Books from the Backlog #309

Posted March 14, 2024 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 10 Comments

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #309Louisiana Longshot by Jana DeLeon
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Series: A Miss Fortune Mystery #1
Published by Audible Studios, Independently Published on February 2, 2016
Genres: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Length: 7 hours 20 minutes
Pages: 250
Source: Purchased
Amazon | Audible | B&N | Kobo

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jana DeLeon brings you the Miss Fortune series. 

It was a hell of a long shot....

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 placed 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 until her boss finds the leak and puts the arms dealer out of play.

Unfortunately, she hasn't even unpacked a suitcase before her newly inherited dog digs up a human bone in her backyard. Thrust into the middle of a bayou murder mystery, Fortune teams up with a couple of seemingly sweet old ladies whose looks completely belie their hold on the little town. To top things off, the handsome local deputy is asking her too many questions. If she's not careful, this investigation might blow her cover and get her killed.

Armed with her considerable skills and a group of elderly ladies the locals dub The Geritol Mafia, Fortune has no choice but to solve the murder before it's too late.

Louisiana Longshot is a humorous mystery set in the bayous of southern Louisiana. It has a cozy mystery feel and features a strong woman sleuth in a fish-out-of-water storyline. Louisiana Longshot is the first book in the Miss Fortune series and appeals to readers of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. 

Louisiana Longshot is a free ebook at Google Play.

"Southern wit at its best!" - NYT Bestselling author Gemma Halliday

"Sinfully funny!" - NYT Bestselling author CC Hunter/Christie Craig

“DeLeon is excellent at weaving comedy, suspense and spicy romance into one compelling story.” – RT Book Reviews

“I don’t know where she comes up with this funny stuff, but I can’t wait to read the next book…” – Night Owl Reviews

“Jana DeLeon has a breezy style with enough of a comic touch to leave you smiling.” – The Romance Reader

“Son of a gun, we’re having fun in the bayou!” – Fresh Fiction

“The quirky characters keep the action moving…” – Barbara Vey, Publisher’s Weekly Blogger

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Why did I add Louisiana Longshot to my bookshelf?

I picked up a copy of this book as a freebie a few years ago and added the audiobook for just a couple of bucks. I enjoyed another series by this author and I like the narrator a lot so I have a good feeling about this one. It is a short audiobook so I am tempted to work it in sometime soonish, but it is the start of a pretty long series so it might be more of a commitment than I am prepared for.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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10 responses to “Books from the Backlog #309

  1. That’s a new to me one! I feel like nowadays it can be daunting to pick up a really long series and start from the beginning. As it is, I have some long series that I’m maybe halfway through, others barely halfway. But I suspect if the story is right and you enjoy the characters a long series is doable! Hope you end up loving this one and the series should you read it all!

  2. I do that with long series, too! I tell myself I start when I’ve got the time to get really invested, and then… they tend to languish on my shelf. Sigh.

  3. I’ve actually read this one!! I don’t remember much about it because I read it in 2016 (snagged it from Amazon when BookBub advertised it for free) but I looked at Goodreads and I gave it four stars and wrote that I thought it was funny and the old ladies in town were especially funny. I also said at that time I would read the series. Hope you like it!