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Let the good times roll? It’s Mardi Gras time and Fortune is looking forward to seeing the spectacle firsthand, but when a visitor to Sinful is murdered during the celebration there, Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie can’t help but wonder what happened. As they start looking into the woman and the family in Sinful she came to visit, their investigation sends them to New Orlea Let the good times roll? It’s Mardi Gras time and Fortune is looking forward to seeing the spectacle firsthand, but when a visitor to Sinful is murdered during the celebration there, Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie can’t help but wonder what happened. As they start looking into the woman and the family in Sinful she came to visit, their investigation sends them to New Orleans, right at the height of the Mardi Gras celebration. But instead of relaxing a little and enjoying the festivities, Fortune can’t shake the feeling that she’s being watched. When she catches sight of her father in the Mardi Gras crowd, she knows why. Unfortunately, her father’s presence in Louisiana has brought with it a host of terrorists, all with only one thing in mind—locate and terminate Dwight Redding. Can Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie manage to evade the killers long enough to figure out why Dwight has returned from the dead? And will knowing the answer make things worse or better?


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Let the good times roll? It’s Mardi Gras time and Fortune is looking forward to seeing the spectacle firsthand, but when a visitor to Sinful is murdered during the celebration there, Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie can’t help but wonder what happened. As they start looking into the woman and the family in Sinful she came to visit, their investigation sends them to New Orlea Let the good times roll? It’s Mardi Gras time and Fortune is looking forward to seeing the spectacle firsthand, but when a visitor to Sinful is murdered during the celebration there, Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie can’t help but wonder what happened. As they start looking into the woman and the family in Sinful she came to visit, their investigation sends them to New Orleans, right at the height of the Mardi Gras celebration. But instead of relaxing a little and enjoying the festivities, Fortune can’t shake the feeling that she’s being watched. When she catches sight of her father in the Mardi Gras crowd, she knows why. Unfortunately, her father’s presence in Louisiana has brought with it a host of terrorists, all with only one thing in mind—locate and terminate Dwight Redding. Can Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie manage to evade the killers long enough to figure out why Dwight has returned from the dead? And will knowing the answer make things worse or better?

30 review for Bullets and Beads

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    In the same way that Ranger gets Stephanie in ways Joe never will, Mannie gets Fortune in ways that Carter never will. I loved this book and even though Fortune loves Carter, Mannie is definitely an intriguing possibility. This story is much more than Fortune getting help from Big Herbert and Mannie, the plot revolves around a mysterious Russian woman and her family and friends and the reappearance of Fortune's father, a CIA operative who everyone thought dead for 14 years. With humor, action an In the same way that Ranger gets Stephanie in ways Joe never will, Mannie gets Fortune in ways that Carter never will. I loved this book and even though Fortune loves Carter, Mannie is definitely an intriguing possibility. This story is much more than Fortune getting help from Big Herbert and Mannie, the plot revolves around a mysterious Russian woman and her family and friends and the reappearance of Fortune's father, a CIA operative who everyone thought dead for 14 years. With humor, action and some cozy romance as a cozy-mystery they just don't get any better.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Monica (is working the heck out of

