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Nobody knows speed like Ida Belle. Behind the wheel of her hopped-up Blazer, she’s the queen of the back roads. But when someone tries to kill Hot Rod and steals only black SUVs from his shop, Fortune worries that excessive horsepower is the least of the trouble that comes along with her friend’s new ride. When it becomes clear that the car thieves didn’t get what they we Nobody knows speed like Ida Belle. Behind the wheel of her hopped-up Blazer, she’s the queen of the back roads. But when someone tries to kill Hot Rod and steals only black SUVs from his shop, Fortune worries that excessive horsepower is the least of the trouble that comes along with her friend’s new ride. When it becomes clear that the car thieves didn’t get what they were looking for the first time around and Ida Belle’s vehicle becomes their next target, Fortune and Gertie are determined to protect their friend. Ida Belle is determined to protect the Blazer.


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Nobody knows speed like Ida Belle. Behind the wheel of her hopped-up Blazer, she’s the queen of the back roads. But when someone tries to kill Hot Rod and steals only black SUVs from his shop, Fortune worries that excessive horsepower is the least of the trouble that comes along with her friend’s new ride. When it becomes clear that the car thieves didn’t get what they we Nobody knows speed like Ida Belle. Behind the wheel of her hopped-up Blazer, she’s the queen of the back roads. But when someone tries to kill Hot Rod and steals only black SUVs from his shop, Fortune worries that excessive horsepower is the least of the trouble that comes along with her friend’s new ride. When it becomes clear that the car thieves didn’t get what they were looking for the first time around and Ida Belle’s vehicle becomes their next target, Fortune and Gertie are determined to protect their friend. Ida Belle is determined to protect the Blazer.

30 review for Hook, Line and Blinker

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Hook, Line and Blinker by Jana Deleon is the 10th book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series. When some-one tries to kill Hot Rod and steals his black SUVs, he tries to warn Ida Belle that she is in danger, and the team once again become involved in the mystery. It is always fun to catch up with Sinful especially with the good news that Celia has lost the mayoral election. Very entertaining with lots of laughs along the way.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    In case you haven't read any of this series, Miss Fortune is a CIA assassin with a bad guy after her so she's incognito in Sinful, Louisiana until things die down. Only 3 people know her real identity there-- Deputy LeBlanc (who she's dating) and 2 older ladies who were once spies, Gertie and Ida Belle. In this adventure, their friend Hot Rod is attacked in his shop and Ida Belle is in danger because an SUV she bought from him may have evidence hidden in it. So where else could they hide the SUV In case you haven't read any of this series, Miss Fortune is a CIA assassin with a bad guy after her so she's incognito in Sinful, Louisiana until things die down. Only 3 people know her real identity there-- Deputy LeBlanc (who she's dating) and 2 older ladies who were once spies, Gertie and Ida Belle. In this adventure, their friend Hot Rod is attacked in his shop and Ida Belle is in danger because an SUV she bought from him may have evidence hidden in it. So where else could they hide the SUV except in a storage facility owned by the local mob. See how that turns out. I love this series! The scenes in it are ridiculously funny. I like the break from reading dark mysteries and thrillers to laugh out loud at the ladies antics. I have no idea how the author thinks up so many hilarious adventures.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Love the mystery and Big & Little ~ aka my favorite mobsters. Not a fan of the tension with Carter but I suppose it is going somewhere. Conclusion was confusing but nothing a little exposition didn't clear up. The real question is...WHY DOESN'T MY LIBRARY HAVE THE NEXT TWO BOOKS IN THE SERIES? I might just have to buy them. Love the mystery and Big & Little ~ aka my favorite mobsters. Not a fan of the tension with Carter but I suppose it is going somewhere. Conclusion was confusing but nothing a little exposition didn't clear up. The real question is...WHY DOESN'T MY LIBRARY HAVE THE NEXT TWO BOOKS IN THE SERIES? I might just have to buy them.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Laughing the way What a wonderful way to spend some time. Visiting with Gertie, Ida Bell, and Fortune was a laugh fest. I could just imagine these ladies doing these crazy antics. It would make a great movie or better yet a tv series. I am looking forward to more adventures.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    When Ida Belle got that supped up, black, turbo powered Blazer in Later Gator, I just knew nothing good was going to come of that. What is hidden in Ida Belle's new love and who wants it bad enough to kill? Well, what can I say? Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie are up to their eyebrows in it, again. Carter just knows that the three of them are in it, again, but just can't prove it. I kinda think he really doesn't want to bust them anyway. Fun read and a mystery to solve. When Ida Belle got that supped up, black, turbo powered Blazer in Later Gator, I just knew nothing good was going to come of that. What is hidden in Ida Belle's new love and who wants it bad enough to kill? Well, what can I say? Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie are up to their eyebrows in it, again. Carter just knows that the three of them are in it, again, but just can't prove it. I kinda think he really doesn't want to bust them anyway. Fun read and a mystery to solve.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gail Koger

