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Trouble in Mudbug

(Ghost-in-Law #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  15,175 ratings  ·  1,135 reviews
Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that a lot of her problems had gone away with her mother-in-law’s death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana.

Unfortunately, death doesn’t slow down Helena one bit.

DEA Agent Luc LeJeune is wondering what his undercover assignment investigating the s
Paperback, 300 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Love Spell (first published January 27th 2009)
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Rebecca Cecil I had a little trouble with it, but kept going and it turned out pretty good. I think I was just use to ready books that went at a faster pace do not…moreI had a little trouble with it, but kept going and it turned out pretty good. I think I was just use to ready books that went at a faster pace do not know. But it was ok for a quirky mystery/love story,(less)

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Review written July 30, 2016

3 1/2 Stars - A cozy mystery with a hilarious old-lady ghost

A sweet, amusing and cozy mystery. 9:19 hrs ($2 WSfV) audiobook narrated by Johanna Parker. — Trouble in Mudbug is the first adventure in a series set in the southern US in the Bayous of Louisiana.

Not "world shattering" but well done (terrific narrator) and good enough.


In this #1 installment are the main characters the scientist Maryse Robicheaux and the
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4 Stars

This book was so much fun! I had hoped that this book would keep me entertained at the gym and it did that job so well I found myself listening to it not only at the gym but on my way to the gym and really anytime I was in the car. This book isn't anything serious and was a bit silly at times but it was exactly what I was looking for.

Maryse attends her mother-in-law's funeral like any good person would do, even though she is estranged
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2017
This was just an okay cozy mystery. I had a hard time following the plot and didn't think the writing was all that great. I at least got it as a freebie though. I don't have any intention of continuing with the series.

The first part of this book started off promising. We have Maryse Robicheaux going to her mother in law's funeral. Trouble is that Maryse is two years estranged from her husband and doing her best to serve him with divorce papers. She's hoping he will show up so she can finally be
The first book in the Ghost-in-Law series by Jana Deleon. Maryse Robicheaux is a botanist and married to Hank. But Hank left her two years before and she hasn't seen him since. But she attends her mother in law funeral and sees the woman's ghost. Helena Henry believes she was murdered and insists that her daughter in law help her find her murderer. But Maryse has a few of her own problems, such as someone trying to kill her. Now she is forced to share her office space with Luc Lejeune, a zoologi ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4/5
***Minor spoilers***

At the funeral of her mother-in-law, Maryse doesn't really mourn. In fact, her mother-in-law did nothing but trouble her and give birth to the man who was useless, up and left her, and refuses to sign the divorce papers. She thinks she's finally free when suddenly, Helena, her "dead" mother-in-law, steps right out of her coffin and doesn't realize she's dead. And the only person who can see her is Maryse. That's not all, though - Helena claims that she was murdered
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you like steamy, sexy romance mixed up with wacky adventure, strong, smart heroines, attempted murder and obnoxious ghosts, you will love Jana DeLeon. In this charmingly original and memorable book, we meet the citizens of Mudbug, Louisiana, a small town on the bayou that is home to Maryse Robicheaux, her not-dearly-departed mother-in-law, and a whole lot of stuff going on. What I love about this author is that she has respect for her characters - they are often eccentric and unique, but neve ...more
Ehhhh, a cute story but not as funny as the Miss Fortune series, also by this same author. The characters here also lack the sheer force of personality that those in the Miss Fortune series have. The one thing that this series has more of that I wish Miss Fortune had is a bit more attention to the romance aspects . Here we have Maryse, a botanist, and Luc, an undercover DEQ agent (I had to google DEQ and learned it's the Department of Environmental Quality...just as an FYI). They were okay but I ...more
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
I am a big fan of this author's Louisiana Longshot series and went into this book with high expectations. From a strictly bare-bones plot perspective, I actually like this one a bit better. The evil ghost mother-in-law made for some amusing moments and the botanist, curmudgeon heroine was likabe.
Unfortunately, outside of the bare-bones plot, there wasn't much going on. Oh, sure, there are several murder attempts, but all stem from a fairly predictable place when you stop to think about what the
N.N. Light
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A cute premise and a new series to enjoy... a win-win. I haven't read this series before so I went in not knowing anything. I like doing that to see if the author can grab me. I enjoyed this book. Funny dialogue, a roving MIL ghost and a handsome detective. The mystery was solid and the sexy romance was great. The ending kind of confused me but I think I'll go ahead and read more to see what happens next.

My Rating: 4 stars
3.5 Stars... This was a fun mix of humor, mystery, and romance with a ghostly twist... I will say that the first half of this read was a little slow, but it picked up in the second half with the unveiling of secrets and past moments that influenced these characters’ personalities... Helena was definitely my favorite with her true southern “spirit” all wrapped up in feistiness with a heart of gold... I will definitely continue on with the series and am eager to see what shenanigans Helena gets he ...more
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
This was a fun read. A cranky ghost following her ex-daughter in law. Wow my worst nightmare. LOL 😜
Not bad but 50 pages too long.

