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Venus Thibodeaux had a reputation for being trouble. Some said she started at birth. When she finally left Sinful shortly after turning eighteen, everyone breathed a sigh of relief. When she blew back into town four years later, no one was happy about her return. She immediately launched into her same old scams, picking off Sinful residents with ease before disappearing ag Venus Thibodeaux had a reputation for being trouble. Some said she started at birth. When she finally left Sinful shortly after turning eighteen, everyone breathed a sigh of relief. When she blew back into town four years later, no one was happy about her return. She immediately launched into her same old scams, picking off Sinful residents with ease before disappearing again as quickly as she’d appeared. Everyone assumed she’d headed back to New Orleans. But when an accident at the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Run uncovers her body, everyone Venus took for a ride becomes a suspect. The man at the top of that list sees the writing on the wall and hires Fortune to figure out who killed Venus, before he goes to prison for a murder he didn’t commit. Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie start poking around into Venus’s complicated life, hoping to find the killer. And to solve their first official case.


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Venus Thibodeaux had a reputation for being trouble. Some said she started at birth. When she finally left Sinful shortly after turning eighteen, everyone breathed a sigh of relief. When she blew back into town four years later, no one was happy about her return. She immediately launched into her same old scams, picking off Sinful residents with ease before disappearing ag Venus Thibodeaux had a reputation for being trouble. Some said she started at birth. When she finally left Sinful shortly after turning eighteen, everyone breathed a sigh of relief. When she blew back into town four years later, no one was happy about her return. She immediately launched into her same old scams, picking off Sinful residents with ease before disappearing again as quickly as she’d appeared. Everyone assumed she’d headed back to New Orleans. But when an accident at the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Run uncovers her body, everyone Venus took for a ride becomes a suspect. The man at the top of that list sees the writing on the wall and hires Fortune to figure out who killed Venus, before he goes to prison for a murder he didn’t commit. Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie start poking around into Venus’s complicated life, hoping to find the killer. And to solve their first official case.

30 review for Cajun Fried Felony

  1. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    I love this series! I cannot say enough good things about this book, this series. The plots are always fast paced with plenty of laughter thanks to Gertie. Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie have their first official case as private investigators in Sinful. With the discovery of a body under a basketball goal post at the Thanksgiving Turkey Run, thanks to Gertie, the owner of the Swamp Bar, Whiskey, hires Fortune to help prove that he didn't do it. The finale twist took me totally by surprise. Oh, an I love this series! I cannot say enough good things about this book, this series. The plots are always fast paced with plenty of laughter thanks to Gertie. Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie have their first official case as private investigators in Sinful. With the discovery of a body under a basketball goal post at the Thanksgiving Turkey Run, thanks to Gertie, the owner of the Swamp Bar, Whiskey, hires Fortune to help prove that he didn't do it. The finale twist took me totally by surprise. Oh, and that little announcement at the Thanksgiving dinner - oh, my. I cannot wait for the next the next book in the series. I received a Kindle copy of this book from my library.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    The parrot is officially my new favorite character.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gail Koger

    Another fun book. I really enjoy this series. Mystery, romance and laughter. I highly recommend this book,

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    There's a new chickie in town with her eye on Carter, Gertie's pet alligator, Godzilla, has gone missing and Fortune discovers a body under the school basketball hoop. When Whiskey, the owner of the Swamp Bar, rises to the top of a lengthy suspect list he hires Fortune and the team has their first official case. All in a day for Swamp Team Three.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)

