Louisiana Longshot by Jana DeLeon

Louisiana Longshot by Jana DeLeon Book Summary


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.

What authors are saying:

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

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

What readers are saying:

“If you like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, you’ll love Miss Fortune.”

“This was a hoot!!! If you like mysteries and Southern eccentrics, this is the book for you. More twists and turns than the Louisiana bayou.”

“It has a flavor of Miss Congeniality, but it is much more than that.”

“I read this book in one night, unable to put it down because I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.”

“I’ve rarely thanked writers for the entertainment they provide. Nevertheless, I feel strangely compelled not only to thank this author, but to recommend this book to everybody and anybody – I give it five laugh out loud stars!”

Louisiana Longshot Book Details

Book Name Louisiana Longshot
Genre Women Sleuths
Author Jana DeLeon
Published 01 July 2012, Sunday
Price Free
E-Book Size 759.1 KB

Louisiana Longshot by Jana DeLeon Book Reviews

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Angel of Mauve Hollow

Convoluted!. I loved it!


Louisiana Longshot. Interesting, twisted plot; authentic Louisiana places and proper names. As former military, it all fit right in! Enjoyable story all the way through. Thanks!


A delicious read!. A delicious, top notch mystery, amid lovable characters bursting with funny dialogue and hilarious antics. Loved this book!

Native abo

Liked the banana pudding race and all the jabs at the SBC. A good read! Thanks!. See above/


Louisiana Longshot. Jana Deleon delivers again and again. Her books are delightfully funny and a good mystery all in one. I highly recommend her books!


Loved this book about small towns and strong women. I really enjoyed this story!!! It was full of excitement and new wonders after every turn! Time to read book 2. Strong women help each other even if they don’t know all the facts!


Lousiana longshot. Not the worst book I’ve ever read but the plot could have been better. Pretty u believable and once again the police are made out to be buffoons, I don’t like that. It’s easy to be a critic buy you won’t find me trying to write a book. Thanks, g


Great Read !!. This was a lot of fun to read especially after I had read some really heavy things!! I really just have to say that really enjoyed this read and all the ladies in this book !! I will be getting the rest of this series for sure in my library!!


Strong women/Great story. An enjoyable story with many “laugh out loud” moments. Development of the characters was great and I appreciated the fact that there were so many strong women characters in this book. Highly recommend this author!

Clean romancer

Louisiana Longshot. Fanciful and fun. Reminds me of Janet Evanovich’s main character. Liked it a lot.

J Trout

Louisiana Longshot Ladies. This cozy mystery was a delightful discovery. The storyline was absolutely original, and the characters were laugh-out-loud entertaining. Both were quirky, and the plot kept me glued to the end. Don’t miss this one!


Louisiana Longshot. I never leave reviews but this book was such a breathe of fresh air. Full of mystery, great characters, hilarious situations I could not put it down. Read from beginning to end in one sitting and literally laughed my butt off throughout


Funny, flirty and action. Loved this book it was entertaining without being over the top raunchy addicted to this series now


5 stars. So much fun! Kept me guessing up to the end. Works as a comedy and a mystery.


Louisiana Longshot. Very good read and I love a great mystery, especially with humor involved. Only problem, I wasn’t ready for it to finish. You will more than enjoy this book. Happy reading!!


Great series!. Entertaining. Love the escapades of Fortune, Ida Bell and Gertie.


Great book. This book is full of surprises and kept me guessing what would happen next.


Louisiana Longshot. Good book. It was funny and had several twists.


Love these Ladies. I don’t think I have ever done a book review before, but for this series I really felt I must. I think I am on book 10 now and absolutely LOVE these characters. I seriously laugh out loud multiple times a book and can’t wait to see what these crazy ladies will get into next. If you like a mystery with a lot of humor thrown in, you will LOVE these books!!

Ein SC

Entertaining read. Craziness in the Louisiana bayou.


Louisiana Long Shot. I can honestly say I could not put this book down. It was one of the most enjoyable reads I have had in a long time. No blood and gore or heavy sex. Just a very good story and enjoyable read.Heartily recommended.


Louisiana Longing. Very fun and entertaining Fun characters Great Story


Loved it. Funny clever and great characters.


Louisiana Longshot. Great read twisted and turned and you never could guess what was going to happen next. I swear I couldn’t put it down I read the whole thing in less than a few hours. Can’t wait to start the next one.


One of the best!. This was one of the best ebooks I have read. I couldn’t put it down and wished it didn’t end! Great fun and terrific story!


Loved this read!. Great story line. Characters are fantastic. Clear writing. Loved this book. Funny too. On to the next episode. Thank you for making me laugh.


