CIA assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever - in Sinful, Louisiana....
For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead....
Shaye Archer's life effectively began the night police found her in an alley, beaten and abused and with no memory of the previous 15 years, not even her name....
Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle: she blesses hearts and takes names. She carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag, and her golden retriever, Rhett, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape....
When CIA agent Merry Wrath is "accidently" outted, she's forced her into early retirement, changes her appearance, and moves where no one will ever find her - Iowa....
When out-of-work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she's saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick....
Best friends Annie and Sarah need cash - fast. Sarah, a beautiful, successful lawyer, wants nothing more than to have a baby....
Homicide detective Bryan Clauser is losing his mind. How else to explain the dreams he keeps having - dreams that mirror the gruesome serial murders taking place all over San Francisco?....
The Egg followed Kaden home from the hospital. This glowing shell only he can see transports him across the emptiness between universes to distant worlds, but he's afraid to use it....
Savannah “Van” Leone has loved Peter since the day they met. The problem is, Peter has loved Van’s best friend, Janie, since the moment they met....
Eighteen-year-old Myla Lewis is a girl who loves two things: kicking ass and kicking ass....
As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse....
Simon Watson, a young librarian on the verge of losing his job, lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home - a house perched on the edge of a bluff....
Malachi, Gideon, and Rebecca Sullivan are determined to recover their great-great-grandfather's treasure, reunite the Three Fates, and make their fortune....
Needing someone he can trust, Jayne Frost's father sends her to Nocturne Falls to find out why employees at a toy store are going missing. The more Jayne finds out, the more questions....
Felix Castor used to cast out demons for a living, and London was his stomping ground....
After a decade spent in the glare of the Hollywood spotlight as the star of kids' TV show Half Pint Detective, Sofia Salgado has had enough....
Middle age can be murder.... At least that's how it seems to former crime journalist Wilhelmina Chance, whose near-fatal accident has given her a strange side effect....
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.
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!!!
Disclosure – I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts opinions and ratings are my own.
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63 of 66 people found this review helpful
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.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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!
17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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 :-)
13 of 15 people found this review helpful
I was looking for something light and enjoyable to read, this sounded interesting...a mother-in-law ghost series. I got hooked on the Amelia Peabody Archaeologist Series and thought this might be fun. It had decent reviews, people liked it...big mistake. I tried to like it, I wanted to like it...it did have some good scenes, but overall, it was not very good. After a couple of chapters I noticed that the author mentioned people's butts a lot. He had a cute butt, I looked at the firm butt, she had a big butt, etc. I don't know why I noticed this except it was very sophomoric and out of place. There is a whole part about buying a pink thong that is just stupid. This is one of those authors who have a decent story, but then think that they need to throw in sex innuendo and scenes. I love a good sex scene, but sometimes the story works without one.
The main character also got on my nerves. I hate when educated women are portrayed as whiny and stubborn, rather than confident. She was annoying. There were also many subplots to the story and things kind of drag on in the main plot, then there are all these extra plots we have to wrap up at the end, which I don't get because this is a series...some can continue. It was like a rush to make everything fit together and in doing that, it feels rushed and thrown together.
Oh well, it was one of those books that I listened to before falling asleep. I set the iTunes timer for 25 minutes and if I drifted off before the end, it didn't matter to miss some of the story. I hate leaving books unfinished, so I listened to the entire book, but I wouldn't recommend it. Its one of those books that is appealing on the website, but just doesn't cut it, which is too bad as the idea of a mother-in-law ghost experience had potential.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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!
18 of 23 people found this review helpful
There were both good and bad things going for this story. First off it wasn't boring and I enjoyed the background and the slight mystery. However the romance was barely there, before they were falling in love with each other. I don't mind quick romances, but I don't like them when they are instantly in love. I'm okay if a book ends and they just want to continue the relationship to see where it will go, but unfortunately most books don't do that. Of course you have to read the next book to find out who really killed the bitchy mother-in-law, who the author was trying to get you to like by the end of the book, and she falls a bit short. I liked most of the other characters, but I didn't love them. As for a light cozy mystery/romance this book fit the category and I will probably read the next one, especially since there was a preview of the second book at the end of this book. Which I always think is a good idea to add for books in a series, it makes you listen to it and want the next one more. I have always really liked the narrator. In my opinion Joanna Parker has been good in everything I have listened to and I look forward to more of her readings.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about Trouble in Mudbug?
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
Would you ever listen to anything by Jana DeLeon again?
Not if I had to pay for it.
What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?
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.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
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.
Any additional comments?
It just wasn't for me.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
this was a fun great read. I loved the ghost. She was so hilarious. The book had romance, ghost, murder and was full of twist and turns. I can't wait till the next. I did have my doubts at first but i got a could deal on the audio book and thought i would take a chance. I am glad i did. Love it.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful