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It was a hell of a longshot... CIA Assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever--in Sinful, Louisiana. With a leak at the CIA and a price on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Posing as a former beauty queen turned It was a hell of a longshot... CIA Assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever--in Sinful, Louisiana. With a leak at the CIA and a price on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Posing as a former beauty queen turned librarian in a small, bayou town seems worse than death to Fortune, but she's determined to fly below the radar until her boss finds the leak and puts the arms dealer out of play. Unfortunately, she hasn't even unpacked a suitcase before her newly-inherited dog digs up a human bone in her backyard. Thrust into the middle of a bayou murder mystery, Fortune teams up with a couple of seemingly-sweet old ladies whose looks completely belie their hold on the little town. To top things off, the handsome local deputy is asking her too many questions. If she's not careful, this investigation may blow her cover and get her killed. Armed with her considerable skills and a group of old ladies referred to by locals as The Geritol Mafia, Fortune has no choice but to solve the murder before it's too late.


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It was a hell of a longshot... CIA Assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever--in Sinful, Louisiana. With a leak at the CIA and a price on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Posing as a former beauty queen turned It was a hell of a longshot... CIA Assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever--in Sinful, Louisiana. With a leak at the CIA and a price on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Posing as a former beauty queen turned librarian in a small, bayou town seems worse than death to Fortune, but she's determined to fly below the radar until her boss finds the leak and puts the arms dealer out of play. Unfortunately, she hasn't even unpacked a suitcase before her newly-inherited dog digs up a human bone in her backyard. Thrust into the middle of a bayou murder mystery, Fortune teams up with a couple of seemingly-sweet old ladies whose looks completely belie their hold on the little town. To top things off, the handsome local deputy is asking her too many questions. If she's not careful, this investigation may blow her cover and get her killed. Armed with her considerable skills and a group of old ladies referred to by locals as The Geritol Mafia, Fortune has no choice but to solve the murder before it's too late.

30 review for Louisiana Longshot

  1. 5 out of 5

    Evgeny

    If you remember Sandra Bullock's comedy Miss Congeniality I do not need to outline the plot - I would not do it if I felt lazy. Luckily for you (or not, depending on the point of view) I do not. Fortune Redding is a tough as nails CIA assassin. Female assassins in literature are dime a dozen lately, so you can easily imagine her. She got carried away on her last job (read - killed one person too many) and as a result got a price on her head which made the one offered by US for Osama Bin Laden lo If you remember Sandra Bullock's comedy Miss Congeniality I do not need to outline the plot - I would not do it if I felt lazy. Luckily for you (or not, depending on the point of view) I do not. Fortune Redding is a tough as nails CIA assassin. Female assassins in literature are dime a dozen lately, so you can easily imagine her. She got carried away on her last job (read - killed one person too many) and as a result got a price on her head which made the one offered by US for Osama Bin Laden look like pocket change. She had to go into a deep hiding which in her case meant a sleepy town in Louisiana. The said town was really quiet and sleepy until a woman who is supposed to keep very low profile showed up. Upon her arrival she managed to appear practically naked in front of the local law represented by a deputy, found a human bone belonging to a person vanished several years ago, and the worst of all stumbled upon a secret old woman society supposedly gathering together to knit. Anybody familiar with old ladies knows several of them together can be outright lethal. Fortune was not, so she happily stumbled into something very BIG. Right in the beginning I need to say I am not the intended audience for this book. I read the description and thought the humor alone would be enough to carry the book. I did smile several times, but that was about it. The smile was never even so big as that of the guy below: Fortune turned out to be extremely clumsy and incompetent. She should not have survived her first assignment, heck she should not have survived her training. This incompetence of a CIA agent might actually be a good thing for humanity in general considering CIA's favorite pastime of drug trafficking and overthrowing democratically elected presidents that displease Uncle Sam. Surely a person killing bad guys left and right in the Middle East can survive in her own country, even if it happened to be Nowhere, Louisiana? There was one more thing I found not quite to my liking which I will not talk about to avoid really big spoilers, but otherwise the book was decent enough as a mindless entertainment. 3 stars on the weak side is the rating, but I repeat: I am not the intended audience for this novel.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    OUT-FREAKING-STANDING! I can't believe how much I loved this book. When I finished it I was really annoyed because I love Fortune and the nutty world of Sinful, Louisiana so much I didn't want to leave them. Fortune is a CIA assassin whose cover has been blown, so her boss sends her to lay low in the tiny bayou town of Sinful, posing as his beauty-queen/librarian niece who has just inherited a house from her deceased aunt. Fortune has spent her entire life - including her childhood - traini OUT-FREAKING-STANDING! I can't believe how much I loved this book. When I finished it I was really annoyed because I love Fortune and the nutty world of Sinful, Louisiana so much I didn't want to leave them. Fortune is a CIA assassin whose cover has been blown, so her boss sends her to lay low in the tiny bayou town of Sinful, posing as his beauty-queen/librarian niece who has just inherited a house from her deceased aunt. Fortune has spent her entire life - including her childhood - training for her career as CIA spook/assassin, and she only understands tactics, weapons and missions. The idea of spending months in hiding in a small town terrifies her almost more than the price on her head. Immediately after arriving, though, her life is anything but quiet. She meets two old ladies who are full of surprises, and before she knows it she's teamed up with them to locate their missing friend Marie, whose abusive, jackass husband disappeared years ago. But one of his bones has just washed up on Fortune's back yard, and Marie is nowhere to be found. Everyone assumes Marie murdered the jerk, and her friends want to find her and simultaneously find another suspect to give Marie a chance at beating a murder charge. Pretty soon Fortune is up to her eyeballs in the wacky shenanigans of her two new friends Ida Belle and Gertie, who do not act like little old ladies. They are shockingly prepared for anything, well-armed, running the town, and think nothing of bending the law a bit. And every time Fortune ends up in a compromising position, usually dressed in a towel, or a trash bag and ski mask (yes, you read that right), she is caught by the town Deputy, a hunky, exasperated man trying his best to find Marie also. Fortune is a great character - she is paranoid,smart and capable, comfortably killing anyone who needs killing, but her solitary live has left her ill-prepared for her budding friendship with Ida Belle and Gertie, and the emotional aspects of friendship. Plus, they seem to be hiding something - a lot of things, and Fortune is never sure just how much they know before they rope her into their next hare-brained scheme. From outrunning alligators on an island that smells like dung, shooting raccoons in her own attic, racing old ladies for banana pudding, or stripping naked to ride in Ida Belle's car, the craziness never ends and it all makes perfect sense. DeLeon is really funny - I was laughing out loud so many times. Her writing is confident and self-assured, allowing the pace to move along at a fast clip. As crazy as the characters seem, and as nutty as their adventures are, they still seem so real and believable. I really cared about them and hope this is the start to a very long series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Margitte