A fun cozy. This is a fun run through the Louisiana bayou. Slightly more complicated than most cozy mysteries, the characters are what make it memorable. The setting of a small town in Louisiana could have been played up more and could have added more to the story. Like most cozies the small town setting makes murder seem out of place and more jarring than homicide in the big city. In spite of these small concerns, this is a fun story with a unusual ending. At least once there was a “I know who did it and there’s no reason to keep reading “moment followed by a “boy was I wrong! “ I love it when that happens – it is so great when an author keeps you guessing until the end.


A fun read. Well written and full of Southern humor. I liked the story and the believable characters.


Great book!. This was a very entertaining, funny story. I hated to see it end...wanted to read more about the Sinful ladies and their antics. I highly recommend this!


Excellent!!. Jana DeLeon is my favorite writer. I’ve read most of the Mother in Law series, I find myself laughing so hard. She doesn’t skimp on the mystery part either, and I am hooked on anything she writes. Big fan excellent author!

Old and proud

Great New Series. Great new series with fun characters in place that makes you want to visit.

Pawn bro ker

Louisiana long shot. Refreshing and interesting.


I laughed out loud. I LOVED THIS BOOK. Laughed out loud at the situations that Fortune got into, especially around the deputy. If you want a story that is clean, funny, and will keep you guessing this is it.


Loved it!. Was looking for some new authors to read. Saw this & two other books by this author as a free download. I finished this book in essentially one day. I loved it. It is everything I like about a book. It is easy to read, moves along nicely, gives just the right amount of detail, & has my type of humor. I have now become a fan of this series & author. Have already recommended this book to friends.

Sandy w 746

Hysterically funny. OMG this book was not what I was expecting. It was so beautifully written and the storyline so believable but some of the parts were so funny I was actually laughing out loud: over and over again. If you like Janet Evanovich, you will doubly enjoy this tale.

No u k

Louisiana Longshot. Quick read. Fun and witty.


Great. Loved this book


This series not for me. I can’t rate this book even with just one star. But I guess I’ll have to give it at least one star or I’ll not be allowed to submit my rating.

Forest danncer

Louisiana longshot. Wonderful light entertaining and just plain fun! Strong women and great humor

Brad and Dennys

Great Book!!!. Easy reading! Great book!


Great book. If you’re lucky for a fun read, this is it! Relax with a blanket and head on down to Sinful, Louisiana.

Nana Burch

Louisiana Longshot. A delightfully, funny novel, laughing out loud until the tear fell!

Susie from tge south

Louisiana Longshot. Colorful characters, just enough adventure, left me wanting to read the next in their series!

Cold read

Great Book. The characters are very interesting and the descriptions written by the author were fantastic. Fun book to read.


👍. Love this book! And her other books 😊


Louisiana Longshot. A fast readings cozy mystery filled with strong women. Twists and turns that keep you turning the pages.


Louisiana Longshot. Fast paced, amusing and fun. A real enjoyable read.

Elle amazing

Louisiana longshot. Really good and fun read! Clever and unexpected would and have recommended!


Louisiana Longshot. A thrilling page turner that will keep you guessing ‼️‼️‼️


Knitswaiting. Good book

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Jana DeLeon's. First book I rate and I have read lots of them. I'm even going to splurge and buy the other tomes !! Funny, well written and very entertaining. Thank you Jana :)


Louisiana Longshot. So funny! Great story!


Louisiana Longshot. Very funny and well written had me in stitches yet had a interesting storyline. I could hardly wait to read each chapter.


Great writer.. Fantastic writer, story teller!

Januce 1956

Awesome. This was an easy but exciting read.


Lousianna Longshot. Enjoyed the characters. Great for a light summer read. Good little mystery with some chuckles.


Funny & entertaining. I found this book to be very funny, entertaining and a light read. I will definitely reading the remaining book in the series. All I will say is I wish I had grandmothers like the sinful ladies!


Louisiana Longshot. A fast paced, laugh out loud story. A fabulous read.

Brian Didsbury

Louisiana Longshot - What a great read !. The adventures, antics and circumstances that the characters find themselves in is a great read and had me laughing out loud many times. The story flows very well and as the pages dwindle one only hopes that this is the beginning of a series as I never wanted the story, or its characters, to stop. A FANTASTIC DELIGHT TO READ ! I recommend it to all who love adventure, mystery, and a good laugh as the story unfolds. A talented and skilful author whose work I would love to read more of.


Funny as hell. One of my favourite characters, one of my favourite writers. Top notch series. Read them all immediately.

Tea and a good book

Friendship, romance and mysteries. Joyful read. Mystery solved with a delightful team of 3 eccentric females.

Debbie too

Another WINNER!. Again, I'm laughing while gobbling up this excellent book by Jana. I've thoroughly enjoyed every page of her work. Very well done! Just purchased the next three of the series as well and know I'll be reading all her books again.