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This happens every. Damn. Time! I fall in love with book one of a series, tear through all available installments, catch up to the point where I eagerly anticipate new releases and get majorly disappointed upon its inevitable plunge over the quality cliff. The blurb for Bullets and Beads, book 17 of Jana DeLeon’s Miss Fortune series, promises to cash the enormous check DeLeon wrote with a cliffy at the end of Swamp Santa. Finally, finally, we were going to get some insight into the toxic dynamic This happens every. Damn. Time! I fall in love with book one of a series, tear through all available installments, catch up to the point where I eagerly anticipate new releases and get majorly disappointed upon its inevitable plunge over the quality cliff. The blurb for Bullets and Beads, book 17 of Jana DeLeon’s Miss Fortune series, promises to cash the enormous check DeLeon wrote with a cliffy at the end of Swamp Santa. Finally, finally, we were going to get some insight into the toxic dynamic between Fortune and her neglectful, emotionally abusive father. It was to be the reckoning of all reckonings; the aftermath of which Fortune and her surrogate family would have to figure out how to navigate. We were going to get a gripping murder mystery and a front row seat to some major action, ass kicking and slapstick comedy. Sadly, what I got was a bunch of cartoonish, awkward, unrealistic and unsophisticated dialogue, annoying romance tropes and clichés, unlikable characters (see status update below), corny jokes/ one-liners and convenient plot devices, all topped off with one of the most lazy and anti-climactic endings of the entire series. In short, I expected much, much better from a Miss Fortune mystery. To begin, DeLeon’s initial departure from the genre’s tradition of “softening” kickass heroines was a major selling point. Far too often, heroines fall into a relationship and grow dependent on and submissive to their love interests out of “respect” and “love.” Fortune was rare in that she remained resolutely autonomous where her job, movements and safety were concerned. However, this and the previous installment are part of an emerging pattern of sexist accountability. For example, Gertie and Ida Bell, well aware of Carter’s disapproval of Fortune’s intrepidity, apply social pressure in order to ensure that fortune is held accountable for her disobedience. The implication is that Fortune has a duty to disclose and suffer the consequences for engaging in behavior of which her protective boyfriend disapproves. More important than DeLeon’s employment of Ida Bell and Gertie as Carter’s watchdogs is Carter’s dismissal of Fortune’s skillset. Carter’s assumption that Fortune needed protecting made sense in earlier installments because of the undercover work. Now, however, when Fortune has proven herself to be more than capable of fending off an enemy, Carter’s overprotection reads like essentialism. More specifically, his belief that she needs looking after stems not from a lack of faith in her skill but from a belief that the physical limits of her female body negate those skills. That Fortune seems to agree makes me sad and less eager to purchase the next installment. Bottom line, DeLeon took a confident and cunning she-panther and used romance as an excuse to declaw and domesticate her. This is usually my cue to remove a series from the auto-buy list. Even more of a letdown was DeLeon’s choice to deal with Fortune’s father offstage and at the very end of the novel. More than a third of the story centers on the need to evade him and the terrorists who want his head. His presence and the accompanying danger are why one of the deadliest CIA operatives the agency has ever had needs her cop boyfriend to move into her home. The potential for kidnapping and/or elimination is why said deadly CIA agent must be shadowed by a mobster bodyguard and reminded, like a child, to take basic safety precautions. He and the trouble that surrounds him are why we get pages of Ida Bell, Gertie, Manny and Carter lecturing and shaking their fingers at a highly trained assassin as if she had an IQ of 60 and a shaky trigger finger. On a side note, DeLeon tries to justify this via a sloppy and uncharacteristic lapse in Fortune’s vigilance; in all the time she’s been in Sinful, when has Fortune ever forgotten to set the alarm? Why, when there is yet another murderer in town, the potential for Ahmad-related retaliation and an unpredictable father with unknown motives, would she neglect to take this most basic precaution? The woman lives next door to a trespassing creep in a town rife with heavily armed and quick-tempered southerners (many of these are either angry drunks or cold-blooded murderers) and I’m supposed to believe she forgot to set her security system. Uh. Huh. More importantly, this single lapse causes Manny to distrust her judgment enough that he feels the need to repeatedly instruct her to set the alarm? I’m not buying it. At any rate, one attempted obduction, a chase scene and a botched home-invasion later, we get a 60 second resolution of a major plot point via a telephone call. Quick word to the wise: if you’re anticipating an epic showdown between Swamp Team Three, Fortune’s father and the small army of villains on all of their tails, don’t. Finally, the murder mystery didn’t grab me like usual. Things were interesting enough but lacked the intrigue, tension and excitement of previous mysteries. Don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t terrible. Still, there was enough wrong with the book that I had to seriously consider whether or not to even bother with book 18 when it’s released. Ultimately, me thinks someone has either delegated her authorship to ghost-writers or grown tired of writing in this universe, something I’ve seen again and again in long runners like this. It’s clear that DeLeon has no idea where to take these characters or their story arcs. Sadly, Swamp Team Three may be nearing the end of their adventures. Meanwhile, Bullets and Beads gets three-stars. ☹

