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review 2018-05-04 20:49
Good read, but not fantastic
Malevolent - Jana Deleon

Biggest weekness for me was the budding romance to be honest. It was quite uninteresting, and I don't even know why exactly.


The whole PI thing was set up well, the back story of her client as well, although the big conclusion was for me quite anticlimactic. It was against all odds, and actually it wasn't very original, it felt like a bad 90ies psycho thriller.


All in all it wasn't a bad read, but it didn't really feel motivated to pick up the next installment.

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review 2017-09-16 23:59
Actual Tears
Lethal Bayou Beauty - Jana Deleon

After I read the first book in this series, I just HAD TO read the second.


Either I have a great imagination or Jana Deleon is great at painting a picture. I am sure it helps that I am able to relate the "Geritol Mafia" to some older women in my family.


I laughed out loud at the antics of Gerty and Ida Mae. I will be sure to read the next book as well. I recommend this series to anyone who likes to imagine that getting older will never mean backing down.


Happy Reading!

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text 2017-08-18 19:43
I recommend these free kindle ones For Halloween BINGO 2017 options
Trouble in Mudbug - Jana Deleon
Southern Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries Book 1) - Angie Fox

These I already read.  Fun cozy mystery ones with ghosts or other elements that work for the squares.  Hardly deep, profound, erudite literature -- but fun reads by hybrid (traditional and self-published) authors.

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review 2017-07-21 22:04
Laugh Material
Louisiana Longshot - Jana Deleon

 In the beginning, I didn't believe that I would like the main character. Her job isn't exactly something that I can identify with and I feared that such an emotionally detached person would be off putting.


Boy was I wrong. The supporting cast of characters are a rainbow in her otherwise black and white world. Within the story you see the protagonist begin to allow others to color her outlook while still remaining as strong and unique character.


The comedy is a little unexpected at first, but you quickly learn to expect unexpected antics from some of the supporting characters. I often found myself laughing out loud and I cannot wait to read every book in the series. It is a blessed break from reality, but is set in a location that is easy to imagine.


5 Stars!

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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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