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In Deep Voodoo (Voodoo in Mojo #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  3,314 Ratings  ·  256 Reviews
Start With Bad Mojo . . . There's something strange afoot in the small town of Mojo, Louisiana. Yet even as the annual voodoo festival gets underway, Penny Francisco, who runs a health food business, refuses to believe in black magic. Her mind is on celebrating her divorce from her lying, cheating husband Deke.

Add a Pinprick of Revenge . . .

Fueled by run-ins with her ex-mo
Paperback, 372 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Avon Books
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Jul 27, 2012 Dalene rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2012, cozy-mystery
I chose this book from my free downloads for the Kindle. This was a really fun and quick read. There is plenty of laugh out loud moments all the way to the end.

I enjoyed all of the characters in this book. Penny is the main character and while she helps solve the mystery, she is not portrayed as a “true amateur sleuth” in this book. She kind of takes side notes with B.J. the PI who is visiting town working on missing persons cases. Penny has a few secrets herself.

Penny owns a health food store
May 31, 2013 Tash rated it liked it
I have finally finished this book! I have to admit, it took me some time to finish this book and not because it wasn't good, it was different! I liked it well enough but don't expect me to pick it up for a 2nd go.
Maybe part of the reason I had a didn't really get into the book as much as I'd hope was because I couldn't connect with Penny Francisco, the main character. I viewed her as a weakling and at some point I felt she got what she deserved because she allowed it to happen. If you don't spea
Sep 07, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Having never before read any of this author's works, I was pleasantly surprised by how entertaining this light mystery is. It is not destined to be a classic or even a book I remember reading six months from now but it satisfied what I wanted at the time --- something fun, enjoyable, and the literary equivalent of a small bag of potato chips.

There were parts grisly enough that they didn't bear thinking about too much. There were voodoo sacrifices, not much appreciated by me
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

In Deep Voodoo is an enjoyable, cute, and easy to read, fast-paced cozy--except for the two detailed sex scenes, of course, because I've never seen them so 'adult' in other cozies (so correct me if I'm wrong).  I'll admit that the mystery was intriguing and kept me guessing, although I had a bit of an idea what was going on even if I couldn't pinpoint who the killer was.  Little hints here and there, after all, very obviously point at the resolution to one of the mysterie
Cheryl Landmark
May 31, 2013 Cheryl Landmark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick, entertaining read with a nice blend of humour, light-heartedness, romance and dark, chilling moments. Throw in a voodoo festival, black magic, murder, bone-chilling rituals and a plethora of quirky characters and you have a book that keeps you reading until the end.

Penny Francisco was a likeable character for the most part, although I must say that she was a bit more of a health fanatic than I liked and her attitude annoyed me at times. And, she could have been a little more as
Lynda Kelly
May 12, 2013 Lynda Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another very good book by this author. Again, there are some real laugh-out-loud moments or expressions in it and I really enjoyed it. It's about Penny who is recently divorced and her pals throw her a freedom party. She's given a voodoo doll dressed as her ex and stabs it. All in good fun until said ex is found murdered !! So it's got a nice dose of murder and thriller mixed in with the humour.
Penny is a little uptight and certainly eats some odd stuff all in the healthy living cause and she'd
Sherri F.
I'm a fan of Bond's Body Mover series and also enjoyed her Got Your Number and this one didn't disappoint either. All set in different locations, this one set in small town of Mojo, Louisiana (fictional version of Opelousas, La ?) during the annual Voodoo Festival. There are some strange happenings, but most important to the newly divorced, health food store owner, Penny, is finding her ex-husband killed (stabbed in heart) shortly after her employees/friends throw her a divorce party, where she ...more
May 30, 2013 Bnice rated it really liked it
This was my first read by this author and i enjoyed the reading very much! it was our book club choice for the month. im not really a murder book reade but this book had me wanting to know who killed who and years of secreta were revealed. in a small town if Mojo everything takes place and everything unfolds. i enjoyed getn to know the characters and BJ was my fave! i didnt really like Pennys friends. Like my friends friend told ger daughter, "Friends dont get friends pregnant". That dint happen ...more
Barbara ★
Mar 07, 2009 Barbara ★ rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2009
When Penny Francisco's cheating ex-husband, Deke Black, turns up murdered, Penny is the prime suspect as she was found at the scene by the new younger vindictive girlfriend. Enter gorgeous Cajun PI BJ Beaumont who is helping Penny investigate the many inconsistencies in the police case against her.

