Book Review of “Gator Bait (Miss Fortune Mystery #5)” by Jana Deleon


Blurb

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jana DeLeon, the fifth book in the hilarious Miss Fortune series.

Things are starting to look up for Fortune Redding. Even though her life was at stake, the CIA assassin had balked at taking on a new identity in Sinful, Louisiana. But instead of hating it like she’d thought she would, Fortune now has friends she cares about and just finished up an incredible first date with the sexiest deputy in the state. Sure, there’s been a murder or two that she’s gotten mixed up in since she arrived in town, but she’s hoping all of that is behind her.

But when someone almost kills Deputy Carter LeBlanc, Fortune tosses her dreams of peace and quiet into the muddy bayou and shifts back into being the deadly trained professional that she is. With the help of Ida Belle and Gertie, Fortune launches a manhunt, intending to find a killer before he tries again.

Genre: Cozy Mystery
My Review

Carter is attacked!!! What more of an excuse do you want to push yourself deep into the investigation? Fortune is on her 5th week at Sinful and yet another mystery comes up to her doorsteps. This time the story definitely takes a slack. All the other stories still had a lot of punch to it, this one slacks a lot. The only saving grace it has is the relationship between Fortune and Carter.

Other than that, the story can be read only for the humor and nothing else. There is no thrill, no action, just a story which goes along just because there is a book to go. Fortune is a trained assassin but just a few weeks in a city and she slacks a lot. That is so much hard to believe. You cannot just lose all your years’ of experience in just a few days of relaxation, where you are still working on so many mysteries. It is too hard to believe.

I hope Jana comes back the next time with a pack of punch to rebuild Fortune for us.

Star Rating: 3 Stars
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Book Review of “Swamp Sniper (Miss Fortune Mystery #3)” by Jana Deleon


Blurb

rom New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jana DeLeon, the third book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series.
When only a crack shot will do…
In the two weeks CIA assassin Fortune Redding has been hiding in Sinful, Louisiana, she’s been harassed, poisoned, and shot at…and that was the easy part. But now, she’s about to face her biggest challenge since setting foot in the tiny bayou town.
When mayoral candidate Ted Williams is murdered, everyone is surprised. Ted was a blowhole and a Yankee, but those usually weren’t good reasons to kill someone. When Sinful Ladies Society leader Ida Belle becomes the lead suspect in the crime, Fortune knows she’s got to solve a murder and save one of the only friends she’s ever had.
But as the investigation begins, more and more secrets surface, and Fortune realizes that sometimes nothing is as it seems.

Genre: Cozy Mystery
My Review

It is just her 3rd week in Sinful but Fortune Redding cannot keep away from trouble. This time it is Ida Bella who needs saving and Fortune does not think twice before jumping full fledged into the fight.

The 3rd book in the series is just as hilarous as all the previous books. With the death of a Mayor candidate, the suspicion rises on the contesting candidate Ida Bella. Fortune and Gertie has no choice this time. However, this time the story drags a lot. Yes, the antics are there, so are the humor. But the thrill is not there as much as the previous stories.

However it is still a fun read and can go ahead just because you simply love Fortune and her Swamp Team a lot. A 3.5 stars story

Star Rating: 4 Stars
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Book Review of “Lethal Bayou Beauty (Miss Fortune Mystery #2)” by Jana Deleon


Blurb

No one in Sinful liked Pansy Arceneaux, but who hated her enough to kill her?

When aspiring actress Pansy Arceneaux returns to Sinful, Louisiana to head up the beauty pageant portion of the Summer Festival, CIA assassin Fortune Redding knows she’s in for trouble. Her undercover identity as a former beauty queen make Fortune the perfect choice to chair the event with Pansy, but Pansy’s abrasive personality make it impossible to get through a single rehearsal without a fight.

When Pansy turns up dead, Fortune is the prime suspect.

Armed with only her wits and two conniving seniors referred to locally as The Geritol Mafia, Fortune launches an investigation to find the real killer before her cover is blown.

Genre: Cozy Mystery
My Review

Fortune Redding returns with her 2nd week at Sinful and yet another murder. This time, Pansy is dead and Celia is determined to pin it on Fortune. The mystery is tricky this time too, but the humor never falters. Jana Deleon has a brilliant art of mixing mystery and humor in just the right proportions so as to not have too much of either.

The characters of Fortune, Ida Bella, Gertie and Marie is fabulous and engaging. You cannot help but fall in love with the Sinful Ladies Society (SLS). The 2nd book in the series hints just enough to make the readers wonder if Carter and Fortune will end up together. They will, of course, make an amazing couple, if they can just keep from stepping on each others’ toes.

Yet another fabulous read of Miss Fortune Series.

Star Rating: 5 Stars
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Book Review of “Louisiana Longshot (Miss Fortune Mystery #1)” by Jana Deleon


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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.

Genre: Cozy Mystery
My Review

Cozy Mysteries are a fun read because you know you can expect humor and the mystery will be light hearted enough to let you enjoy the ride. But Fortune Redding series is really a different type of Cozy Mystery. Because a huge arms dealer has set his eyes on Fortune to kill, she is forced to go underground to a sleepy town in Lousiana called Sinful. But when she tumbles upon a bone right on the first day of her arrival, the story picks up big time for the trained assassin.

