Rambling Reader Reviews 2020, Part Four

I’m still sewing like crazy, but I managed to read five great books this month. Yes, I’m still laughing my way through the Miss Fortune Mysteries – I just can’t put them down! But I sandwiched in a few others, too.

61ugfnuagzlFortune Hunter by Jana DeLeon
Miss Fortune Mystery, Book Eight
In this installment, Fortune and her friends Ida Belle and Gertie look for a cyber criminal – one who preys on lonely elderly women through social media. They know the gold-digger is local, because he online Lothario seems to know exactly who’s vulnerable. Their attention is momentarily diverted when a well-loved local do-gooder is murdered, but something tells the Swamp Team 3 that the two cases are connected. There are lots of red herrings, and the answer comes as a bit of a surprise. On the romantic front, Fortune and Carter seem to have patched things up a bit, and she makes a huge decision about her future – after her hit man is eliminated. What will her life after the CIA look like?

51emyfxizolLater Gator  by Jana DeLeon
Miss Fortune Mystery, Book Nine
Someone’s been poaching alligators in Sinful, Louisiana. Normally, that wouldn’t be news, but this poacher is killing young animals and leaving most of the carcass to waste. When Gertie’s special needs nephew is accused, the Swamp Team 3 jumps into action. The usual cast of characters provides the usual comic relief – Carter, the yummy deputy who’s got the hots for Fortune, Walter, the owner of the General Store (and Carter’s uncle), Celia, the angry and get-back-at-you mayor, Allie, Celia’s niece and Fortune’s friend, as well as other colorful residents of Sinful.

51dau5g9kilShattered Dreams by Diana Stout
Laurel Ridge Novella #1
Diana Stout was my guest here about a year and a half ago, sharing the story behind her planned Laurel Ridge anthology. I finally got around to reading the first story and am so glad I did. Mason and Shelley were inseparable in high school, but their relationship abruptly ended when Mason went away to college, leaving Shelley behind. Now Mason is the local judge, and he seems determined to get to the bottom of what happened all those years ago. But Shelley has moved on – at least she hopes she has. This is a great introduction to the rural Michigan town of Laurel Ridge, and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

51nebrs-fllRecipe for Love by Rose Fresquez
This is a cute, short read. Told from the male point of view, we see a shy, awkward young man who’s used to living in the shadow of his handsome, popular brother. Matt has his good points – he’s intelligent, and he’s a good cook. But unlike his brother Tim, he’s never felt comfortable getting to know women, until he meets Claire, Tim’s latest arm candy. Claire comes to visit, but since Tim isn’t interested in a serious relationship, he asks Matt to keep Claire entertained while Tim “takes care of business.” Matt discovers his own inhibitions disappear when she’s nearby. It was fun watching Matt come out of his shell.

617e876dqjl._sy346_Hook, Line, and Blinker by Jana DeLeon
Miss Fortune Mystery, Book Ten
I keep wondering when I’m going to tire of this series, but I continue to be so entertained by Fortune and the rest of the Swamp Team 3 that I gladly give up sleep to see what happens next! Ida Belle’s new vehicle apparently has something in it that people are being severely hurt in the attempt to regain it. Of course, the three ladies are hot on the case, and when they need extra resources, local organized crime willingly lends a hand, complicating Fortune’s relationship with the sheriff. As usual, there are lots of laugh-out-loud moments leading to a satisfying ending.

About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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9 Responses to Rambling Reader Reviews 2020, Part Four

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Well, you’ve gotten me hooked on Jana Deleon. I’ve read two — previously mentioned — and have another (in paperback) ready to start when I finish what I’m working on.

    As I noted before, I wish her E-books weren’t priced so high.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I finished book 11 last night, and downloaded #12 already. I’m enjoying them so much I don’t even look at the price! It’s kinda like chocolate – gotta have it.

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  2. They all sound good, Patty. Don’t you just love it when a series grabs you and draws you in? It’s been a while for me. I’ll really have to check th ese out,(eventually). Happy reading!

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  3. Rose says:

    Thanks so much for reading Recipe for Love and sharing your review

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  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I always enjoy Jana DeLeon. Thanks for the reviews.

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  5. trishafaye says:

    Wow! You’ve been a busy lady! I’m amazed at how much you accomplish!

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  6. I really need to read this Miss Fortune series. I don’t usually read in that genre but you really seem to enjoy them so I think I will give it a try.

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