This is a light voodoo novel not a dark black magic one. A great mystery with engaging likable characters. The conclusion is very satisfying but leaves enough loose ends - not really connected to the
Feb 18, 2009 Sonja rated it really liked it
I was under the spell of IN DEEP VOODOO by about page 5. The setting immediately drew me in, and the characters and storyline soon after. At first, I was afraid that there were too many characters to keep them all straight, but everything added up in the end in a satisfying, if darker-than-expected conclusion. The most confusing part of the book, for me, was the tone. Lots of light humor inter-mixed with some pretty dark stuff, like a murder and a grisley conclusion. Still, I enjoyed reading it ...more
Andrea Heltsley
This book was fun, but it was also missing something. I enjoyed the mystery plot and some of the unexpected twists. The ending seemed rushed, though. I wanted more of what the whole book led up to. There was some romance, but it didn't build up naturally. There was too much unknown between them and it didn't seem to flow. The whole voodoo plot was unique. Overall, it was a cozy mystery, so I will give it three glittery stars.
Toni N
Jan 05, 2012 Toni N rated it really liked it
Loved this book. Thought the setting/plot was different from any I've read. And, who wouldn't love the whole puke-pink house thing? As a divorced woman, I couldn't imagine living or working across the street from my ex-husband and not throwing something through his windows daily. So good for Penny for being stronger than I. LOL
Ann Marie
Sep 07, 2009 Ann Marie rated it liked it
I liked this but it was a little too creepy for me. This book was a ride carrying murder, a voodoo festival, a snake and a whole bunch of weirdo characters. Even with all of this, I have to say that Bond does weave a great story.
Kay Van Slyke
Jan 05, 2014 Kay Van Slyke rated it really liked it
This was a great, fun read and on my own booklist I will give it 4.5 stars. I loved the characters and the "voodoo" plot. After visiting the torture chambers in Amsterdam, I could truly envision the museum in Mojo. So now it's on to "Voodoo or Die" with Gloria Dalton from the first book.
Marie J
Apr 19, 2012 Marie J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well written novel, with an interesting plot and though it was "somewhat" predictable to some extant, the mystery was still grabbing enough to make it a page turner.
Debbie Krenzer
May 13, 2013 Debbie Krenzer rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
A lighthearted and easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed Stephanie Bond's "Body Movers" series and then learned that she was doing more romance novels ( not my genre). Found it as a deal on Amazon.
Paris        (kerbytejas)
Jul 06, 2014 Paris (kerbytejas) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Overall plot was pretty good, kept me guessing who dunn-it, but it was very drawn out.
Dec 07, 2015 Julia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
This book was supposed to have been a humorous mystery. I really couldn't find anything funny about it at all. I didn't even like the main character. Just awful.
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Jun 23, 2017 Tina rated it really liked it
Penny, newly-divorced and living in her own over a beignet shop in Mojo, LA, finds herself at the very center of a murder mystery. At her divorce party, she sticks a pin in the voodoo doll of her ex-husband about the time someone is doing the same to her real ex. With the chief of police, who has secrets of her own, anxious to arrest her, Penny is aided in unraveling the murder by her friends and employees, as well as a hunky PI in town looking for some missing young women. It won't be ...more
Elizabeth Norvell
Fun book

Great, easy read with lots of twists and turns. Good character development and fun to watch them develop. Enjoy it
Wendy Cantu
From the window of her herb shop, Penny Francisco heartbreakingly watches painters slather on coats of Pepto Bismal Pink paint to the old Victorian home she had put her blood, sweat and tears into restoring. It was no longer her home - not since her cheating lying ex, Deke, got it in the divorce. Now, his young blonde floozy of a girlfriend lived there. And clearly, she had about as good taste in decorating as she does in men.