    Nothing in Sinful is straightforward or goes to plan! Take the Thanksgiving Turkey Run, anywhere else it would be ... well a run! Maybe 5k, maybe 3 times around the school playing fields, but in Sinful? Not a chance, the turkey run involves running after wild turkeys! in the school playground and it is mainly children, okay 11 children and Gertie, oh and 10 turkeys.  Gertie normally doesn't do too well (which is why they allow her to keep participating with the only grumbles coming from people l Nothing in Sinful is straightforward or goes to plan! Take the Thanksgiving Turkey Run, anywhere else it would be ... well a run! Maybe 5k, maybe 3 times around the school playing fields, but in Sinful? Not a chance, the turkey run involves running after wild turkeys! in the school playground and it is mainly children, okay 11 children and Gertie, oh and 10 turkeys.  Gertie normally doesn't do too well (which is why they allow her to keep participating with the only grumbles coming from people like Celia), but this year she has managed to grab one, then it escapes and she chases it down, only to disturb a building site, the problem is the building site has someone buried under the concrete and now the Turkey Run has become a crime scene. When they figure out who it is the list of people wanting her dead could run into the whole of Sinful and probably a lot of New Orleans as well, but the person who apparently saw her last is Whiskey from The Swamp Bar, now he has hired Fortune (and by extension Gertie and Ida Belle) to find out who killed Venus, or at least to prove that he didn't!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    I’ll admit that I hadn’t been particularly excited about this installment of the Miss Fortune Mysteries series; the whole “evil, gender transgressive female kind of deserved to die” storyline has never appealed to me. Still, I was invested enough in the characters that I decided to grit my teeth and take the ride, and I’m glad I did! Just back from their harrowing Florida vacation, Swamp Team Three gets their vary first case as PIs. Whisky, owner of and bar tender at the notorious Swamp Bar, i I’ll admit that I hadn’t been particularly excited about this installment of the Miss Fortune Mysteries series; the whole “evil, gender transgressive female kind of deserved to die” storyline has never appealed to me. Still, I was invested enough in the characters that I decided to grit my teeth and take the ride, and I’m glad I did! Just back from their harrowing Florida vacation, Swamp Team Three gets their vary first case as PIs. Whisky, owner of and bar tender at the notorious Swamp Bar, is desperate to clear his name before he is charged with a crime that he did not commit. So, it’s up to Fortune, Gertie, and Ida Bell to find the truth and run his bar (more on that hilarity later). We’re nearing Thanksgiving, and the folks of Sinful are celebrating the upcoming holiday with their annual Turkey Run. The competition is to take place on the playground at a local school, which happens to be under construction. Gertie is more determined than ever to win; she has been outrun and outsmarted by her competitors (they are all children) for years and vows that this year, she will have victory! The usual Gertieism descends on the competition, complete with frightened animals, property damage, and minor injuries. When the dust at the playground/construction site clears, Fortune discovers a skeletal hand with a piece of hot pink fabric attached. Said skeletal hand is determined to belong to Venus Thibodeaux, a home-wrecking, blackmailing, drug running, gang affiliated kleptomaniac who’d recently tromped back into Sinful after lighting out at the age of 18. With her history, there is no shortage of suspects. Even Gertie is questioned. Still, most of the circumstantial evidence seems to point at Whisky; he’d discovered that Venus had been cheating on and stealing from him and, in earshot of dozens of witnesses, threaten to kill her the night she died. Add to that his sketchy past and it does not look good. Carter’s hands are tied; the DA expects him to gather the evidence necessary for building a case and, as I said, it does not look good for Whiskey. On the whole, this was a good read. I liked seeing Carter beginning to come to terms with who Fortune is and what she does. He is his usual, overprotective, alpha-cop self, but Fortune outmaneuvers him at every turn. It was also nice to see that Fortune’s relationship with the folks of Sinful (well, we’re not counting Celia or her miserable band of robots) is improving. Many were, and still are, suspicious of her because she is a former CIA agent and a “yanky”, but it appears that folks are gradually coming around and folding her into the community. We also got to see Swamp Team Three run the rough and tumble Swamp Bar. This was about as hilarious as you might expect, right down to Gertie’s “sexy chief” getup and Fortune’s neat trick with the gun and water bottle. The barfight and “boat show” will have you rolling around on the floor! That said, while the investigation part was great, the reveal was underwhelming and predictable. Several of the installments feature killers who are sticky sweet, girl next door, Suzie homemaker types which, I guess, are supposed to make for a bigger shock. This worked once, but I am beginning to realize that such character’s function as DeLeon’s go-to plot device. Off the top of my head, I can think of at least 4 other books that have featured this type of killer, mainly Swamp Spook, Hook Line and Blinker, Hurricane Force, and Gaiter Bait. As much as it pains me to be critical of this series and author, I have to say that this particular plot device does little to nothing for the books and, more importantly, drowns the “mystery” aspect of the Mis Fortune Mysteries in the bathtub. Overall, though, this was a great installment, and I am looking forward to the next!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I love the Fortune Redding series! They are all well written and I hate putting the book down to go to bed! The books deserve more than five stars they deserve ten stars! In this latest story the three ladies are at it again. Fortune has her first case and you know that Ida Belle and Gertie will be there helping to solve the mystery. Mustang has hired Fortune to prove he did not kill Venus. Now there are sub stories involved and plot twists. Ida Belle is going to make a very important decision. I love the Fortune Redding series! They are all well written and I hate putting the book down to go to bed! The books deserve more than five stars they deserve ten stars! In this latest story the three ladies are at it again. Fortune has her first case and you know that Ida Belle and Gertie will be there helping to solve the mystery. Mustang has hired Fortune to prove he did not kill Venus. Now there are sub stories involved and plot twists. Ida Belle is going to make a very important decision. Read about the turkey race/capture. It is funny but there is a surprise involved. I must admit that Gertie has outdone herself with clothes and the parrot! He is very humorous as if the three together do not add lots of humor, lol! I like the openness between Carter and Fortune.,read this awesome book and be ready for lots of interesting things happening!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sandee

