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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.

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  • Generale
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  • Lettura
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  • Storia
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  • shannon
  • 04/10/2016

Unimpressed.

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.

15 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Nicole Gant
  • 30/10/2015

Terrible narration

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.

12 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • susan hunter
  • 28/08/2020

Performnce Sad

performance was lacking. True accents would have enhanced the story. Difficult to listen to if you are from Louisiana.

10 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe
  • 16/05/2019

Thought provoking book

In Plantation Shuddersn by Ellen Byron, Maggie Crozat has moved from New York to help her family's B&B on the location of her family's former plantation in Cajun Country. They get an assortment of guests, including a whining older man and his ever- smiling wife. At night, during a storm, the lights go out, triggering a fatal heart attack in the curmudgeon. Then his wife, in a panic, takes a pill for her anxiety and soon falls over dead as well. The sheriff, Rufus, who hates the Crozats because of an ancient feud between the families, arrives and declares the house a crime scene. Fortunately, Rufus isn't the official investigator, but the Crozat family is alarmed to learn that the long- time detective is retiring and the replacement is Rufus's cousin, Bo Durant.

When the tests come back showing that while the husband died naturally, the wife was poisoned, Maggie gets involved in trying to solve the case in order to save her family's business. She is forced together with Bo and finds him actually sympathetic. Sparks begin to fly between them, but when another guest is murdered, the urgency increases. The pair must work fast before the murderer leaves the area.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to listen to Plantation Shudders. The various characters have unique personalities, and the guests come from widely disparate backgrounds. We see a trio of frat guys, a honeymooning couple, a single man, and the Cajun Cuties, who are some women who run a Cajun fan club and bring people from New York to visit the area. Maggie, her parents, and her Gran Mere (grandmother) also get us invested in them. I really enjoyed meeting Bo and seeing the tension between him and Maggie, since they are drawn to each other but come from warring families. I especially appreciated seeing the character of Bo's son, a boy on the autism spectrum who doesn't speak but turns out to be highly artistic. I quickly found myself falling in love with this boy. Getting to know someone with special needs in a book will help readers see someone as a genuine individual when they encounter a person with such issues.

In addition to the characters, I really enjoyed the setting of this book. I have very little experience with the Cajun country in reading about it and have never been near the area in person. I felt that I got a better sense of the region, its issues, and its unique culture. I appreciated the tension created for Maggie that she now works as a tour guide in a plantation once owned by her own family and all the internal conflict that potentially can create.

The audio edition of the book is performed by Meredith Mitchell. She uses a very slight Southern accent for the main narration and a little stronger accent for some of the Louisiana characters, like Maggie, and a much stronger accent for someone like Gran Mere. I appreciated the way Mitchell makes the book seem even more lively than reading it visually would have done.

Plantation Shudders proved to be a well- written book that I really enjoyed. The mystery was intriguing, with an interesting solution, and the characters were fun. I give the book five stars!

8 people found this helpful

  • Generale
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  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Not interested
  • 12/12/2020

Unpleasant main character

This book treats readers to the nasty and negative inner thoughts the main character. She seems overly annoyed by the guests of her family's bed and breakfast, with the comments about elderly and overweight guests being the most obnoxious. None of it even comes off as an attempt to be funny, just mean-spirited. I have no interest in finishing this book.

4 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
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  • CBrock
  • 20/11/2020

Awful

First, we southerners are highly offended by fake accents especially stereotypical ones.
Secondly, this is quite possibly the worst book I have ever listened to and that is saying a lot. Good grief what a tacky, uninspired storyline.

Thank goodness this was an Audible freebie.

4 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Mary Ann Bakowski
  • 08/08/2016

It is a better read than an audio book.

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.

4 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Beatrice
  • 17/08/2015

It Was Okay

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.

4 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • chris
  • 25/11/2020

Recording is slow

The recording was slow and it all sounded bad .I put it at 1.15 of speed to be able to listen to it

1 person found this helpful

  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
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  • Storia
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  • LOVETOQUILT
  • 01/05/2021

Yet another case ...

Of a reader trying hideously to mimic a Southern accent! There is nothing more grating in my opinion. Being a Southerner myself not sure should I laugh or cry.
Thankfully this was a free audible book.
I give this one two stars to be polite.