I totally love ALL the Miss Fortune books. If you have not bought them on audio you are missing a real treat. The narrator does all the voices so perfectly with great tone and pitch. They sound exactly like I would expect them to sound.
SPOILER ALERT - DON'T READ BEYOND IF YOU HAVE NOT READ ALL THE BOOKS.
If I had to nit pick about anything it would be this. Fortune is made out to be the baddest of the bad CIA assassins who is has survived the worst bad guys. However, in these books she would be dead if not for Carter twice at least. In the book about the meth lab he shows up at the last minute and saves Ida Bell, Gertie and her and in the story about the catfisher he shows up at the last minute and shots the bad guy through the window. Ida Bell saves her and Harrison when she took the shot from the roof and Mannie saves her behind the motel and saves Carter in this book at the end. I just mean, to be so amazing she sure has to be saved by luck and other people at the last minute a LOT. Also in this one at the end the bad guy could have had a knife and killed her like she did him since he was behind her and had his arm around her neck or he could have shot her or just stabbed her in the back. I love Fortune but if she is so smart and amazing as implied, I don't think so many small town crooks would have gotten the drop on her. None of this matters really in the enjoyment of the books. They are all laugh out loud funny! I can't wait for the next book when Celia finds out Fortune was really CIA. That should be a blast.
Jana DeLeon continues to deliver murder and mayhem at its finest! Even though this is the Book 11 in the Miss Fortune Mystery Book Series, each one is better than the last. Her characters are larger than life and I for one want to move to Sinful, LA and claim Fortune, Ida Belle, Gertie and Carter as my Best Friends! I want to go help them find Godzilla before Celia manages to poison him because he keeps terrorizing her (honestly who doesn’t want him to get a bite out of her?!?!) This book is the one that changes EVERYTHING! Fortune decides to quit hiding and draw Ahmad out. Will her plan work? Will her BFFs play a part in helping her attempt to take Ahmad down? Could they ever sit on the sidelines? One of the greatest series ever about friendships developing in the unlikeliest of places between the people who need it the most. This is one of the series I look most forward to each year!
I finally finished "Change of Fortune" after finishing a re-read of the entire series. It concludes the "summer" arc beautifully with the typical laughter, suspense, and even a few tears! I first stumbled across the series when browsing the Kindle free books. After reading the description for "Louisiana Longshot," I was hooked, and as I began reading, I was thrilled to discover that the book far exceeded the "hype" of the promotional blurb! As the books continued to roll out, the progression in character development and relationships has been phenomenal and always believable -- even in the most bizarre situations. I will confess that when "Change of Fortune" came out I had resolved not to read it until I had finished the re-reads, but I had to sneak a peak at the afterword to know that the series wasn't ending! If you have not read other books in the series, take the time to start at the beginning with "Louisiana Longshot" and keep reading ... I'm hooked, along with my 98-year-old mother, my sister, a former co-worker, and a whole lot more. If it has Jana DeLeon's name on it ... it's worth the read.
I have become a huge fan of Jana DeLeon's series of Fortune Redding's adventures in the Miss Fortune series. The series starts with Louisiana Longshot, where Fortune Redding, a CIA assassin, has been placed to protect her from a contract on her life by an evil arms dealer. The characters in this series are so alive and real that you feel as if you met them somewhere, you would recognize them instantly. The books are true page-turners. More times than i want to confess, I've been reading one late into the night and early into the morning because I couldn't put it down. A wonderful part of this series is that it truly is a series. Over the course of these books, Fortune has grown and changed - it's been great to see her evolution from being a CIA assassin into becoming a citizen of Sinful, Louisiana, while still retaining all the characteristics that make her so amazing. Her antics with Ida Belle and Gertie are scary sometimes, suspenseful sometimes, and sometimes they go sideways so badly yet in a way so cleverly written that I am sideways in my chair because I am laughing so hard. Trying to avoid spoilers, I'll just say this book is the one where she confronts the evil arms dealer who has taken out a contract on her life. So if you are looking for a great series to read, I recommend this one!
This has been a really fun series, and the latest entry is no exception.
Jana DeLeon is a fabulous writer and a very funny one. These books will have you laughing out loud, in public!
The bayou and southern Louisiana come alive in these books, as do the Southern manners and sensibilities. If you've never been to the south, read these books and you'll have a good feel for it; if you've been, or are a southerner, you'll definitely recognize this place and these people. And our intrepid Fortune, a Yankee trapped in a small bayou burg, just keeps learning what it means to be southern.
Good writing, good storytelling, good sense of place, good character development; good book. Really, really good book.
The excitement in this installment of the series is palpable, and we get some resolutions that have been a long time coming. That said, this series isn't over by a longshot. Which reminds me: This book will be more fun for you if you've read the preceding entries, so go get Louisiana Longshot and start the adventure today; you won't be sorry and you'll discover a world that is by turns dangerous, mysterious, hysterical, romantic, exciting, scary, deadly, humid, comical, and often filled with gators.
I just love deleon style of writing and especially her fortune series. This series 11 was so intense and full of hilarity in between , it made me laugh, it made me cry, and happy all at the same time. I felt as though the characters were like friends and find myself transported to the small community called sinfull. Loved fortune, Carter ,gertie, Ida bell, big and little and their body guard mannie. Love all the characters in the story even Celia who is always causing mayhem with fortune, gertie, and ida bell because she hates them and blamed them for her troubles. But this series is best yet where fortune gets her man who has a bounty on her head, and brings him out in the open using herself as bait. The ending of the story was phenomenal ,do not want to give it away, but promised you will loved this series as from the beginning of fortune series.
Words have power, and influence thinking, even in light, funny books. There’s no need to mock Celia’s size. There’s enough about her that’s awful and funny without bringing obesity into it. The author’s subliminal message, intended or not, is that’s it’s fine and funny to make fun of people because they are overweight. Similarly, in this crazy world of hate and prejudice, the arms dealer could have been from a country other than the Middle East, given the large number of Muslims in the U.S. who experience intolerance. I know, I know, PC. But omitting stereotypes wouldn’t have taken away from the book one iota.
Fortune tells Ida Belle & Gertie she is tired of hiding under a fake name because of Ahmad's million bounty & his resending the bounty because he wanted to kill her himself. Fortune tells her partner Harrison she is tired of hiding & she will be the bait to get Ahmad. Harrison tells Fortune he will get back with her. In the meantime, Ally tells the girls someone is stealing food from Francine's freezer. Fortune goes alone to speak with Big & Little Hebert at their storage rentals. Fortune knows about their operation but keeps her mouth closed. Fortune asks a favor of them & Bill & Little go a step further & help her plan the operation to take down Ahmad. They respect Fortune very much. The story continues to be zany, lots of twists and turns. Gertie's alligator makes life unique for Celia from climbing on a lamp post & up a tree. I laughed all through the book. On to book 12 .