In a nutshell Maryse is a botanist working in the Bayou in Louisiana. On the side she is looking for a mysterious plant that might be a cancer cure. After her mother-in-law dies, she discovers she has inherited a large chunk of bayou and then people start trying to kill her. Luckily the aforementioned mother-in-law has not crossed over and together with an agent from the DEQ (yeah I had to look it up too) they are determined to keep her alive long enough to protect
Barbara ★
This was my first Jana Deleon cozy mystery and I thought it was funny as hell and had a great mystery. I found the ghost of Maryse's mother-in-law to be outrageous but hilarious. Her antics while learning to be a ghost are priceless. Poor Maryse hated Helena in life and now she's stuck with her ghost until she solves her murder. Unfortunately Maryse is a botanist not a detective so solving the murder might take a while. I particularly liked sexy Luc LeJeune and thought his character was very wel ...more
This was a cute cozy mystery with a side of paranormal thrown in. It was pretty good up until the end that I thought was forced and not likely. Parts were very funny and Johanna Parker did a good job narrating.
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
Another bad freebie from Bookbub....
Maureen DeLuca
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
As far as "cozies" go- this wasn't a bad start to this series at all... I had a few laughs here and there - JUST what 'the doctor ordered' . Every once in a while I am looking for a cozy for a change of pace- after reading all those psycho, killing, stalking, serial murders- ya just need something light- brain candy so to speak. As far as this goes- it grabbed me enough that I will read the second book in this series !
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
OK, this was fun and cute with a little paranormal twist. One question is left unanswered for us to want to go to the psychic friend's story to answer it and I might but it is not really my genre. All the same a cute romance so maybe will. Enjoyed it and read it all the way through. The genre is more chick-lit contemporary romance than paranormal since it only involves a secondary character ghost.
Dawn Frazier
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! A hilarious book with a touch of romance. Can't wait to dive in to the rest of the series.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trouble in Mudbug by Jana Deleon was a fun cozy mystery with a few laughs, an intriguing mystery, an outrageous ghost and a great introduction to a new small town in Louisiana that kept me entertained for an afternoon. I will definitely be trying the next one in the series. I'm so glad my local library carries most of Ms. Deleon's book.
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
A mother-in-law that only agrees to help you pay off your disappeared husband’s debts if you pay her back-with significant interest-isn’t the kind of person any woman would want hanging around watching her every move. Maryse Robicheaux is no different. When her mother-in-law Helena dies suddenly, she doesn’t exactly miss her. However, her moment of relief only lasts halfway through Helena’s funeral. She can’t figure out why no one else is freaking out at the site of Helena climbing back out of h ...more
I wanted to read this book because I juts LOVED the Miss Fortune Mystery series by this author.

This is a nice series starter and it is quite comical. I loved that this story is about a mother-in-law who has passed but her spirit remains due to some unfinished business. The characters and dialogue are all in line with it being a small town and I liked that it had great humorous elements too.

As far as mysteries go it was nicely done. There are plenty of twists and turns and just when you think y
I loved this book! It was fun, quick and exciting. The storytelling was excellent and I found that I couldn't stop reading and listening until I had finished. It's been a while since I have read a fun mystery and I picked this one up from amazon when it was free and couldn't be happier about it.

Mayrse attends her mother in laws funeral even though she is trying to divorce her husband and she and Helena haven't gotten along very well in the past. Imagine her surprise when Helena jumped out of th
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: hauntings, romance and mystery
Recommended to Angie by: Mama a friend of mine
This was a really good murder mystery novel with a big dose of romance added to make it extra good. Mayrse finds out her mother in law has died and is being haunted by her ghost. This was the start of a really funny little book.

Things wouldn't be so bad if Helena wasn't such a bitch but Mayrse finds out over the course of a week that she wasn't all that bad. Luc is the love interest, and it does make for some very funny scene s.

I loved the style of writing and all the characters, even the awful
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
It was ok. I did like it for what it was. A quick, light "mystery". It's not hard to figure out the mystery, but that's ok. It's a cute story with a likable heroine who is haunted by her terrible mother in law, who dies ( hence the mystery) and can only be seen by the main character, Maryse. I was looking at nook books that were in the bargain books section of bn and this one was only a dollar. Totally worth the buck, and a few hours well spent smiling.
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a book that had me laughing out loud within the first chapter. I love the humor! I also enjoyed the mystery surrounding who was trying to kill the MC...I didn't figure it out beforehand and was completely surprised by who it was. The little bit of romance that was thrown in was the perfect amount. I found myself really liking the characters in the little town of Mudbug, Lousiana...I look forward to finding out what happens in the next book in the series.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this novel to be an entertaining one. There was a good balance of mystery, romance, and character development. I would have like to have had more description of the bayou setting. I didn't like the token graphic sex scene but other than that, a fun read.

I was surprised at the lessons available in this light hearted novel. One lesson was the hazards of cutting ourselves off from people. Maryse did that to her own detriment. Another lesson was about childhood trauma and how we might let th
Kristi Lamont
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Just the right level of silliness and combination of factors (swampy Louisiana locale, fairly strong female protagonists as the main characters, supernatural elements) to keep me entertained on the couch on the screened-in porch of a pleasant fall afternoon. Coulda done without the overwrought sexy stuff (nothing really graphic, it's just that the use of the word engorged in such a trite manner always gets me inordinately tickled). Got this as a free Kindle read, will probably read another coupl ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Without finishing this book, I'm going to go ahead and rate it. Super funny stuff in here, but I could have done without the sex scenes in detail. Just not my thing. I skipped those pages. Also I would really like to encourage authors to do just a tiny bit of research instead of spreading dishonest information in their books. A 9mm handgun is not a "rapid fire handgun". In addition, there is no way an untrained eye could tell from looking at a distance what caliber a handgun is. So calling a han ...more
Nancy Wilson
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Too sanctimonious.
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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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