    I love this series so much! The plot of this book takes me back to the some of first books, before the danger Fortune was hiding from and her new life choices drove the stories. A small town murder for Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie to solve. More focused on solving the mystery, we get to once again see how the threesome use each other's strengths to 'get their man'. Of course, there are still silly situations and scary situations and romantic situations and laugh-out-loud humour. I loved this bo I love this series so much! The plot of this book takes me back to the some of first books, before the danger Fortune was hiding from and her new life choices drove the stories. A small town murder for Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie to solve. More focused on solving the mystery, we get to once again see how the threesome use each other's strengths to 'get their man'. Of course, there are still silly situations and scary situations and romantic situations and laugh-out-loud humour. I loved this book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michelle K87

    This book has gone back to the good Fortune antics of the past. I was so happy with a certain aspect and literally squealed with happiness.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Kiyono

    The Swamp Team 3 gets their first official case when Whiskey, owner of the Swamp Bar, hires them. He’s been fingered in the murder of a young lady he’d been involved with, and since he was one of the last to see her alive he’s the logical suspect. But the young lady wasn’t especially well-liked in Sinful, so there’s no shortage of people with a motive, and time is limited since the DA wants the case sewn up before taking time off for the long Thanksgiving weekend. Carter and Fortune continue the The Swamp Team 3 gets their first official case when Whiskey, owner of the Swamp Bar, hires them. He’s been fingered in the murder of a young lady he’d been involved with, and since he was one of the last to see her alive he’s the logical suspect. But the young lady wasn’t especially well-liked in Sinful, so there’s no shortage of people with a motive, and time is limited since the DA wants the case sewn up before taking time off for the long Thanksgiving weekend. Carter and Fortune continue their relationship, but in a surprising twist, Ida Belle is seriously considering giving up her spinster status - which could mean an end to the Sinful Ladies Society! Can’t wait to get into book 16!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Cajun Fried Felony by Jana Deleon is the 15th book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series. During Sinful's annual Thanksgiving Turkey Run, a body is uncovered and Fortune is hired by one of the suspcts to find the killer. Another wonderful instalment in the series, which never fails to make me laugh. I loved Gerties new preacher parrot and her handbag is always full of surprises. A very entertaining and fun book, and the Audible narrator makes it that more enjoyable.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Eden

    2020 bk 108. Venus was trouble, her major purpose in life was to bring misery to others. It shouldn't have been so surprising then that the annual turkey run (involving Gertie, nuff said) resulted in the discovery of Venus' body and the Swamp Team's first real PI gig. Hijinks ensue as the team works to solve the mystery and Fortune prepares(?) for her first thanksgiving in Sinful, Louisiana.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elaine C.

    Another laugh-out-loud adventure with my three favorite characters: Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie! There's never a dull moment when they set out to solve the mystery, and this one's a doozy since the murder victim is tops on everyone's "hate" list!! I can always count on Jana Deleon to give me a respite from today's current reality!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joni Markowski