    I am borrowing the GR book blurb here, since it says it the best: "CIA Assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever--in Sinful, Louisiana. With a leak at the CIA and a price on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Posing as a former beauty queen turned librarian in a small, bayou town seems worse than death to Fortune, but she's determined t/> I am borrowing the GR book blurb here, since it says it the best: "CIA Assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever--in Sinful, Louisiana. With a leak at the CIA and a price on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Posing as a former beauty queen turned librarian in a small, bayou town seems worse than death to Fortune, but she's determined to fly below the radar until her boss finds the leak and puts the arms dealer out of play. Unfortunately, she hasn't even unpacked a suitcase before her newly-inherited dog digs up a human bone in her backyard. Thrust into the middle of a bayou murder mystery, Fortune teams up with a couple of seemingly-sweet old ladies whose looks completely belie their hold on the little town. To top things off, the handsome local deputy is asking her too many questions. If she's not careful, this investigation may blow her cover and get her killed. Armed with her considerable skills and a group of old ladies referred to by locals as The Geritol Mafia, Fortune has no choice but to solve the murder before it's too late." REVIEW:I did not think I was going to enjoy this book when I opened it on my Kindle. I had it for so long now that I totally forgot about it. But since I am 1) trying to build up courage for the heavy-weights gracing the stacks next to my bed, 2) need to work down my TBR list, I took a shot at it. Everything about this murder mystery is great. That is, if you enjoy this kind of light-read, feel-good stuff once in a while. For me it is not a once-in-a-while event. No, it started out so many years ago with "Murder She Wrote" - I watched the series diligently, and carried over into similar kind of thrills in book-form, which used the ordinary American life style as backdrop and kept me tied to any story remotely resembling a thrilling murder somewhere deep in the heart of America. The deeper the heart, the happier I am. Fortune Redding, the protagonist, is G.I.Jane-gone-girlie. The idea scared me enough to have me postpone reading the book for a very long time. But since I bought it, I thought I should get it over with. The murder is serious business, folks. But the three old ladies, The Geritol Mafia, buzzing around Sinful in their old Cadillac, with their dying eyes, with their hair curlers and slippers, racing their Baptist-legs against the Catholics for a Sunday table in Francines's restaurant, is not. Fortune will soon learn through trial and errors that they are not called The Geritol Mafia for nothing. Nosy old Womens Libbers they are called by the town's folks, since none of them ever got married. Fortune, herself, has a hard time looking like a librarian and convince the town of her innocent presence in her supposedly late aunt'Marge's house. Another lesson to be learnt from this story is that high heels and knitting needles should be banned. It's dangerous weapons! Then there is Francine's banana pudding, which have the last say on Sundays. The mayor was forced to announce a new rule of order in town. He was forced to - take note! No church is allowed to start earlier than 9.00 am and that's final. Besides, if the banana pudding was worth waging a war and giving someone a free pass on hell, it might be worth checking out for Fortune. It can raise the dead, as Ida Belle so quaintly explained: “All sorts of things rose out of the ground during Edgar. Why, my mother’s coffin popped straight up out of the grave and cruised down Main Street. I always said you couldn’t keep Mother down.” “And your mother always did love Francine’s pudding.” With that, she takes a swig of her home-brewed cough syrup. Nobody in their right mind will ever call it moonshine and live to tell the tale! Alcohol is banned in Sinful! If the old ladies says it is cough syrup, then it is cough syrup, you understand!? I will stick to cough syrup myself in this review, for just in case! Fortune unwillingly teams up with these ladies to solve the murder, but she's unsure if these ladies are up to it. She cannot expose too much of her expertise to anyone in town as well. However, when Ida Belle shoots an alligator right-center between the eyes, and Gertie kicks a man in the face, Bruce Lee-style, Fortune realizes that shrewdness has somewhere, some long time ago, became an art form among these ladies. Ida Belle, the numero uno Mafia member, will tell you: " “I like shrewd. It takes smarts to be good at it.” So, with a hop and a skip, a jiggle and a jive, the murder is solved, and I had a roaring time being one of them! Hilarious moments and serious business merged in this fast-moving, dramatic tale. And after closing the book, I sat smiling with surprise written all over my face. There is just so much more to this story than the eye could ever meet. After saying goodbye to these ladies, which felt like losing my best friends, I bought the second book in this series immediately this morning.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kathi Defranc

