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.
Fortune 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?
Later 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.
Shattered 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.
Recipe 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.
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.