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Rumble on the Bayou

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  3,344 ratings  ·  201 reviews
Deputy Dorie Berenger knew it was going to be a rough day when the alligator she found in the town drunk's swimming pool turned out to be stoned. On heroin. Now she has some big-shot city slicker from the DEA trying to take over her turf. And Agent Richard Starke is everything she'd feared-brash, demanding and way too handsome for his own good. Or hers.

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Paperback, 325 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Leisure Books
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Bark  |  Laurie  |  LOHF
Mar 01, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, dnf
I started this one for my romance meeting thinking it would be a lighthearted romantic mystery similar to an Evanovich. Set in Louisiana, Dorie is an officer called in to do something about an alligator a citizen discovered lounging in her pool. Turns out the gator has a good grip on a backpack filled with drugs and money and as they remove it they also find a severed finger. Uh oh! Big time crime isn't something Dorie is used to and she's not looking forward to dealing with the big shot DEA's o ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
I really enjoy the Miss Fortune series by this author. Unfortunately, I have not had much luck branching out. Trouble in Mudbug left me cringing and Rumble on the Bayou...well, I'm glad it is a stand alone.
The book had potential. It is sort of like a gender bender Louisiana Longshot. Instead of a female government agent in a small Louisiana town sparking up a romance with the overly qualified and good looking male deputy, it is a male government agent in a small Louisiana town sparking up a rom
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
My 1st book this author. It was hilarious! I haven't laughed so hard since the Plum series. A great mystery too boot. ...more
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Deputy Dorie Berenger is called out to a local home to deal with a gator in the woman's pool. Turns out the gater is stoned on heroine found in the backpack in the gator's mouth. And there beings this tale of small town Louisiana and its residents. The law is Dorie and her friend-like-a-brother Joe, two deputies who play dumb and act smart and who tolerate the eccentricities in this town they love.

In walks DEA agent Richard Starke on the trail of a long time criminal and killer. He stirs up a wh
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: libby
I started off enjoying this one quite a bit, but it slowed for me in the last half, and I had a hard time staying focused. I liked the setting and the main characters, but wasn't totally pleased with the way all aspects of the storyline played out. I also found some parts not very credible, like the main character being both a deputy sheriff and the game warden. The parts that bothered me were events that probably wouldn't phase lots of readers, so if you like quirky cozies, give this one a try. ...more
Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*
There was a romantic lead named Dick. It is everything that I have ever wanted in life.

But really, this book was cute. The plot was engaging and fun and it kept me riveted.

I did miss having some actual Louisiana type flavor to the book. Yes, it is set in a bayou but besides from one rather ridiculous character, there was no local energy to the book. Louisiana has its own culture that kind of permeates a lot, especially in rural areas and that was not emphasized at all. It felt like it could be s
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book gives you a taste of life in an odd Louisiana town. The hero is DEA and a little on the dense side, but he gets is right in the end. My favorite mix of humor, sex and a little mystery.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
A rollicking feel-good story starting off with a stoned alligator in a pool and proceeding to a tiny town full of secrets, a home grown sheriff's daughter/deputy and a hunky DEA agent from Wash DC. Very typical and at times stereotypical plot and characters, with a bit too much romance and silly banter for me, but still decent light entertainment. ...more
Kimber Li
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious! This was one of the first books I ever reviewed as a blogging book reviewer.
Cheryl B
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good mystery and very funny.
Crazy for Books (Stephanie)
Loved it. I really like this author. When she's on, she's on. ...more
Madeleine Booth-smits
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
You can always count on Jana DeLeon's books being an entertaining, light-hearted read. This book was definitely fun to read. ...more
Emily Ever
This book was ok. That's really all I can say about it.

The characters as set up were good, but at the end, they kind of devolved until they were acting out the preferred end of the author, not really what would really happen. The male lead had really no personality even though there was an attempt at it with his whole back story.