    This book was filled withe exploits of Fortune, Gertie and Ida Belle.with the addition of Gertie’s pet parrot.what fun, cozy read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Such a fun series. Laugh out loud humor and serious times too. I always look forward to reading their adventures and the trouble they get into. I will listen to this many times and laugh as much as if it were the first time.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    2.5 Stars! I hated the beginning but loved the rest. This is probably my least favorite book even though some of my favorite things happened in this book. Cajun Fried Felony is book 15 in A Miss Fortune Mystery series. The series is set in Sinful, Louisiana, USA and follows Fortune, who up until book 12 was 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. This serie 2.5 Stars! I hated the beginning but loved the rest. This is probably my least favorite book even though some of my favorite things happened in this book. Cajun Fried Felony is book 15 in A Miss Fortune Mystery series. The series is set in Sinful, Louisiana, USA and follows Fortune, who up until book 12 was 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. This series is the first series of Cozy Mystery books that I have read. Cozy Mystery is a new-to-me genre and I am hooked. Once I listened to the first Miss Fortune Mystery series book, I couldn't stop. I have listened to all of the books back to back and now I am super sad that there aren't any more audiobooks yet and there is only one more written book released in the series that I am going to start reading now. I don't know what I will do with out my favorite Sinful characters that I have gotten to know over the past almost month. I recommend reading/listening to these books in order since each book builds upon the prior book's story and it makes it much more entertaining and enjoyable to go in order. I'm sure you could still enjoy these books as standalone but it won't be the same. Let me start by saying that I absolutely loathed the first couple chapters in this book. I don't care where you live or what your local traditions are, I will never feel okay about terrorizing animals for sport. I think that is cruel. The activities in the beginning of this book were written in a way that they were meant to be light and funny but I could not get past what those stupid games and contests do to the animals being chased and tackled and used for sport and entertainment prior to their being killed. It adds insult to injury. Cajun Fried Felony is the Thanksgiving edition of this series. During the course of one of the aforementioned animal terrorizing games, Gertie gertied and had a mishap that uncovered a body that had been hidden. Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie are all set to let Carter handle this one since they don't have any mutual interests that would warrant involvement, but when the signs start pointing to Swamp Bar owner, Whiskey, he hires Swamp Team 3 to investigate the murder so he doesn't go down for something he didn't do. There are lots of twists and turns in this book. One of my favorite things in Cajun Fried Felony was watching Carter work together with Fortune and the ladies rather than the ladies going behind his back and lying to him. They make a fantastic team. I also really loved that Carter and Fortune are finally telling each other outright that they love one another. They are perfect together so I'm happy to see their relationship continue to develop. Another side storyline in this book is that Walter asked Ida Belle to marry him...again. 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 did great for the first 11 books, then books 12 and 13 were a bit sloppy, almost like she was just rushing through, making errors such as incorrect words read and using the wrong character name. She seems back to usual again so I thought this was a good audiobook. I like that her voices are consistent from book to book. I look forward to more of this series being narrated and hopefully this narrator will be the one to read it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Abibliofob

    Another fun filled trip to Louisiana and the city of Sinful. It's thanksgiving time and everything is as it should be... A body is discovered and soon Swamp team 3 has a new case. Poor Sheriff Carter. Since the first book I read in this series I have had so much fun with every new adventure that Jana DeLeon writes.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Excellent book This one kept me guessing throughout the whole book. About 1/3 of the way, I had an idea...but then my mind changed around based on new evidence. I love this town and the inhabitants and the things that happen. TOTALLY recommend these books for hilarious moments and ability to catch a crook. I did miss the Heberts here, kept thinking they might enter the picture. I also kind of expected Goliath (I think that's the gator's name) to show up to dinner. See....great writing makes one s Excellent book This one kept me guessing throughout the whole book. About 1/3 of the way, I had an idea...but then my mind changed around based on new evidence. I love this town and the inhabitants and the things that happen. TOTALLY recommend these books for hilarious moments and ability to catch a crook. I did miss the Heberts here, kept thinking they might enter the picture. I also kind of expected Goliath (I think that's the gator's name) to show up to dinner. See....great writing makes one start to be a part of the book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nate Brightman

