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About the Author

Jana DeLeon grew up among the bayous and small towns of southwest Louisiana. She's never actually found a dead body or seen a ghost, but she's still hoping. Jana started writing in 2001 after attending a funeral, but that's a whole other story. She focuses on murderous plots set deep in the Louisiana bayous and the secrets that lie just beneath the surface of small towns.
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Product Details

  • Series: Miss Fortune Mystery
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147813223X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478132233
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you like a big dose of humor in your mystery books, you will enjoy "Louisiana Longshot." The main character, Fortune Redding, is hiding out in Sinful, Louisiana. Fortune assumes the small bayou town will be boring and drama-free, but she quickly finds out that the town and its residents are not what they seem. I really enjoyed the characters, especially Ida Belle and Gertie, two of Sinful's meddlesome older residents. For those who like to solve the mystery before the end of the book, you might be surprised at what happens. I was feeling pretty smug until I realized I was totally wrong about the book's conclusion. This is a fun read that is perfect for fans of humorous mysteries or those who enjoy novels set in the South. I can't wait to read the second book in the series.
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I really wanted to give this book 5 stars, but there were just too many errors to do so. She flubbed names a couple of times and there were some missing and wrong words that caused me to re-read a couple of things. That said, I loved this book! I get so sick of hot female sleuth falls for hot cop and then proceeds to do stupid things just because he is hot. Not in this one. Yes, she does some stupid things that hot cop sees, but not because of him. He just happens to be around when the "Geritol Mafia" has gotten her in another pickle. What a wild romp this turned out to be. And yes, I did laugh out loud at some parts of this book. It was just what I needed. If you are looking for something meaningful and deep, skip this book. If you are looking for something light and funny without the characters having sex every other page, then this is for you. Although there is no sex, there is some cursing, but way less than I see in most books. Well done Jana DeLeon. This was a delight to read.
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There are very few authors who can make me laugh out loud, but Jana DeLeon is one of them. In Louisiana Longshot, she hits just the right combination of twisted mystery and hilarious characters. Fortune Redding, the CIA agent who is hiding out in tiny Sinful, Louisiana, is a great combination of uptight overachiever and zany eccentric, while her sidekicks, the senior citizen posse made up of Ida Belle and Gertie, are just ridiculously funny. I found myself snorting and laughing out loud many times throughout the whole book.

Like with many of DeLeon's books, I found this one to be too short. Not because the story needed more to be told, but just because I wanted to spend more time with the characters. It's a fun read that's hard to put down, and I'm looking forward to the next situation these three get themselves into.
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I bought this book because Amazon was advertising it alongside my own mystery (The Blue Diamond: Jeweler's Granddaughter Mystery #1). What a wonderful book! Louisiana Longshot is one of those rare mysteries that doesn't resort to slapstick or too-stupid-to-live bimbos to create laugh-out-loud moments. All of the characters - from C.I.A. assassin Fortune Redding to the hunky deputy sheriff to Fortune's senior citizen sidekicks - are strong and totally believable. Jana DeLeon backs up her characters' behavior with realistic psychological motives. The plot twists and turns and just when you think you've figured out who-dun-it, new clues lead you off in a new direction. This is the first book I've read by this author and I can't wait for the next book in the series. Right now, however, I'm off to buy her other books . . .
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I liked it! I gave it 3 stars rather than 4 or 5 because I tend to be a tough rater, but as a free kindle purchase this was a great find. The main character did get herself into trouble quite often with some questionable decisions, as is standard in this kind of story, but never to the point where I felt like she was too dumb to root for. When it counted, she used her brain. The characters were entertaining and likeable, and the focus of the story was on the mystery itself and on the relationships the heroine was building with townpeople, not just on her hooking up with a cute boy (which is also, unfortunately, standard in this kind of story). I liked that she didn't constantly need rescuing by the hero and was very self sufficient. And there was quite a bit of humor too. I would read another book in this series and see where it goes. I just hope the author doesn't end up dragging out plotlines for far too long, ala Janet Evanovich. Too many promising series jump the shark this way.
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My overall impression: a light, fast paced book with passable humor, well written in a manner reminiscent of the once very popular. As such, it will be enjoyed by all readers who can overlook the near impossibility of many of the thought and action practices engaged in by a person of Fortune's purported profession and those of her cohorts. The traditional mystery/action reader may not enjoy.
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I had read Trouble in Mudbug and thought that was a pretty cute book! However, this book kept me turning the pages! I love the mystery and the hilarious characters in this story and I appreciate where there's a story instead of bad language and explicit sex. The only problem with this book is that now I am going to be forced to go buy another book because I found myself not wanting to put this one down! And being from Louisiana myself I do know some real characters there!:)
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