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sandee

    Funny, exciting, adventurous, emotional and action-packed. One of the best stories in this series. I love the combination of serious, CIA-level mystery and action combined with quirky, small-town nosiness. I especially enjoy the inclusion of the crime group, the Heberts and Manny. This book provides everything I expect, especially the soul-satisfying ending. I highly recommend this series and this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Despite occasionally campy use of exclamation marks, Bullets and Beads manages to add some edge to the Miss Fortune Mysteries, reuniting Fortune with her old CIA contacts and featuring a threat looming beyond the immediate small town murder. I honestly wish it had loomed larger, because things wrap up far too quickly. The murder itself--while clever--does not take Hercule Poirot to figure out and I was looking for something more long-lasting out of the international terrorism problem. But nevert Despite occasionally campy use of exclamation marks, Bullets and Beads manages to add some edge to the Miss Fortune Mysteries, reuniting Fortune with her old CIA contacts and featuring a threat looming beyond the immediate small town murder. I honestly wish it had loomed larger, because things wrap up far too quickly. The murder itself--while clever--does not take Hercule Poirot to figure out and I was looking for something more long-lasting out of the international terrorism problem. But nevertheless, things get resolved and we get another installment of Fortune and her friends. The old lady jokes (thankfully) get toned down (some) and we only had three or four scenes that made me cringe. It was nice to get more of Big and Little. And while I genuinely like Carter, I don't mind having Mannie lingering around. (Though I assume he's for Ally?) If old ladies whipping out bazookas hits your funny bone, well, you're in the right place. And if it doesn't, well, you're on book #17 and probably like me: keeping up with this series mostly just 'cause you can.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Bullets and Beads by Jana Deleon is the 17th book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series. When a Russian visitor to Sinful is murdered during Mardi Gras celebrations, Fortune and her crew, Ida-Belle and Gertie, investigate while also dealing with the reappearance of her father, a CIA operative who was thought to be dead. I love this series which is always fun and entertaining. There is never a dull moment in Sinful and the trio always seem to be in the middle of all the action. Great unique characte Bullets and Beads by Jana Deleon is the 17th book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series. When a Russian visitor to Sinful is murdered during Mardi Gras celebrations, Fortune and her crew, Ida-Belle and Gertie, investigate while also dealing with the reappearance of her father, a CIA operative who was thought to be dead. I love this series which is always fun and entertaining. There is never a dull moment in Sinful and the trio always seem to be in the middle of all the action. Great unique characters that provide plenty of laughs. A fabulous addition to the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aimee Nicole Walker

    Another enjoyable read. I must say I have sympathy pains while reading about Gertie’s mishaps. Ouch! There were some excellent twists in the overarching storyline that kept things really interesting. I’m going to keep complimenting this author’s ability to introduce conflict into the romantic relationship in a way that’s entertaining and realistic. This is the longest series I’ve read without getting fatigued. Book 18 is cued up and ready. Hoping 19 is available in audio soon. 🤞🏼

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jan Locke

    Past sins Fortune never disappoints but having Ida Belle and Gertie adds another dimension of fun. Watching ex-CIA agent Fortune settle in to the very small and quirky town of Sinful, LA has been great reading. All the characters Jana DeLeon has created feel so real and like the kind of neighbors you'd like to have. Except Celia. Definitely not Celia. And maybe Ronald and Godzilla. I kept waiting to hear more from Ally but maybe soon Ally's love life can pick up. This story had several scary situ Past sins Fortune never disappoints but having Ida Belle and Gertie adds another dimension of fun. Watching ex-CIA agent Fortune settle in to the very small and quirky town of Sinful, LA has been great reading. All the characters Jana DeLeon has created feel so real and like the kind of neighbors you'd like to have. Except Celia. Definitely not Celia. And maybe Ronald and Godzilla. I kept waiting to hear more from Ally but maybe soon Ally's love life can pick up. This story had several scary situations revolving around Fortune and Carter and the excitement built as the story progressed. I'd like to have even more of Carter in action and more of Ida Belle and Walter! I'm looking forward to the next humorous, chaotic Sinful adventure!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Namita

    A fantastic addition to the Miss Fortune Mystery series!! Jana Deleon never disappoints. Swamp Team 3 is so amazing. I wish, there was more of Ally in the book too. I'm absolutely dying to see her and Mannie get together. I'm giddy like a teenager...lol If you haven't started this series, I recommend you do so immediately. Louisiana Longshot is a free on multiple platforms. This is my go to series when I want something fun. I always laugh out loud while reading. I love all the characters and thei A fantastic addition to the Miss Fortune Mystery series!! Jana Deleon never disappoints. Swamp Team 3 is so amazing. I wish, there was more of Ally in the book too. I'm absolutely dying to see her and Mannie get together. I'm giddy like a teenager...lol If you haven't started this series, I recommend you do so immediately. Louisiana Longshot is a free on multiple platforms. This is my go to series when I want something fun. I always laugh out loud while reading. I love all the characters and their adventures.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elisa