    Cajun Fried Felon is the 15th in a 17 book series. It can easily be read as a standalone but as with most series you get more out of each progressive book if you’ve read the earlier ones. In this case that applies to our heroine Fortune Redding’s relationships with the good folks of Sinful La. I’m not sure that calling Fortune the heroine is really fair to Ida Belle and Gertie who have as much presence in these stories as Fortune does. Ida Belle is in some ways Fortune’s kindly wise grandmother. Cajun Fried Felon is the 15th in a 17 book series. It can easily be read as a standalone but as with most series you get more out of each progressive book if you’ve read the earlier ones. In this case that applies to our heroine Fortune Redding’s relationships with the good folks of Sinful La. I’m not sure that calling Fortune the heroine is really fair to Ida Belle and Gertie who have as much presence in these stories as Fortune does. Ida Belle is in some ways Fortune’s kindly wise grandmother. Gertie is the crazy aunt. Walter although he doesn’t play as large a role in these stories is the kindly uncle or perhaps grandfather. Either works. BFF Ally is the little sister although lately her only role has been to serve the team meals at Francine’s diner. Deputy Carter Leblanc is of course Fortune’s love interest. Be forewarned if you’re looking for a steamy romance that these books are strictly PG at worst, mostly for the occasional violence. Fortune is a former CIA assassin after all so it only stands to reason that the author needs to occasionally demonstrate her proficiency with a firearm or her martial arts skills. And of course there’s usually a grizzly murder involved for our intrepid Swamp Team 3 to solve. While it’s occasionally mentioned that Carter and Fortune are sleeping together they share nothing more than fully clothed hugs and kisses in the stories. If fact one or both of them are often so tired or preoccupied with solving a case that they just go home to their own beds after sharing a late supper, that I sometimes wonder if something is wrong with their libidos. I don’t really remember ever being too tired for sex in my late twenties or early thirties. So the romance in these stories is Hallmark Movie level but for regular readers there are some very surprising revelations regarding two couples in the series. This story is centered around the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. The Cajun Fried in the title refers to how they plan to prepare their Thanksgiving turkey. The felon refers to both the murder victim Venus and several of her cohorts and murderer suspects. The story kicks off with the annual Sinful Turkey Trot. Although unlike Fortune suspected it isn’t a 5K or 10K race. It’s a contest where children and Gertie chase wild turkeys around a fenced in school yard attempting to capture and place them in cages where they will then be prepared for Thanksgiving suppers. If you’ve been a regular reader of this series you can only imagine the potential for calamity and comedy when you put Gertie and ten wild turkeys in the same location. Add the ladies nemesis and comic foil Cecelia to the mix and the story starts out with lots of belly laughs. During the ensuing mishaps as Gertie chases a turkey around the school playground she unearths the body of Venus, a very sociopathic troubled young woman whom the town believed had left Sinful months ago to return to New Orleans to cause more trouble. Fortune and the troublesome twosome are hired by the number one suspect in the murder to find the real killer and prove he’s innocent. Venus having been a con artist among other things left behind a trail of angry men whom she’d conned out of their money and angry women whose men she’d slept with. So there’s no shortage of potential suspects to chose from. I don’t know whether it was a wild guess or the fact that after reading the previous fourteen books in this series I’ve picked up some insight but the moment the real killer was mentioned I knew who done it. But like Fortune and crew I didn’t know how or why until it was revealed at the end of the story. (view spoiler)[ Once it was revealed that someone had stolen money from Percy’s safe deposit box I was certain I was right. A lot is made in this story of how and when Venus’s clothes got packed into her car before it was run into the bayou. The answer seemed obvious to me from the start. Venus had packed the car herself in preparation of leaving town but was killed before she got away. (hide spoiler)] All in all this book holds true to the formula we readers of the series have come to expect and love. Gertie is like a hyper active teenager who loves to dress inappropriately, act outrageously and always finds a away to do what Gertie does leading to plenty of laughs. Ida Belle plays the long suffering best friend who make snarky comments to Gertie, sighs heavily and helps get her out of trouble. As the team’s wheel man Ida Belle drives like a bat out of hell and provides Fortune with a shoulder to lean on and a boost of confidence when needed. Fortune tries to keep her two elderly friends on course, trying not to laugh too hard at their antics and of course solve crimes while demonstrating she’s one very smart very bad ass young woman. For a change Carter seems more willing to share information with Fortune and although he’s always warning her to be safe, lets her know he trusts and accepts her for who she is and what she’s doing. In this story Fortune is almost an unofficial arm of the Sinful Sheriff’s Dept. as she and Carter together try to sift through the clues and puzzle out who killed Venus. She also more often than in the past tends to clue Carter in to what she’s doing. Also new as previously mentioned is that two couples take their relationship to a higher level. The ending contains lots of happy feels as the group that have formed an extended family share Thanksgiving dinner together. IMHO not the best book in the series but certainly a worthy addition.

