Murder in the Bayou Book
Score: 2.5
From 8 Ratings

Murder in the Bayou


  • Author : Ethan Brown
  • Publisher : Scribner
  • Release Date : 2019-09-17
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781982127817

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Murder in the Bayou Excerpt :

Soon to be a Showtime documentary, Murder in the Bayou is a New York Times bestselling chronicle of a high-stakes investigation into the murders of eight women in a troubled Southern parish that is “part murder case, part corruption exposé, and part Louisiana noir” (New York magazine). Between 2005 and 2009, the bodies of eight women were discovered in Jennings, Louisiana, a bayou town of 10,000 in the Jefferson Davis parish. The women came to be known as the Jeff Davis 8, and local law enforcement officials were quick to pursue a serial killer theory, stirring a wave of panic across Jennings’ class-divided neighborhoods. The Jeff Davis 8 had been among society’s most vulnerable—impoverished, abused, and mired with mental illness. They engaged in sex work as a means of survival. And their underworld activity frequently occurred at a decrepit motel called the Boudreaux Inn. As the cases went unsolved, the community began to look inward. Rumors of police corruption and evidence tampering, of collusion between street and shield, cast the serial killer theory into doubt. But what was really going on in the humid rooms of the Boudreaux Inn? Why were crimes going unsolved and police officers being indicted? What had the eight women known? And could anything be done do stop the bloodshed? Mixing muckraking research and immersive journalism over the course of a five-year investigation, Ethan Brown reviewed thousands of pages of previously unseen homicide files to posit what happened during each woman’s final hours delivering a true crime tale that is “mesmerizing” (Rolling Stone) and “explosive” (Huffington Post). “Brown is a man on a mission...he gives the victims more respectful attention than they probably got in real life” (The New York Times). “A must-read for true-crime fans” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), with a new afterword, Murder in the Bayou is the story of an American town buckling under the dark forces of poverty, race, and c

Murder in the Bayou Book
Score: 3
From 9 Ratings

Murder in the Bayou


  • Author : Ethan Brown
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-09-13
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476793276

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Murder in the Bayou Excerpt :

Soon to be a Showtime documentary, Murder in the Bayou is a New York Times bestselling chronicle of a high-stakes investigation into the murders of eight women in a troubled Southern parish that is “part murder case, part corruption exposé, and part Louisiana noir” (New York magazine). Between 2005 and 2009, the bodies of eight women were discovered in Jennings, Louisiana, a bayou town of 10,000 in the Jefferson Davis parish. The women came to be known as the Jeff Davis 8, and local law enforcement officials were quick to pursue a serial killer theory, stirring a wave of panic across Jennings’ class-divided neighborhoods. The Jeff Davis 8 had been among society’s most vulnerable—impoverished, abused, and mired with mental illness. They engaged in sex work as a means of survival. And their underworld activity frequently occurred at a decrepit motel called the Boudreaux Inn. As the cases went unsolved, the community began to look inward. Rumors of police corruption and evidence tampering, of collusion between street and shield, cast the serial killer theory into doubt. But what was really going on in the humid rooms of the Boudreaux Inn? Why were crimes going unsolved and police officers being indicted? What had the eight women known? And could anything be done do stop the bloodshed? Mixing muckraking research and immersive journalism over the course of a five-year investigation, Ethan Brown reviewed thousands of pages of previously unseen homicide files to posit what happened during each woman’s final hours delivering a true crime tale that is “mesmerizing” (Rolling Stone) and “explosive” (Huffington Post). “Brown is a man on a mission...he gives the victims more respectful attention than they probably got in real life” (The New York Times). “A must-read for true-crime fans” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), with a new afterword, Murder in the Bayou is the story of an American town buckling under the dark forces of poverty, race, and c

Murder in the Bayou Boneyard Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

Murder in the Bayou Boneyard


  • Author : Ellen Byron
  • Publisher : Crooked Lane Books
  • Release Date : 2020-09-08
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781643854618

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Murder in the Bayou Boneyard Excerpt :

