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‘Til death do us part? Ida Belle, Fortune, and Gertie are gearing up for the big day—Ida Belle’s wedding to Walter—but when the caterer goes missing just a week before the big day, it puts a huge black mark on the joyous celebration. Molly Broussard is no stranger to being in the limelight, so when the former cage fighter turned in her boxing gloves for pots and pans, every ‘Til death do us part? Ida Belle, Fortune, and Gertie are gearing up for the big day—Ida Belle’s wedding to Walter—but when the caterer goes missing just a week before the big day, it puts a huge black mark on the joyous celebration. Molly Broussard is no stranger to being in the limelight, so when the former cage fighter turned in her boxing gloves for pots and pans, everyone who knew her was surprised…until they ate her food. From all appearances, Molly took her boat out that day and simply never returned. An extensive search of the bayous finally produces the boat, but there is no sign of Molly. With no evidence of foul play, Sinful residents are ready to conclude that this is simply another tragic and all-too-common accident. Nickel Bordelon spent half of his time in trouble and the other half paying for it. But one thing he knows for certain—Molly was murdered. When he asks Fortune to take the case, she isn’t sure there’s anything to find, but his emotional plea has her agreeing to look into it. As Swamp Team 3 begin their investigation, they find more layers to Molly’s disappearance than in Ida Belle’s wedding cake.


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‘Til death do us part? Ida Belle, Fortune, and Gertie are gearing up for the big day—Ida Belle’s wedding to Walter—but when the caterer goes missing just a week before the big day, it puts a huge black mark on the joyous celebration. Molly Broussard is no stranger to being in the limelight, so when the former cage fighter turned in her boxing gloves for pots and pans, every ‘Til death do us part? Ida Belle, Fortune, and Gertie are gearing up for the big day—Ida Belle’s wedding to Walter—but when the caterer goes missing just a week before the big day, it puts a huge black mark on the joyous celebration. Molly Broussard is no stranger to being in the limelight, so when the former cage fighter turned in her boxing gloves for pots and pans, everyone who knew her was surprised…until they ate her food. From all appearances, Molly took her boat out that day and simply never returned. An extensive search of the bayous finally produces the boat, but there is no sign of Molly. With no evidence of foul play, Sinful residents are ready to conclude that this is simply another tragic and all-too-common accident. Nickel Bordelon spent half of his time in trouble and the other half paying for it. But one thing he knows for certain—Molly was murdered. When he asks Fortune to take the case, she isn’t sure there’s anything to find, but his emotional plea has her agreeing to look into it. As Swamp Team 3 begin their investigation, they find more layers to Molly’s disappearance than in Ida Belle’s wedding cake.

30 review for Gators and Garters

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Fortune has spent the last few books as a private investigator. On each of the cases she has been dogging Carter. I think it is about time that she does some normal PI work. Maybe a murder can grow out of that, but the conflict with Carter over a Fortune butting into his murder investigation is getting old. What never gets old is the humor and mysteries our three heroines solve in each book and this one is not different. Ida Belle is finally going to marry Walter after making the old guy wait ove Fortune has spent the last few books as a private investigator. On each of the cases she has been dogging Carter. I think it is about time that she does some normal PI work. Maybe a murder can grow out of that, but the conflict with Carter over a Fortune butting into his murder investigation is getting old. What never gets old is the humor and mysteries our three heroines solve in each book and this one is not different. Ida Belle is finally going to marry Walter after making the old guy wait over 40 years! Of course Ida Belle is her own woman and no one, even her bestie Gertie, can talk her into something she doesn't want. That isn't to say she doesn't try and the dress shop scene is hilarious. But, after a meeting, the caterer, Molly, goes missing and the plans for Ida Belle's big day are in serious trouble since Molly Broussard it simply the best caterer in Sinful, LA. Molly has disappeared and foul play is suspected. Her no good boyfriend is making claims and her abusive absentee father is too. Both had reason to want Molly gone. Molly had turned her life around from an abusive childhood to an abusive husband, who she killed, she became a cage fighter and then a successful caterer. When Molly's friend, Nickel Bordelon, hires Fortune to find out what happened, Fortune finds a lot more than anyone expected. Everyone agrees that Molly never would have left anything to either her cheating boyfriend or her no good father. Which makes them prime suspects in her disappearance.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Y'all know me. Slap "Miss Fortune Mystery" on the title and I'm there...for better or worse. This one falls mostly in the better category. Celia finally gets a breather from being the butt of all the town's jokes. Fortune clashes with Carter only an average amount of times. And the story tries to keep things action-packed, though the vulgar jokes still fly. (I guess vulgar I can handle, but why butts and poop have to surface as punchlines so frequently...I'll never understand.) Ida Belle is final Y'all know me. Slap "Miss Fortune Mystery" on the title and I'm there...for better or worse. This one falls mostly in the better category. Celia finally gets a breather from being the butt of all the town's jokes. Fortune clashes with Carter only an average amount of times. And the story tries to keep things action-packed, though the vulgar jokes still fly. (I guess vulgar I can handle, but why butts and poop have to surface as punchlines so frequently...I'll never understand.) Ida Belle is finally getting married, but when her caterer disappears two weeks before the wedding, Fortune takes on the job. Unfortunately, it looks like the caterer's dead, and in a manner suspiciously like another death from years earlier... The plot is horrendously predicable but, hey, I don't read these for their great mental profundity. I mostly read for Gertie.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sandee