    This series truly does get better with every book and totally makes me want to pack up and move to Sinful Louisiana... Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie are back in action, up to their necks in shenanigans and solving crimes all while they are in the midst of Mardi Gras craziness... Talk about a convoluted mystery that could have gone a few different ways I really loved the twists and turns, as always I loved the laugh out loud moments and there was plenty to keep me totally entertained. I also love th This series truly does get better with every book and totally makes me want to pack up and move to Sinful Louisiana... Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie are back in action, up to their necks in shenanigans and solving crimes all while they are in the midst of Mardi Gras craziness... Talk about a convoluted mystery that could have gone a few different ways I really loved the twists and turns, as always I loved the laugh out loud moments and there was plenty to keep me totally entertained. I also love the character growth in Fortune and Carter they really are building what will be a wonderful life together...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gail Koger

    A MUST READ!! Gertie and Ida Belle are up to their normal hi-jinks - can we say rocket launcher? Add in Godzilla, the gator, a murder mystery and you have lots of action and LOL moments. When Fortune's dead father makes a reappearance she has to stop a terrorists attack too. Never a dull moment in Sinful. A MUST READ!! Gertie and Ida Belle are up to their normal hi-jinks - can we say rocket launcher? Add in Godzilla, the gator, a murder mystery and you have lots of action and LOL moments. When Fortune's dead father makes a reappearance she has to stop a terrorists attack too. Never a dull moment in Sinful.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    What do you get when you mix Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie's handbag at Mardi Gras? Not to mention a sighting of Fortune's decade + deceased father. You get a lot of action, a few high speed scenes, and more than likely at least one explosion. This is another need to read book from Jana Deleon. What do you get when you mix Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie's handbag at Mardi Gras? Not to mention a sighting of Fortune's decade + deceased father. You get a lot of action, a few high speed scenes, and more than likely at least one explosion. This is another need to read book from Jana Deleon.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Fun! Always a fun adventure with Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie. Filled with laughs and non stop action from start to finish!

  13. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    Bullets and Beads by Jana Deleon was another laugh out loud wild adventure with Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie. First we have Sinful's Mardi Gras parade which goes wrong and then they head to New Orleans where Fortune "thinks" she sees her father. A plot that raced and twists that pulled me in deeper to the story that I couldn't put it down. Of course, there is always Gertie's antics to break the tension and I laughed till I cried. I love this series! Bullets and Beads by Jana Deleon was another laugh out loud wild adventure with Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie. First we have Sinful's Mardi Gras parade which goes wrong and then they head to New Orleans where Fortune "thinks" she sees her father. A plot that raced and twists that pulled me in deeper to the story that I couldn't put it down. Of course, there is always Gertie's antics to break the tension and I laughed till I cried. I love this series!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Una

    17 books down and I'm still not tired of this series. The descriptions are wonderful and make it seem like you're right there. The squirrel and Celia were hilarious and Gertie never ceases to create havoc. 17 books down and I'm still not tired of this series. The descriptions are wonderful and make it seem like you're right there. The squirrel and Celia were hilarious and Gertie never ceases to create havoc.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Kiyono

    It seems the residents of Sinful, Louisiana can’t have a celebration without something going wrong. This time, it’s Mardi Gras, and Sinful’s festivities take place take place a few days before the big parade in New Orleans. When a visitor to the local celebration is killed, Fortune’s investigation takes her to the Big Easy - right in the middle of the biggest party of all. It’s compounded by another concern: Fortune’s “long dead” father has been spotted, and suddenly she has to avoid a growing n It seems the residents of Sinful, Louisiana can’t have a celebration without something going wrong. This time, it’s Mardi Gras, and Sinful’s festivities take place take place a few days before the big parade in New Orleans. When a visitor to the local celebration is killed, Fortune’s investigation takes her to the Big Easy - right in the middle of the biggest party of all. It’s compounded by another concern: Fortune’s “long dead” father has been spotted, and suddenly she has to avoid a growing number of foreign operatives who want to get to him. There’s never a dull moment in these stories, and I’m bummed that there aren’t any more. I’m holding out hope that there’s a #18 in the works, especially since Ida Belle and Walter haven’t yet tied the knot.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Abibliofob

    Another hilarious adventure from the city of Sinful Louisiana with Swamp team 3. I have enjoyed every single book in this series and it never gets old with the characters and their mischief. If you want a couple of entertaining hours this is for you.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marsha

