Book Review: Louisiana Longshot, by Jana Deleon

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The Miss Fortune Mystery Series, Book One

Once you’ve read one book written by Jana Deleon, you can’t help but smile when starting another. After reading Trouble in Mud Bug, I looked forward to Louisiana Longshot, newly available at Audible.

Published in 2012, it introduces Fortune Redding in the “Miss Fortune Mystery series. Book one draws you right in. CIA agent Fortune returns from assignment in hot water after blowing her cover in a major fashion: She killed the brother of one of the largest arms dealers in the Middle East.

With a price on her head of one million dollars dead and ten million if caught alive, plus the possible leak within the CIA, she is forced into hiding.  Her instructions are to remain low key. Her very first day there a body part is discovered in the bayou outside the house she is in. Not exactly a good start to ‘low key.’

Thus begins a murder investigation. With the good looking deputy showing up wherever she goes,  the two senior citizens belonging to a secret society, AND the dead man’s widow missing, there is plenty to investigate.

Lots of fun is included. Quirky characters doing the unexpected provide a delightful story. There is even an old hound dog to add interest and amusement.  A cozy read of sorts, there is no bad language, no graphic violence or sex.

I especially enjoyed Fortune’s ability to instantly analyze each person she met, right down to illnesses and issues.  Cute and funny! After all, as a well trained CiA agent, even if in hiding, she has her skills.

The book is altogether enjoyable to read—or listen. I chose to listen through my favorite hangout, Audible. The narrator for the series is Cassandra Campbell. She always proves a terrific choice, managing the voice variations very well. She has such an easy voice to listen to.  You can listen to a sample here to see for yourself.

There are seven books in this series so far. The Mudbug series contains seven as well. If you are looking for a light and fun story to entertain as well as intrigue, give this one a try. I will definitely be listening to more in both series.


Merry Citarella, often writing as Merrci, writes on a wide range of topics. Recently relocated to the Oregon Coast in the northwest United States, she frequently writes travel features on the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She specializes in health and aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, food, lifestyle, and book reviews. For more information you can see her on The Writers’Door. You can read more articles here or at her websites Mystery Suspense Reviews .

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