Title: Louisiana Longshot
Review: CIA agent and sniper Fortune Redding is about to take on her most difficult mission ever- posing as former southern beauty queen turned librarian in the small town of Sinful Louisiana. Before unpacking her suitcase a bone is washed up in her backyard and the local deputy starts asking too many questions. Armed with her skills and two little old ladies Fortune has no choice but to solve the murder to keep her cover intact.
If you have ever lived in a small town this book has characters that ring true but with just enough exaggeration to make you laugh until your sides ache. I love the fact the protagonist is an independent woman who takes charge and she doesn’t fall in love for the only single attractive male in the town. I truly dislike the over used damsel in distress story and love when a mystery is the focus and if there is romance it’s a second or third part to the story.
I enjoy how the Jana has Fortune profile the people around her to figure out if they are a threat. Fortune is flawed which makes her human and makes for some great laughs. Ida Belle and Gertie the older than dirt grandmas will have you crying in tears from laughing so hard. This book has very little language and no sex but tons of laughs.
The story is far fetch but that is what makes it fun to read because why would you want to live in reality when you can live in Sinful where grandmas might be murders and CIA snipers live next door.
Looking forward to reading the next in the series.
Thanks Heidi for this review.
Publisher: Published June 26th 2012 by Jana DeLeon (first published June 23rd 2012)
Page Numbers: 232
Quick Review: 4 out 5 stars
Why I Read this Title: Sent by the publisher..
Synopsis: 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.
Author Information: New York Times and USA Today bestselling 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 and focuses on murderous plots set deep in the Louisiana bayous. By day, she writes very boring technical manuals for a software company in Dallas.