteries. Maggie gets stressed and stuck inside her own head a bit which put me off a little, but there was plenty going on to rattle her so I’ll give her a break for that. I did enjoy that she was smart in how she looked into things with the surprising partnership of Rufus, her boyfriend Bo’s cousin, who didn’t really care for her interference in previous cases yet can’t deny she was a big help.

I didn’t really try to solve the murder, but just enjoyed following along as Maggie worked the case with the help of others. That said, I wasn’t surprised by the who or the why.

The setting of the Louisiana small town holidays, historic plantations, and Cajun culture was fun and I was left with my mouthwatering for Cajun food and desserts after listening to all the food described like Maggie’s mom’s cooking along with her cousin’s bakery. Yum!

So, all in all, I had a good time with this one and now want to go hunt down the earlier books in the series to see how Maggie got started in detecting and even got with her love interest, Bo. I can definitely recommend these to cozy mystery fans who enjoy cooking up some Cajun-style mysteries.

A Cajun Christmas Killing Audiobook Narration

5.0 Hearts

Amy Melissa Bentley is a fabulous narrator and was one of the pulls toward this book for me. She seemed to do a good job with the southern accents though I couldn’t tell you if it were Cajun or not. She voiced Maggie and the other characters so well. No worries with male, female, older or younger. Just enough emotional tone and good pacing. I could listen to her read a story for hours.

Ellen ByronEllen Byron is the Agatha Award-winning author of the bestselling Cajun Country Mysteries. MARDI GRAS MURDER won the Agatha for Best Contemporary Novel and was nominated for a Best Humorous Mystery award by the Left Coast Crime conference. A CAJUN CHRISTMAS KILLING and BODY ON THE BAYOU both won the Left Coast Crime Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery, and were nominated for an Agatha Award in the category of Best Contemporary Novel. Ellen’s debut novel in the series, PLANTATION SHUDDERS, was nominated for Agatha, Lefty, and Daphne awards, and made the USA Today Bestseller list. HERE COMES THE BODY, the first book in her Catering Hall Mysteries, will launch in March 2020 under the name Maria DiRico.

Ellen’s TV credits include Wings, Still Standing, and Just Shoot Me, as well as network and cable pilots. As a journalist, she’s written over 200 magazine articles for national publications. She recently served on the Editorial Board for the UCLA Writers Program’s books, Cut to the Chase and Inside the Room. Her plays, published by Dramatists Play Service, include the popular Graceland and Asleep on the Wind. Fun fact: she worked for Martha Stewart as a cater-waiter. You can find her in the early editions of ENTERTAINING, standing next to Martha in a group photo.

A graduate of Tulane University, Ellen lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, daughter, and the family’s spoiled rescue dogs, which they describe as a “corgi-jack-huahua” and a “cherrier.” A native New Yorker, Ellen still misses her hometown… and still drives like a New York cabbie.

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Amy Melissa BentleyAmy Melissa Bentley is an award winning audiobook narrator and has completed over 130 audiobooks, performed theater around the world and appeared on television.
​- Actress with training in: voice over, theater, film, vocal performance and improvisation
​-Based out of Connecticut and New York
​-Proud member of SAG-AFTRA!

My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Sophia Rose
Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.


  1. Sounds like this was a good mystery. I like that so much of the story centered around Maggie. I don’t read much of this type of book but it sounds fun.

    • Yes, that was a pleasant surprise that it read like something other than a cozy when it went deeper with the main character. I had a good time, Mary.

  2. Oh yes I like AMy! It has been a while

    • We’ll have to tempt you back into them. 🙂

  3. She’s new to me and it sounds like you liked it in spite of the issues with drama and jumping into the series. And of course the fact that there’s Cajun food between the pages, did you leave drool marks LOL Thanks Sophia Rose

    • I wouldn’t say I hated the drama per se, but it startled me to see it in a cozy mystery series.

      Haha! Yes, I was totally drooling for some Cajun good stuff. I almost bought the makings for jambalaya the other day, but realized that I’m the only one who would eat it so I resisted. 🙂

  4. ooooh it looks really nice there!

    • Oh, I think so. I’d love to go to this setting with all those historical plantations, the great food, and the quirky town.

  5. Hmmmm… This one sounds good, even with the drama. I will look to read your reviews of the earlier books before I fully commit. Thanks for the review!

    • Yes, it turned out quite the decent story inspite of all that drama. 🙂 Not sure when I’ll get to the earlier ones, but happy to be the tester. 🙂

    • Good times and good food down on the bayou! 🙂

  6. I’m on a Cajun/Bayou kick at the moment so this fits the bill. Christmas in Louisiana? Sign me up!

    • Now, that’s what I call serendipitous, Joy. Don’t read/listen to it while hungry. 🙂

  7. I don’t know this series but it sounds more interesting than the average cozy mystery. Wonderful review!

    • Yes, it surprised me with the depth of character and relationship development. I want to go back to the beginning so it will mean more to me.

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