  20. 4 out of 5

    DianeG

    Another great read with Fortune and the gang. I will admit to some trepidation on how Fortune would transition to a PI but I was quite pleased with the way it was handled and her first big case. These are always fun reads with lots of laughter, mainly with Gertie being Gertie. I hope the series continues for a long time.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    Wow! This book is a 10! Fortune is hired by the owner of the Swamp Bar to prove he is innocent of murder. The investigation into Venus Thibodeaux's murder turns up more suspects than you'd think, and more depravity than even Celia's daughter caused, if that's possible? Laughter, suspense, red herrings everywhere, and some of the biggest surprises you'll ever read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Hackel

    WOW! Another Swamp Team story filled with serious business and plenty of not so serious Gertie. All is right in my world after reading another Sinful, LA story filled to the brim with the unexpected! Thank you Jana!!! Wonderful highlight of a not so great summer for me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Young

    Another fun outing with Fortune and the gang! The few typos found throughout couldn't deter from the sheer enjoyment DeLeon brings with her tale. It's fast paced and entertaining. And it has an intriguing surprise at the end.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Fun! Another fun mystery for the girls to solve. Twists and turns kept me guessing the whole way through. And a shocking cliffhanger that will keep me anxiously awaiting the next installment!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    There’s not as much laugh-out-loud humor in this book as in previous ones, but it’s still a fun story and a great mystery!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pamela McCarter

    These books always have me in stitches. The only thing about this one is not enough antics about messing with celia.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Teri Pre

    I didn't like this one nearly as well as previous books. The whole turkey thing at the beginning? Yeah, that was too much.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Crazy for Books (Stephanie)

    This one lost something in it for me. Wasn't as good as the others.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Evan

    Another great addition to the series! Deleon has created such a colorful world, and I love how each book delves deeper and deeper into it. I think it's awesome how parts of this novel can be completely ridiculous, but Deleon doesn't let it get too far. She addresses issues that needed to be addressed, such as the sudden "incline" of crimes that occur in Sinful. Her own characters address the absurdity behind this increase in criminal activity, in what used to be considered a "sleepy" town. As usua Another great addition to the series! Deleon has created such a colorful world, and I love how each book delves deeper and deeper into it. I think it's awesome how parts of this novel can be completely ridiculous, but Deleon doesn't let it get too far. She addresses issues that needed to be addressed, such as the sudden "incline" of crimes that occur in Sinful. Her own characters address the absurdity behind this increase in criminal activity, in what used to be considered a "sleepy" town. As usual, Deleon doesn't create unnecessary drama between Fortune and Carter. Their relationship, in my opinion, is wholesome and adorable, and seeing the trust and respect they share for each other fills my heart with joy. Communication is always important! My favorite part of this novel is Whiskey. I know he showed up in previous novels, and readers didn't really end up with a good impression of him. Yet Deleon surprises us by going into more detail behind his background, and it's safe to say that he's become one of my favorites in Sinful. And it was freaking awesome to see Fortune being in charge of the Swamp Bar! It almost brings tears to my eyes, seeing how far Fortune has come... From wet t-shirt contestant to temporary bar owner, hahahaha! The only slight issue I had with the novel was how "formulaic" it was getting when it came to the murderer. It seems like it always ends with Fortune having a light-bulb moment and going after the one person that no one expected to be the murderer. I hope we get to see some more variety in how the crimes are solved. But anyway... THAT ENDING??? I'm so excited and also in disbelief, because the one thing we were all waiting for with bated breath FINALLY HAPPENED!!! I literally screamed at my Kindle. That's how freaking excited I was. I wish I made it in time to finish the next novel on Christmas... but I can settle with this being my Christmas read. (The ending makes up for it!)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ cosy mystery stars. This series is stacking up to be one of my all time cosy favourites! Good grief, I need these books! Loved this story. Despite all the humour and Gertie, Deleon adds elements of real life grit and unhappiness which means these stories don’t descend into the pure ridiculous or complete slap stick. There’s still an edge - these are murder mysteries after all. I also appreciate that Carter and Fortune’s romance doesn’t dominate every inch of the story as so often happens in ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ cosy mystery stars. This series is stacking up to be one of my all time cosy favourites! Good grief, I need these books! Loved this story. Despite all the humour and Gertie, Deleon adds elements of real life grit and unhappiness which means these stories don’t descend into the pure ridiculous or complete slap stick. There’s still an edge - these are murder mysteries after all. I also appreciate that Carter and Fortune’s romance doesn’t dominate every inch of the story as so often happens in these types of books. He doesn’t have to save her ass every five minutes either, which I’m grateful for!

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