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Later Gator

(Miss Fortune Mystery #9)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  7,360 ratings  ·  365 reviews
A poacher is at work in Sinful, Louisiana, and Deputy Carter LeBlanc is hot on the trail of the outlaw, trying to apprehend him before the state gets wind of the crime and sends a game warden to take over his investigation. Unfortunately, he’s hindered every step of the way by Sinful’s current mayor and all-around horrible person, Celia Arceneaux, who wants nothing more th ...more
Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Published November 27th 2016 by Jana DeLeon (first published November 25th 2016)
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May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I say it every time I write a review for this series: I love it! I won't say it is the best I've ever read, but it is sooooo fun! I love the characters, the setting, the slow heat romance, the lite mystery and the humor. Escapist reading at its' best.

There is a poacher is at work in the bayou near Sinful, Louisiana, and Gertie is afraid her pet alligator, Godzilla, will end up on the BBQ. When a relative of Gertie’s is pinched for the dirty deed, the Swamp Team 3 spring into action. Now that Dep
Aimee Nicole Walker
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another delightful, fun airboat ride through the bayou. The town is character all on its own and I love when that happens. It really adds depth, especially to a long-running series. Gertie’s ridiculous is as adorable as ever. Things are heating up between Fortune and Carter. And I’ve decided I want to be Ida Belle when I grow up. I must confess, I want her to give sweet Walter a chance. Already downloaded the next three books in the series. These books are great companions when I’m cooking, clea ...more
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is still over-the-top, superficial fluff and totally lacking in any believability but, hey, it's fun...though Gertie and Godzilla may be a bit much even by fluff standards. I only wish that Fortune and Carter actually spent more time together and that their romance would progress past the strictly G-rated phase it's been stuck in since book two or three. ...more
Karina Fabian
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great for pandemic binge-reading

If you need something to get your mind off current events, jump into this series. Fast cars, fast boats, crazy old ladies walking gators...it really is a lot of fun.
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I didn't want it to end. What fun! ...more
Later Gator is book 9 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.

I stumbled across these books when I decided to check out a new-to-me genre called Cozy Mysteries and someone recommended this series. Once I listened to the first book, I couldn't stop. I
The ninth addition to the Miss Fortune Mystery series by Jana Deleon. There is a poacher in Sinful, Louisiana, and it's up to Fortune and the girls to stick their nose in where they don't belong to solve the case.

Another entertaining and very hilarious addition to the series. There was more of a romantic element in this book, as Fortune and Carter are officially a couple. I love this series and I hate that I have to wait for the next book.
Lisa Hampton
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jana does it again!

Honestly, I'm set to buy anything Jana writes. The adventure continues with the Swamp Team 3 and, of course, Gertie's hi-jinks! Their escapades are laugh out loud funny. If they made this series into a show, I would pray that they could capture those moments as perfectly as I see them in my mind as I'm reading it.
Caitlin C
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: january-2018
Another great one in this series. I look forward to reading these because they always make me laugh. In this one there is a poacher in Sinful, taking out small alligators. One of the local boys is accused and arrested by the game warden which sends the town into a tizzy. Everyone is mad claiming there is no way Petey is responsible! Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie are determined to clear Petey's name and find the actual poacher. ...more
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another entertaining book in the miss fortune series..!!!
Lucinda Race
Apr 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A gator being walked on a pink collar and leash; Whats not to love and keep you turning every page to see what the Fortune, Gertie and Ida Belle are up to next. I have to make myself slow down when I read because like the gators in the swamp I want to devour each book in the series.
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Later Gator by Jana Deleon is the 9th book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series. An alligator poacher is at work in Sinful and when a relative of Gerties is arrested, Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie set off to find the real culprit. Lots of fun and lots of laughs as usual, although a tame, cookie-loving alligator being led on a leash was a bit too unbelievable and over the top. It was nice to see Fortunes and Carters relationship progress a little. Very entertaining and fun.
I'm not sure what happened - usually Miss Fortune is my very favorite series and I know not everything will be perfect and completely believable but I'll have so much fun along the way I won't mind it a bit. Unfortunatelly this time it didn't work and since I'm not sure if it's just me and my personal situation right now or if the humour became stale (most of the situations I've already read in one variation or another) plus the over-the-top-antics of the 'Troublesome Trio' just appeared too muc ...more
Gail Koger
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun story

This is a laugh out loud book. Carter and fortune are great. Ida and gertie are hilarious. The gator was a nice touch
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-cozy
A poacher is after alligators in Sinful, Louisiana. The law, Carter, is after the culprit, but, much to his dismay, Fortune, Ida Bell, and Gertie are also on the case.

