Missy DuBois is a milliner with a flair for the dramatic and an imaginative eye. When she sees that the Sweetwater mansion is for sale - at a price she and Bo can afford, all she can see are the future possibilities. As an added bonus, the realtor is none other than former classmate and sorority sister Mellette Babineaux. When she brings Bo to see the mansion, they discover Mellette’s body. Missy feels that she must investigate, for Mellette’s sake. Was she murdered because of the rumors of treasure hidden near the house? Or did she anger the local Voodoo Queen? Why is Sweetwater being sold so cheaply?
Missy’s investigative techniques may be clumsy, but she makes up for it with determination. There are some extremely funny situations that arise in her attempts to gather information. Something Foul at Sweetwater is a solid cozy filled with Loui...
Like Joan Hess, Ellen Byron captures the essence of life in a rural town - its quirks, unique characters, and the impact of everyone knowing everything about your business. What I especially love about Ellen Byron is that she clearly "knows" Louisiana as only a native can. It makes her stories all the more plausible despite being off the wall.
Body on the Bayou once again places Maggie Crozat in hot water - and that is even before the body shows up. In a fit of goodwill, Maggie has taken the role of Maid of Honor for her demanding coworker Vanessa in hopes it will improve relations with the Durand family. What she didn't expect was an ever increasing deluge of requests, including the hosting of Vanessa's cousin Ginger and entourage at the Crozat Plantation B&B - for free. Vanessa's cousin has quite a reputation, so when she ends up being found dead there are plenty of...
Murder at Morningside By Sandra Bretting
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: May 24, 2016
While hats might not be your cup of tea, you still may enjoy this light cozy mystery set in Louisiana. The first in a new series, Murder at Morningside features Missy DuBois, hat designer and owner of Morning Glory, a hat shop catering to Louisiana sophisticates. Missy loves being in the know almost as much as she loves gorgeous hats. Thus, it is no surprise that she takes every opportunity to help investigate when the bride she has been hired to create a veil for is murdered. It helps that the investigator on the case is an old family friend.
On the whole, Murder at Morningside is easy to like, even though it isn't thrilling or memorable. The characters were not as well developed as they could be, but I expect that will improve as the series progresses. The plot, on the other hand, was nicely planned. Oddly enough, I was more impressed by the first couple of...