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Louisiana Longshot

(Miss Fortune Mystery #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  16,658 ratings  ·  1,542 reviews
It was a hell of a longshot...

CIA Assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever--in Sinful, Louisiana.

With a leak at the CIA and a price on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Posing as a former beauty queen turned librarian in a small, ba
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Published June 23rd 2012 by Jana DeLeon (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mimi A little but not as bad as many. The writing is pretty lighthearted but there is an occasional word.

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Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
If you remember Sandra Bullock's comedy Miss Congeniality I do not need to outline the plot - I would not do it if I felt lazy.
Miss Congeniality
Luckily for you (or not, depending on the point of view) I do not.

Fortune Redding is a tough as nails CIA assassin. Female assassins in literature are dime a dozen lately, so you can easily imagine her. She got carried away on her last job (read - killed one person too many) and as a result got a price on her head which made the one offered by US for Osama Bin Laden lo
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OUT-FREAKING-STANDING! I can't believe how much I loved this book. When I finished it I was really annoyed because I love Fortune and the nutty world of Sinful, Louisiana so much I didn't want to leave them.
Fortune is a CIA assassin whose cover has been blown, so her boss sends her to lay low in the tiny bayou town of Sinful, posing as his beauty-queen/librarian niece who has just inherited a house from her deceased aunt. Fortune has spent her entire life - including her childhood - training for
I am borrowing the GR book blurb here, since it says it the best:

"CIA Assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever--in Sinful, Louisiana.

With a leak at the CIA and a price on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Posing as a former beauty queen turned librarian in a small, bayou town seems worse than death to Fortune, but she's determined to fly below the radar
Kathi Defranc
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Fun, Interesting Adventure With Some Southern Gals!

I picked up this book for a quick,easy read and found a fun adventure with a CIA agent in hiding and some very witty old ladies! All Southern towns are not slow and lazy, as Fortune finds out after a CIA leak gets a price put on her head by some dangerous arms dealers. She is sent to Sinful, Louisiana posing as a former beauty queen whose aunt has recently passed.
The crazy action starts immediately upon Fortune landing in the town. Treache
John Martin
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was in the mood for this novel after my previous read, which was quite thought-provoking.
I doubt I’ll give this novel many thoughts.
It was light and frothy, with a few laughs but not too many demands on my grey matter.
Cynthia Hamilton
I loved this book. It was just pure fun from the start. It's fast paced and full of crazy action. The ending provided a twist I sure didn't see coming, which made me like it that much more. The high jinx may not stand up to close scrutiny, but I took the story in the spirit in which it was created. The protagonist has a irreverent sense of humor and the author's sense of comic timing is perfect. I think a film version of this would be hilarious. It really is the kind of entertainment you don't w ...more
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
This book is set in the bayous of Southern Louisiana. I guess its genre classification is a cozy mystery. The story is a lighthearted, funny story featuring some female senior citizens known as the “Geritol Mafia”. The protagonist is a young female CIA assassin who needs to hide out for a while.

The plot twists and turns. DeLeon is great with the character development and vivid descriptions of the bayou country. The author also had yummy descriptions of food and desserts. I found myself laughing
Jody McGrath
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fortune is a CIA agent who has been told to "take a break." With a recent mission gone wrong and a price on her head, Fortune's boss sends her to Sinful, Louisiana to impersonate his niece. While dreading the quiet southern life, Fortune soon learns that Sinful is not part of the cliched South. With a 5 year old murder to solve, 2 geriatric sidekicks, and a hot deputy looking to bust her, Fortune "break" is turning out to be quite sinful!

This book was awesome. I loved Fortune, Gertie, and Ida Ma
Dec 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, mystery, series
"CIA Assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever--in Sinful, Louisiana."

I was looking for something lighthearted to read when I decided on Louisiana Longshot and it was indeed lighthearted. Though not as funny as I had hoped, it did have its laugh out loud moments.

CIA agent Fortune Redding's cover has been blown and a price has been put on her head so she is sent off the grid to the tiny town of Sinful Louisiana to lie low for a while. Fortune feels comple
The first book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series by Jana Deleon. Fortune Redding is a CIA assassin and due to a price on her head and a leak in the agency she is forced to lay low in Sinful, Louisiana. Posing as her boss' niece, Sandy-Sue, Fortune goes to Louisiana to pack up her deceased aunt's home while the real Sandy-Sue is touring Europe. Surely, Fortune can stay out of trouble in the swamp. But the first day there a human bone is found on the property and she teams up with Gertie and Ida ...more
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There are some books where you know, from the first page, that you are gonna love them. This is one of those for me. I read and loved the Mudbug Ghost-in-Law series and this one is just as good. There are 8 books in the Miss Fortune Mystery series and I am sure I'm going to read them all.

Fortune Redding made a big mistake on her last mission as a CIA assassin and her target put a big price on her head. Her boss, Director Morrow, thinks that this may be due to a leak in the agency. He is sending
After an assignment goes south, CIA Agent Fortune Redding is sent to Sinful, Louisiana to hide-out. But when a human bone shows up in her yard laying low quickly becomes a challenge.

Louisiana Longshot is great fun and a completely off the wall cozy mystery about a group of geriatric assassins who ride rough shod over authority and manage to shanghai Fortune into their nefarious schemes.

It's kind of cheesy, completely unbelievable but still a hoot from beginning to end.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fortune Reading, a CIA assassin, is hiding out in Sinful, Louisiana when she discovers a human bone in her backyard. She teams up with a couple of eccentric elderly ladies to investigate.

Deleon gives us a delightfully humorous mystery with an engaging protagonist and intriguing secondary characters. Her world building is outstanding. This is a fully fleshed-out small town you're going to love.