Maggie Crozat has the Halloween heebie-jeebies in USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Ellen Byron's howlingly funny sixth Cajun Country mystery. Maggie Crozat, proprietor of a historic Cajun Country B&B, prefers to let the good times roll. But hard times rock her hostelry when a new cell phone app makes it easy for locals to rent their spare rooms to tourists. With October--and Halloween--approaching, she conjures up a witch-crafty marketing scheme to draw visitors to Pelican, Louisiana. Five local plantation B&Bs host "Pelican's Spooky Past" packages, featuring regional crafts, unique menus, and a pet costume parade. Topping it off, the derelict Dupois cemetery is the suitably sepulchral setting for the spine-chilling play Resurrection of a Spirit. But all the witchcraft has inevitably conjured something: her B&B guests are being terrified out of town by sightings of the legendary rougarou, a cross between a werewolf and vampire. When, in the Dupois cemetery, someone costumed as a rougarou stumbles onstage during the play--and promptly gives up the ghost, the rougarou mask having been poisoned with strychnine, Maggie is on the case. But as more murders stack up, Maggie fears that Pelican's spooky past has nothing on its bloodcurdling present.

The Bayou Strangler Book
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings

The Bayou Strangler


  • Author : Fred Rosen
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2017-10-03
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 9781504039499

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The Bayou Strangler Excerpt :

The true story of Louisiana serial killer Ronald Dominique’s ten-year murder spree, the men he slayed, and the detectives who hunted him down. In 1997, the bodies of young African American men began turning up in the cane fields of the quiet suburbs of New Orleans. The victims—many of them transient street hustlers—had been brutally raped and strangled, but police had no leads on the killer’s identity. The murders continued, leaving southeast Louisiana’s gay community rattled and authorities desperate for a break in the case. Then, Detectives Dennis Thornton and Dawn Bergeron came together as task force partners, indefatigable in their decade-long effort to track down the killer. In 2006, DNA evidence finally linked the murders to a suspect: the unassuming Ronald Joseph Dominique, who had lived under the radar for years, working as a pizza deliveryman and meter reader. But who was Ronald Dominique and what led him to commit such heinous crimes? With direct access to the investigation, Dominique’s confession, and all of the killer’s body dump sites in throughout the state, author Fred Rosen enters the warped mind of a murderer and captures a troubled, disturbing, and broken life. As with the many other serial killers he has covered, including Jeffrey Dahmer (the Milwaukee Cannibal) and Dennis Rader (the BTK Killer), Rosen provides a horrifying and fascinating account of the lengths to which a bloodthirsty monster will go to lure and brutalize his victims.

Shake the Devil Off Book
Score: 2.5
From 12 Ratings

Shake the Devil Off


  • Author : Ethan Brown
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Release Date : 2009-09-01
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 1429992549

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Shake the Devil Off Excerpt :

A charismatic young soldier meets a tragic end in this moving and mesmerizing account of the war in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, and no-safety-net America Zackery Bowen was thrust into two of America's largest recent debacles. He was one of the first soldiers to encounter the fledgling insurgency in Iraq. After years of military service he returned to New Orleans to tend bar and deliver groceries. In the weeks before Hurricane Katrina made landfall, he met Addie Hall, a pretty and high-spirited bartender. Their improvised, hard-partying endurance during and after the storm had news outlets around the world featuring the couple as the personification of what so many want to believe is the indomitable spirit of New Orleans. But in October 2006, Bowen leaped from the rooftop bar of a French Quarter hotel. A note in his pocket directed the police to the body of Addie Hall. It was, according to NOPD veterans, one of the most gruesome crimes in the city's history. How had this popular, handsome father of two done this horrible thing? Journalist Ethan Brown moved from New York City to the French Quarter in order to investigate this question. Among the newsworthy elements in the book is Brown's discovery that this tragedy—like so many others—could have been avoided if the military had simply not, in the words of Paul Sullivan, executive director of Veterans for Common Sense, "absolutely and completely failed this soldier." Shake the Devil Off is a mesmerizing tribute to these lives lost.

Bayou Justice Book

Bayou Justice


  • Author : H. L. Arledge
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2019-12-19
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 302
  • ISBN 10 : 1676984410

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Bayou Justice Excerpt :

Bayou Justice: Southeast Louisiana Cold Case Files compiles year one of the award-wining newspaper columns with updates to each true-crime installment.Bayou Justice is a twice-weekly true-crime newspaper column featuring exciting or notable crime-related stories often focusing on cold case files in South Louisiana; stories based on interviews with key players, among them: police investigators, lawyers, victims, and their families.

