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February 19, 2018
Miss Fortune and her friends in Sinful, Louisiana make me laugh. It is difficult to describe this series without making it sound overwhelmingly silly. Well, it is silly. But under the silliness is enough truth to ground it and to make it funnier. Fortune is a CIA operative who is hiding in plain sight in a small town not far from New Orleans. She is hiding from a slippery arms dealer who has vowed to kill her since she killed his pedophile brother who was about to sell a child into the sex trade. We began with the banana pudding wars in the first book and I laughed out loud. Then we were just being introduced to Fortune and her penchant for weapons. Gertie and Ida Belle are the leaders of the Sinful Ladies Society which is open only to women who have never married or have been widowed for at least 10 years. They are past middle age and secretly former spies from the Vietnam War in addition to bootleggers. Fortune, Gertie, and Ida Belle are true friends, kindred spirits and always solving mysteries or problems with mayhem and skill. This book brings back Godzilla, the gator that has gotten too used to humans thanks to someone feeding him and hiding him from poachers in an earlier book and more importantly, the arms dealer. There is plenty of action, some romance, silliness, and resolution in this volume. I am amazed that Jana Deleon has been able to keep this series entertaining, funny, and integrate tidbits of current issues and reality. As silly as it is, she has managed to create characters that you can care about and root for. (Although, Celia has gotten very close to a cartoon.) The pacing is fast, the dialogue is witty, and the endings are happy. It takes real talent to write excellent escapist fare.
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