The female characeter ended up at the end waiting for the guy to come get her and putting up only a token resistance to him arranging their whole future together witho
Bet Lantaff
Jun 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: traded-out
3.5 stars
I liked this debut novel from Ms DeLeon. The heroine was kick-ass and the hero was tough but had issues too. There were a few twists that I didn't see coming but it just made the story that much more interesting. The sex, or what there was of it, was okay and not that strong. At least, not as strong as some that I've read. I loved the secondary characters and especially got a kick out of Maylene. As far as the mystery goes, I guessed several characters throughout the book, and even gues
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Dorie is called to a complaint of an alligator in a pool. Not an unusual occurrence in Louisiana but this pool is a full mile from any water and alligators don't usually expend that much effort. His alligator, though has a backpack full of heroin and money along with a finger in his mouth. The DEA shows up shortly after they run the fingers print. What has come to their quiet little backwater? ...more
Jan 29, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, suspense
I picked this book up because the description of a gator high on heroin sounded so hilarious. It was a pretty good read, though. It gave a really fun look at small town life and the lengths people will go to protect themselves. The characters were totally over the top and fun. There were even a few interesting twists and turns along the way. A fun read.
✨ Gramy ✨
I found a copy of "Trouble in Mudbug" by this author and really liked it. So I thought I would give another book a try. This was a compelling mystery, which would have been sufficient. Instead it was clouded with too many details in the romance department. ...more
Lois Szymanski
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great book. I am a Jana Deleon admirer despite the formula writing and the overdone love scenes.
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

One of the most entertaining books I've had the pleasure to read in a very long time ! Loved it !
Susan Gazaway
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very fun read

I enjoyed this book very much. It was funny, sweet and entertaining. I enjoyed reading this book very much. Great read.
Nate Brightman
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After finishing the last book in Deleone’s Miss Fortune Mystery series Amazon recommended I try Rumble in the Bayou and earlier book by the same author. The sample showed there were obvious similarities with the Miss Fortune Mysteries series written years later. Both stories take place in a small Louisiana bayou town. This story take’s place in Gator Bait and the Miss Fortune stories take place in Sinful. Both heroines are both gorgeous and deadly and have a law enforcement background. Fortune R ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book starts out with the most bizarre situation you can imagine; an alligator, stoned on heroin, in the town drunk's swimming pool. Gator Bait, Louisiana, deputy sheriff and game warden Dorie Beringer also finds a finger in the gator's mouth ... which traces back to someone wanted by the DEA. Dorie is concerned that some "big city dick" will show up to take over the investigation.

Enter DEA agent Richard Starke ... which results in a running joke about Big City Dick. It soon becomes apparent
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
My main problem with this book was the lack of character development. I mean, I guess I got a lot of facts about the characters but it was laid out in such a way that I didn't care about them. When the author says things like "oh when Dorie gets mad", I'm thinking who cares if Dorie is mad? Oh look now Joe is mad too, and her dad is mad over in the nursing home (someone's getting a whoopin'!)...ooooh now Shelly's mad cause daddy in the nursing home is stirred up with his heart problems.
The roma
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very Enjoyable

I kinda finished most of Jana’s books Mudbug series, Fortune series, Shaye Archer series and I was looking for more from this author I’ve come to love. So I decided to give Rumble a whirl. At first I was like well... then as the chapters progressed it kept picking up pace. Then I found myself very into the storyline and characters. I was going through a sad time with the loss of my beloved cat and this book helped take my mind off of the pain. So for that I am grateful.
Also, I don
Rebecca Cecil
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Jana Deleon's books. She is an awesome author. We have suspense, a little romance, and of course a lot of good laughs. Most of the books I read by her are on the Louisiana Bayou this one included. Meet Sherif in charge Dorie Berenger she deals with alligators on pretty much a daily basis, but when one shows up in the town drunk's swimming pool stoned on heroin the day gets more interesting. Now a big shot city slicker from the DEA comes in trying to take over her turf - things jus ...more
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rumble in the bayou

Anything that deLeon writes you will not be disappointed in reading she is absolutely one of my favorite authors along with janet evanovich and fern michaels her characters are quirky and hilarious characters you would fall in love with this story made me laugh and even cry finding out about detective berrenger biological father and the father who loved and raised her add in an fbi agent who turns her world upside down and the hilarious escapade they find themselves in trying
Gayle Smith
It was ok

I mean, I finished it. The characters were a little too stereotypical for my taste. I'm not fond of books that call themselves mysteries, but are really romance novels. The mystery definitely takes a backseat. The outcome of the characters was all too predictable while the who dunnit was left pretty loose. All tied up at the end with a big red bow. Too sappy for me to be interested in any further books by this author.

Oh, by the way, people sure do blow a breath out a lot in this book.
Lynn W Stubenrauch
So much fun! Excellent summer read!

Jana DeLeon is one of my very favorite authors and when I finished her last book I went looking for other books she had written. Rumble on the Bayou was written awhile back so I wasn't expecting it to be as good as her more current books boy, was I wrong! It wasn't as laugh out loud hilarious but it was filled with interesting characters and the plot was excellent. It was quite thrilling and I was in the edge of my seat several times. It was kinda spicy too, wh
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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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