Dark Bayou Book
Score: 3.5
From 6 Ratings

Dark Bayou


  • Author : Alan G. Gauthreaux
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2015-11-16
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 212
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476662954

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Dark Bayou Excerpt :

This collection chronicles the most mysterious, bizarre and often overlooked homicides in Louisiana history. Drawing on contemporary records and, where available, the recollections of those who provide a coherent version of the facts, these mesmerizing tales detail some of the more gruesome episodes: the rise of the first Mafia godfather in the United States; the murder of two New Orleans police chiefs; the brutal murder of a famous New Orleans madam; the story of a respectable young woman who "accidentally" poisoned her younger sister and is a suspect in other family deaths; the ritual killing of blacks in southwestern Louisiana and eastern Texas; the mysterious death of a young housewife which still generates debate; and the demise of a local celebrity who believed in his own invincibility.

Bayou Book Thief Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Bayou Book Thief


  • Author : Ellen Byron
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2022-06-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593437629

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Bayou Book Thief Excerpt :

A fantastic new cozy mystery series with a vintage flair from USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award–winning author Ellen Byron. Twenty-eight-year-old widow Ricki James leaves Los Angeles to start a new life in New Orleans after her showboating actor husband perishes doing a stupid internet stunt. The Big Easy is where she was born and adopted by the NICU nurse who cared for her after Ricki’s teen mother disappeared from the hospital. Ricki’s dream comes true when she joins the quirky staff of Bon Vee Culinary House Museum, the spectacular former Garden District home of late bon vivant Genevieve “Vee” Charbonnet, the city’s legendary restauranteur. Ricki is excited about turning her avocation – collecting vintage cookbooks – into a vocation by launching the museum’s gift shop, Miss Vee’s Vintage Cookbooks and Kitchenware. Then she discovers that a box of donated vintage cookbooks contains the body of a cantankerous Bon Vee employee who was fired after being exposed as a book thief. The skills Ricki has developed ferreting out hidden vintage treasures come in handy for investigations. But both her business and Bon Vee could wind up as deadstock when Ricki’s past as curator of a billionaire’s first edition collection comes back to haunt her. Will Miss Vee’s Vintage Cookbooks and Kitchenware be a success … or a recipe for disaster?

Body on the Bayou Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

Body on the Bayou


  • Author : Ellen Byron
  • Publisher : Crooked Lane Books
  • Release Date : 2016-09-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781629537894

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Body on the Bayou Excerpt :

Winner of the 2016 Best Humorous Mystery Lefty Award and shortlisted for the Agatha Best Contemporary Novel Award, Body on the Bayou finds Maggie Crozat once again using her artist's eye to spot clues and help. The Crozats feared that past murders at Crozat Plantation B&B might spell the death of their beloved estate, but they've managed to survive the scandal. Now there's a trés bigger story in Pelican, Louisiana: the upcoming nuptials between Maggie Crozat's nemesis, Police Chief Rufus Durand, and her co-worker, Vanessa Fleer. When everyone else refuses the job of being Vanessa's Maid of Honor, Maggie reluctantly takes up the title and finds herself tasked with a long list of duties—the most important of which is entertaining Vanessa's cousin, Ginger Fleer-Starke. But just days before the wedding, Ginger's lifeless body is found on the bayou and the Pelican PD, as well as the Crozats, have another murder mystery on their hands. There's a gumbo-potful of suspects, including an ex-Marine with PTSD, an annoying local newspaper reporter, and Vanessa's own sparkplug of a mother. But when it looks like the investigation is zeroing in on Vanessa as the prime suspect, Maggie reluctantly adds keeping the bride-to-be out of jail to her list of Maid of Honor responsibilities in Body on the Bayou, Ellen Byron's funny and engaging follow up to her critically acclaimed novel Plantation Shudders.

Murder Bayou Book

Murder Bayou


  • Author : H. L. Chandler
  • Publisher : Wings Epress, Incorporated
  • Release Date : 2016-11-30
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 236
  • ISBN 10 : 161309700X

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Murder Bayou Excerpt :

From the outside, the Delroque family seemed prosperous and close. Ross inherited the ancestral plantation where he and Ivy had raised three children. Ross and his son-in-law, Paul, both hold executive positions with HGChem, which produces pigment and dyes. Money shouldn't be a problem. However, two of the three grown children live with Ross and Ivy. The plantation house is large; it can well accommodate the extended family. Yet the expenses mount. Paul and his wife, Bitsie, are self-supporting, living in their own home.Ross desires to maintain the plantation and preserve the land. Unfortunately, the young man he hired to make an environmental report drowned in the river. Ross continues striving to maintain the property and provide for his family. Viewed from afar, none could guess the family's inner turmoil. When Ross is murdered, making his the second death within the year, the Delroque family deserved a closer look.