    A Fun, Interesting Adventure With Some Southern Gals! I picked up this book for a quick,easy read and found a fun adventure with a CIA agent in hiding and some very witty old ladies! All Southern towns are not slow and lazy, as Fortune finds out after a CIA leak gets a price put on her head by some dangerous arms dealers. She is sent to Sinful, Louisiana posing as a former beauty queen whose aunt has recently passed. The crazy action starts immediately upon Fortune landing in the town. Treache A Fun, Interesting Adventure With Some Southern Gals! I picked up this book for a quick,easy read and found a fun adventure with a CIA agent in hiding and some very witty old ladies! All Southern towns are not slow and lazy, as Fortune finds out after a CIA leak gets a price put on her head by some dangerous arms dealers. She is sent to Sinful, Louisiana posing as a former beauty queen whose aunt has recently passed. The crazy action starts immediately upon Fortune landing in the town. Treachery, lies and dead bodies provide plenty to think about, along with several old women who seem in charge. Fortune is roped into their actions and the fun begins, with unbelievable things happening all around town. A great story to relax and enjoy, a mystery solved in amazing ways!

  5. 5 out of 5

    John Martin

    I was in the mood for this novel after my previous read, which was quite thought-provoking. I doubt I’ll give this novel many thoughts. It was light and frothy, with a few laughs but not too many demands on my grey matter.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Hamilton

    I loved this book. It was just pure fun from the start. It's fast paced and full of crazy action. The ending provided a twist I sure didn't see coming, which made me like it that much more. The high jinx may not stand up to close scrutiny, but I took the story in the spirit in which it was created. The protagonist has a irreverent sense of humor and the author's sense of comic timing is perfect. I think a film version of this would be hilarious. It really is the kind of entertainment you don't w I loved this book. It was just pure fun from the start. It's fast paced and full of crazy action. The ending provided a twist I sure didn't see coming, which made me like it that much more. The high jinx may not stand up to close scrutiny, but I took the story in the spirit in which it was created. The protagonist has a irreverent sense of humor and the author's sense of comic timing is perfect. I think a film version of this would be hilarious. It really is the kind of entertainment you don't want to end, but fortunately for me, there are nine books in the Miss Fortune series!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jody McGrath

