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Gator Bait

(Miss Fortune Mystery #5)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  6,985 ratings  ·  304 reviews
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jana DeLeon, the fifth book in the hilarious Miss Fortune series.

Things are starting to look up for Fortune Redding. Even though her life was at stake, the CIA assassin had balked at taking on a new identity in Sinful, Louisiana. But instead of hating it like she’d thought she would, Fortune now has friends she cares a
Kindle Edition, 249 pages
Published October 23rd 2014 by Jana DeLeon
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Gator Bait by Jana DeLeon is the 5th book in the Miss fortune Mystery series. When Deputy sheriff Carter LeBlanc is shot and left to drown in the swamp, CIA assassin Fortune Redding and her friends Ida Belle and Gertie find themselves caught up tracking an arms smuggling ring. This series is always fun to read and so entertaining. Despite their skills and abilities, the trio seem to find themselves in quite a few odd and funny situations. A fast paced, delightful and enjoyable adventure. I liste ...more
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love a series where I can depend on being entertained, has a mystery to solve and has a touch of romance. This series delivers on all of the above and does it with wit and humor and respect for all us old farts too. All the action in these books takes place in a short period of time and reading in order is highly recommended.

Swamp Team 3 (Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie) are back in action after Carter calls a mayday in and the Team finds him and saves him. Who would be stupid enough to fire on
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

The fifth book in the series means that Fortune is somewhere in week four or five of her summer long hide out stay in Sinful, Louisiana. This one picks up the day after the last one ended. Fortune and Deputy Carter LeBlanc have had their first date and Fortune is hoping to ride out the rest of the summer in peace and quiet. When Carter's trip into the bayou to check on something ends with shots fired and him calling in a mayday to the sheriff's office, Fortune has to face that her feel
The fifth installment in the Miss Fortune Mystery series by Jana Deleon. At the end of the previous book Fortune and Deputy Carter LeBlanc go on their first date. When Fortune and the old ladies learn that Carter went to check something out where they had their date and his last radio transmission indicated shots were fired they rush to the scene and are barely in time to save his life. Now the Swamp Team 3 activate their investigation skills to track down the person responsible.

Another fun addi
Kay Van Slyke
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This has got to be one of my favorite series. I just love the characters and can't wait to see what happens with Celia as mayor of Sinful!! Wow, I sure hope that doesn't last long!!! And, I'd actually give this a 4.5 if I could. ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The morning after her date with Deputy Carter that concluded Swamp Team 3, Fortune is called upon to save Carter's life when the junior deputy runs to find her upon receiving an S.O.S. call from Carter with gunshots in the background in Gator Bait, the 5th book in Jana DeLeon's Miss Fortune series. Stealing a boat, Ida Belle and Gertie go with Fortune to the island where he took her for their date, only to see the sheriff's boat sinking and no sight of Carter. In no time, Fortune has dived into ...more
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This definitely isn't the best book in the series. I read this book and swamp team 3 back to back which was not a good idea. I loved swamp team 3 but was bored with this one. I keep waiting for something to happen between Carter and Fortune but it never does. I want them to get together already. There isn't much interaction between them in this book and that is what I keep reading this series for. ...more
Shirleen Miller
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone and everyone
Recommended to Shirleen by: on Jana's street team so was waiting for the book
I loved this book, love Gertie, love Ida Bell and add in a hiding assassin, a hunk of a deputy sheriff, some arms dealers and let the fun begin. where but the south, can you break into buildings, have a drink with a Mafia Don and have the sheriff come to the rescue ridding a donkey. When Jana writes a store you are guaranteed of fun, laughter and events that will just tickle you. Love this series!
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gator Bait by Jana Deleon was another hit with me. I laughed till I cried at some of the scenes with Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie. The really great thing is that the plot is just twisted enough that I never guess who the culprit is or the why behind the murders/attempted murders until the reveal. I've got this entire series on my "hold" list at my local library so I can just keep reading. ...more
Karina Fabian
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Popcorn reading

