Check in for some Southern hospitality in Plantation Shudders, the Cajun Country series debut from Ellen Byron.
It's the end of the summer and prodigal daughter Maggie Crozat has returned home to her family's plantation-turned-bed-and-breakfast in Louisiana. The Crozats have an inn full of guests for the local food festival: elderly honeymooners, the Cajun Cuties, a mysterious stranger from Texas, a couple of hipster lovebirds, and a trio of Georgia frat boys. But when the elderly couple keels over dead within minutes of each other - one from very unnatural causes - Maggie and her family suddenly become suspects in a murder.
With the help of Bo Durand, the town's handsome new detective, Maggie must investigate to clear her name while holding the family business together at the same time. And the deeper she digs, the more she wonders: Are all of the guests really there for a vacation, or do they have ulterior motives? Decades-old secrets and stunning revelations abound in Ellen Byron's charming cozy debut, Plantation Shudders.
©2015 Ellen Byron (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
The narration was so bad I could only listen to 5 minutes before I called Audible and had them refund my account. She sounds like a instructional robot or news anchor. No inflection not even an accent - nothing! I can't review the story because I couldn't listen long enough. I gave 1 star because I couldn't leave it blank.
It was okay. I wish I could give it two and a half stars. The characters and story were interesting. However, there were a few instances that did not ring true for me. I found it hard to believe that a sheriff could cause problems for a well respected family that owned a business. There were a few other things but I don't want to give anything away. It also a dragged a bit in several areas and I had to skip ahead. I'm not sure I will get the next book in this series if Audible makes it available.
Author: I felt that she thinks her readers are stupid. Every thing is explained, laying the story out so plainly like the stories we read when we were little kids. I think she has an issue with southerners, and her villains are all fat/pudgy. The most developed character was the dog. Finally, toward the end there was a display of humor but the narrator ruined it.
Narrator: better suited to a "how-to" book. Very poor with comedic tones and delivery, everything seemed monotone.
The location was interesting and had potential but the characters didn't really hold me. The reader was the biggest drawback. While she did the dialog well, she read the rest of the story with a weird up and down sing-song that never changed no matter what was going on.
Anyone who can read with a little drama.
No, I would not listen to Plantation Shudders again. I think these types of books would be better read by a man and a woman because the woman doing the men's parts was just awful to my ear.
No, I do not think I will try another book from Ellen Byron because I have a feeling they are going to follow very much the same pattern.
No, I will not listen to another book narrated by Meredith Mitchell. I did not like her accent in this book. Perhaps if she read something without characters she would be a better narrator.
There were not moments in the book that particularly moved me.
This book was set in lovely Cajun country, at an Inn and full of mystery and suspenseful surprises!! Loved the variety of characters and the tension between the two families.
I cannot say enough about the reading of this mystery. Meredith Mitchell brought each character to life for me with her wonderful rendition of each voice. She is just about the best narrator that I have had the pleasure to listen too!!!!
MURDER AT THE CAJUN COUNTRY INN
I truly enjoy this book and it wonderful plot, well rounded characters and build up to the conclusion of catching the murders.
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