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review 2017-05-30 19:15
An Okay Cozy Mystery
Trouble in Mudbug - Jana Deleon

This was just an okay cozy mystery. I had a hard time following the plot and didn't think the writing was all that great. I at least got it as a freebie though. I don't have any intention of continuing with the series.


The first part of this book started off promising. We have Maryse Robicheaux going to her mother in law's funeral. Trouble is that Maryse is two years estranged from her husband and doing her best to serve him with divorce papers. She's hoping he will show up so she can finally be rid of him. Problem is that while she's waiting for the funeral service, the ghost of her mother in law pops up. This of course leads Maryse to wondering if she's losing it. When she's shown not to be, she is forced to figure out who murdered her mother in law and while. If that's not enough due to her mother in law's will leaving her a highly valued property, someone appears to be gunning for her too. 


Maryse works for the state and is doing her best to come up with a cure for cancer based on the plants she finds around the bayou. When she goes to work and finds Luc LeJeune (Native American and I think Creole) at her office telling her that he is there to work and they will need to share a space. Of course romance between the two is given, though I have to say that I was not that impressed by Luc as a love interest. He was a bit too He-Man for me.


I honestly fell asleep twice reading this. I think that the book just dragged way too much. The dialogue was also pretty stilted. I laughed a few times when there were any scenes between Maryse and her mother in law Helena though. Helena gets some awareness after she's dead which just makes you sad she didn't get it beforehand. 


The book ultimately doesn't solve who murdered Helena which means there's another book (or based on what I saw on Goodreads, 5 more books). 


I won't be continuing this series though. I usually like to read series books, but this one was a bit of a chore for me. 

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review 2017-02-08 00:00
Hurricane Force
Hurricane Force - Jana Deleon Hurricane Force - Jana Deleon I was a tad disappointed in this particular book in this series. I had high hopes for something a bit more comedic and a little more drama when fortune's secret was revealed. But all in all it wasn't horrible.

Only two more books in the series, unless the writer keep cranking these out and I hope she does. I've come to love the character's and the town.
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review 2017-01-28 00:00
Lethal Bayou Beauty
Lethal Bayou Beauty - Jana Deleon 4.5 Stars -even better than the first book.

Full review to come.
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review 2017-01-27 00:00
Louisiana Longshot (Miss Fortune Mystery #1)
Louisiana Longshot (Miss Fortune Mystery #1) - Jana Deleon 4.5 stars.

Just like others have said -this book is a bit like the movie "Miss Congeniality" and it is since Fortune is a CIA agent ...but instead of a group of beauty queens trailing around, Fortune has what is known in Sinful Louisiana, as the Geritol Mafia getting her into mischief *rolls eyes*. So think of this as a mix of The Godfather, Miss Congeniality, and Stephanie Plum from the Janet Evanovich series!

This book was a hoot and I got a LOT of chuckles out of it. I loved the mystery and action scenes. The character's are well written and the plot/mystery very well planned and executed. There are a couple of really bad and very humorous typo's -but it didn't put me off.

I have already started book 2 and instead of the usual week's month's or even years going by the next book start the very next day. I loved this book and have very high hopes for the rest of the series.
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review 2016-08-29 00:31
MALEVOLENT (Shay Archer, Book One) by Jana DeLeon
Malevolent - Jana Deleon



Here I thought DeLeon's specialty was cozy mysteries. Wrong. While I'm enjoying the humorous MISS FORTUNE series, and was laughing out loud as I read the first book in the GHOST IN-LAW series, I'm totally hooked and creeped out (in a good way) by the Shaye Archer series. I started reading DeLeon's cozy mysteries last year and although I'm from Louisiana and should have been familiar with Jana DeLeon, I wasn't. An Aussie author friend half way around the world introduced me to DeLeon's writing. I'm loving Shaye Archer and I've already scored the next book in this stellar three book series, SINISTER. The last book, DIABOLICAL, was published earlier this month but I've yet to get a copy. Now, it's a must.


Shaye Archer is a New Orleans private investigator who just struck out on her own, both personally and professionally. Her first client is a woman who believes she's being stalked by her husband. Whom she killed just last month! Unable to get support or assistance from the NOPD, Emma hires Shaye to find the elusive, mysterious stalker. Shaye recognizes the fear in Emma's eyes and the tremble in her voice. With a dark, unsolved past of her own, Shaye knows what it's like to live in constant fear. That reason alone is why Emma chose Shaye.



 "she'd believe me...because of her own extraordinary story."
"I think it's no coincidence that Shaye became a private investigator. She doesn't have answers for herself, and my guess is she doesn't want anyone else to live in the shadow of darkness like she does." 

Together, Shaye and Emma will face a vengeful force so evil, it can only be described as MALEVOLENT.


As for the book, two words sum up my thoughts: Loved it!




MALEVOLENT is currently free on Amazon or you can get MALEVOLENT on Jana's website.



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