    Excellent series, excellent book. The caterer for Ida Belle's wedding has gone missing, presumed dead. Was she murdered? Similarities to the death of her brother points to certain people. This book is exciting, adventurous, and action-packed. Gertie is her usual mischievous self but the story is more focused on who the murderer is when the clues point to everyone being guilty. I loved the mystery solving. I loved the wedding preparation shenanigans. I enjoyed this book very much. I highly recomm Excellent series, excellent book. The caterer for Ida Belle's wedding has gone missing, presumed dead. Was she murdered? Similarities to the death of her brother points to certain people. This book is exciting, adventurous, and action-packed. Gertie is her usual mischievous self but the story is more focused on who the murderer is when the clues point to everyone being guilty. I loved the mystery solving. I loved the wedding preparation shenanigans. I enjoyed this book very much. I highly recommend this series and this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    Gators and Garters by Jana Deleon was another delightful return to Sinful, Louisiana. I can count on a great mystery and Gertie antics to laugh my way through the afternoon. The bachelor party for Ida Belle was everything I expect from Gertie and the ending with Ida Belle and Walter's wedding was perfect - hilarious but perfect. Gators and Garters by Jana Deleon was another delightful return to Sinful, Louisiana. I can count on a great mystery and Gertie antics to laugh my way through the afternoon. The bachelor party for Ida Belle was everything I expect from Gertie and the ending with Ida Belle and Walter's wedding was perfect - hilarious but perfect.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Fun Fun happens whenever you get Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie together. Add in a bachelorette party and a wedding, and its even more fun and laughs!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karina Fabian

    Such fun! Another great mystery, with a terrific twist and a lot of heart. Can't wait for the next one. Highly recommend. Such fun! Another great mystery, with a terrific twist and a lot of heart. Can't wait for the next one. Highly recommend.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Eden

    2020 bk 282. I spent the day reading this between emails and phone calls. Jana Deleon is the queen of middle age/senior mystery humor. She is also the queen of writing slapstick comedy so clearly that it is as if the novel is running across your television screen. Sinful, Louisiana is a wonderful setting for this novel of our former CIA/current PI, her sheriff boyfriend, and two senior, Vietnam Vet, still ready for action lady friends. The trio (the sheriff has to work by the books), embroil the 2020 bk 282. I spent the day reading this between emails and phone calls. Jana Deleon is the queen of middle age/senior mystery humor. She is also the queen of writing slapstick comedy so clearly that it is as if the novel is running across your television screen. Sinful, Louisiana is a wonderful setting for this novel of our former CIA/current PI, her sheriff boyfriend, and two senior, Vietnam Vet, still ready for action lady friends. The trio (the sheriff has to work by the books), embroil themselves in learning who made IdaBelle 's(one of the vets) caterer disappear/die two weeks before the wedding. In discovery what has happened, a motel is bombed, a bear tries to eat Fortune, the trio is chased by a herd of giant rats, icing is tasted and picked, cookies are made, Gertie makes friends with a codger who spends his time in front of a store, and swamp boat rides are made. (Maybe not in that particular order). A most enjoyable read! I think I might read it again before the weekend is over - I love the laughter I get from these books.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Irwin