As much as she hated Deke for what he'd put her through, she didn't wa
The Booklover Butterfly
In Deep Voodoo by Stephanie Bond is a light romantic suspense novel set in Louisiana with cute, funny characters and a simple but entertaining plot. Penny Francisco, newly divorced, is celebrating her new freedom from her cheating scumbag ex-husband, Deke, in the small town of Mojo, Louisiana at the same time that the annual Voodoo festival is going on. While she’s having a good time at the divorce party her friends have thrown for her, she receives a joke gift of a voodoo doll that looks a lot ...more
Sep 01, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it
This was the second book by Stephanie Bond that I read. I really like this author. She has some great laughs included in her stories. I'm sure anyone who picks up one of her booss would find them interesting.
The book has been entertaining and a very fast raad. I would really refer this book to anyone. I can't remember all the particular as it has been a while since I've read the book. The info on the book here at Good Reads: Start With Bad Mojo . . . There's something strange afoot in the small
Sep 12, 2013 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
"When Deke Black is stabbed through the heart with a lawn stake, the secrets of Mojo, La., start bursting to the fore in this lively first of a new romantic mystery trilogy from Rita Award–winner Bond (Whole Lotta Trouble). Deke's ex, health-food store owner Penny Francisco, is the primary suspect. Not only was she found at the scene of the crime holding the murder weapon but, at her divorce celebration, she stabbed a voodoo doll bearing Deke's likeness. The police are keen to pin the crime on P ...more
Jun 20, 2011 Christine rated it liked it
This is an amusing story and a quick read.
Newly divorced Penny owns a business across the street from her old home - a Victorian that she lovingly restored. She is horrified to see that her ex-husband's girlfriend (the woman he cheated on her with) is having it painted 'puke pink.'
She's still not over the divorce despite having left him and starting divorce proceedings 10 months ago. One of her employees throws Penny a divorce party and this is where a lot of the trouble starts. Penny receives
Elizabeth Noah Astle
This is the first book of Stephanie Bond that I have read.

Penny is a newly divorcee. Her health shop is right across the street where her now ex-husband Zeke and his mistress, Sheena (who was the cause of the failed marriage) now live.

One of Penny's employees, Marie, throws her a divorced party and it really takes off from there. Next thing Penny knows is that her ex is dead and she is the number one suspect. Penny joins forces with BJ, who is a private detective in town during the voodoo festiv
Apr 16, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it
Stephanie Bond's light and fluffy romance, "In Deep Voodoo" is set in the fictitious town of Mojo, LA, where black magic is all too real. The town's voodoo festival sets the scene for health food business owner Penny Francisco is celebrating her divorce from cheating husband Deke. Deke's mother is the town's mayor and this causes problems for Penny. Add to this Deke's new wife, a busty blond named Sheena who paints an old mansion pink just to annoy Penny.

At Penny's emancipation party, she is gi
May 22, 2012 Eperdu rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Overall I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read that had a lot of amusing characters and ideas. I think that I'd probably continue reading this series. It reminded me of the Southern Vampire Mysteries series (Sookie Stackhouse) by Charlaine Harris. It had the quirky characters, the mystery and the southern bent.

There was a lot that wasn't wrapped up in the story but I know there are more in the series. I'm fairly certain these issues will crop up again.

One issue I had was the number of people
Oct 29, 2012 Yve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great, fast, fun read.

Penny Francisco has just divorced her no-good, two-timing husband of eight years,, naturally, a celebration is in order. Penny's divorce party happens to fall on the opening day of The Voodoo Festival, so, when her guests suggest that, in celebration of her divorce, she "stick it to" a voodoo doll she was given as a gag gift, Penny feels inclined to humor her guests. Later, when her recently ex-husband, Deke, is found murdered and she is pinned as the main suspect
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