Plantation Shudders (Ellen Byron)

plantation shudders

Why did you choose this book?

Recently, I’ve been entering a lot of GoodReads giveaways in the hope of actually winning a book or two.  This is the first (and so far only) title I’ve won!

What’s it about?

Maggie Crozat lives with her parents and helps them run their family’s ancestral plantation as a bed and breakfast.  Guests are pouring in from all over the country, including an unpleasant elderly couple, Hal and Beverly Clabber.  One night the power goes out, and when it’s restored, Hal is dead.  Beverly takes a heart pill and within moments has also passed away.  Was one of the guests responsible?  The plot thickens further as a result of Hatfield and McCoy-esque tension between Maggie and the local chief of police.

Categories?

Cozy mystery, mostly.  I personally really love cozies, and refer often to a certain cozy mystery blog.  It is a fantastic resource, listing new cozy releases, indexing cozies by author and genre, and providing this fabulous definition of what makes a cozy mystery worthy of the title.

Other recommended reads?

My theory is that if you like one cozy mystery, you’ll probably like them all.  Though each has a slightly different topic, there are plenty dealing with the Deep South and Cajun culture, and plenty where the amateur sleuth runs a bed and breakfast.

Final thoughts?

Sometimes I find cozies predictable and can guess the culprit and the motive before the final chapter.  This cozy was excellent in that I couldn’t figure it out, though I almost wonder if the motive was too obscure for a reader to guess.  One problem I had is that this novel stretches what I know as the definition of a cozy mystery.  At times there is profanity.  Usually a cozy implies that two characters were attracted to each other or that they had sex.  This one used phrases like libido, turned on, and stating that a couple had sex.  While I’m fine with reading about sex, a reader expecting a traditional cozy would probably be a little stunned.

Up next?

The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger (2014)

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