    Whenever I read any books in the Miss Fortune series I am always happy to be back in the world of Sinful, Louisiana. “Bullets and Beads” is another wonderful installment in the series. All of the colorful characters I’ve grown to love make an appearance in this read including my favorite alligator, Godzilla. This time, the crime solving trio are getting ready for the pre Madi Gras festival in Sinful. Since alcohol is outlawed in the town Gertie is mixing up a batch of moonshine which of course is Whenever I read any books in the Miss Fortune series I am always happy to be back in the world of Sinful, Louisiana. “Bullets and Beads” is another wonderful installment in the series. All of the colorful characters I’ve grown to love make an appearance in this read including my favorite alligator, Godzilla. This time, the crime solving trio are getting ready for the pre Madi Gras festival in Sinful. Since alcohol is outlawed in the town Gertie is mixing up a batch of moonshine which of course is sold as cough syrup. While they are at the festival, a visiting Russian woman is killed. Of course Fortune’s boyfriend, Carter doesn’t want the trio anywhere near the case. That’s not going to stop them though. Apparently the victim was visiting her Russian friend whose husband is none too pleased. Fortune, Gertie and Ida Belle have decided to investigate the crime with Big and Mannie’s help and that leads them to New Orleans. This book is chocked full of memorial funny moments as well as lots of action, intrigue and a surprise visit/sighting from someone I won’t reveal. All in all, I like the way this plot for the series is moving and can’t wait for the next book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sandie Anderson

    A lot of hilarious reading I can almost guarantee the Sinful ladies will keep you smiling and laughing out loud! Enjoyable series. Looking forward to more!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dora

    Dead? But not forgotten Fortune is settling into civilian life when she gets a call from her former boss telling her that her father whom she thought was dead, is alive and has been sited in her area. Not only that but he has a trail of bad guys on his tail who would think nothing of taking Fortune out if it furthered their goals. As if that were not enough, there was a murder in Sinful that Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie have decided to investigate even though they don’t have a client. This is boo Dead? But not forgotten Fortune is settling into civilian life when she gets a call from her former boss telling her that her father whom she thought was dead, is alive and has been sited in her area. Not only that but he has a trail of bad guys on his tail who would think nothing of taking Fortune out if it furthered their goals. As if that were not enough, there was a murder in Sinful that Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie have decided to investigate even though they don’t have a client. This is book 17 in the series. I feel that the books should be read in order but for those of you who have picked up this book and want to read it now, DeLeon has included a brief prequel in the beginning of the book to introduce the characters and plot up to this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I have loved every book in the series....and it is really difficult to pick a favorite, simply because I would say it after every book!! lol I will never get tired of Ida Belle and Gertie! I STILL want to be Ida Belle when I grow up!! These two are proof that life does NOT have to end after 50!! The characters are so well written and have become like old friends that you begin to care about. Fortune gets the surprise of a lifetime, she and her two "co-horts" find trouble to get into and get out o I have loved every book in the series....and it is really difficult to pick a favorite, simply because I would say it after every book!! lol I will never get tired of Ida Belle and Gertie! I STILL want to be Ida Belle when I grow up!! These two are proof that life does NOT have to end after 50!! The characters are so well written and have become like old friends that you begin to care about. Fortune gets the surprise of a lifetime, she and her two "co-horts" find trouble to get into and get out of, this time Ida Belle comes up with a "surprise" rescue worthy of Gertie!! Even Godzilla gets into the action. I truly believe every book gets better and I'm looking forward to the next book!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Fortune shaves away the covering on another mystery It's Mardi Gras in Sinful....what could go wrong? Lots when the trio of PJ's head for New Orleans for the real celebration. Who knew winning a motorcycle could be this easy? Gertie's bag of explosive possibilities never disappoints the readers! Fortunes Father coming back from the dead is just the beginning of this crazy adventure. I'm always entertained and love figuring out what the twist is to the plot before Fortune does, but then again I have Fortune shaves away the covering on another mystery It's Mardi Gras in Sinful....what could go wrong? Lots when the trio of PJ's head for New Orleans for the real celebration. Who knew winning a motorcycle could be this easy? Gertie's bag of explosive possibilities never disappoints the readers! Fortunes Father coming back from the dead is just the beginning of this crazy adventure. I'm always entertained and love figuring out what the twist is to the plot before Fortune does, but then again I have more time to assess the clues. Can't wait for the next book. It better be a Shamrocks & Shenanigans in Sinful theme!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cathy P