    Fun read Another hilarious adventure with Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie. I highly recommend this book. A nice mystery and I love the hijinks

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pamela(AllHoney)

    The tenth book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series by Jana Deleon. The recount is in and the rightful Mayor of Sinful takes her place. And Hot Shot, a local mechanic, is assaulted and in critical condition at the hospital. But he manages to get a few words out warning that Ida Belle is in danger. So naturally, Fortune and Gertie, along with Ida Belle, must find out why. Love this series! But I do have to admit it's getting a bit long for my taste. I see that there is at least one more book coming The tenth book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series by Jana Deleon. The recount is in and the rightful Mayor of Sinful takes her place. And Hot Shot, a local mechanic, is assaulted and in critical condition at the hospital. But he manages to get a few words out warning that Ida Belle is in danger. So naturally, Fortune and Gertie, along with Ida Belle, must find out why. Love this series! But I do have to admit it's getting a bit long for my taste. I see that there is at least one more book coming in the series and that's great. I do highly recommend this series to those who love quirky characters and a lot of laughs.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    The best yet!!! I love this series. I'm always anxious for the next one. Fortune, Ida Bell, and Gertie, are up to their necks in mischief, mayhem, and murder!! The three of them are a hoot!! This particular book was full of fun and a really surprising twist!! Just when you think that's it..... A must read! The best yet!!! I love this series. I'm always anxious for the next one. Fortune, Ida Bell, and Gertie, are up to their necks in mischief, mayhem, and murder!! The three of them are a hoot!! This particular book was full of fun and a really surprising twist!! Just when you think that's it..... A must read!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    Hook, Line, and Blinker is book 10 in the Miss Fortune Mystery series. This series is set in Sinful, Louisiana, USA and follows Fortune, who is a CIA assassin in hiding, and old ladies Gertie and Ida Belle, who are lifelong Sinful residents and ex-spy war veterans, as they help solve a string of various crimes and murders. I stumbled across these books when I decided to check out a new-to-me genre called Cozy Mysteries and someone recommended this series. Once I listened to the first book, I cou Hook, Line, and Blinker is book 10 in the Miss Fortune Mystery series. This series is set in Sinful, Louisiana, USA and follows Fortune, who is a CIA assassin in hiding, and old ladies Gertie and Ida Belle, who are lifelong Sinful residents and ex-spy war veterans, as they help solve a string of various crimes and murders. I stumbled across these books when I decided to check out a new-to-me genre called Cozy Mysteries and someone recommended this series. Once I listened to the first book, I couldn't stop. I have been listening to all of the books back to back. In Hook, Line, and Blinker, someone is stealing black SUVs, much like the new SUV that Ida Belle recently purchased from Hot Rod. When Hot Rod is found with his head bashed in and ranting about Ida Belle being in danger before falling into a coma, Swamp Team 3 knows they need to jump into action to solve this before Ida Belle is hurt or killed. In this book, the ladies team up with Big and Little Hebert again. I have quickly grown to love those mob men and their head bodyguard. There were a few twists in this book and the ending even surprised me. I recommend this series and suggest reading each book in order since each book builds upon the prior book's story and it makes everything that much more entertaining and enjoyable. If you like books with a big dose of humor, this is the series for you. I have found myself laughing out loud too many times to count. The same narrator reads for the whole series. She does a good job and I really like the fact that the character voices are consistent from book to book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    A fun addition to the series 3.5 stars. I just love this series. There is a lot of intrigue, with twists and turns. This trio is a hoot. Favorite part.... Deputy Breaux leaned forward more and took a harder look at Gertie. “Why are you wearing a sheet?” Gertie froze and I still hadn’t come up with anything reasonable. Thank God Ida Belle was thinking for all of us. “Toga party,” Ida Belle said. He frowned. “Why aren’t the rest of you wearing sheets?” “Mine were in the laundry,” I said. “And I don’ A fun addition to the series 3.5 stars. I just love this series. There is a lot of intrigue, with twists and turns. This trio is a hoot. Favorite part.... Deputy Breaux leaned forward more and took a harder look at Gertie. “Why are you wearing a sheet?” Gertie froze and I still hadn’t come up with anything reasonable. Thank God Ida Belle was thinking for all of us. “Toga party,” Ida Belle said. He frowned. “Why aren’t the rest of you wearing sheets?” “Mine were in the laundry,” I said. “And I don’t take part in such nonsense,” Ida Belle said. “I was just there for the free beer.”