These books are just fun light reading, " popcorn reading." I'm impressed with the author's imagination and ability to follow the same format while creating new hijinks each time. Getting the next one now.
Nancy Wilson
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Often you will read a review that says "funnier than Evanovich" and it isn't even close! This may not be funnier than the early Stephanie Plum but it beats all to heck most of the later books. There were several instances were I was laughing so hard I was coughing and in tears. Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie sneak and connive to keep the little town of Sinful, LA safe. ...more
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I should rate it 5 Depends. I laughed so hard reading this story many times. Just on the silly, trouble that Gertie gets into makes this book. The book is full of laughter, action, and drama.
One of the scenes I laughed the hardest was when Fortune is breaking into the deputy's house with his pit bull in the backyard named Tiny. Feds were in a car waiting for Sheriff with warrant. When Fortune is trying to sneak out. Tiny gets loose and chases her
Katie Edmonds
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don't recall quite as many laugh out loud moments in this one as in the earlier ones but that was probably because Carter wasn't busting her at every turn. I don't like books where "normal" people do stupid and dangerous things in the name of solving a mystery. Fortunately, Fortune and her sidekicks are far from normal. In addition, while their actions are always risky, they aren't stupid or without thought. Their plans just don't ever come to fruition without a few kinks. I like it when Fortu ...more
Linda Quick
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is another winner in the Miss Fortune series. I just love how this motley group of women, with an unusual skill set, manage to get into mischief as they attempt to save the day.
2020 bk 93: The fun continues in this book. Jana DeLeon writes some of her funniest scenes in the hospital where Deputy Carter is recovering from an attempt to kill him. Unfortunately he cannot remember the immediate moments around the attempt. To tell the truth, Fortune is not at the top of her game either as she stayed a tad bit too long under water in rescuing him. The fun of this book is meeting Carter's mother and in seeing the trio trying to keep the truth behind their activities from Emme ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This series goes for several more volumes, but here is where I leave it. While the first couple of books were fun and the dialogue was great, they have quickly devolved into a one-note series with someone new getting bumped off each volume and the Heroine worried that her cover as an assassin with the CIA will be blown. They are short books and can be read in an afternoon at the beach, though, so there is that.
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series is so hilarious. There's a lot of crime in the small town of Sinful ever since CIA assassin Fortune moved there to hide from someone who's trying to kill her. But unlike other mystery series that ignore the sudden uptick in crime, everyone's talking about how Sinful has changed for the worse since Fortune came to town. I could be having the worst day and all I have to do is read another Miss Fortune book and my day instantly improves. ...more
Deborah Schultz
This book is just as good as the others. The characters still make me laugh, especially Gertie. I want to eat Francine's cooking and Allie's baking. I am annoyed along with the main characters by the FBI and by Cecilia. I can picture a nap in the hammock in Fortune's back yard. And I can't wait until the next one. ...more
Belinda Birrer
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was not as entertaining as the others. However it was still fun and sparked of that humor only those characters could make work.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another fun story in this series.
Theresa Hurley
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great, funny one! Fortune, Ida Bell and Gertie are the best! Going to need some of those receipes, though! Keep getting hungry in the middle of the book!
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the previous books in the series. Still, I laughed at the antics of Fortune and her sidekicks. ...more
Another very entertaining book in the series! Gator Bait is book 5 in the Miss Fortune Mystery series. This series is set in Sinful, Louisiana, USA and follows Fortune, who is a CIA assassin in hiding, and old ladies Gertie and Ida Belle, who are lifelong Sinful residents and ex-spy war veterans, as they help solve a string of various crimes and murders.

This book is and the entire series is full of humor. I decided to check out a new-to-me genre called Cozy Mysteries and someone recommended thi
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Someone wants to kill Deputy Carter, and the team returns to investigate before the murder happens. Fortune, with the help from Ida and Gertie, and also from a few unexpected characters, tries to figure out what Carter saw before he was found unconscious, and who is currently at the hospital trying to regain his memory of that mysterious day. With only a small clue in the form of a note left behind in Carter's home, she starts digging, and grudgingly admits that it's not a simple open-and-shut c ...more
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh baby, there is a lot going on in Sinful, Louisiana. First and foremost, Fortune and Carter finally get to go out on their date and he takes her to a remote island for a romantic dinner. Meanwhile, Celia, the sworn enemy of the Geritol Mafia (Ida Belle and Gertie specifically) has decided to enter the race. During a rally sponsored by Celia the State police are called in to break up a disturbance in which Ida Belle and Celia get into it. Why use the State police? Because Carter has been shot, ...more
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I just finished Gator Bait and I liked it. It was one of the author's more funnier books in this series. I found myself laughing out loud a lot. I was a little frustrated by the author's last book in this series because I felt like she was giving little to no details about the main character "Fortune". Now that I know the author is doing it intentionally because this is a series that is going to go on for awhile...I take each book as it comes. So if you don't mind buying these books to keep up w ...more
After Carter and Fortune go out on a date, it would normally be the talk of the town. But with the evil Celia running for mayor, and someone trying to kill Carter things get a little more complicated for Fortune. The FEDS show up and she has to work harder to hide who she really is, and try to work through her feelings for Carter.

This book was a great addition to this series. I loved how Fortune realized what she really feels for Carter, although I'm a little annoyed that she won't get the idea
Sarah Porcelli
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This series has intrigue, romance, blood-shed, Southern manners and ditzy old ladies. It's a well-written series, and has made me actually laugh out loud while reading it. It doesn't get 5 stars because Jana Deleon continues to use the phrase "the gig was up" instead of "the jig was up" despite my emails begging her to fix it. ...more
Gail Koger
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun story

I really enjoyed this book. Lots of laugh out loud moment s. Lots of action and great characters. Highly recommend it
Nate Brightman
Jun 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the 5th book in Jana Deleone’s Miss Fortune Mystery series. If you enjoyed the first four you’ll probably enjoy this one too. I say probably because so much is becoming repetitive in the humor, and the way our intrepid crime solvers seem to take the long way around to solving the mystery of who done it, while trying to avoid being killed, arrested or having Fortune’s true identity discovered that you’ll either enjoy or be bored with the familiarity. Are Gertie tripping over her oversized ...more
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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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