    Fortune is a CIA agent who has been told to "take a break." With a recent mission gone wrong and a price on her head, Fortune's boss sends her to Sinful, Louisiana to impersonate his niece. While dreading the quiet southern life, Fortune soon learns that Sinful is not part of the cliched South. With a 5 year old murder to solve, 2 geriatric sidekicks, and a hot deputy looking to bust her, Fortune "break" is turning out to be quite sinful! This book was awesome. I loved Fortune, Gertie Fortune is a CIA agent who has been told to "take a break." With a recent mission gone wrong and a price on her head, Fortune's boss sends her to Sinful, Louisiana to impersonate his niece. While dreading the quiet southern life, Fortune soon learns that Sinful is not part of the cliched South. With a 5 year old murder to solve, 2 geriatric sidekicks, and a hot deputy looking to bust her, Fortune "break" is turning out to be quite sinful! This book was awesome. I loved Fortune, Gertie, and Ida Mae. They were fantastic characters. I would have read it all in one sitting if life didn't interfere. This book is also really funny and a good mystery. I highly recommend this book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    This book is set in the bayous of Southern Louisiana. I guess its genre classification is a cozy mystery. The story is a lighthearted, funny story featuring some female senior citizens known as the “Geritol Mafia”. The protagonist is a young female CIA assassin who needs to hide out for a while. The plot twists and turns. DeLeon is great with the character development and vivid descriptions of the bayou country. The author also had yummy descriptions of food and desserts. I found myse This book is set in the bayous of Southern Louisiana. I guess its genre classification is a cozy mystery. The story is a lighthearted, funny story featuring some female senior citizens known as the “Geritol Mafia”. The protagonist is a young female CIA assassin who needs to hide out for a while. The plot twists and turns. DeLeon is great with the character development and vivid descriptions of the bayou country. The author also had yummy descriptions of food and desserts. I found myself laughing out loud at times. The book makes a great get-away-from-it-all book. I read this as an e-book downloaded from Amazon. I read it on my Kindle app for my iPad. The book is 232 pages.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tammie

    "CIA Assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever--in Sinful, Louisiana." I was looking for something lighthearted to read when I decided on Louisiana Longshot and it was indeed lighthearted. Though not as funny as I had hoped, it did have its laugh out loud moments. CIA agent Fortune Redding's cover has been blown and a price has been put on her head so she is sent off the grid to the tiny town of Sinful Louisiana to lie low for a while. Fortune feels comple "CIA Assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever--in Sinful, Louisiana." I was looking for something lighthearted to read when I decided on Louisiana Longshot and it was indeed lighthearted. Though not as funny as I had hoped, it did have its laugh out loud moments. CIA agent Fortune Redding's cover has been blown and a price has been put on her head so she is sent off the grid to the tiny town of Sinful Louisiana to lie low for a while. Fortune feels completely out of her element posing as an ex beauty queen who works as a librarian and is in town to take care of her "aunt's" estate. However, not long after she arrives the dog digs up a human bone. Mishap after mishap occurs when she agrees to help a couple of seemingly innocent little old ladies, who the locals refer to as the Geritol Mafia, uncover who murdered the man. Fortune isn't just completely out of her element pretending to be an ex beauty queen, she is also completely out of her element in the Louisiana swamp country. "As soon as I finished that shower, it was time to break out my laptop and do some reading on Louisiana. It was stranger than any foreign country I’d ever been in." Being from there I can attest to that! While this was a fun diversion I wouldn't go into this one with real high expectations as there isn't too much thinking involved. My biggest complaint was that most of the time Fortune didn't seem like much of an assassin to me. There were moments where her skills as an assassin did shine, if briefly, only to be dumbed down for the sake of a few laughs as she makes one unwise decision after another. I also found it hard to believe that a CIA spy would really feel that out of her element anywhere. Aren't they trained to play just about any role and to fit in just about anywhere? That's what I would have thought anyway. It ended up coming off as unbelievable. I think the story would have been much better had she just really been the person she was pretending to be instead of an assassin in hiding. On the other hand, the little old ladies were a hoot and I loved their backstory and the town of Sinful where little old ladies make moonshine and the Baptists and the Catholics have a war going on over banana pudding. I got a good chuckle out of the names of the churches, Sinful Baptist and Sinful Catholic. I looked up Sinful Louisiana to see if there really is such a town, but there is not. This is the first book in a series and I may read more when I'm in the mood for something silly. Review also posted at Writings of a Reader

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pamela(AllHoney)