  11. 5 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    Jana Deleon's newest, much-anticipated Miss Fortune novel, Hook, Line, and Blinker, is a strong addition to the whole, delightful series. Fortune, a CIA agent in hiding in Sinful, Louisiana, has had a couple quiet weeks when the Sinful grapevine, which is tied directly into Ida Belle, lets the senior lady who is the true controlling force of everything in Sinful that her friend Hot Rod has been nearly fatally attacked, and the only thing he managed to say as he was taken to the hospital was that Jana Deleon's newest, much-anticipated Miss Fortune novel, Hook, Line, and Blinker, is a strong addition to the whole, delightful series. Fortune, a CIA agent in hiding in Sinful, Louisiana, has had a couple quiet weeks when the Sinful grapevine, which is tied directly into Ida Belle, lets the senior lady who is the true controlling force of everything in Sinful that her friend Hot Rod has been nearly fatally attacked, and the only thing he managed to say as he was taken to the hospital was that Ida Belle is in danger. Hot Rod is known for fixing up vehicles to give them lots of power and fancy details, and Ida Belle recently bought a hugely souped-up SUV from Hot Rod. Read the rest of this review, more reviews, and other wonderful, geeky articles on FangirlNation

  12. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    Hook, Line and Blinker by Jana Deleon was a first rate mystery with enough laugh-out-loud moments to keep me entertained from beginning to end. As usual, Gertie creates chaos as Swamp Team 3 joins up with Big and Little Hebert to solve a mystery that has put Ida Belle's new love, a black 4X4, into jeopardy. And the cliff-hanger at the end makes me impatient to read the next one. Hook, Line and Blinker by Jana Deleon was a first rate mystery with enough laugh-out-loud moments to keep me entertained from beginning to end. As usual, Gertie creates chaos as Swamp Team 3 joins up with Big and Little Hebert to solve a mystery that has put Ida Belle's new love, a black 4X4, into jeopardy. And the cliff-hanger at the end makes me impatient to read the next one.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Una

    A lot happening in this story, not all of it good. Just enough bad to get Fortune, Gertie and Ida Belle deciding they need to solve the crime(s). Get the local mafia involved and what you have is pure chaos again. So outlandish that you can't help but smile or laugh out loud. Love this series! A lot happening in this story, not all of it good. Just enough bad to get Fortune, Gertie and Ida Belle deciding they need to solve the crime(s). Get the local mafia involved and what you have is pure chaos again. So outlandish that you can't help but smile or laugh out loud. Love this series!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Eden