Murder in Marshall s Bayou Book

Murder in Marshall s Bayou


  • Author : S. H. Baker
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 212
  • ISBN 10 : 1934841765

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Murder in Marshall s Bayou Excerpt :

Dassas Cormier returns to Marshall's Bayou in the spring of 1924 to find that his old friend Red Doucet has been murdered. Grace, the only woman Dass has ever loved, is also back in Marshall's Bayou, and she wants him to look for her missing husband. He's surprised when his search leads to another murder. Are the two murders linked? More important, is Grace involved?

That Night on the Bayou Book

That Night on the Bayou


  • Author : Melissa Woods
  • Publisher : Black Rose Writing
  • Release Date : 2016-03-10
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 214
  • ISBN 10 : 9781684333486

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That Night on the Bayou Excerpt :

Cypress, Louisiana is a town layered with secrets. And Patsy Bundy sees the ghosts that seep through the thick Southern air, telling stories people would prefer to forget. Much to her mother’s chagrin, Patsy’s visions set the town ablaze with new rumors, driving her out of town—and away from the boy she loves. But, seven years later, Cypress’s secret past is revealed—a prostitute was murdered on Patsy’s beloved Bayou. And the killer is up for parole. Patsy must return home to face the truth. That Night on the Bayou is the story of a small cast of characters whose lives inextricably intertwine through grief, conflict, and ultimately, love.

Blood on the Bayou Book
Score: 3.5
From 2 Ratings

Blood on the Bayou


  • Author : Stacey Jay
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2012-03-27
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9781439189894

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Blood on the Bayou Excerpt :

The second book in a new urban fantasy series featuring mosquito-sized fairies with poisonous bites that drive humans insane.

Murder for a Rainy Day Book

Murder for a Rainy Day


  • Author : Teresa Trent
  • Publisher : CreateSpace
  • Release Date : 2015-06-24
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 376
  • ISBN 10 : 1514662221

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Murder for a Rainy Day Excerpt :

Betsy Livingston Fitzpatrick, local helpful hints columnist for the Pecan Bayou Gazette, is trying keep her mind off of being nine months pregnant in the blistering Texas summer heat. Troubled by haunting dreams, she pursues the odd animal thefts in a case that soon turns into murder. As Betsy closes in on the killer, a hurricane is headed straight for the Gulf Coast sending spin-off storms and tornadoes to the little town of Pecan Bayou. "Hunker down" with Betsy and the lovable characters of Pecan Bayou in the latest Betsy Livingston mystery from cozy author Teresa Trent. Recipes and helpful hints included.

Evening s Empire Book

Evening s Empire


  • Author : Zachary Lazar
  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Release Date : 2009-11-08
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780316072250

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Evening s Empire Excerpt :

When he was just six years old, Zachary Lazar's father, Edward, was shot dead by hit men in a Phoenix, Arizona parking garage. The year was 1975, a time when, according to the Arizona Republic, "land-fraud artists roamed the state in sharp suits, gouging money from buyers and investors." How did his father fit into this world and how could his son ever truly understand the man, his time and place, and his motivations? In Evening's Empire, Zachary Lazar, whose novel Sway was named one of the Best Books of 2008 by Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, and other publications, brilliantly attempts to reconstruct the sequence of events that led to his father's murder. How did Ed Lazar, a fun-loving but meticulous accountant, become involved in a multi-million dollar real-estate scandal involving politicians and Mafia figures? How much did he know about his colleagues' illegal activities? Why had he chosen to testify against his former business partner, Ned Warren, Sr.? Warren was "a mystery man," according to 60 Minutes, widely known as "the Godfather of land fraud." The day before Ed Lazar was scheduled to appear in front of a grand jury he was killed in a "gangland-style murder," as reported by Walter Cronkite on the CBS Evening News. Four hundred mourners attended a memorial service for him the next day. Evening's Empire is based on archival research and interviews -- introducing a cast of characters as various as Senator Barry Goldwater and Cesar Romero -- and is clarified by scenes imagined in the context of this evidence. It is a singular and haunting story of American ambition and its tragic cost. Of Zachary Lazar's previous book, Sway, the reviewer for The New York Times Book Review wrote, "This brilliant novel is about what's to be found in the shadows." The same can be said of Evening's Empire's true story, but here the shadows are very close to home.