    The first book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series by Jana Deleon. Fortune Redding is a CIA assassin and due to a price on her head and a leak in the agency she is forced to lay low in Sinful, Louisiana. Posing as her boss' niece, Sandy-Sue, Fortune goes to Louisiana to pack up her deceased aunt's home while the real Sandy-Sue is touring Europe. Surely, Fortune can stay out of trouble in the swamp. But the first day there a human bone is found on the property and she teams up with Gertie and Ida Belle o The first book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series by Jana Deleon. Fortune Redding is a CIA assassin and due to a price on her head and a leak in the agency she is forced to lay low in Sinful, Louisiana. Posing as her boss' niece, Sandy-Sue, Fortune goes to Louisiana to pack up her deceased aunt's home while the real Sandy-Sue is touring Europe. Surely, Fortune can stay out of trouble in the swamp. But the first day there a human bone is found on the property and she teams up with Gertie and Ida Belle of the Sinful Ladies' Society and investigates the murder of a man that disappeared five years ago. Attempting to halt her plans is the local law, Deputy LeBlanc. This is not a romance but it is a fun entertaining read. It is mostly the misadventures of Fortune and The Geritol Mafia. A bunch of colorful and interesting folks are introduced and I look forward to reading more. This is not really a cliffhanger as the mystery is solved but Fortune is still stuck in Sinful, Louisiana awaiting the all clear from her boss before she can leave. So obviously we are in for some more fun misadventures in the coming books.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    There are some books where you know, from the first page, that you are gonna love them. This is one of those for me. I read and loved the Mudbug Ghost-in-Law series and this one is just as good. There are 8 books in the Miss Fortune Mystery series and I am sure I'm going to read them all. Fortune Redding made a big mistake on her last mission as a CIA assassin and her target put a big price on her head. Her boss, Director Morrow, thinks that this may be due to a leak in the agency. He There are some books where you know, from the first page, that you are gonna love them. This is one of those for me. I read and loved the Mudbug Ghost-in-Law series and this one is just as good. There are 8 books in the Miss Fortune Mystery series and I am sure I'm going to read them all. Fortune Redding made a big mistake on her last mission as a CIA assassin and her target put a big price on her head. Her boss, Director Morrow, thinks that this may be due to a leak in the agency. He is sending Fortune to Sinful, Louisiana to take the place of his niece, Sandy-Sue who needs to settle her Aunt Marge's estate. From the second Fortune lands in Sinful it is apparent that laying low is not going to be an option. That first day Bones, a geriatric hound dog, unearths a human bone on the property. It looks like the murder of a man that disappeared five years ago, the likely suspect is Marie, the dead guys abused wife. Marie is good friends with Ida Belle, Gertie and the deceased Marge. Fortune keeps running up against the local law, Deputy Carter LeBlanc, aka Deputy Charming. But the ladies are determined to save Marie and will do a lot to accomplish that. (less)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    Fortune Reading, a CIA assassin, is hiding out in Sinful, Louisiana when she discovers a human bone in her backyard. She teams up with a couple of eccentric elderly ladies to investigate. Deleon gives us a delightfully humorous mystery with an engaging protagonist and intriguing secondary characters. Her world building is outstanding. This is a fully fleshed-out small town you're going to love. A wild romp that's sure to please.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    After an assignment goes south, CIA Agent Fortune Redding is sent to Sinful, Louisiana to hide-out. But when a human bone shows up in her yard laying low quickly becomes a challenge. Louisiana Longshot is great fun and a completely off the wall cozy mystery about a group of geriatric assassins who ride rough shod over authority and manage to shanghai Fortune into their nefarious schemes. It's kind of cheesy, completely unbelievable but still a hoot from beginning to end.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Linda Weber

    I got this book as a freebee on my Kindle and I am so glad I did!! What a fun series this is going to be!! Reminds me a lot of the Stephanie Plum series of Janet Evanovich. Lots of laughs and wonderful characters. Anxious to read the next!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline J

    Really enjoyed this one. Humorous but not so out there as to be ludicrous. Sign me up for the next one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    LJ

    First Sentence: I stepped off the Learjet at the private airfield just before dawn. When CIA agent, Fortune Redding, assassinates the brother of a Middle Eastern arms distributor, ruining a perfectly good pair of Prada stiletto heels in the process, the result is a price on her head. To protect her, she is sent into hiding at the small-town-Louisiana home of her Director's niece, one Sandy Sue Morrow, a former beauty-pageant winner. What could go wrong when one is trying to fit in, solve a First Sentence: I stepped off the Learjet at the private airfield just before dawn. When CIA agent, Fortune Redding, assassinates the brother of a Middle Eastern arms distributor, ruining a perfectly good pair of Prada stiletto heels in the process, the result is a price on her head. To protect her, she is sent into hiding at the small-town-Louisiana home of her Director's niece, one Sandy Sue Morrow, a former beauty-pageant winner. What could go wrong when one is trying to fit in, solve a local murder, and stay undercover. Now and then, one hits a reading slump and needs something light and fun to get moving again. This was it. It was a delightful surprise and a lesson that one is never too old to listen to one's mother when they recommend a book to read. DeLeon has a voice full of sass and sarcasm—"I stared down Main Street and grimaced. It was a cross between a Thomas Kinkade painting and a horror movie."—and defines the protagonist. But beware, the neighbors, particularly Gertie and Ida Belle, who is president of the Sinful Ladies Society—"I looked outside and saw a crowd of gray-haired women bearing down on the restaurant. Sixteen of them, probably from the Jurassic period…"--aren't what one expects either, which is so refreshing. In fact, none of the characters are, including Bones, the very old hound who is true to his name and finds the human bone initiating the murder investigation. The author captures a small town perfectly where everyone knows your business almost before you do. Her pragmatism about religion is delightful—"Religion was by and large constructed by men, and I had yet to find a man who was logical. Deconstructing religious rules would definitely be a journey into madness." But it is also the south where food plays an important part—"'Give me the Seven Deadly Sins."' Eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, gravy, pan-fried potatoes, and pancakes. I could practically hear my arteries hardening." There are wonderful, laugh-out-loud moments, which is such a treat, especially when the scene isn't silly, but clever and relatable. But there is also a wonderful moment of self-realization—"Good Lord. I was actually pretty. Like Mom." It's not all light and fun, however. There is a murder to solve, and a handsome cop with questions to evade. There are good insightful observations and truisms—"Clearly, people were the biggest complication life threw at you."--well-done information on Fortune's past, and surprises and twists right through to the end. "Louisiana Longshot" is a delightful book. DeLeon cleverly avoids a number of stereotypes. The characters are wonderful, the humor is perfect, not slapstick and the twists are plentiful and well-executed. It really is a well-done introduction to a series which should be fun to continue. LOUISIANA LONGSHOT (LicInv-Fortune Redding-Louisiana-Contemp) - VG DeLeon, Jana – 1st in series CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform– Jun 2012