    I Always Cry At Weddings Book 18 in the Miss Fortune Series did not disappoint! Action, suspense, drama, explosions and, of course, wardrobe mishaps. The usual angst and humor involving Celia was notably missing, though she did make a cameo appearance in Walter's store. The introduction of new characters was refreshing and even a little promising for Gertie! We shall see. There's a note at the end of the book saying the next book in the series would be out towards the end of 2020. That leaves abo I Always Cry At Weddings Book 18 in the Miss Fortune Series did not disappoint! Action, suspense, drama, explosions and, of course, wardrobe mishaps. The usual angst and humor involving Celia was notably missing, though she did make a cameo appearance in Walter's store. The introduction of new characters was refreshing and even a little promising for Gertie! We shall see. There's a note at the end of the book saying the next book in the series would be out towards the end of 2020. That leaves about 4months until Swamp Team 3 is at it again!! I can't wait!!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Abibliofob

    I have spent some time in Sinful Louisiana together with Swamp Team 3. Gators and Garters is the latest book by Jana Deleon. I always enjoy the books about Miss Fortune ex CIA assassin. This time we have a wedding going on and a former cage fighter turned caterer gone missing, presumed dead. Will Gertie marry Walter? And if so how will her standing in the Sinful Ladies society work out? Is Molly Broussard dead? If so who did it?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marsha

    It hard to believe that “Gators and Garters” is the 18th installment in the Miss Fortune series. I just love the world of Sinful, LA that Ms. Leon has created and the crazy, offbeat friendship between Ida Belle, Gertie and Fortune is the absolute best! This time Ida Belle is planning for her upcoming nuptials to Walter in two weeks. She refuses to wear a wedding gown and as opted for camo wear. Yep, cargo pockets and all. A woman has to have room for her gun and ammo of course! Ida Belle is having It hard to believe that “Gators and Garters” is the 18th installment in the Miss Fortune series. I just love the world of Sinful, LA that Ms. Leon has created and the crazy, offbeat friendship between Ida Belle, Gertie and Fortune is the absolute best! This time Ida Belle is planning for her upcoming nuptials to Walter in two weeks. She refuses to wear a wedding gown and as opted for camo wear. Yep, cargo pockets and all. A woman has to have room for her gun and ammo of course! Ida Belle is having the wedding in Fortune’s backyard and the only person she entrusts in cooking the Crawfish she has planned is Molly. Molly is a 6’2” ex-con and cage fighter but she is the best cook in Sinful. When she goes missing Fortune is hired to find out what happened to her. Investigating the crime puts Fortune on the tail of some pretty despicable people including Molly’s cheating boyfriend and her abusive father. Of course the investigation takes on another level when Fortune discovers Molly’s brother, Johnny died in a mysterious way. There are plenty of crazy moments to be had when Ida Belle, Gertie and Fortune get together. This read is chocked full of twists and turns with deception lurking everywhere. I just loved it and the wedding was all I could hope for complete with a surprise appearance by none other than my favorite gator, Godzilla. If you haven’t read this series start with book one and enjoy the most memorable roller coaster ride of your reading life!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gail Koger

    Loved this book. It was a hilarious romp from the get go. It had action, suspense, drama, explosions and twists and turns. The mystery will keep you guessing until the end. AND Ida Bell gets married!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Megan W. (pnwbookworm)

    Love these books I love these mysteries and they just keep getting better! I loved the mystery in this one and thought it was especially well done in this book! Can’t wait for the next one!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lynne

    As usual with this series, hilariously entertaining - and they solve the mystery! I'm always hungry at the end of a Miss Fortune novel because the author discusses the food Swamp Team 3 are eating and it all sounds good, and this was Ida Belle's wedding feast, so yum. As usual with this series, hilariously entertaining - and they solve the mystery! I'm always hungry at the end of a Miss Fortune novel because the author discusses the food Swamp Team 3 are eating and it all sounds good, and this was Ida Belle's wedding feast, so yum.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pamela McCarter

