Cosy mysteries are my favourite kind of mysteries, as you can expect light-hearted humour and a good mystery, but ‘Louisiana Longshot’ takes it to a whole new level. Fortune Redding is a CIA agent who has to go off-grid. Disguised as beauty queen turned librarian, Fortune has never felt more out of her element. She is determined to stay below the radar, but even before she opens her suitcase, her newly inherited dog digs out a bone in her backyard. Then she meets Ida Bella and Gertie, who are called The Geritol Mafia by the locals. Ida Belle is “The Godfather, except silver-haired, female, and southern” where as Gertie is the complete opposite. She doesn’t believe in wearing glasses, is pitifully out of shape and very sweet.
I had never heard of Jana Deleon or the MisFortune series, so I was a little skeptical about reading it. I began reading it in the evening, and couldn’t put the book down. I finished it at two in the morning. As the book progresses, you fall in love with the characters and their quirks. I laughed out loud many times while reading, but had to shut up, in case I woke up someone. You can’t stop yourself from buying the second book…then third….then fourth.
What with the Banana Pudding Race, The No.2 island and the various antics of Ida Belle and Gertie, the first book of the series is a real page-turner.
Ratings: 5 stars