Awesome. I am going to refer this book to my friends and family for sure. It is so funny. I loved every moment of readying it. I'm looking forward to any sequels.

Very cranky

Y’know what’s Sinful? Not leaving a review :). I place this delightful read in the Rose Gardener/ Addison Holmes camp. The protagonist, Fortune is easy to read along with on her escapades. Add a man candy, and island named No. 2- hahaha, a GSOH, bad guys and two Sinful dames w brains (bless ‘em) and you have a neat & tidy sleuthing adventure in the Deep South. I am more than biased towards Rose Gardener and Addison Holmes respectively, but this Miss Fortune series will hopefully join them on the top three podium.

Rivoli Palace

A fun read. Enjoyed this from the first page right through. Love the characters and humour. Definitely want to read more of this series.


Great read!. Fantastic heroine and support cast. Definitely worth a read! Waiting for more..


Hilarious read!. I love, love, love this book! Great characters, great storyline and I love that it is set in small town Louisiana. For all of us non-"girlie" women, this is a great read.


Fabulous book. I thoroughly enjoyed this Jana Deleon book too. A new host of characters, and I do mean characters .... A new heroine and a new town. Great recipe for another top notch read. I have already bought and started the 2nd in the Fortune Redding Series. I will read them all. Great job Jana. You're a terrific author.

Rondah Lee

Louisiana long shot. Oh my lord, the first book had me in stitches on the bus, at work, at home, in the doctors surgery!! I loved this story, the characters and the humour. I have since downloaded the next 3 in the series and finished 2. About to start on the 3rd so can't wait. Haven't laughed so much since Donna Joy Usher. Regards Rondah Saville


Hahaha...... Complete nonsense but 100% fun light read

LCB Nunez

Bayou’s culture. Entertaining read! Beats all cliches about whodunnit, well done.


Louisiana Longshot. A wonderfully crafted story. A bit long winded in getting started, but well worth surprises along the way.

Orange grower susan

Fun read highly recommended. Great story and the characters are brilliant. Well written and a good page turner!

;) meow

Light and fun read. She has a cheeky, humorous writing style. Reminds me of Carl Hiassen. Written in first person, this is really fun for male readers.


Louisana Longshot. Fabulous . Enough intrigue , well built characters and boy what a laugh . I loved it .

Louise A E

Left me wanting more. This is a great read, reminds me of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, but original story and characters. Am delighted there’s a whole series awaiting.


Louisiana Longshot. Fantastic story line, fantastic characters, I love it when old ladies are involved.


Really fun read:). This was a great story. The descriptive writing seemed to represent the lifestyle and flavour of bayou living and the characters were easy to relate to. The intense intrigue from the mystery surrounding the land inheritance was well balanced by the hilarious rompings of the ghostly mother in law. Well worth reading! I'm just off to buy the next ones in the series:)

S . s

Louisiana hotshot. Brilliant and so funny couldn’t put it down


Fun and funny. Made me laugh out loud in some places. Nice little twists

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Fun, intriguing, and leaves you wanting more!. In the spirit of Janet Evanovich, this is a laugh-out-loud mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end. Great setting, characters, and plot! I can't wait for the sequel!


Tried but couldn't. I gave it a few chapters to get moving, but it didn't get past the hackneyed.


Disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I liked the story. There were some very comical moments but way to short with a lot of hook lines left unfinished. Not worth the price.


What fun!. I can't remember the last time I read a mystery let alone any book that made me laugh out loud like this book did. I really had fun reading this.


Hilarious, fun, and charming - one of my favorite series!. This is one of my favorite series! I enjoyed it more than the Mudbug series. The premise is great and it's not your typical female sleuth series. The characters are so much fun and the storyline never falls flat. If you're even considering this book, you should give it a shot! I read all the books in the series in just a few days and it was so good that I plan to re-read it just to enjoy it all again.


Loved it!. Delightful book! Nothing fancy. Nothing intense. Fun characters. Nice humor. A fun read. Enjoyed it a lot.


Louisiana long shot. Very enjoyable had me laughing out loud


Louisiana Longshot. Another fun read. Now on to the next book. Love the Mudbug books also.

Playing to relax

Very good. Good mystery. Interesting story. No sex. Amusing also.. Well written and worth my time. I am putting this on my "get more" list. This copy was free but I wouldn't have been disappointed at having paid for it. Can I say more?


Kcbeme56. Extremely entertaining !


Louisiana Longshot. One of the best reads ever. Lots of laughs and suspense. I was actually laughing out loud as I read it. Couldn't put my I-phone down!!


Louisiana Longshot. Exciting, well written and engaging. Believable characters that have substance. Highly recommend.