    As always a great laugh Still one of my favorite series. Love the new characters. Can't wait to see if Gertie and Jeb get into trouble together. As always a great laugh Still one of my favorite series. Love the new characters. Can't wait to see if Gertie and Jeb get into trouble together.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mel Raschke

    Silly fun book for an escape...good for COVID reading. You don't have to think. Silly fun book for an escape...good for COVID reading. You don't have to think.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pat Jones

    Now that I have completed the series to date I would like to share my thoughts. What a wonderful series full of characters to fall in love with. The Miss Fortune books are laugh out loud hilarious. Take my word for it. Once you read book one you won’t stop until you have read them all!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary Banik

    Perfect Jana will ALWAYS get 5 stars from me! Nothing makes me laugh as hard as I do while reading her books.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dallass

    It’s finally here 👰 I have been waiting for this since the first books. Yes, this is Fortunes story/series, but today it was Ida Belles time to shine. The whole book revolves around trying to get Ida Belle and Walter down the aisle without a hitch, but unfortunately someone forgot to tell the missing person that. As always it was a great fast paced story with an outrageously improbable plot that seems to be a Fortune speciality. Love the characters (only one quick Celia run in though), and we eve It’s finally here 👰 I have been waiting for this since the first books. Yes, this is Fortunes story/series, but today it was Ida Belles time to shine. The whole book revolves around trying to get Ida Belle and Walter down the aisle without a hitch, but unfortunately someone forgot to tell the missing person that. As always it was a great fast paced story with an outrageously improbable plot that seems to be a Fortune speciality. Love the characters (only one quick Celia run in though), and we even run into some ‘Nam veterans who take a shine to the troublesome trio. I had such a fun time reading this and it was as enjoyable as always. 4 stars ⭐️

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nate Brightman

    I was thrilled to discover Jana Deleon had added an 18th book to her Miss Fortune series. I happily readied myself for another trip to the little bayou town of Sinful La. full of crazy, quirky and sometimes criminal residents. All the usual familiar characters make an appearance in this one. I discovered the series last Spring and quickly burned through all 17 of the published books. It has been so long since the 17th book was released I’d given up hope there’d be more to come. The namesake of t I was thrilled to discover Jana Deleon had added an 18th book to her Miss Fortune series. I happily readied myself for another trip to the little bayou town of Sinful La. full of crazy, quirky and sometimes criminal residents. All the usual familiar characters make an appearance in this one. I discovered the series last Spring and quickly burned through all 17 of the published books. It has been so long since the 17th book was released I’d given up hope there’d be more to come. The namesake of the series is now retired ex-CIA assassin turned P.I. Fortune Redding. If you’re not familiar with the series this book can easily be read as a standalone. Deleon did an outstanding job of blending enough of Fortune’s history into this story to make new readers of the series feel comfortable. This book like the others is long on humor courtesy of the two crazy senior citizens Ida Belle and Gertie (sort of the Golden Girls with guns and explosives) with some mystery and action and very little romance mixed in. This series is definitely not contemporary romance. In fact there’s so little romance I feel sorry for Walter, Ida Belle’s soon to be husband. A week before her wedding to Walter who had been asking Ida Belle to marry him for forty years before she finally accepted his proposal. Ida Belle sounds like a woman who still has no real interest in being married and blending her life with Walter’s. Fortune who seems to be a younger version of Ida Belle has been dating (sleeping with) Deputy Carter for a year now but neither she nor Carter are in any hurry to take their relationship to the next level by moving in with each other satisfied with those nights when they both can find the time, energy and inclination to spend the night together. Both bristle anytime someone mentions marriage. Even though Fortune tells us that Carter loves her and they are in a committed relationship, I can’t help feeling like what they really have is a deep friendship with benefits. Which I would say qualifies for the perfect marriage if they both didn't need so much personal space. Considering Fortune’s background I'm not sure if she'll ever be ready to marry? Perhaps by book #30? As the synopsis says this story is built around the disappearance of Molly a former cage match wrestler now caterer extraordinaire whom Ida Belle had hired to cater her wedding. A week before the wedding Molly mysteriously disappears. All the signs are there to indicate foul play was involved. Now all Swamp Team 3 has to do is sort through the many possible suspects to figure out who did it. All the laughs are still there with Gertie trying to wrangle the resistant Ida Belle into traditional wedding customs from dresses to a stagette party. Plus Gertie’s usual handbag of explosive tricks and untimely clumsiness. I thought what lifted this story a bit above many of the others in this series was Deleon really stepped up her suspense and mystery game in this story. There’s also a strong social message about victims of domestic abuse and the pathology of how they get into violent relationships and why they stay. Lots of laughs, lots of suspense and even a little more romance as Ida Belle and Walter get ready to say their I Dos.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sonja Spahn