The 9th book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series by Jana Deleon. This is a humorous, silly, and all-around fun read. Great for anyone looking for a comical and light cozy mystery.
Bethalto Public Library
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: staff-picks
Jana DeLeon's books are always fun to read. This one doesn't disappoint!

If you are a patron at the Bethalto Public Library and would like to request this title please use the link below:
Monica (is working the heck out of
I really, really like this series, but as is often the case with long- runners like this one, some books are a miss.

This was, as usual, a funny installment, but I was missing the action that makes for a five star read.

Also, the mystery was a bit boring, for some reason.

Three stars.
Stacie  Haden
Now, the long wait until the next one is written. Such a fun series.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Funny but excellent story! Now that Fortune has decided to stay in Sinful, she has to decide what she wants to do. What will her career be? Carter and Fortune are having a hard time staying away from each other given what the ladies keep getting into. Maybe there is a chance for them yet!
Now as the title says this has something to do with gators. There is a new person called Petey and his Father,Quincy. That is a mystery for solving. Who is poaching is another story/mystery. The most interestin
Aug 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Miss Fortune Mystery: 9
This book starts a whole entire week after the last one. It's a miracle of peace. Now that Fortune's decided to quit the CIA, she has to figure out where she want to live and what to do once she's no longer an arms dealer's target. Uncertain about her future with Carter, she doesn't want to commit to staying in Sinful. This latest problem with alligator poaching is the perfect opportunity to test her skills at private investigation and attempt to go about things in a more
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Fortune is considering her options for future employment with Ida Belle and Gertie, for when there is no longer a price on her head. She is considering private investigation and how that would meet her skill set and her back on again relationship with Carter.

Oh my, oh my! This book 9 in the Miss Fortune series that I have reported about in previous postings. This book is a little slower to start than usual … I just reached 29% and have gone off into gales of laughter with tears streaming down m
Aug 06, 2022 rated it liked it
This was a no brainer pick off the bookshelves given that the Chicago area has seen bits of weather akin to that of Louisiana swamps which is not at all normal. Later Gator isn't as good as others in the series and at times frustrating because the characters that deserved more time didn't get it like the stick skinny redneck in overalls minus a shirt underneath who sells souped up used cars, and others are stuck in a story line rut. This did me giggle a few times when hillbilly hounds got loose ...more
Jo-Ann Murphy
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a light enjoyable read. Another great story with laugh out loud moments. I got close to solving the mystery but did not get all of the details right.

This time Gertie wants to save an alligator, leading to some very funny scenes. I like that there are a few twists I do not see coming.

When I need to escape from the world and relax, this author is a wonderful choice.
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As always, Miss Gertie never fails to bring a good laugh. Imagine walking an alligator down the road on a leash. Nothing can go wrong, can it? When the three women of Sinful get together all bets are off.
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every time I think nothing more can happen, it does. And it just keeps getting more and more funny. Now though, I have to wait for book 10.
Tiana Harris
I️ just love this series! I️ love the characters and you just have to laugh out loud during this book.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Later Gator by Jana Deleon was another fun escapade with Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie. Once I start one of these books I cannot put it down. Great mystery plots and hilarious chaos with Swamp Team 3. I'm on to the next one. ...more
Tosh Oles
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Funny series
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
2020 bk 97: Poaching - Someone is taking out the smaller alligators of the local bayou - and putting the blame on a local innocent. In this book Deputy Carter and Fortune have their work cut out for them as they take on Celia Arceneaux and the Game Warden from, well, I won't say where he is from, but I think I know where he is going. Learned more about gator rules of game than I had ever known. ...more
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In Later Gator, the ninth book in Jana DeLeon's Miss Fortune mystery series, Fortune opens the book by debating her options for the future, in particular what kind of career she should pursue now that she has decided to leave the CIA after the price on her head has been lifted. She is intrigued by Ida Belle's suggestion of becoming a private investigator so decides to practice her potential new career. She begins by starting with Deputy Carter's recent case of an alligator poacher who does not b ...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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