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.
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.
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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.
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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.
What did you like best about Plantation Shudders? What did you like least?
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.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Meredith Mitchell?
Anyone who can read with a little drama.
Would you listen to Plantation Shudders again? Why?
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.
Would you be willing to try another book from Ellen Byron? Why or why not?
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.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Meredith Mitchell?
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.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There were not moments in the book that particularly moved me.
What made the experience of listening to Plantation Shudders the most enjoyable?
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.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
What about Meredith Mitchell’s performance did you like?
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!!!!
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
MURDER AT THE CAJUN COUNTRY INN
Any additional comments?
I truly enjoy this book and it wonderful plot, well rounded characters and build up to the conclusion of catching the murders.