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Rumble on the Bayou

Written by: Jana DeLeon
Narrated by: Johanna Parker
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Deputy Dorie Berenger knew the day would go from bad to worse when she found a stoned alligator in the town drunk’s swimming pool. Then DEA agent Richard Starke shows up in Gator Bait, Louisiana, giving out orders and insults faster than you can cast a fishing line.

Dorie knows the residents of Gator Bait aren’t going to talk to a stranger, especially a Yankee, but she's stuck with Richard until he catches his bad guy. With no other alternative to restore peace to the small town, Dorie agrees to help Richard catch a criminal and in the process, uncovers decades of secrets that have been hiding deep in the Louisiana bayou.

©2006 Jana DeLeon (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • Techpotato
  • 2019-02-06

I wanted a snack and got a meal

I snatched this as a snack to tide me over on the painful wait for the long delayed audiobooks for the last two Fortune books. Instead of a snack I got a nice tasty meal!

I loved the story, the characters, the voices, so much that I was sneaking time where I could to listen to more of this book such as cooking and installing software updates, eschewing TV shows and even putting off listening to a new book in my all-time favorite series that dropped while I was in the middle of this book.

I am fan of romantic crime dramedies and a sucker for a smart, kick-butt female lead with an attitude and this book scratched that itch. Some people might gripe that it is a bit formulaic but if you love the genre then you enjoy that. You have your crime and your meet-cute... strap in and enjoy the ride.

34 of 35 people found this review helpful

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  • Townsend
  • 2019-01-31

Honestly, it’s not the narrator’s fault....

......I blame the producers for the low narrator rating. WHY WHY WHY do they think people in Louisiana have Georgia-Southern accents? NOBODY in Louisiana sounds anything like this, and especially not people who live a mile from the gulf. Johanna Parker is an excellent reader, one I’ve enjoyed in other series. She’s just wrong for this book. I’ve given up hoping for a female reader who does justice to the South Louisiana voice, but would gladly settle for a generic no-discernible-accent voice over generic southern.

But if you aren’t from around here, or if you can just pretend that the setting is actually some mythical alternative universe, it’s an unusually good cosy mystery. How can you not love a book that opens with a stoned alligator in the town drunk’s swimming pool! The main character, Dorie, is an original, smart, unconventional, and highly respected, and the supporting cast is quirky and fun. Plenty of humor - Dorie is the queen of the sarcastic put-down and the stuffed-shirt DEA agent is asking for it. The mystery kept me guessing; I suspected just about everyone at one point or another and kept being hit with twists I hadn’t seen coming. Yay, Jana Deleon!

A couple of explicit sex scenes - steamy if you like that kind of thing, easily skipped over if you don’t.

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  • D.H.
  • 2019-04-14

WARNING! X-RATED!


I liked the characters and the story kept at a good pace. Just didn't think the sex scenes added anything.

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  • TSchlaack
  • 2019-02-13

More bayou fun

I have no idea how I missed this in print. Because it is an absolutely hysterical story. I loove Dory’s character and how everybody keeps underestimating her. She’s pretty dang awesome and also really liked Joe. Took a bit for Richard to grow on me.

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  • Shalisha Simpkins
  • 2019-08-11

A Fun Light Read

The A Miss Fortune Mystery series was better in terms of the development of the story and characters if a little slow but this book still had some very funny moments. Overall I enjoyed it and if sex scenes bother you I think there were only two. They were both obvious, fairly short and easy to skip through. This was a fun light read.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-06-08

great story, bad narration

This book had all the makings of a typical, wonderful Jana DeLeon book. Where it fell short was the narration. At times, I missed what was being read because of how it was being read.....too breathy and distracting.
I loved the cast of characters. As usual, there is that one quirky character that keeps you guessing what they will do next. I also love the strength of the female protagonist. Jana is a master (or should I say mistress) of strong female characters which make us all try a bit harder.
Overall, it was a great story. I hope there will be more in this "series".

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  • Sue An
  • 2019-05-01

Couldn’t finish

Should maybe have been labeled a romance with a side of adventure. I don’t care for her Mudbug series for the same reason. I hope her Miss Fortune series continues though!

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  • N. Buckhout
  • 2019-02-04

Please Tell Me There Will Be More

What a hoot, makes me want to move to Gator Bait...this town is a gem.

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  • A's Mom
  • 2019-05-09

Good book

I enjoyed the book but kept thinking I had heard it before because of the similarities to the authors other works. So if you like her other work you'll like this...just don't be surprised if you feel deja Vu.
Unrelated, as someone from that part of the world I was tickled pink to hear towns and places I know referenced.

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  • Dawn
  • 2019-02-12

I hope this becomes a new series

Jana DeLeon has crafted a new mystery with enjoyable characters and plenty of laugh out loud moments. I hope this becomes a new series. Johanna Parker does a nice job of bringing it all to life.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful