I love the Miss Fortune series by Jana Deleon. Seriously. Love, love, love it. I’ve recommended it to so many people. A few weeks ago, I got a notice from amazon that the latest book has come out. I quickly got tired of waiting for my library to purchase a copy, so I picked up Trouble in Mudbug, the first in the Ghost-in-Law series by Jana Deleon, in hopes that it would tide me over.
Botanist Maryse Robicheaux spends her days in the bayou hunting down plants and trying to avoid other humans. She lost her parents at a young age, which made her an oddity and a subject of pity in the small town of Mudbug. Then she made the mistake of marrying rich, bad boy Hank Henry. The marriage ended quickly, with Hank running off before Maryse could divorce him, leaving her stuck with his debts and his awful mother Helena. When Helena drops dead, Maryse thinks one of her problems is solved, until Helena’s ghost appears and tells Maryse she has to help her find the murderer. Then sexy zoologist Luc Lejeune shows up at her office saying the state has assigned him to her station. Just when Maryse thinks things can’t get any worse, someone tries to murder her. Maryse, Helena, and friends have to find the killer before the killer finds Maryse.
I thought this book would be perfect for me but I actually forgot I read this. The premise was good, I liked some of the characters, I loved the wackiness. I think the problem was that I found Maryse tiresome. Maybe she gets better in later books but I’m in no hurry to find out. And Luc was a cardboard cutout of a romance hero.
Overall, this was a swing and a miss for me.