    This book had me laughing so much, cringing a little, cheering on this merry band of Misfits. I was a little worried about a situation with Carter, but is all good on that front. Godzilla, big Hebert and Mannie come through huge as well. I love the mysteries and resolution, but how they get from a to Z is always a fun ride. Love this book and am looking forward to the next. This book as well written, a fun ride, and I love how much our crew is growing. Jana's mind is an amazing place. These char This book had me laughing so much, cringing a little, cheering on this merry band of Misfits. I was a little worried about a situation with Carter, but is all good on that front. Godzilla, big Hebert and Mannie come through huge as well. I love the mysteries and resolution, but how they get from a to Z is always a fun ride. Love this book and am looking forward to the next. This book as well written, a fun ride, and I love how much our crew is growing. Jana's mind is an amazing place. These characters have become family.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Eden

    2020 bk 167. The newest book in the Miss Fortune series. This time there has been a sighting of Fortune Redding's father - in New Orleans. Problem is, the man is dead. The same day a Russian visitor to Sinful is killed - by an assassin's bullet. With a child's home at stake, Fortune and crew work to solve the murder, locate the missing dad, and shake off a gang of terrorists, with the help of Mannie and the Heberts. Oh - and Gertie even manages a ride on a Mardi Gras float. It is fun time in Lou 2020 bk 167. The newest book in the Miss Fortune series. This time there has been a sighting of Fortune Redding's father - in New Orleans. Problem is, the man is dead. The same day a Russian visitor to Sinful is killed - by an assassin's bullet. With a child's home at stake, Fortune and crew work to solve the murder, locate the missing dad, and shake off a gang of terrorists, with the help of Mannie and the Heberts. Oh - and Gertie even manages a ride on a Mardi Gras float. It is fun time in Louisiana.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    This book is just straight up fun. It knows it isn't supposed to be taken seriously and delivers in the laughs. I missed the girls. The book starts the weekend before Mardi Gras and it quickly delivers on the cliffhanger of the previous book. The hilarious adventures in Sinful continue but it adds a nice change of pace with overnight trips for Swamp Team 3. It made me laugh out loud and it just feels nice to pick up where these characters left off. This book is just straight up fun. It knows it isn't supposed to be taken seriously and delivers in the laughs. I missed the girls. The book starts the weekend before Mardi Gras and it quickly delivers on the cliffhanger of the previous book. The hilarious adventures in Sinful continue but it adds a nice change of pace with overnight trips for Swamp Team 3. It made me laugh out loud and it just feels nice to pick up where these characters left off.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Worst part of this book is that it was over. Godzilla was awesome. The "senior citizens" and the young pretty lady taking down the well built guy...yeah, that was hilarious. Totally love this series and each book just gets better and better. Where else do you read about CIA operatives, small town sheriffs, alligators who eat casseroles, middle aged male neighbors dressing in prom dresses, and mob characters all combined with chaos caused by fluke during a small town parade. Great story! Worst part of this book is that it was over. Godzilla was awesome. The "senior citizens" and the young pretty lady taking down the well built guy...yeah, that was hilarious. Totally love this series and each book just gets better and better. Where else do you read about CIA operatives, small town sheriffs, alligators who eat casseroles, middle aged male neighbors dressing in prom dresses, and mob characters all combined with chaos caused by fluke during a small town parade. Great story!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Bullets & Beads was my favorite book in the series so far! I was so excited to get my hands on this new book and it did not disappoint!! I love the relationship Fortune has with Big, Little & Mannie. I was very happy to get to see more of Mannie and I am really hoping that we will get to see Mannie and Ally get together in future books. Cannot wait for more this summer!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    Fabulous. I was on the edge of my seat the entire book. Couldn't put it down. I love this series. I can't wait until summer for the next one. Ms. Deleon always finishes a book. with a touch of intrigue Not a true cliff hanger. She ties up all the ends and entices you to come back. I loved this book Fabulous. I was on the edge of my seat the entire book. Couldn't put it down. I love this series. I can't wait until summer for the next one. Ms. Deleon always finishes a book. with a touch of intrigue Not a true cliff hanger. She ties up all the ends and entices you to come back. I loved this book

  28. 4 out of 5

    Julie Reina

    I LOVE this series. Jana Deleon never disappoints! I caught myself laughing aloud with the antics of the women while in New Orleans. Living in Louisiana makes me appreciate her writing even more. And the greatest part is there isn’t any smut or cussing. Just good clean humor of small town living!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    These books are just so FUN. My main gripe is that they are over too soon they it is back to waiting anxiously for the next. This one has all the usual shenanigans, a trip to Mardi Gras, a visit from Fortune’s (formerly) dead father, Big and Little and a scene stealing appearance from Godzilla. I would like to see more of Ally than as a deliverer of baked goods and diner meals though.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Kenney

    Loved this newest adventure in the Miss Fortune series! Can’t wait to see what trouble they get into next.

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