    Did Jana DeLeon release Gators and Garters just so we Louisiana folks had hilarity during Hurricane Laura? Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. The only thing that could keep my mind off savage winds, trees falling like dominos and torrential side-ways rain topping sandbags and creeping into the house...are Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie crazy swamp adventures! Hard to cry over no electricity (i.e. sweltering and sweating in the heat) and humidity thick as Spanish moss when you are laugh Did Jana DeLeon release Gators and Garters just so we Louisiana folks had hilarity during Hurricane Laura? Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. The only thing that could keep my mind off savage winds, trees falling like dominos and torrential side-ways rain topping sandbags and creeping into the house...are Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie crazy swamp adventures! Hard to cry over no electricity (i.e. sweltering and sweating in the heat) and humidity thick as Spanish moss when you are laughing at an invading nutra army. Even if you aren’t looking down the barrel of a cat 4 hurricane, you’ll get such a kick out of riding along with our heroes and all the characters you’ve grown to love in Sinful. Louisiana. (I’m a librarian so I’m going to recommend readers have the book...but the release surprised me and I downloaded it to my phone’s Kindle app knowing I’d welcome having a version that didn’t require electricity to read on hurricane eve!) Seriously, thanks to Jana DeLeon for providing much-needed comic relief just in the nick of time. I can’t tell you how nice it was to catch up with the Sinful Krewe. I’m going to consider it my personal Hurricane Recovery Assistance. Savor it in fair weather as well as foul, and sit back and prepare to be entertained Cajun-Style.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mary Heron

    Another mystery to solve for Seal Team Six. Fortune, Ida-Belle and Gertie are in the final stretch of preparations for Ida-Belles wedding to Walter. Miss Molly is doing the catering she is the best caterer around and also.a.good friend of Ida-Belles and Gerties. Two.weeks before the wedding Molly goes missing while out on her boat in suspicious circumstances and is presumed dead. Fortune is hired to investigate but there are not many clues to go on and no one seemed to know Molly really well. Her Another mystery to solve for Seal Team Six. Fortune, Ida-Belle and Gertie are in the final stretch of preparations for Ida-Belles wedding to Walter. Miss Molly is doing the catering she is the best caterer around and also.a.good friend of Ida-Belles and Gerties. Two.weeks before the wedding Molly goes missing while out on her boat in suspicious circumstances and is presumed dead. Fortune is hired to investigate but there are not many clues to go on and no one seemed to know Molly really well. Her boyfriend is more interested in claiming her estate, her father also thinks he has a claim. But neither is worried for Molly and when the search is called off show no signs of grief. Molly had a hard life and the evidence that those closest to her care nothing for her makes the terrible trio more determined than usual to find answers for what happened to her.Molly may not be alive but Fortune and friends will make sure she gets justice. The relationship.between Fortune, Ida-Belle and Gertie is beautiful, an Ex C I A assassin and two elderly ladies who were in intelligence during the Vietnam war. From the moment they met they clicked as if they had always been friends, a brilliant series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    To say I am addicted to the Miss Fortune series would be an understatement. I came upon this series late in the game and made it through 12 books in about two weeks. I just could not put them down. So I am always beyond thrilled when a new book comes out. Gators & Garters is going to be up there as one of my Top 5 Favorites of the Miss Fortune series! It has all the perfect elements that fans of the series have come to expect, along with a really interesting mystery to follow. It had laugh out lo To say I am addicted to the Miss Fortune series would be an understatement. I came upon this series late in the game and made it through 12 books in about two weeks. I just could not put them down. So I am always beyond thrilled when a new book comes out. Gators & Garters is going to be up there as one of my Top 5 Favorites of the Miss Fortune series! It has all the perfect elements that fans of the series have come to expect, along with a really interesting mystery to follow. It had laugh out loud for 5 minutes straight moments; it revolved around the long awaited wedding of Ida Bell and Walter; it had wonderful Gertie moments; and it had me glued to the story until I finished. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If you have never read this series before, definitely give this book a read. I promise that you will finish this book and come back to the beginning to read all the stories that led up to this. If you have been a fan of the series, you will be VERY happy with this story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    jacqueline houldey