    2020 bk 98. Ida Belle's new black SUV came with some enhancements in the speed department courtesy of local mechanic Hot Rod. When Hot Rod is beaten and left for dead during the theft of two SUV's in the wings, Ida Belle, Fortune, Gertie, and Deputy Carter are left searching for clues. It takes the help of the Herbert Brothers (who have cars of their own altered by Hot Rod) to track down 'who dunit' in the rollicking fun read. 2020 bk 98. Ida Belle's new black SUV came with some enhancements in the speed department courtesy of local mechanic Hot Rod. When Hot Rod is beaten and left for dead during the theft of two SUV's in the wings, Ida Belle, Fortune, Gertie, and Deputy Carter are left searching for clues. It takes the help of the Herbert Brothers (who have cars of their own altered by Hot Rod) to track down 'who dunit' in the rollicking fun read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This series is just silly fun. Not even remotely bored with it yet. Yay.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emmie

    Jana Deleon outdoes herself with every book. A great series with a memorable quirky cast of characters. Hillarious!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Becca Morello

    A delightful read as always!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Patty Leach- Hupp

    I enjoy this series and tend to laugh out loud. The characters are well built and enjoyable.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Hudson

    ANOTHER WINNER!! The latest installment in the Miss Fortune Mystery Series is another winner! It's such delightful entertainment from beginning to end. The girls - Fortune, Ida Belle & Gertie - are doing their best to keep the streets of Sinful, LA safe from crime. For a sleepy little small town, Crime has managed a uptick since Fortune has come to town. That fact alone just complicates her relationship with Carter LaBlanc the Law in the town. This book finds the girls in more dire straits than u ANOTHER WINNER!! The latest installment in the Miss Fortune Mystery Series is another winner! It's such delightful entertainment from beginning to end. The girls - Fortune, Ida Belle & Gertie - are doing their best to keep the streets of Sinful, LA safe from crime. For a sleepy little small town, Crime has managed a uptick since Fortune has come to town. That fact alone just complicates her relationship with Carter LaBlanc the Law in the town. This book finds the girls in more dire straits than usual and we learn what lengths they are willing to go to protect each other and who they are willing to work with to accomplish their goals. Great entertainment!

  20. 5 out of 5

    JadeShea

    Fortune is thinking of what she will do when she leaves the CIA, after she is out of danger, but things get complicated when one of Ida Belle's friends get hurt, and they are trying to warn her of danger. This was another hilarious addition to this series, and I loved how Fortune is thinking of leaving the CIA, and what her job will be in Sinful. The only blemish is Carter and Fortune seem to be having some issues that may end up breaking them or making them. I'm not sure which way the cards wil Fortune is thinking of what she will do when she leaves the CIA, after she is out of danger, but things get complicated when one of Ida Belle's friends get hurt, and they are trying to warn her of danger. This was another hilarious addition to this series, and I loved how Fortune is thinking of leaving the CIA, and what her job will be in Sinful. The only blemish is Carter and Fortune seem to be having some issues that may end up breaking them or making them. I'm not sure which way the cards will fall, but I'm looking forward to finding out.

  21. 4 out of 5

    sue dawson

    Funny, fantastic I love the fortune books . funny and deep they have everything to keep you happy to the end ,then craving more.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nate Brightman

    This is the 10th book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series and the question regarding Fortune and Carter’s relationship of will they or won’t they is finally answered. They did, and they continue to. We know they are now sleeping together because Fortune tells us so and the other characters often allude to their sleepovers. We know that Fortune enjoys them and that she thinks Carter looks good without any clothes on. We also know that despite how much she enjoys their cuddle time, she has no inter This is the 10th book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series and the question regarding Fortune and Carter’s relationship of will they or won’t they is finally answered. They did, and they continue to. We know they are now sleeping together because Fortune tells us so and the other characters often allude to their sleepovers. We know that Fortune enjoys them and that she thinks Carter looks good without any clothes on. We also know that despite how much she enjoys their cuddle time, she has no interest in living together because she needs her space. This isn’t a contemporary romance so that is as descriptive as Deleone gets with their love life. The only remaining and rather large relationship question between these two is can Carter accept Fortune for who she is and the fact that even if she’s no longer with the CIA her choices will often put her in harm’s way? He’s hardly off to a stellar start in this book when he decides not to reveal to Ida Belle that her life is in danger because he doesn’t want the girls (can you call two senior citizen women and an almost 30 year old woman girls and not get into trouble?) to get involved. Even though Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie have already discovered this fact and why, Fortune is rightfully pissed that Carter would keep this information from them. If you’re not familiar with this series, the 10th book while it can be read as a standalone probably isn’t the best place to start. I will say that this is at its’ worst a PG series. No graphic sex or violence. You can see and hear worse on prime time television. Although the bad guys are often shot between the eyes. The language is also PG with nothing worse than the occasional shit uttered. What these stories are is often hysterically funny, a bit romantic, emotionally warm with the growing relationships between Fortune and the people closest to her as she discovers what it’s like to have real friends for the first time in her life even if the ones closest to her are old enough to be her grandmother. In this book Fortune moves closer to accepting the idea that once Ahmad the international weapons dealer who put a price on her head is eliminated and she can officially quit the CIA she will become a P.I. She’s not quite sure how that decision would impact her relationship with Carter. In the process of giving Fortune some rare relationship advice Ida Belle is forced to reveal why she never accepted one of Walter’s many marriage proposals and reveals just how much she cares for him. Gertie is the comic relief of the team and she doesn’t fail to deliver in this story on several occasions. (view spoiler)[Perhaps because I’ve read the first nine books in the series I knew to look for the least suspecting character in the book to ultimately be the one at the heart of the trouble. Also, as often as not that person ends up being a woman. I suspected all along that Ralph and Lucinda were tied into the crimes. Once Ralph was found dead it was obvious who the mastermind was behind it all. Does that mean the series is becoming too predictable? I don’t know. I do know I’m at least going to read the next book where Ahmad may finally be taken down and Fortune and Carter will decide whether they can be in a relationship with Fortune choosing a career that requires her to carry a gun. I’m not sure why she just doesn’t join the Sinful Sheriff’s Department? Carter could definitely use some real help and it would allow her to continue to feed her need for danger and excitement legally. (hide spoiler)]

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    (3.5 Stars) I just love the Miss Fortune series; however, after waiting a year for "Hook, Line and Blinker" I must admit that I'm a little disappointed. My growing problem with the series is that Ms. De Leon emphasizing the murders and mayhem far too much while only devoting two seconds to the romance between Carter and Fortune. The romantic aspect of any good series is a critical component. This time Ida Belle's black SUV has become a source of interest for an unsavory crew who are out to steal i (3.5 Stars) I just love the Miss Fortune series; however, after waiting a year for "Hook, Line and Blinker" I must admit that I'm a little disappointed. My growing problem with the series is that Ms. De Leon emphasizing the murders and mayhem far too much while only devoting two seconds to the romance between Carter and Fortune. The romantic aspect of any good series is a critical component. This time Ida Belle's black SUV has become a source of interest for an unsavory crew who are out to steal it. They've already gone so far as to bash Hit Rod on the head leaving him in critical condition. So, they decide to ask Big and Little for a little assistance. Meanwhile, the big news in Sinful is that the result from the election audit is in and we finally discover who will be mayor. How will Celia the town ogre feel about it? While Fortune puts her friend's safety as her top priority, it causes another riff with Carter. This time she refuses to be anyone other than who she truly is. If previous installments in this series are any indication you know there will be plenty of murder and mayhem and of course the Geriatric trio along with Fortune will be smack dab in the middle of it all. My only regret is that the interactions between Fortune and Carter are too few and far in between.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    As usual, Fortune, Ida Bell and Gertie are up their necks in a mystery. Ida's Bells' mechanic Hot Rod was found beaten and tells the medics he needs to warn Ida, then he falls into a coma. The Swamp team have no idea what he needs to warn her about. So, of course, they decide to break into his garage and nothing goes right. Gertie manages to blow up her purse because she's carrying around stick of dynamite . Sheriff Lee from Mudbug makes a hilarious appearance. Celia calls the Feds and reports I As usual, Fortune, Ida Bell and Gertie are up their necks in a mystery. Ida's Bells' mechanic Hot Rod was found beaten and tells the medics he needs to warn Ida, then he falls into a coma. The Swamp team have no idea what he needs to warn her about. So, of course, they decide to break into his garage and nothing goes right. Gertie manages to blow up her purse because she's carrying around stick of dynamite . Sheriff Lee from Mudbug makes a hilarious appearance. Celia calls the Feds and reports Ida Bell and Gertie are making moonshine. The agents are caught by Fortune sneaking around and thoroughly embarrasses them when she takes them both out single handed. The Swamp Team get the funniest revenge on Celia. Flaming poop is involved in the revenge. Fortune may finally see the light at the end of the tunnel in the search for Ahmed. But where is her life headed when he is found, what of her relationship with Carter. I want these questions answered but I also don't want the adventures to ever end.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Hackel

