by Sandra Murphy
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Maggie Crozat is working her usual twenty-seven jobs, or at least it feels like that many. For one, she sells baked goods and soft drinks on the levee to raise money for porta-potties. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, each of the plantations build a big bonfire and try to outdo each other. They can be thirty feet tall, a pyramid of logs or something as artistic as a miniature of the plantation’s manor house. Porta-potties are essential.
At the family’s B&B, there’s a nice family, a tour group of Japanese visitors, and one cranky man. Nothing seems to please him. Tug, Maggie’s dad, is usually an upbeat guy but lately he’s been downright grouchy. When he collapses at the bonfire site, hospital tests show his blood pressure is sky high. Bad news about the B&B has only added to his stress. A hostile takeover of the family business might just put them all out on the street.
Maggie finds out the cranky man is really Steve Harmon. He’s behind the takeover, using bulldozer tactics, spreading rumors, and making sure negative reviews show up on travel advisor sites. Once his secret identity is exposed, he’s all over town. Maggie’s mom was a Ducet. Her former home was gifted to the state in order to preserve its history. Maggie works there as a tour guide. There’s a new manager, Tannis, who seems awfully cozy with Steve.
Even though she doesn’t have nearly enough time to devote to her paintings, Maggie’s giving Bo’s son, Zander, lessons. Steve decides Zander should be the next prodigy, but Bo’s not having any of that. Another surprise is the “art consultant” who is traveling with Steve. It’s Chris, Maggie’s ex. Well, if this isn’t just a mess and a half.
When Steve’s body is found in the men’s parlor at Ducet, Maggie knows she has to help find the killer. Her family is likely to be on the suspect list along with a local dancer, his own relatives and more. The suspect list could go on and on. When a second death occurs and an attempt is made on Maggie’s life, it’s time to put the investigation into high gear and find the killer.
This is the third book in the series. Maggie and Bo are a good match. Rufus, Bo’s cousin and the former police chief who was such a thorn in Maggie’s side, is on the sidelines due to a fight with the mayor over a parking space, but only until Bo himself is a suspect in Steve’s death after their argument about Zander.
For a look into Southern life, a bit of history, and a really good mystery, this is the place to go. After reading about the meals Maggie’s mom makes for the guests, readers will be glad to see recipes for shrimp remoulade, muffaletta frittata, brandy pain perdu (similar to French toast), coconut pecan bars, and spicy Cajun sugar cookies. Byron also tells a bit about how real life experiences show up in the book.
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