    Loved it!, As usual the book was funny, exciting , full of action. It had a good storyline and great characters, As usual the book was funny, exciting , full of action. It had a good storyline and great characters, I have read all 18 in this series and have crieAs usual the book was funny, exciting , full of action. It had a good storyline and great characters, As usual the book was funny, exciting , full of action. It had a good storyline and great characters, I have read all 18 in this series Loved it!, As usual the book was funny, exciting , full of action. It had a good storyline and great characters, As usual the book was funny, exciting , full of action. It had a good storyline and great characters, I have read all 18 in this series and have crieAs usual the book was funny, exciting , full of action. It had a good storyline and great characters, As usual the book was funny, exciting , full of action. It had a good storyline and great characters, I have read all 18 in this series and have cried with laughter at fortune,Ida and Gertie's escapadesd with laughter at fortune,Ida and Gertie's escapades Jana Deleon has done it again I have read all 18 of the Fortune mystery they never fail to entertain she makes me laugh until I cry. Such great characters I love them all.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lou Webb

    A caterer-less wedding? Maybe Ida Belle has finally agreed to marry Walter and all the preparations, but with only about a week to go, her caterer mysteriously disappeared. She disappeared in the bayou and her boat was easily found, but no body has turned up after an intensive search. Fortune is hired to find Molly, the caterer. Investigation and hijinks follow, and more than one mystery is solved with hard work and a bear chase. As always, Ms. DeLeon has provided a high-quality story complete wi A caterer-less wedding? Maybe Ida Belle has finally agreed to marry Walter and all the preparations, but with only about a week to go, her caterer mysteriously disappeared. She disappeared in the bayou and her boat was easily found, but no body has turned up after an intensive search. Fortune is hired to find Molly, the caterer. Investigation and hijinks follow, and more than one mystery is solved with hard work and a bear chase. As always, Ms. DeLeon has provided a high-quality story complete with mysteries, quirky characters, and laughs galore. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves fun and mysteries. You might even want to start with the first book in the series and follow Fortune’s adventures from the beginning. You won’t regret it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda G. DeLap

    Who knew mystery and murder could be so hilarious? Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie are at it again. I've read this whole series, twice actually, and this one made me laugh the most. I love humor in a who done it book. Fortune's threat assessment on every man she meets is so comical. Fortune in her PI gig, figured out the murderer but not till the very end with many twists and turns. Jana adds lots of side characters that I love. She makes them empathetic to whatever the girls are up to. I like the Who knew mystery and murder could be so hilarious? Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie are at it again. I've read this whole series, twice actually, and this one made me laugh the most. I love humor in a who done it book. Fortune's threat assessment on every man she meets is so comical. Fortune in her PI gig, figured out the murderer but not till the very end with many twists and turns. Jana adds lots of side characters that I love. She makes them empathetic to whatever the girls are up to. I like the line, 'it's nice to have friends that ride or die'. That's what's great about this series, the friends , their support of over another, all the troubles they get into and all the lies to get themselves out of trouble.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    I LOVE this series and this book was awesome! The characters are likable and interesting. The cozy mystery is intriguing with some twists that you won’t guess, even after reading all 18 books! Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie are hired by Nickel from the Swamp Bar to find his friend Molly who is presumed dead after a boating accident. Turns out Molly was going to be the caterer for Ida Belle’s wedding. Fortune’s boyfriend Carter is also working on the case which causes a few problems. Ida Belle an I LOVE this series and this book was awesome! The characters are likable and interesting. The cozy mystery is intriguing with some twists that you won’t guess, even after reading all 18 books! Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie are hired by Nickel from the Swamp Bar to find his friend Molly who is presumed dead after a boating accident. Turns out Molly was going to be the caterer for Ida Belle’s wedding. Fortune’s boyfriend Carter is also working on the case which causes a few problems. Ida Belle and especially Gertie are up to their usual helpfulness! There is friendship, humor and romance. Plus Ida Belle and Walter get married! This is one of the BEST cozy series out there! Thanks Jana and keep writing! The audiobook is very well done and it is fun to listen to.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Stewart

