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Swamp Sniper

(Miss Fortune Mystery #3)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  9,390 ratings  ·  490 reviews
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jana DeLeon, the third book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series.
When only a crack shot will do…
In the two weeks CIA assassin Fortune Redding has been hiding in Sinful, Louisiana, she’s been harassed, poisoned, and shot at…and that was the easy part. But now, she’s about to face her biggest challenge since setting foot in
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Published September 30th 2013 by Jana DeLeon (first published September 25th 2013)
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Shirleen Miller
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
• OH WOW this is good. Even if you have not read the other two it is a stand alone. BUT do read the other two as one of the very few authors out there who does not have half of previous book in the next. And each book is more like coming home to good family. You will fall in love with Fortune, Gertie and Ida Bell and maybe a bit of drool over Carter. But the most important thing that will happen is you will laugh and laugh and laugh out loud. Jana can spin a tale that you are right in the scene ...more
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it
This wasn't my favorite of the Miss Fortune series. I thought the story was good, though getting even less believable because the stories occur in such a short time span. My favorite part of these stories is the humor and witty banter and this one was good, but not as good as the previous book in that area. I will still continue with the series because I really enjoy these Sinful ladies.

By the way, for anyone interested, Sinful, Louisiana has its own website. The can check it out here: http://s
Jacob Proffitt
Oct 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, mystery, chaste
This is a series that is loosely related. There's not a ton of overlap, though the relationship between Fortune and Carter seems to be on a slow-burn progression. So I recommend reading in order, but you don't really have to. Definitely read at least the first, though, because the girl squad really does need some background, I think.

I'm not sure it actually works for the characters to be wondering what's up with all the shenanigans since Fortune became a resident. I mean, it's part of the series
Jeanne Adamek
This is the hardest rating I have ever given. I liked the story, it was funny and the characters were quirky, but I find that I am less into the cozy mystery genre than I have been. Maybe because it was a favorite genre that I have been reading for at least 30 years-- starting with the different Charlotte Macleod series', Mrs. Polifax series and the Death by Demand series... Maybe it has just been too much and I need a larger break than I thought.

Still, I would recommend this book to cozy myster
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Swamp Sniper by Jana Deleon was not a disappointment. I couldn't get book #2 from my library so I skipped on to this one. I know I missed another fun romp with Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie with book #2 but I'll go back and get it when it's available.
Ms. Deleon's imagination is amazing when it comes to what she puts these ladies up to and I'm glad. Another wild ride as Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie are now investigating a murder that has implicated Ida Belle. I laughed till I cried at their str
In the two weeks CIA assassin Fortune Redding has been hiding in Sinful, Louisiana, she’s been harassed, poisoned, and shot at…and that was the easy part. But now, she’s about to face her biggest challenge since setting foot in the tiny bayou town.

This is the third book in the Miss Fortune series, set in Louisiana. I have no idea why I'm still reading these. They are mediocre at best and not nearly as funny as they could be. I felt like the comedic relief in this one was all done in the previo
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is laugh out loud funny and, although, it is a little unbelievable it has a very worthy suspense/mystery plot. In only three weeks in the little town of Sinful, Louisiana there has been a string of murders and mayhem. The only new element in town is Miss Fortune, who is a librarian who has come to town to settle her aunt's estate, at least that is her "cover". Fortune is actually a CIA assassin who is in hiding from a terrorist who wants her dead. I cannot wait to see what happens in ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars

If you're a citizen of Sinful, Louisiana, your odds of dying before nature intends are pretty high. Fortune Redding has only been in town, hiding out from an arms dealer she pissed off on one of her missions as a CIA agent, for three weeks but already there have been three a town of just about 300 people. Clearly, reading this series demands a complete suspension of disbelief...especially when you have to account for the utterly crazy "missions" that Fortune and her two ov
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, mystery, 2020
Swamp Sniper by Deleon is the third hilarious installment in the Miss Fortune mystery series. After a near brush with death, Fortune tries to keep out of trouble by trying to assist Ida Belle with her run for mayor. When Ida's competition turns up poisoned and the same poison is found in a bottle of "cough syrup" given to him by Ida, the trio resorts to their usual antics to insure that Ida Belle is cleared. It doesn't take long to figure that the list of people with reason to kill Tom is quite ...more
Swamp Sniper is book 3 in the Miss Fortune Mystery series. I cannot get enough of these books. They are so funny. I started to binge listen to this series a few days ago and I find that I don't want to turn them off so I am blowing through them really quickly. I really like the characters and the whole who-dun-it aspect of the story. I don't have a lot of experience with Cozy Mysteries yet but from what I have read so far, I think this is a genre that I will really enjoy for years to come. I typ ...more
Valerie Downs
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A funny and fun read

I usually read more complex mysteries and thrillers, but don't let the humor and light hearted set of this book steer you away from an opportunity to enjoy the efforts of this very able author. This is my third or fourth book by this author. For me it's not just about the mystery, it's about the eccentric, odd but totally believable characters, and the wild ride that takes you sliding and squealing to the conclusion. I have only read her Miss Fortune series so far, but I have
Swamp Sniper by Jana Deleon is 2013 publication.

This cozy mystery is book 3 in the Miss Fortune Mystery series. Reading the books in order is advisable so you get the MCs story arc, but not necessary.

Feelings led to guilt…

Each week of hiding out in Sinful, Louisiana have been eventful for Fortune when her priority has been to steer clear of exposure. When a mayoral candidate, one running against Fortune’s friend Ida Belle, is murdered following a public debate, Ida Belle becomes the prime susp
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Swamp Sniper by Jana DeLeon is the 3rd book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series. When her rival for the position of mayor of Sinful, Louisianna, is murdered, Ida Belle becomes chief suspect. This series just keeps getting better. A light, very entertaining and very funny book that will keep you laughing. Fortune seems to get herself in a lot of strange situations. The scene in the church where the corpse lets off gas was hilarious. The narrator for this series is superb.
2020 bk 91: A local election. Even without our terrific trio of main characters a local election can call to minds all sorts of mischief, but add in Sinful, Louisiana and you've got a crime. In this case, one of the mayoral candidates is murdered and Ida Belle is the chief suspect. Follow Fortune and her sidekicks as they seek out the real criminal in this fun story. ...more
Joan Rose
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books about the small town of Sinful, LA. are such fun to read. The characters are lively with a great sense of humor and the mysteries convoluted and not always so easy to figure out. Very enjoyable books by Jana Deleon.
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fortune, who is a CIA assassin, is being hunted by a very dangerous man. It was decided that she should go underground and disappear. She is living now in a small town call Sinful in Louisiana . She is suppose to be a librarian who is there to settle her aunt's estate. She has met up with two seniors called Gertie and Ida Belle who had done undercover work in the Vietnam era. They get into many dangerous situations together. They make a good team.

Ida Belle is running for mayor against Ted, a rel
Oct 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book 3 in the Sinful Louisiana series. It begins with Ida Belle running for mayor. I mean, come on, that alone is ridiculous enough to make you laugh. The story gets better and I laughed out loud multiple times. The small town antics and view of the deep south is just too funny.
I can't help but adore this cozy mystery series! Finally things are getting traction between Carter and Fortune. I was wondering how many books it would take before a hint of a romance would start between those two. :) ...more
Nancy Baker
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Far-out fun with laugh out loud moments.
I am still enjoying the series, but this installment teetered more on silliness than humor. I continue to adore Fortune and the ladies, but I did not find the mystery as engaging. I will keep going to this series when a light/fun read is needed.
When the mayor candidate is killed, everyone thinks that Ida Belle did it since she was running for mayor as well. However, that is not at all what happened. Fortune and her friends must do everything they can to try to clear Ida Belle, even if that puts someone else at risk.

This was another great addition to the series. I thought Fortune was awesome in this one, and she is finally starting to realize that she enjoys what she is doing now, and is learning to have close feelings for all those ne
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whoa. I enjoyed this way more than any other cozy I've listened to. I may have listened to only 3 of these Miss Fortune books and stories with a comedic touch aren't my thing but I've found I can tolerate it in this series. Like the first two, there's a murder to solve and nothing is different - the same set of characters, same formula and poor Carter driven to near-insanity by the ladies' antics.

This installment was better in that I liked the surprise reveal about the secondary character, Bobby
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
When the author is not trying to force chemistry on her main couple, they are adorable. When she does...well, it comes across more awkward and less sexy.
But Gertie is still #goals so extra star.
Deborah Schultz
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really get a kick out of these books. I laugh a lot at the escapades that Miss Fortune and the little old ladies get into. I like that they have romance, but it’s more of a side note. These are a great light read and I highly recommend to anyone who wants to be entertained.
Aug 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Miss Fortune Mystery: 3
A week after the last book, Ida Belle is running for mayor when her main opponent drops dead and she is accused of murder. Fortune and Gertie of course, can't let this stand, much to Deputy Carter's dismay. Another action-filled story with scattered bits of humor. I really like Fortune as a main character. She gets haplessly involved in Ida Belle and Gertie's shenanigans and suffers various wardrobe malfunctions but still comes off as good-hearted and level-headed. Looking
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was listening to this book early this morning in bed. I couldn't contain my laughter and my husband thought I was ill. Then I couldn't tell him I was fine, because I couldn't catch my breath. This series is so fun you really need to give it a try. ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I read the Miss Fortune series when I need a light hearted, amusing mystery. I like the Miss Fortune character, a trained assassin on the run to avoid a high level hit, holed up in a very small quirky town called Sinful. The old ladies who "adopted" her are a bit cutsey and improbable, and there is quite a bit of inane banter that can get tedious. But the shenanigans are amusing. ...more
Theresa Hurley
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Kept me laughing all the way to the end! Fortune, Ida Bell and Gertie work best together!
Kay Jarvis
All the Miss Fortune series are funny. Need to read them in order
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Amazing! Read this book in one day. Is it a believable story? No but I don’t think this book intends to be 100% believable. That’s why I love it — it doesn’t try to be something it isn’t. Plus the slow burn romance here is so nice! The sinful ladies are a riot having me in tears half of the time reading about their shenanigans!
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jana DeLeon was raised in southwest Louisiana among the bayous and gators. Her hometown is Carlyss, but you probably won't find it on a map. Her family owned a camp located on a bayou just off the Gulf of Mexico that you could only get there by boat. The most important feature was the rope hammock hanging in the shade on a huge deck that stretched ou ...more

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“In my experience, the only thing that worked on crazy was crazier, and I could definitely top anything Sinful could deal out.” 2 likes
“True,'' Ida Belle said, ''but despite all of that, he's still interested. I may be an old maid, but I know what male interest looks like.''
Gertie waved a hand at her. ''Walter slipping you a free pack of toilet paper with your grocery order hardly qualifies as the ultimate in male interest. But despite Ida Belles overblown description of her knowledge of how men think, I think she's right this time”
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