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    2019 Review Not going to lie, this re-read threw me for a loop. I would give it 3 stars this time round. It kind of shocked me to discover how mediocre I found the mystery. But I think I originally loved it so much because I read the rest of the series immediately following it. And the series gets way better. Is it great literature? Nope. It is mindless, easily forgettable, and highly improbable. Yet fun. I find this series incredibly endearing even though I know Gertie will make another lewd joke a 2019 Review Not going to lie, this re-read threw me for a loop. I would give it 3 stars this time round. It kind of shocked me to discover how mediocre I found the mystery. But I think I originally loved it so much because I read the rest of the series immediately following it. And the series gets way better. Is it great literature? Nope. It is mindless, easily forgettable, and highly improbable. Yet fun. I find this series incredibly endearing even though I know Gertie will make another lewd joke and Ida Belle will once again insult her with reference to her age. I know the climax will lack tension despite trying overly hard to create atmosphere. I know the body count in this series should send the FBI hustling because seriously, murders take place like every other day. But I also know I will enjoy myself immensely anyway, no matter how nonsensical. So if I did recommend this series to you and gushed about Louisiana Longshot, here is my disclaimer: I don't actually love the book in this series. I do love the series though. And it 100% helps that I usually read it while desperately in need of sleep. Lack of sleep makes everything better. (This time around I went almost 24 hours without sleep while re-reading this book and the remainder of the series) 2018 Review I've been stuck in various airports over the last 48 hours trying to make it back home so I used the time to read a good chunk of this series (about to start the 9th book, in fact.) Absolutely charming and funny. I love Ida Belle and Gertie. They are #goals. Fortune is a tad unbelievable for a trained assassin and a little predictable, but the Louisiana setting makes up for it. Also, love the chemistry between her and the Deputy. Basically, I'm currently obsessively addicted to this series and I can't believe I did not discover it earlier. Thank you to Mattea for recommending it; I am sorry it took me 5 years to follow up on your recommendation. I could keep raving, but I would rather be reading.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sonja Arlow

    After cocking up her last mission Fortune Redding is banished to a small town in Louisiana. Disguised with the help of fluffy hair extensions and pink nail polish, she arrives as Sandy-Sue….. But trouble has a way of clinging to her like the stench of the nearby island, aptly named Number Two. High jinx and hilarity ensues. Yes it’s a bit predictable, the characters are all slightly over the top and cliché and the plotline holds little surprise but this was a perfect little read to fo After cocking up her last mission Fortune Redding is banished to a small town in Louisiana. Disguised with the help of fluffy hair extensions and pink nail polish, she arrives as Sandy-Sue….. But trouble has a way of clinging to her like the stench of the nearby island, aptly named Number Two. High jinx and hilarity ensues. Yes it’s a bit predictable, the characters are all slightly over the top and cliché and the plotline holds little surprise but this was a perfect little read to follow a very harrowing novel about Chechnya. I could put this one down at a whim and pick up again with no fear of losing the plot line. It was a fun mix of Miss Congeniality meets the Golden Girls. Would make a nice holiday read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Talltree

    4.5 stars!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    rereading one of the funniest book/series I have ever read. Do your self a favor and read it. If you stop at the first book I will be very surprised.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Olga Godim

