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From New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Jana DeLeon, Resurrection in Mudbug, aka The Return of Helena Henry!
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the bayou…
Jadyn St. James is excited to start her job as game warden in Mudbug, Louisiana, and hopes it is the beginning of a new and improved life. She expected to run across any number of odd occurrences in the small bayou town, but she never thought her life would be in danger within a matter of days. And that’s not even the worst thing. Helena Henry was hell on wheels - both alive and dead - when she resided in Mudbug, and a year in heaven hasn’t improved her one bit. Now, she’s back and has brought trouble with her.
When it becomes apparent that a major crime is occurring in Mudbug, Colt Bertrand is more than frustrated to be saddled with an inexperienced game warden, especially one who looks like Jadyn. But it soon becomes apparent that they need to put their differences aside if they expect to solve the crime, and more importantly, stay alive.
This book takes a turn away from the previous format of this series. This time we are going all cozy and juts a flirtation. I ended up starting this series with the 6th book, so I know this "romance" will be draw out over the next book as well. So, do not go into this looking for a HEA, not yet anyway.
This major change in the format wasn't something I loved. It is one of the reasons the series has lost a star. The other reason is the fat bashing. I am sick of it! It is so very uncalled for, sure Helena isn't helping with her wardrobe, but the catty comments pissed me off. Being a curvy girl, I take offence. It was not needed at all for the story and just made me dislike the lead, who I otherwise loved.
I enjoyed the overall mystery here, it wasn't very solvable, but that wasn't a biggie. I enjoyed the journey. Helena is a riot when she gets into the thick of it and forgets she is dead.
Jadyn and Colt are the main characters this time around. They don't have a romance, more of an animosity/flirtation. Most of the book comes from their POV, but there are also scenes from the supporting cast and the bad guys. Those inside thoughts are no help in identifying the villain.
No hanky panky here, bummer. Can't have steam if there isn't a romance.
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 I hope future books have less fat shaming. Although, I will say Helena gives it right back! She has enough sass to keep me in a good mood!
Disclosure – I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts opinions and ratings are my own.
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10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Where does Resurrection in Mudbug rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It is difficult to rank "Resurrection" without the companion books in the series, for me they compliment each other. but among my audio collection I would have to say the entire series rank #1 for me at current.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Helena Henry is my favorite and the funniest character in theses series. I was a little sad when I finished reading "Showdown in Mudbug" and Helena "ascended" :). I was ecstatic to hear that she return in the very next book. I really feel that she makes the book worth reading. U can never imagine what her next antic will be.
What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Johanna Parker, I am amazed at how she can capture each character, and the voice bring the characters to life. I have a habit now of selecting my audio book by the narrator first, then the content. Ms. Parker is at the top of my list of narrators.
Any additional comments?
Keep writing similar and by all means employ Ms. Parker to narrate
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Nothing fancy, no sex, etc but just a cute story. What's not to like with a ridiculous ghost named Helena. Each book is just very entertaining and takes your mind off everything else.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about Resurrection in Mudbug?
This whole series is very cute and I find myself laughing out loud at some of Helena's antics. Can't wait to continue the series. Great for my commute. Some folks don't care for the southern drawl, but I'm from the south and it doesn't bother me at all.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Resurrection in Mudbug?
Helena running through the cemetary
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I love ❤ the series, lots of humor, suspense and thrills. I have not been disappointed with any of the books. Very good job by the narrator.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Jana DeLeon is a true entertainer!! Couldn't wait for next chapter to begin!! Truly FABULOUS!!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Another good installment. This one is missing the sex, but as that was not a major part of previous stories, that's OK. There are smoldering moments, and catty comments, and appreciative looks. That's enough. :-)
The first day on the job has been pretty rough for our main character, but she has walked into a job working near a relative she has not been allowed to be around before, who jumps in to be supportive. Her mother did not think that her Mudbug relatives were good enough, and Marrisa proves her wrong. I wish that there had been a chapter or 2 spent on that background. It sounds like that could be a really good story! People die, and it gets kind of gory and dangerous. There is also backstory on our male main character that I would like to hear more about.
This story seems to be missing a couple of chapters. Oh well. It was still very good, and I finished it in about 24 hours. As always, a good, light read. It's full of characters that I enjoy hearing about, and I think I would like to meet and probably live next-door to. I figured out who the bad guy was pretty quickly, but that didn't cut out the fun of watching Helena make an idiot of herself, or the others try to figure out the puzzle of who did what.
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As the group of friends in Resurrection in Mudbug by Jana DeLeon might draw back in horror to exclaim, “She’s ba-a-ack!” They thought they were rid of Helena when, a year later, the obnoxious ghost has now returned to their lives. She has annoyed God and gotten kicked out of heaven. The people who can see Helena get a scare when Maryse’s cousin, Jaydn, the new game warden in Mudbug, sees Helena. They have noticed that no one ever sees the ghost until that person is in serious risk of losing her life, so they fear that Jaydn may be in danger.
Things get wild when, on Jaydn’s first day on the job, she gets called to a frenzied scene: A group of locals are frantically trying to snatch bags of money floating in the bayou next to a group of sleeping alligators. Even when the gators wake up and start moving towards the people, the people still don’t stop trying to forage for the money, so Jaydn takes the only recourse she can imagine. She shoots each of the bags of money to force them to sink into the muck and take away the incentive for people to be in the bayou. This really amuses Colt, the sheriff, setting the stage for a love/ hate relationship between the two.
At this point, the team of people who can see Helena assign the ghost to stay by Jaydn’s side and alert other people of danger. But Helena is not known for keeping her calm and always panics, creating mayhem in her wake. Those scenes are some of the funniest. And Helena changes costumes all the time, sometimes disturbingly, such as her dress made of salad, which she munches as she goes.
The book is very funny, and I appreciated that while there is romance, the book does not have any graphic sex scenes. While DeLeon is effective at writing such scenes, the types of people who like to read such books, namely fans of cozy mysteries, don’t usually appreciate sex scenes.
Helena is the kind of person (former person?) you love to hate and laugh at as you anticipate her next crazy hijinks. And, as always, she comes through in the end to save the day.
Johanna Parker does a terrific job of narrating the book. I love the sound of her voice and the way she reads the parts of the characters. She seems the ideal person to narrate this book.
Resurrection in Mudbug is a fun, well-written book. It seems to mark a change in DeLeon’s writing that I noticed in Later Gator, her ninth Miss Fortune novel. The books seem to change tone in becoming more family – friendly. While the Miss Fortune books have no sex in them, they do have a lot of bad language. And that book made a similar shift in cutting out the bad language, just as this book cut it back, if not all the way out. And it shows love without sex, which I appreciate. The book is a whole lot of fun and now that it is PG, maybe on the verge of PG-13, it is even more fun than ever! I give it five stars!
I’ve been pushing through with this series because I like the overall story, but I can’t listen to any more. Every single book drops a dozen or more comments on how fat Helena is and how inappropriate her clothing choices are. How does this add anything to the story?? Insulting someone’s weight is not a way to develop relatable characters. It’s a crass attempt at humour and is lazy writing. In this particular book, I was also annoyed at the representation of women and the sexism present, particularly at the beginning. Women in traditionally male jobs is an excellent thing to incorporate, but I think then having Jayden use her ‘womanly wiles’ really reduced this addition to a parody. All in all, while I enjoy the concept of the series, I’m really really over the execution. You can have a fun, sexy mystery without insulting 3/4 of the population (women and overweight people) as all it does is make the characters seem shallow and annoying,
So good. I loved all the books in the Mudbug series. Can't wait for more.