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Ellen Byron

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aka Maria DiRico

Ellen Byron is a television writer, playwright, and freelance journalist. Shes also an author; Her debut novel, Plantation Shudders: A Cajun Country Mystery, will be published in Fall 2015 by Crooked Lane Books. She is also a recipient of a William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant from the Malice Domestic Conference.

TV credits include Wings, Still Standing, and Just Shoot Me, as well as network and cable pilots. As a journalist, she's written over 200 magazine articles for national publications. She recently served on the Editorial Board for the UCLA Writers Program's books, Cut to the Chase and Inside the Room. Her plays, published by Dramatists Play Service, include the popular Graceland and Asleep on the Wind.

A graduate of Tulane University, Ellen lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, daughter, and the familys spoiled rescue dogs, which they describe as a corgi-jack-huahua and a cherrier. A native New Yorker, Ellen still misses her hometown and still drives like a New York cabbie.

Genres: Cozy Mystery
New Books
February 2023

Wined and Died in New Orleans
(Vintage Cookbook Mystery, book 2)
Agatha Award Best First Book nominee (2015) : Plantation Shudders
Agatha Award Best Contemporary Novel nominee (2016) : Body on the Bayou
Agatha Award Best Contemporary Novel nominee (2017) : A Cajun Christmas Killing
Agatha Award Best Contemporary Novel winner (2018) : Mardi Gras Murder
Agatha Award Best Contemporary Novel nominee (2019) : Fatal Cajun Festival
Agatha Award Best Contemporary Novel nominee (2020) : Murder in the Bayou Boneyard

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My Fair Latte (2020)
(Cafe Cinema Mystery, book 1)
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Mango, Mambo, and Murder (2021)
(Caribbean Kitchen Mystery, book 1)
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Death in a Pale Hue (2022)
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Death by Bubble Tea (2022)
(LA Night Market, book 1)
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Dead and Gondola (2022)
(Christie Bookshop Mystery, book 1)
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A Streetcar Named Murder (2022)
(New Orleans Mystery, book 1)
T G Herren
"A delicious southern gothic cozy told with heart and humor . . . Its sultry Big Easy setting, intriguing mystery, and cast of characters as colorful as a Mardi Gras float make it a must-read."

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