    Although it has only been a short while since Fortune Redding has been "hidden" in Sinful by the CIA, the number of escapades that she has been on with Gertie and Ida Belle are amazing. This is the tenth book in the series, and the three ladies are still has unpredictable and funny as ever. Poor Gertie seems to bear the brunt of their escapades with her bad knees hindering her all the way. Ida Belle is the adventurous one who has the need for speed. In this book it is her new SUV that satisfies Although it has only been a short while since Fortune Redding has been "hidden" in Sinful by the CIA, the number of escapades that she has been on with Gertie and Ida Belle are amazing. This is the tenth book in the series, and the three ladies are still has unpredictable and funny as ever. Poor Gertie seems to bear the brunt of their escapades with her bad knees hindering her all the way. Ida Belle is the adventurous one who has the need for speed. In this book it is her new SUV that satisfies the need and also puts her at risk for car thieves. This delightful episode in the Sinful trio's life has twists and turns galore, with some of my favorite characters involved. There is also the mayoral election recount results to deal with, and a friend in the hospital fighting for his life. Still not enough? How about murder, breaking and entering, and flaming cow poop? Obviously a series like this should be read in order. But lucky the new reader who has all nine previous books to explore! (Read, laugh and repeat!) For the rest of us, #11 can't come soon enough!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elisa

    This series really does get better with each book and even though their is more strain than ever between Fortune and Carter it's strain Carter has created and he has to get over so it was easy to set aside and enjoy another awesome adventure. I would love a Sinful where Fortune and Carter could have an honest open relationship but I don't see that ever happening with Carters attitude about Fortune staying out of everything that goes on in Sinful, what really get's to me is that if her would work This series really does get better with each book and even though their is more strain than ever between Fortune and Carter it's strain Carter has created and he has to get over so it was easy to set aside and enjoy another awesome adventure. I would love a Sinful where Fortune and Carter could have an honest open relationship but I don't see that ever happening with Carters attitude about Fortune staying out of everything that goes on in Sinful, what really get's to me is that if her would work with her everything would go smoother....lol I really love the dynamic between Ida-Belle, Gertie and Fortune for the first time in Fortunes life she feels like has has really family and they all work so well together even when Gertie is being well Gertie lol we are always highly entertained with her antics. What a great mystery this one was stolen cars, hidden eyes, families turning on each other and Fortune working with Big and Little Herbert well it had all the makings of disaster especially when you throw Gertie into the mix...lol I loved every page and I'm looking forward to the next.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lou Webb

    The laughs continue. One of the things I like about Ms. DeLeon's writing is her ability to create quirky, funny characters whom I'd love to have as friends. Fortune is wonderful, but it's Gertie who keeps me in stitches. She and Ida Belle may be past their prime spying days, but there's nothing they won't attempt for Fortune, leading to outrageous situations that somehow keep turning out all right. Big, Little and Manny are a trio of mafia-like characters who have taken a shine to our trio of spi The laughs continue. One of the things I like about Ms. DeLeon's writing is her ability to create quirky, funny characters whom I'd love to have as friends. Fortune is wonderful, but it's Gertie who keeps me in stitches. She and Ida Belle may be past their prime spying days, but there's nothing they won't attempt for Fortune, leading to outrageous situations that somehow keep turning out all right. Big, Little and Manny are a trio of mafia-like characters who have taken a shine to our trio of spies/special ops gals and bring their own humor to the story. I'm always a little sad when Fortune and Carter are on the outs, but I'm looking forward to see how the situation develops. In fact, I'll be dancing anxiously around my place, waiting for the next installment. My only regret is that there was no banana pudding race on Sunday this time. While each book is a complete story in itself, it's best to start with the first book and follow the characters' growth and changes. If you like suspense, humor, and adventure, I'd recommend this entire series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karyn

