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Cajun Kiss of Death: 05/27/22
Cajun Kiss of Death by Ellen Byron is the seventh book in the Cajun Country mystery series. It's nearly Valentine's day and Pelican has to contend with a celebrity chef opening a new restaurant. It should be a good thing but he's clearly reverse engineering all the popular recipes of the smaller restaurants and then sabotaging their places to boot! No one's surprised when he ends up dead, although how he's murdered is a shock to everyone.
Meanwhile Maggie and Bo are getting ready to celebrate their first Valentines together as a married couple. Unfortunately she's got two things on her mind: she's doubting her abilities as an artist and she has a stalker who has been sending her unsettling gifts that are counting down to Valentine's day.
The mystery behind the chef's murder is the easier of the two to solve in this volume. The stalker took more time and brain cells for me to sort. Both are a satisfying puzzle.
This volume appears to be the end of the series in that it includes an epilog set twenty years in the future. This coda establishes long term HEAs for a lot of characters introduced throughout the series.
For those wanting more from the author in a bayou setting, she's starting a new series. The first book of the Vintage Cookbook mystery series is Bayou Book Thief. It's scheduled for release on June 7, 2022.