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Not funny. Same tired gags recycled to a new location
Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2019
I've read all 14 of this series and with the exception of two, enjoyed all of them. I loved the last book and thought the author had really found the ability to keep the series fresh. This book disabused me of that notion. I am tired of how Gertie is treated, tired of the ageism, and in this work I got tired of her. She is oversexualized, too much of an air headed girly girly, and the constant stupidity of her actions are not funny. I HATED that she used homosexual slurs to anger a sloppy southern cop - that is not okay and it probably finished me for reading anymore Fortune novels. It isn't entertaining and I won't put up with it.
I thought Ida Bell was off character, I don't know how you can be that mean and disrespectful to your best friend and still have a relationship, moreover, mean it isn't funny. Fortune's "retired CIA" role is going nowhere good that I can see. A few more plates of pancakes and donuts all consumed at once and she'll look like Gertie. Too, all the same plot dynamics are in play here, stealing stuff, finding a way to look at confidential information in the Sheriff's office, a Swamp Bar substitute, Ida Bell going crazy with a fast boat. The plot was lazy, there is NO WAY Gerti would have been a serious suspect and NO WAY that Swamp Team III wouldn't have been outed as working together with all the lies they told to people in the same resort they were staying in. I thought this book's execution was lazy and insulting to the reader. I skimmed the last half and returned it for a refund.