    Great story-teller, characters and reader!! This is the 12th book I've read by Jana DeLeon. This particular book is the 10th in the Fortune series that I've read. I continue to read and primarily listen to her books because I adore the characters and miss them when I'm done with a book of hers. I also am always surprised by the ending and enjoy the mysteries within each book. I also love that I frequently laugh out loud as I read and listen to these books! In regards to the reader/actress/narrator Great story-teller, characters and reader!! This is the 12th book I've read by Jana DeLeon. This particular book is the 10th in the Fortune series that I've read. I continue to read and primarily listen to her books because I adore the characters and miss them when I'm done with a book of hers. I also am always surprised by the ending and enjoy the mysteries within each book. I also love that I frequently laugh out loud as I read and listen to these books! In regards to the reader/actress/narrator Cassandra Campbell, she is extraordinary! I'm so involved when I listen to these books because of great writing but equally because Ms. Campbell uses entirely believable and consistent voices with each character! I'd know who was speaking simply by her voice! She has great expression and really !makes these great books come alive! What a fabulous team, Ms DeLeon and Ms. Campbell!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dallass

    Yah, I have finally read all the Miss Fortune books my library owns! This sneaky tale was the only holdout, and my library just purchased it - a wise decision on their part. Really, this series is so much fun. There is danger, action, betrayal, a local mob family, murder, and all the good things you expect when reading a Miss Fortune book. Love Fortune and the Geritol Mafia, aka Ida Belle and Gertie. They are as snarky and resourceful as usual. Celia only plays a small role in the story, but boy, Yah, I have finally read all the Miss Fortune books my library owns! This sneaky tale was the only holdout, and my library just purchased it - a wise decision on their part. Really, this series is so much fun. There is danger, action, betrayal, a local mob family, murder, and all the good things you expect when reading a Miss Fortune book. Love Fortune and the Geritol Mafia, aka Ida Belle and Gertie. They are as snarky and resourceful as usual. Celia only plays a small role in the story, but boy, it gave me a good laugh. Carter is still being a nimrod, and this explains some of the tension between Fortune and Carter that was still evident in book #11. It’s refreshing to see a strong female character who will stand up to the romantic interest and tell him to suck it up and deal with it. Another 4 star book 🥰

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    Better Than a Flaming Bag of Poop! Fortune is back again in another action-packed, laugh filled adventure! Providing outrageous side splitting humor are her two eccentric senior cohorts Ida Belle & Gertie. Somehow these three manage to hilariously get themselves in & out of quite a bit of trouble, sometimes with & sometimes without Fortune's hunky & always suspicious boyfriend,Deputy Carter LaBlanc, catching them. With a bit of assistance from mobsters Big & Little the ladies are locked in a desp Better Than a Flaming Bag of Poop! Fortune is back again in another action-packed, laugh filled adventure! Providing outrageous side splitting humor are her two eccentric senior cohorts Ida Belle & Gertie. Somehow these three manage to hilariously get themselves in & out of quite a bit of trouble, sometimes with & sometimes without Fortune's hunky & always suspicious boyfriend,Deputy Carter LaBlanc, catching them. With a bit of assistance from mobsters Big & Little the ladies are locked in a desperate race to figure who hurt mechanic Hot Rod & why do they want Ida Belle's black SUV. And if that isn't enough, the trio have to watch their backs from crazy Celia as the summer clock runs down on catching Ahmad so Fortune can finally go on with her life.

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