Ellen Byron is the Agatha and Lefty Award-winning author of the Cajun Country Mysteries. MARDI GRAS MURDER won the Agatha for Best Contemporary Novel. A CAJUN CHRISTMAS KILLING and BODY ON THE BAYOU won Lefty Awards for Best Humorous Mystery. PLANTATION SHUDDERS was nominated for Agatha, Lefty, and Daphne awards and made the USA Today Bestseller list. FATAL CAJUN FESTIVAL is her newest release. In 2020, she'll debut her first Catering Hall Mystery, HERE COMES THE BODY, under the pseudonym, Maria DiRico, which happens to be her late Italian grandmother's maiden name.
Ellen’s TV credits include Wings, Just Shoot Me, and Fairly OddParents. She’s written over 200 national magazine articles, and her published plays include the award-winning Graceland. She also worked as a cater-waiter for the legendary Martha Stewart, a credit she never tires of sharing. A native New Yorker who attended Tulane University, Ellen lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and rescue dog. She still misses her hometown - and still drives like a New York cabbie.