    A nice and funny cozy mystery, this short novel was a pleasant diversion. Nothing fancy, just constant chuckles and an onslaught of totally absurd situations piling up in Sinful, Louisiana, population just over 200. When a CIA assassin Fortune blows her cover in the Middle East, she has to hide (aka live undercover as a librarian and former beauty queen) in a quiet little town on the edge of the swamps, while her boss deals with the situation at the Agency. But the somnolent atmosphere of Sinful A nice and funny cozy mystery, this short novel was a pleasant diversion. Nothing fancy, just constant chuckles and an onslaught of totally absurd situations piling up in Sinful, Louisiana, population just over 200. When a CIA assassin Fortune blows her cover in the Middle East, she has to hide (aka live undercover as a librarian and former beauty queen) in a quiet little town on the edge of the swamps, while her boss deals with the situation at the Agency. But the somnolent atmosphere of Sinful is deceiving. All sorts of comedies and tragedies, murder and mayhem lurk just below the surface. As soon as Fortune arrives in town, the action starts rolling, throwing the undercover librarian into all sorts of imbroglios. And without her arsenal, she is totally clueless. How would a former beauty queen behave in her place? Would she paint her nails pink? Would she shoot an alligator? The main instigators of Fortune’s troubles are two senior ladies Gertie and Ida Belle, two sweet (sweet?!) gray haired Southern ladies who practically run Sinful. As Fortune copes with her new geriatric friends, she learns that not all her arms training prepared her for the small town life, and that blending in with her new neighbors requires some serious readjustments of priorities. The characters are colorful, the pacing breathtaking, and the atmosphere of the tiny town, with all its inherent dramas and rivalries, rings true for the grateful reader, who can’t stop smiling. A trifling little novel, delightful and addictive. I’m thinking of downloading the next installment.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*

    Okay so this one was pretty fun. It was a quick read with a kick ass heroine, fun plot line, and a healthy scoop of danger. It's a cute beginning to a little cozy mystery series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    Louisiana Longshot is the first book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series. When I asked a book group what exactly a cozy mystery is and for some recommendations to get me started, this book was highly recommended. It is the first book I have read by this author and it won't be my last. I really enjoyed this lighthearted mystery with some sass and craziness. It was an easy and fun listen. There are tons of reviews so I don't need to go into detail about what happened in the story. I am going to con Louisiana Longshot is the first book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series. When I asked a book group what exactly a cozy mystery is and for some recommendations to get me started, this book was highly recommended. It is the first book I have read by this author and it won't be my last. I really enjoyed this lighthearted mystery with some sass and craziness. It was an easy and fun listen. There are tons of reviews so I don't need to go into detail about what happened in the story. I am going to continue on with this series and even though this is romance, I am hoping that we will see something happen with the Deputy and Fortune because I see a spark there. I really enjoyed the characters and look forward to seeing/hearing more from them and about them. The narrator did a great job. I didn't have any problems listening to this. I think her voices were all good and her pronunciation, enunciation, and pacing were all great. Overall, I rate Louisiana Longshot 4 stars.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    A fun little cozy mystery set in Sinful, Louisiana where "normal" means geriatric basset hounds, banana pudding wars, garbage bags as fashion, a island that smells like poo, little old lady sharpshooters, and human bones in the backyard. CIA agent "Fortune" Redding finds herself having to hole up in the little town of Sinful while "The Agency" tries to deal with the murderous arms dealer who's gunning for her. You'd think maintaining a cover as a librarian would be a piece of cake to an even min A fun little cozy mystery set in Sinful, Louisiana where "normal" means geriatric basset hounds, banana pudding wars, garbage bags as fashion, a island that smells like poo, little old lady sharpshooters, and human bones in the backyard. CIA agent "Fortune" Redding finds herself having to hole up in the little town of Sinful while "The Agency" tries to deal with the murderous arms dealer who's gunning for her. You'd think maintaining a cover as a librarian would be a piece of cake to an even minimally competent CIA agent but you haven't met Fortune. She repeatedly demonstrates why the author should've given her a different occupation because she's just not believable as a CIA agent. But this is a cozy mystery after all so it's all about the wacky hijinks and the humor. And it did have plenty of those.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Malcolm Bradley

    Not one of the best books I have read. I really wanted to like this book, as well. There’s something innately charming about this ‘cozy’ mystery’s setting, a not-so quiet little Louisiana town surrounded by Bayou, and full of some very unusual OAPs. Our main character, a somewhat hapless CIA assassin (aren’t they all?), is forced into hiding posing as an ex-beauty queen turned librarian (aren’t they all?), after managing to bring down a contract on her own head. A human bone conveniently wa Not one of the best books I have read. I really wanted to like this book, as well. There’s something innately charming about this ‘cozy’ mystery’s setting, a not-so quiet little Louisiana town surrounded by Bayou, and full of some very unusual OAPs. Our main character, a somewhat hapless CIA assassin (aren’t they all?), is forced into hiding posing as an ex-beauty queen turned librarian (aren’t they all?), after managing to bring down a contract on her own head. A human bone conveniently washed up in her garden begins a mystery that gets her in quite a bit of trouble with the local deputy / only eligible bachelor still possessing a full set of his own teeth in town. Their regular verbal fencing is actually one of my favourite things about the book. Enlisted to help with the mystery by a guild of local old spinsters / widows (yes, really), who apparently run the town behind the scenes, our heroine moves from one cataclysmic embarrassment to another, all the while leaving us astounded that her secret isn’t uncovered by virtually everyone she meets, and further astounded by the idea that she’s supposed to have survived a whole career working undercover. I really wanted to like this right up to the last 20 pages or so. It is persistently charming, but, unfortunately, also just not very good. It gets just one star for character and plot, but I had to give it another star for somehow being charming despite all its faults.

