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From New York Times and USA Today best-selling 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.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 02-19-18

Mystery, action, suspense, humor, and ...

...a touch of romance. A young female CIA assassin has a price on her head by an international arms dealer, so she takes the name of Fortune Redding and moves to the town of Sinful, Louisiana where she meets two old ladies, The Geritol Mafia named Ida Bell and Gertie, who were spies for the US during the Vietnam war. The entire town believes that Fortune is a librarian who is in Sinful for three months to settle the estate of her aunt. Ida Bell and Gertie soon learn the truth about Fortune and her unique skills. Meanwhile handsome deputy sheriff Carter LeBlanc develops a (mutual) romantic interest in Fortune as he continues to believe she is a librarian he must protect. That sets up this marvelous and funny suspense mystery series. The closest suspense humor series I am aware of is the wonderful Shelby Nichols series by Colleen Helme.

Gator Bait is Book 5 in the 10 novel (so far) series by Louisiana author Jana DeLeon. I have previously reviewed the prior four novels. Fortune, Ida Bell and Gertie once again find danger and adventure in Gator Bait. Once again much of the novel is laugh-out-loud funny despite real dangers and suspense. Deputy Carter LeBlanc finally asks Fortune for a date; that date starts events that puts Carter's life at risk and brings the US ATF to town.

Cassandra Campbell narrates the series perfectly and she is the voice of Fortune Redding. I love the Miss Fortune series and recommend it. Start with Louisiana Longshot, the first novel in the series.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Celebrating Strong Women

Jana Deleon has a real talent for creating strong, confident and fascinating women, unlike the pathetic wimpy girls so popular in recent romantic fiction.

In Gator Bait, the Swamp Team 3 (Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie) helped deputy Carter investigate the possibility of someone running guns through Sinful, Louisiana. While the plot was well written, it's the town's unique characters and humorous situations which make this series so entertaining.

FYI, these books are light on swearing, sex or graphic violence but heavy on chuckles.

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Reminds me of...

This isn't the best review because it's a recommendation for another series: Dead End Jobs by Elaine Viets. I bring this up because if you've made it this far with Fortune then you like the style of mystery and Dead End Jobs is very similar. Anyway, Gator Bait is more of the same for the series. I liked it but it may need some more development on her would-be asssain.

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Fortune, Gertie,And Ida

The Sinful Ladies are fabulous. Makes me wish I was in the bayou! Great read!!

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  • bebe
  • South Carolina
  • 08-09-16

Very good series

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Good book, but not quite as good as the previous books in the series. I still love the characters as if they were real and the reader is superb.

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Excellent series!

Would you consider the audio edition of Gator Bait to be better than the print version?

The narration is incredibly good!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gator Bait?

The whole book is too good good to just single out an incident.

Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This whole series is narrated by her. She is the perfect narrator.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did, it only took me one day.

Any additional comments?

Superb series and narration.

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Ladies Stand up for life

Excellent story, has an individual plot plus a series plot that is slowly revealing itself.

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and the chuckles roll on

I even had a good belly laugh this one had me on the wrong track! Boy was I surprised

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Not the author’s best effort.

Cassandra Campbell makes this thoroughly mediocre story enjoyable. Miss Fortune remains an engaging character but development of the supporting cast lags in this installment.

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Entertaining!

It was a fun listen.makes you giggles with all the misadventures that the sinful ladies get in too.