Loved it.. Just loved the variety of characters. From young to old. Will be reading more.


Hysterically funny!. I can't remember the last time I laughed so much reading a book. I even read parts of it to my husband (who has a very different and more narrow sense of humor than I have, because well, he's a man lol ... and he laughed at all of it. Great twists and turns to the story too... Geritol Mafia - brilliant 😂


ROTFLMAO!!!. Lucy and Ethyl are nothing next to Ida Belle and Gertie! Delion is creative and original, with a light hand in sarcasm and deft skill in keeping the plot moving. One of the best series I've read -and I read a lot!


Loved it. Got this one free on sale, loved it, bought the entire series, loved them too.


Sinful, Louisiana?. Jane Deleon does it again. A CIA agent is sent to a small town in Louisiana to lay low for a while. On her first day in town she finds a bone in her backyard. Deleon creates zany, memorable, endearing characters and you'll find a laugh on every page.


I enjoyed it!. I loved the small town setting. The storyline kept me reading!

Academy 3

Loved it!. A great mystery read with quirky characters living in a southern town on the bayou along with an agent in hiding.


Great Read!. If you're in to Women Sleuths, you'll definitely love this book!


Louisiana Longshot by Jana Deleon. There is still a grin on my face. I'm definitely not into comedies but this women's sleuth mystery was a thrilling read. The talented level of sophisticated humor mixed with the best characters and plot had me guessing who was the murderer. Love the series. KSW


Louisiana Longshot. Lots of action and humor. Kept me laughing, right up to the suspenseful end!

Tobie Tyler

Louisiana Longshot. If you like comedy and a good mystery you will laugh your way through this great who done it!


Up all night reading this. Great storyline. Several humorous parts that had me laughing out loud into tears. The characters are great. I love the strength in these women and the close bond they have. Trust. Author did a fabulous job on this and I'm excited to read more in this series.

Montana Brides Book 1

Louisiana Longshot. I've never laughed so much or enjoyed reading a book as much as I did while reading this one. Keep up the good work. And the best part was there wasn't any sexual content. Thanks!


Fun fun fun. Thoroughly enjoyed his book! I read authors from Harlan Coben to Charlain Harris and had a fun time reading this book and didn't put it down until I was finished...thanks for the ride! Looking forward to more Fortune books.


Louisiana long shot. I enjoyed this book immensely. It was a easy read and somewhat more light hearted than the books I normally read. So kick back and enjoy reading about the ladies in the town of Sinful.

Minnesota Mystery Reader

Louisiana Lomg Shot. I love action packed mystery stories, and enjoy them even more with a dash of humor. Fun, fun characters and situations. Just nice, light reading.


LA Longshot. Very entertaining. Enjoyed it.


Louisiana Longshot. Funny, satisfying read!


Great Fun!. Anyone who's ever lived or visited south Louisiana will especially get a laugh or two extra reading this one. Janet Evanovich readers are in for a treat as well. Lighthearted fun, particularly after a challenging day--or great for a beach read.


Great fun!. I read this book about 2 years ago and still have not forgotten it. It’s a quick, fun, and very funny read. Jana Deleon always knows how to make me laugh out loud. I’ve recommended this book to many people since I read it. Definitely one of my favorites.

2 goodfor u

Great fun. She is a very witty and intelligent writer. I was very amused and entertained throughout the book. Never a dull moment!! Going to buy the next one and most likely all the rest of hers!!!


Likes it a lot. Well written story line with humor thrown in and a surprise as well. You have to read to learn the suprise?


A sweet alternative to Stephanie plum. It's a great easy read. The characters are funny and lovable. A cross between Stephanie Plum and Miss Congeniality.

Dotti Smith

Louisiana Longshot. The humor is well done and was easy reading with a catchy ending.

Nelta M

Fun read. I was looking for a quick fun read and Louisiana Longshot was that...and did I mention it was free.... I found my self laughing out loud while reading all the "adventures" that Fortune and her "elderly" side kicks got themselves into.....I was hoping that Fortune and "Deputy Charming" might hookup....well that might be another book!


Fun read. I love to read Jana Deleon's books because I love the characters and they're a fun escape. Fortune, Gertie and Ida Belle are no different. The old ladies remind me of my great aunts.

Mmm meggie

Louisiana Longshot. Best ever! I have never laughed so hard...


Want a Sequel. I was on my toes and couldn't put it down..need to have a sequel..thanks for writing such a good book.

Chicory coffee drinker

Louisiana Longshot. Excellent read. Loved your little old ladies. Bless their little hearts.


Louisiana Longshot. This was the most entertaining book I have read since the Stephanie Plum books. I could not put this book down. Am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.. thanks for a wonderful read!

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