Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that a lot of her problems had gone away with her mother-in-law's death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana.
Unfortunately, death doesn't slow down Helena one bit.
DEA Agent Luc LeJeune is wondering what his undercover assignment investigating the sexy scientist has gotten him into - especially as it seems someone wants her dead. Keeping his secrets while protecting Maryse proves to be easier than fighting his attraction for the brainy beauty.
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This is book one in the series, setting up the ghost/cozy mystery/contempo romance. It is a really fun read with such quirky and engaging characters. Get ready for an eccentric read!
Maryse is such a great character. She is sassy yet endearing at the same time. You really feel for her situation with the disastrous mother in law ghost. I love her analytical mind and how she tries to apply logic to the chaos.
Luc is yummy, he is a bit of a player and you might find him a bit questionable. I had moments where I felt he wasn't good enough for Maryse. Fortunately, he shows true character later and ends up deserving his spot in his gal's heart.
The romance is ore subtle, not a sweet courtship. There are lots of moments to build the relationship, but it isn't all hearts and flowers. It is also not a squeaky clean romance, it has a touch of steam but not the uber hawt details.
The narrative is mixed between the leads and supporting cast. It is mostly smooth, but there are times it gets jumpy. I love the whole crazy dynamic of the town of Mudbug. Such fun!
The mystery is many layered, which keeps you guessing at times. There were some great curve balls that I never expected. I love a mystery that keeps me on my toes.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Johanna Parker, who is fantastic. I love the gentle roll to her Southern accents, they are light but distinct. The pace is quick enough to keep the reader engaged and her energy is wonderful. Great voices that stayed distinct and consistent.
I am really enjoying this series and can not wait to see what happens next!!! Super quirky fun series!!!
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I started this series because I loved the narrator! I've listened to all the Sookie books narrated by Johanna Parker, so I was thrilled to see she did these books as well. So glad I did! I love this series. Made me laugh while vexing me with a good mystery. Johanna Parker does a great job of switching between the characters so you always know who is talking.
Already listening to the next book!
This reminded me a lot of The Sookie Stackhouse Series. It's a light listen with the same narrator as the Sookie Stackhouse series. It's kind of fun, sort of silly, somewhat predictable, but I enjoyed it for the most part. I might listen to the second book in the series after listening to something heavy. It's worth the credit :-)
The books & audio books are equally entertaining.
It kept me wanting more. I bought all that were available before I finished the first chapter in Trouble in Mudbug (the first book).
Helena, Helena, oh and did I say, Helena?
Sit back & get ready to laugh til you are sore!
If you love funny, witty, quirky southern folks, you will love this series. They are worth every cent & more that you spend for the books and audio books. These characters are so entertaining. (I just don't think they should have insulted Helena as much as they did. She made their lives so much more interesting!) I'd love to just sit down with author Jana DeLeon for a day and pick her brain to see how she comes up with her very funny characters & storylines. Thank you, Ms. DeLeon, for hours of enjoyment.
This story was so much fun to read! The main characters were fantastic. There was so much going on, a ghost, who was hilarious, murder attempts, mystery, romance, and so much great dialogue.
The chemistry between Maryese and Luc was great and so was the nicely written sex scenes.
There was so much going on all the time that you didn't want to put the book down.
As for the narrator, well she was fantastic. I love Johanna Parker's southern drawl and its perfect for a Louisiana setting. Perfect!
Nice mystery, funny ghost. Predictable romance, surprising ending.
Warning: some of the plot doesn't get wrapped up -- leaves you hanging.
About the narration: I've given up waiting for someone who does an accurate Cajun accent. (Will Patton comes closest with the Dave Robicheaux mysteries. He doesn't really do the accent but he captures some of the rhythms.) Johanna Parker does a pretty good job on the narration, and there are enough different accents in Louisiana that I can roll with one that is more Southern than Cajun. BUT why can't narrators go online and find out how to pronounce names and geographical references. "Atchafalaya" is pronounced "uh-chaff-uh-lie-uh", with stress on the second and fourth syllables. The "t" is silent. This is not difficult. "LeJeune" is pronounced "luh-jhern", as though it had an "r" in it. Arrrrgh. It's like listening to a book set in NYC with "Brooklyn" pronounced "brook-line". Intolerable.
This book feels like it was written for an immature, simple minded audience. It was just so unbelievable and tedious, it almost felt like the author was using a story template to piece it together - Pretty, Southern girl (victimized but still sassy), bad boy who falls for the pretty girl (who's "not his type"), family secret involving lots of money, and an even sassier ghost, who was also victimized but hiding behind sarcasm and meanness her entire life. ugh
Not if I had to pay for it.
Her performance is the only redeeming aspect for me. Because she is forever THE voice of Sookie Stackhouse (which was always performed to perfection, book after book) I just can't fit her distinctive voice and intonation with any other character. I'm sure there are others who feel the same about that. But after awhile it felt like even she was only going through the motions with this challenging assignment. I'm sorry, but she deserves better material to work with.
I suppose it will do for anyone looking for an easy, light hearted read. If you're looking for something with substance, I'd suggest you pass this one by.
It just wasn't for me.
This is a cute story with likable characters, and the outstanding reader really brings to life--no pun intended--the dead mother in law. however, from beginning to end the story is filled with plot flaws. To list them would create spoilers, so suffice it to say that you will spend half the time scratching your head, irritated, wondering why on earth they did this or didn't do that. (One example, after a major explosion that's heard throughout town, one which destroys an entire building, the police and fire companies don't show up, none of the people involved ever talk to the police or even file a police report. It just doesn't come up. Arg.) By the end, these flaws sort of outweigh the good. That's a shame too, because the writing itself and the characters are engaging and could've made for a much better story.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
This was a cute cozy mystery with a side of paranormal thrown in. It was pretty good up until the end that I thought was forced and not likely. Parts were very funny and Johanna Parker did a good job narrating.
I have re-listened to this series already, they make me chuckle out loud...
Helena Henry, cracks me up
She did a great job with character voices, easy to keep straight.
ghost in law antics.
These are very entertaining books, great light reading when you need to have a chuckle
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