    Many others have reviewed this book and I can’t add significantly to those reviews except to say that if you have never read the Miss Fortune series this will still be a fun read. However, I DO recommend starting at the beginning of the series and reading them in order. Getting to know Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie is a hoot! They are so much fun and the development of their stories grows from book to book without losing momentum. Even my husband is hooked on their stories and has read every one Many others have reviewed this book and I can’t add significantly to those reviews except to say that if you have never read the Miss Fortune series this will still be a fun read. However, I DO recommend starting at the beginning of the series and reading them in order. Getting to know Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie is a hoot! They are so much fun and the development of their stories grows from book to book without losing momentum. Even my husband is hooked on their stories and has read every one of them. Give yourself a break from hum drum day to day duties and boring TV and join the trio of ladies on a romp through the bayous, battles, and beasts of Sinful, Louisiana. You won’t regret it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marj

    This is number 18 in the Miss Fortune series, and Gert, Ida Belle, and Fortune are involved in another mystery. Ida Belle is finally getting ready to marry Walter, and hires the best caterer in Sinful, Louisiana to do the food. Shortly after they make the arrangements, the caterer, Molly Broussard, disappears. An old friend of Molly's hires the ladies to investigate Molly's disappearance, and they throw themselves into it. They find out about Molly's abusive childhood, the disappearance/death of This is number 18 in the Miss Fortune series, and Gert, Ida Belle, and Fortune are involved in another mystery. Ida Belle is finally getting ready to marry Walter, and hires the best caterer in Sinful, Louisiana to do the food. Shortly after they make the arrangements, the caterer, Molly Broussard, disappears. An old friend of Molly's hires the ladies to investigate Molly's disappearance, and they throw themselves into it. They find out about Molly's abusive childhood, the disappearance/death of her brother, her abusive first husband, and her abusive current boyfriend. I've enjoyed all of the Miss Fortune books I've read so far, and this is no exception. The mystery is well written, with plenty of humor, and the characters are memorable. Looking forward to the next in the series!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Another great novel in the Miss Fortune series. As always, plenty of characters… And I do mean characters… That was fun and interesting and just about me laugh out loud. We had the requisite explosions, alligators, semi nudity, etc. yummy character we really didn’t get to see reseal yeah but that makes sense given the main event of this book. I’m looking forward to seeing whether purity is able to shuffle together a relationship with one of those guys play mat. And of course Fortune did her usua Another great novel in the Miss Fortune series. As always, plenty of characters… And I do mean characters… That was fun and interesting and just about me laugh out loud. We had the requisite explosions, alligators, semi nudity, etc. yummy character we really didn’t get to see reseal yeah but that makes sense given the main event of this book. I’m looking forward to seeing whether purity is able to shuffle together a relationship with one of those guys play mat. And of course Fortune did her usual great job sniffing out the culprits. This is one of those series that always makes you feel comfortable and yet you know you’re going to get something new and interesting each book. Really looking forward to the next one.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    You can't go wrong with a Miss Fortune book. In the two weeks heading up to Ida Belle and Walter's wedding. Well? It's just not Sinful if things don't go according to plan. Ida Belle drops off a payment to her former Cage Fighter caterer. Later that same day, said caterer disappears and is presumed to be dead. An unlikely friend of the caterer hires Fortune to find her, or at least what happened. The Swamp Team has their hands full. With the main suspects being the caterer's boyfriend and his othe You can't go wrong with a Miss Fortune book. In the two weeks heading up to Ida Belle and Walter's wedding. Well? It's just not Sinful if things don't go according to plan. Ida Belle drops off a payment to her former Cage Fighter caterer. Later that same day, said caterer disappears and is presumed to be dead. An unlikely friend of the caterer hires Fortune to find her, or at least what happened. The Swamp Team has their hands full. With the main suspects being the caterer's boyfriend and his other girlfriend, to her abusive father. Fortune also comes up with clues to the caterer's brothers death from several years ago.

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