Wednesday, October 17, 2018


By: Maggie Crozat
From: Mardi Gras Murder
Series: Cajun Country Mysteries, #4
Author: Ellen Byron

Hi! I’m Magnolia Marie Crozat - FYI, everyone calls me Maggie – and I’m super excited to be here. For those of you who don’t know me – and that’s probably a lot of you, LOL – I’m an artist. I moved from New York back to my hometown of Pelican, Louisiana – town motto, “Yes, We Peli-CAN!” – to help out at the family business, Crozat B and B. Crozat is a plantation that’s been in my dad’s family since it was built in the 1800s. I also work as a tour guide at Doucet Plantation, which belonged to my mother’s family but is now open to the public. (I’m about to get a promotion – so excited!)
I have lots to tell you but unfortunately, I’m short on time right now. I have to run to a meeting of the judges for the Miss Pelican Mardi Gras Gumbo Queen contest. Ugh. Pageants are so not my thing, but my darling grandmere, who usually represents the family as a judge, is sick and I have to take her place. Three out of the four judges are pretty nice, but that fourth judge, the guy in charge of the whole thing, is a giant pain. He runs the Pelican Historical Society and is one of those people who’s obsessed with status and heritage to the point where he’s a total suck-up to anyone who’s family’s been around for a couple of hundred years. He kind of looks like Mr. Magoo to me. Remember him?

I really hate the thought of judging teenage girls, so I’m going to do whatever it takes to make them all feel like winners. I have to say, the queen’s crown is pretty dang cool. It looks a lot like this one…

Isn’t it gorgeous? This isn’t our crown, it’s the one the Festival of the Bonfires queen get to wear. (You can read all about the bonfires on the levee in A CAJUN CHRISTMAS KILLING which coincidentally is an Amazon Kindle Monthly Deal right now for $1.99!) But the Miss Pelican Mardi Gras Gumbo Queen crown is pretty killer, too.

Speaking of killer, I can tell that the pageant judges are in for some ugly arguments about who should “wear the crown.” I just hope that ugly doesn’t turn deadly…
Readers, what do you think about pageants? I sometimes get totally caught up in Miss America. What about you?

And you can read all about Pelican's pageant, Mardi Gras celebrations, and the Louisiana Orphan Train in MARDI GRAS MURDER, the 4th book in the award-winning Cajun Country Mystery series. 


  1. Not a fan of pageants. Being judged & rewarded for something you had nothing to do with. So your parents gave you good genes, big deal. Very superficial. We need to focus on people's hearts & minds.

    1. That's my protagonist's point exactly. She hates them too, and fights the other judges on superficial criteria.

  2. I am not a fan of pageants for the reasons given above.