Saturday, April 1, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - LOUISIANA LONGSHOT by JANA DELEON - MISS FORTUNE MYSTERY # 1 - COZY MYSTERY

By: Jana Deleon
Published By: Jana Deleon
Released: Available Now
Details: Kindle purchase, FREE, back in 2014 and it's still FREE today.

RATING: 4.25 FUN POOLSIDE READ STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

It was a hell of a longshot...

CIA Assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever--in Sinful, Louisiana.

With a leak at the CIA and a price on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Posing as a former beauty queen turned librarian in a small, bayou town seems worse than death to Fortune, but she's determined to fly below the radar until her boss finds the leak and puts the arms dealer out of play.

Unfortunately, she hasn't even unpacked a suitcase before her newly-inherited dog digs up a human bone in her backyard. Thrust into the middle of a bayou murder mystery, Fortune teams up with a couple of seemingly-sweet old ladies whose looks completely belie their hold on the little town. To top things off, the handsome local deputy is asking her too many questions. If she's not careful, this investigation may blow her cover and get her killed.

Armed with her considerable skills and a group of old ladies referred to by locals as The Geritol Mafia, Fortune has no choice but to solve the murder before it's too late.


BOOK REVIEW :

I’ve been diving into some of these ‘clean’ ( no graphic sex if any ) mysteries that are pretty much a throw-in-your-suitcase-poolside read.

Janet Evanovich had me at Ranger. *sigh* Eight books under my belt and I’m still #teamranger.

Joe who? :)

I’ve thrown a Rose Gardener Mystery under my belt by Denise Grover Swank, although this first installment felt a bit like a pilot episode of a TV series. Good but not great, I am keen to read more.

Back in 2014 I purchased Louisiana Longshot, for #FREE on Amazon and only just now decided to crack it open. Guess what folks?

It’s still #FREE. Booyah!

The town of Sinful, Louisiana is pretty much run by this group of old ladies.

Smart old ladies.

Devious old ladies.

Fun old ladies.

The Geritol Mafia AKA the Sinful Ladies.

Carter LeBlanc ( doesn’t that name just roll off the tongue?) is your Joe Morelli (but not) from Stephanie Plum. He is the Deputy of Sinful. The guy that pops in and out, while our female lead gets up to all sorts of shenanigans, with a bit of light sexual tension thrown in. I mean feather-weight light.



“Carter LeBlanc,” he introduced himself. “Protecting the citizens of Sinful.”

I pointed to the bone. “You didn’t protect that one.”

A tiny bit of smug slipped from his expression.



Speaking of female lead…Fortune (as she likes to be called) is laying low, a CIA assassin staying under the radar in Sinful as a favor to her boss.

Now I gotta say, I have trouble believing she is a CIA assassin who has spent her time in the deserts of the Middle East prior to landing in Sinful, but that might be just me.

She’s not as bumbling as Stephanie Plum, she appears more together.



Despite the fact I was lean and not overly endowed, I tossed on a bra, figuring I’d burst into flames if I walked into church without one. Underwear was a given as you never knew when you might have to go into a fast drop and roll. Flashing people on Main Street was illegal most everywhere. In Sinful, it might get you the death penalty.



The old ladies of Sinful kinda steal the limelight with their shenanigans throughout this first instalment.

Carter keeps getting out smarted by these ladies and Fortune. Get it, Miss Fortune.

Bahahah… couldn’t put that over you could I? Anyhoo… she kinda stumbles into aiding these old ladies, even down to the Sunday-after-church-throw-your-Nikes-on-banana-pudding dash.

Shit gets real when you are trying to outdo Sinful Catholic for the first person to order those puddings, let me tell you.



“Like getting to wear pants to church isn’t enough of an advantage,” Gertie said as we entered Sinful Baptist. “Celia Arceneaux’s bought the new Nike’s. We’re doomed.”

“Don’t worry. I can take her.” Blindfolded and crawling.

Gertie slid into the back pew and nodded. “I’ll let you take the outside seat to get a better jump. As soon as the preacher gets the ‘A’ in ‘Amen’ on the last prayer, you make a break for it.”




An amusing mystery-frolic in the town of Sinful.


“Ha. You’ve got man-eating monsters pretending to be frogs in your backyard, banana pudding wars, missing people, and an unsolved murder. I am the least of your worries.”


The cover art is so damn cute and colorful.

Love it!

With 4,666 ratings on Amazon, I simply had to give it a read.
I will be coming back for more.


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