  26. 4 out of 5

    D.L. Williams

    I really enjoyed the slapstick antics of the three main characters, a CIA operative pretending to be a beauty queen (what's not to love about that?) and two older sidekicks that cant seem to stay out of trouble. Round it off with an efficient(but hot) deputy Sheriff and you have a quirky fun read. This is one of those books that you just need to enjoy, don't worry that maybe the antics are too over the top, just sit back and read. I have read Deleon's other books, I like these characters much be I really enjoyed the slapstick antics of the three main characters, a CIA operative pretending to be a beauty queen (what's not to love about that?) and two older sidekicks that cant seem to stay out of trouble. Round it off with an efficient(but hot) deputy Sheriff and you have a quirky fun read. This is one of those books that you just need to enjoy, don't worry that maybe the antics are too over the top, just sit back and read. I have read Deleon's other books, I like these characters much better.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tori

    This series has been compared to the Stephanie Plum series but in my opinion it is FAR FAR better. The heroine, Fortune Redding, is a CIA operative whose brains and skills are only matched by her snark and common sense. A fun down to earth heroine whose last assignment goes far south and lands her in hot water with a huge bounty on her head. Her boss has the perfect answer though and Fortune soon finds herself smack dab in the middle of Sinful, Louisiana, posing as an ex-beauty queen/librarian w This series has been compared to the Stephanie Plum series but in my opinion it is FAR FAR better. The heroine, Fortune Redding, is a CIA operative whose brains and skills are only matched by her snark and common sense. A fun down to earth heroine whose last assignment goes far south and lands her in hot water with a huge bounty on her head. Her boss has the perfect answer though and Fortune soon finds herself smack dab in the middle of Sinful, Louisiana, posing as an ex-beauty queen/librarian who has come to the small town to settle her deceased aunt’s estate. When she discovers a bone in her backyard on her first day there, Fortune’s intent to lay low is blown out of the water and soon she finds herself pulled into a mystery that spans years. Add in a gray-haired mafia that secretly runs the town, bootleg booze that is served in cough syrup bottles, a banana pudding recipe worth dying over, and a local hot shot deputy who is not all that convinced Fortune is who she says she is and you have a southern cozy mystery that will leave you crying with laughter.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Britney

    A CIA agent ends up in Sinful, Louisiana (pop. 230) looking to go off the radar, but runs into trouble around every corner. Good start to the series. The 2 older women are such a hoot. Some of the stuff they do & say had me laughing out loud. They would be such characters to hang with. Love the locale in the bayou. It gives you a glimpse of small town USA if you know nothing about it. I look forward to reading the next one.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Schwartz

    I absolutely loved this book. This is the first in the Miss Fortune mystery series. The book is hilariously funny with Fortune (as in Soldier of Fortune) who is a trained assassin who works for the CIA. During her five year career she has come across some very dangerous people, and on her last assignment which finished just before this book begins, she crossed the wrong arms dealer. She has a price on her head. Her boss wants her out of harm's way so he sends her undercover to a small town calle I absolutely loved this book. This is the first in the Miss Fortune mystery series. The book is hilariously funny with Fortune (as in Soldier of Fortune) who is a trained assassin who works for the CIA. During her five year career she has come across some very dangerous people, and on her last assignment which finished just before this book begins, she crossed the wrong arms dealer. She has a price on her head. Her boss wants her out of harm's way so he sends her undercover to a small town called Sinful, in Louisiana. Everyone thinks, including Fortune herself, that she'll be safe in the sleepy little town. Not!!! She winds up in a hot bed of intrigue when she gets involved with two septogenarian women. These white-haired women seem perfectly respectable and harmless, but on her first day there, a human bone is found in the bayou backing on the yard of the house where Fortune is living. That's where the mayhem and hilariious antics begin. This is a cozy mystery, but it has more action and calamaties, all mixed in with madcap humour, than most thrillers. Loved the book. Loved Fortune and her two sidekicks - Ida May and Gertie, and I loved the setting - right on the Louisiana bayou.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Boyles

    Cute book. I listened to the audio and the narration was great. Cassandra Campbell is one of my favorite readers. This is a story to read between the violent and gory ones. It is a cozy mystery with great older female characters. I will read more in the series as a buffer between harsh, deep, reads.

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