The story is really humorous with various antics from Ida Bella and Gertie which Fortune is forced to be a part of (and enjoys playing it nonetheless). The mystery is anything but slow. There is enough tension to keep on the pages and just the right amount of humor to unwind you while you read.

The first book of Miss Fortune series is truly a page turner with the amazing trick to unwind you as well. A must read for all the readers who are stressed in their daily lives. Read it before sleeping. You are assured a peaceful and happy sleep, if only you could put it down for enough time to get some sleep, that is. Surely a 5 starer

Star Rating: 5 Stars
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Book Review of “The Rescue (Magelica’s Voyage, #2)” by Louise Courey Nadeau


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When Magelica dreams of the prince lost on a deserted island, she realizes that it could lead to his rescue. She returns to the Isle of Dreams to tell Queen Raya what she knows. Can they save Prince Will before it’s too late? Will the power of laughter and love be enough? Also available in French and Spanish.

Genre: Children’s Fiction / Fairy Tale / Illustrated
My Review

Another brilliant creation by Louise, The Rescue is yet another beautiful reading experience for the readers. The story takes us with Magelica along a journey where she follows her heart and believes her dream is true. This way she is able to help her friends and also fulfill a long due task for them.

The illustrations are, of course, very colourful and brilliant. The story telling throughout book is nothing short of an art. The lessons given through the story are yet another learning experience for the young readers. Louise should never stop Magelica’s Voyage series. The modern day fairy tale is very much necessary for the kids today so that the reading habit is never lost and also the power of imagination. Kudos to Magelica and Louise. A definite 5 starer

Star Rating: 5 Stars
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Book Review of “Magelica’s Voyage (Magelica’s Voyage, #1)” by Louise Courey Nadeau


Genre: Children’s Fiction / Fairy Tale / Illustrated
My Review

For children, playing in a tub is the best pastime while taking a bath. But after this story is read to them, tub playing becomes even more wonderful. Magelica’s Voyage is an amazing fairy tale full of lessons for children of 2 and above. Not just the story, the illustrations are the ones that are truly amazing. The images are sharp and the colours are so vibrant that it is sure to hold a child’s attention to the book while you read it out to them.

But the best part about the story are the lessons embedded in it. The lesson of friendship, love, loyalty and faith are beautifully illustrated with words and drawings. It also tells you never to stop imagining and creating new worlds for yourself. The way Magelica flies purely on the basis of her faith in herself shows that you should never lose hope on your abilities no matter what the surrounding tells you.

Magelica’s Voyage is the fairy tale which is custom made for today’s generation. Nothing less than 5 stars for the brilliant story

Star Rating: 5 Stars
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Book Review of “I Let You Go” by Clare Mackintosh


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A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn’t have prevented it. Could she?

In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world is shattered. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape her past, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of the cruel November night that changed her life for ever.

DI Ray Stevens is tasked with seeking justice for a mother who is living every parent’s worst nightmare. Determined to get to the bottom of the case, it begins to consume him as he puts both his professional and personal life on the line.

As Ray and his team seek to uncover the truth, Jenna, slowly, begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating .

Genre: Mystery / Thriller / Psychological Thriller / Suspense
My Review

After reading all the reviews about the debut mystery, there is a normal tendency to have very high expectations. Sometimes it is good to have second opinions about the book you are about to read and sometimes, it is not. This time it was not a good idea. Because of the high praise and supposedly amazing twist which was written in the reviews, even after the twist, I kept expecting something more to turn up. And it created a prejudiced image.

The story is good. The twist was, for the want of a better word, twisted. The suspense drills you till the very end. The transition from Part I to Part II was brilliantly written. The suspense there really takes the cake.

But the story harbored too much on a lot of coincidence. The 2nd part could have been better. The ending was slightly predictable. The unpredictable part was too much coincidental. Ian seeing his child at the exact time when he was feeling what he was feeling was a bit too much of a stretch.

For me, I cannot go beyond 3 stars for the story.

Star Rating : 3 Stars
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The girl is a doctor and guy is an engineer


Challenge Question on Quora asked by Varsha Hedge: What can be some good short stories starting from the line, “The girl is a doctor and guy is an engineer”?

So what happens when they meet each other? What do they talk about? How does the conclusion get formed?

Check out the short story The girl is a doctor and guy is an engineer of just 160 odd words to know what happens between the two of them.

Do check it out by clicking on the link and comment on what you thought of it. Your comments and feedback are truly valuable as I am in the process of writing a book – a collection of such short stories.

The Phone Call


Challenge statement – Your character gets a call from someone asking to talk to “David.” “You have the wrong number,” your character says. But instead of hanging up, the caller and your character get to chatting, and they decide to meet later that night…

Who was the caller? What did they talk about? What happens next? Find out in the short story The Phone Call.

On the above challenge, I wrote a short story of about 420 words. Do check it out by clicking on the link and comment on what you thought of it. Your comments and feedback are truly valuable as I am in the process of writing a book – a collection of such short stories.

A couple of butterflies


Day 2
Write a story that includes: a tombstone, a first kiss, and a butterfly collection…

As a part of 30-day short story challenge, my 2nd short story includes the above mentioned three factors. It is really short with just 308 words.

Check it out at A couple of butterflies on my blog