A wild romp that's sure to please.
Linda Weber
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book as a freebee on my Kindle and I am so glad I did!! What a fun series this is going to be!! Reminds me a lot of the Stephanie Plum series of Janet Evanovich. Lots of laughs and wonderful characters. Anxious to read the next!!
Jacqueline J
Really enjoyed this one. Humorous but not so out there as to be ludicrous. Sign me up for the next one.
Sonja Arlow
Sep 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
After cocking up her last mission Fortune Redding is banished to a small town in Louisiana. Disguised with the help of fluffy hair extensions and pink nail polish, she arrives as Sandy-Sue….. But trouble has a way of clinging to her like the stench of the nearby island, aptly named Number Two.

High jinx and hilarity ensues.

Yes it’s a bit predictable, the characters are all slightly over the top and cliché and the plotline holds little surprise but this was a perfect little read to follow a very
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
rereading one of the funniest book/series I have ever read. Do your self a favor and read it. If you stop at the first book I will be very surprised.
2019 Review
Not going to lie, this re-read threw me for a loop. I would give it 3 stars this time round. It kind of shocked me to discover how mediocre I found the mystery.
But I think I originally loved it so much because I read the rest of the series immediately following it. And the series gets way better. Is it great literature? Nope. It is mindless, easily forgettable, and highly improbable. Yet fun. I find this series incredibly endearing even though I know Gertie will make another lewd jok
Olga Godim
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
A nice and funny cozy mystery, this short novel was a pleasant diversion. Nothing fancy, just constant chuckles and an onslaught of totally absurd situations piling up in Sinful, Louisiana, population just over 200.
When a CIA assassin Fortune blows her cover in the Middle East, she has to hide (aka live undercover as a librarian and former beauty queen) in a quiet little town on the edge of the swamps, while her boss deals with the situation at the Agency. But the somnolent atmosphere of Sinful
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A fun little cozy mystery set in Sinful, Louisiana where "normal" means geriatric basset hounds, banana pudding wars, garbage bags as fashion, a island that smells like poo, little old lady sharpshooters, and human bones in the backyard.

CIA agent "Fortune" Redding finds herself having to hole up in the little town of Sinful while "The Agency" tries to deal with the murderous arms dealer who's gunning for her. You'd think maintaining a cover as a librarian would be a piece of cake to an even min
Malcolm Bradley
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not one of the best books I have read. I really wanted to like this book, as well. There’s something innately charming about this ‘cozy’ mystery’s setting, a not-so quiet little Louisiana town surrounded by Bayou, and full of some very unusual OAPs.
Our main character, a somewhat hapless CIA assassin (aren’t they all?), is forced into hiding posing as an ex-beauty queen turned librarian (aren’t they all?), after managing to bring down a contract on her own head. A human bone conveniently washed u
D.L. Williams
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the slapstick antics of the three main characters, a CIA operative pretending to be a beauty queen (what's not to love about that?) and two older sidekicks that cant seem to stay out of trouble. Round it off with an efficient(but hot) deputy Sheriff and you have a quirky fun read. This is one of those books that you just need to enjoy, don't worry that maybe the antics are too over the top, just sit back and read. I have read Deleon's other books, I like these characters much be ...more
Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*
Okay so this one was pretty fun. It was a quick read with a kick ass heroine, fun plot line, and a healthy scoop of danger. It's a cute beginning to a little cozy mystery series.
This series has been compared to the Stephanie Plum series but in my opinion it is FAR FAR better. The heroine, Fortune Redding, is a CIA operative whose brains and skills are only matched by her snark and common sense. A fun down to earth heroine whose last assignment goes far south and lands her in hot water with a huge bounty on her head. Her boss has the perfect answer though and Fortune soon finds herself smack dab in the middle of Sinful, Louisiana, posing as an ex-beauty queen/librarian w ...more
Shirley Schwartz
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. This is the first in the Miss Fortune mystery series. The book is hilariously funny with Fortune (as in Soldier of Fortune) who is a trained assassin who works for the CIA. During her five year career she has come across some very dangerous people, and on her last assignment which finished just before this book begins, she crossed the wrong arms dealer. She has a price on her head. Her boss wants her out of harm's way so he sends her undercover to a small town calle ...more
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nookbooks, wom-reads
A CIA agent ends up in Sinful, Louisiana (pop. 230) looking to go off the radar, but runs into trouble around every corner.

Good start to the series. The 2 older women are such a hoot. Some of the stuff they do & say had me laughing out loud. They would be such characters to hang with. Love the locale in the bayou. It gives you a glimpse of small town USA if you know nothing about it.

I look forward to reading the next one.
Stacy Boyles
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Cute book. I listened to the audio and the narration was great. Cassandra Campbell is one of my favorite readers. This is a story to read between the violent and gory ones. It is a cozy mystery with great older female characters. I will read more in the series as a buffer between harsh, deep, reads.
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you don't mind a story that is far-fetched, you will laugh yourself silly for six hours reading this. Every page is stuffed with those precious one-liners and humorous set ups.

I truly wished the book would have resonated with me, but I could not relate to the lead character. She is a CIA assassin with 25 years of martial arts training who is capable of killing someone with a Prada shoe, or a pen, or even with a Tic Tac breath mint when necessary. This would have been cool if any of that came
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I assumed that since the other Jana Deleon books I read were Mystery/Romance (which is what I like) that this one would be too. Other then a little flirting there is no romance in this book at all. I thought the first half of the book was horrible. Fortune did not seem smart enough to be a CIA agent and killing people with a shoe just sounds ridiculous. About half way in the story started getting good. There were so many twists I would have never guessed the ending.
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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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