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Swamp Sniper

Written by: Jana DeLeon
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Series: Miss Fortune Mysteries, Book 3
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
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From New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Jana DeLeon, the third book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series.

When only a crack shot will do....

In the two weeks CIA assassin Fortune Redding has been hiding in Sinful, Louisiana, she's been harassed, poisoned, and shot at...and that was the easy part. But now she's about to face her biggest challenge since setting foot in the tiny bayou town.

When mayoral candidate Ted Williams is murdered, everyone is surprised. Ted was a blowhole and a Yankee, but those usually weren't good reasons to kill someone. When Sinful Ladies Society leader Ida Belle becomes the lead suspect in the crime, Fortune knows she's got to solve a murder and save one of the only friends she's ever had. But as the investigation begins, more and more secrets surface, and Fortune realizes that sometimes nothing is as it seems.

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Careful When Drinking

It isn't always easy to read these books and drink anything at the same time. There is a very real danger of spitting your beverage out as you burst into laughter.

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A fun listen with laugh-out-loud moments

This is the third book in the Miss Fortune series and it picks up where the last book left off.
What a busy little bayou town Sinful Louisiana is! Always a murder or crime to be investigated and CIA assassin-in-hiding Fortune Redding uses her formidable skills in solving the mysteries. Fortune is ably assisted - or hindered - by the two elderly Sinful ladies, Ida Belle and Gertie, much to the dismay of police deputy Carter who believes Fortune is the mild librarian she's posing as. Of course, Ida Belle and Gertie have skills beyond knitting and baking cookies.
An election for mayor between Ida Belle and a little-known northerner Ted Williams becomes pretty complicated when Ted is murdered and the chief suspect is his opponent, Ida Belle! It's up to Fortune, Gertie, and the ladies of Sinful to solve Ted's murder and prove Ida Belle's innocence and so the fun begins.
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  • Jean
  • 2016-03-28

A fun book to listen to.

Jana DeLeon is a new author for me and for that matter so is the narrator Cassandra Campbell. I seemed to have dove into this series in book three. The protagonist, Fortune Redding, is a CIA assassin with a price on her head. The agency has her stashed in Sinful, Louisiana as a vacationing librarian from New England. Fortune becomes friends with two elderly ladies, Ida Bell and Gertie, who are military veterans and former CIA operatives in Viet Nam. Ida Bell is running for Mayor. Her opponent Ted Williams is murdered and Ida Bell is a suspect. Fortune and the Sinful ladies are out to solve the crime. As the investigation begins they discover that nothing is as it seems.

DeLeon is a good story teller and does an excellent job weaving humor around the suspense. I believe the story is more a comedy than a serious action suspense novel. For being a highly trained assassin, Fortune gets into more funny and stupid situations. DeLeon provides some good descriptions of the Bayous. I read that DeLeon grew up in the Bayous in Carlyss, Louisiana. Cassandra Campbell does a good job narrating the story.

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  • green ice cream garden
  • 2016-08-29

Reliable entertainment

This one is so far my favorite in the series. The characters are developing and you can rely on the quirky, funny, light mystery that keeps you entertained without causing nightmares.

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  • Lisa
  • 2016-07-28

Another fun book although...

What did you like best about Swamp Sniper? What did you like least?

Gertie and Ida Belle continue to delight. I'm beginning to wonder about Fortune though.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Fortune, as she's settling into the town, seems to be losing her edge (and it's only been a few days!), which takes away from the 'fish out of water' aspect of the story. Don't get me wrong, she's still great but I at parts of the book, I was wondering how she's managed to survive so long as an assassin.

What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

Same great performance as in the previous books.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

It would depend on who they cast as Ida Belle and Gertie.

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  • Wayne
  • 2018-01-13

An entertaining mix of suspense and comedy

I like DeLeon's more recent Shaye Archer series more, but the Miss Fortune series is more fun. Cassandra Campbell's narration is perfect for this series.

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  • Jill
  • 2019-10-22

I can't get enough

Swamp Sniper is book 3 in the Miss Fortune Mystery series. I cannot get enough of these books. They are so funny. I started to binge listen to this series a few days ago and I find that I don't want to turn them off so I am blowing through them really quickly. I really like the characters and the whole who-dun-it aspect of the story. I don't have a lot of experience with Cozy Mysteries yet but from what I have read so far, I think this is a genre that I will really enjoy for years to come. I typically like a good dose of romance in my books so this is really different for me. I am happy to say that there is a bit of a budding romance between the main character, Fortune, and the town deputy, Carter. It is just a few bread crumbs that they are tossing me here and there but I'll take it. I am super excited to continue this series and see what the ladies of Sinful, Louisiana get up to next.

The narration is perfect for the book. I think the narrator does a good job with voices and pacing. I recommend this as an audiobook.

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  • topcatrules
  • 2016-08-08

Really fantastic book and narration!

If you could sum up Swamp Sniper in three words, what would they be?

Suspense. Fun. Laughs.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything. It's part of a great series.

Which scene was your favorite?

I can never pick just one. The whole book was very well written and most enjoyable.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Great book - even better movie!

Any additional comments?

This is part of an extremely well written series. Fortune and her cohorts are a hoot! It's a cozy book people! Fortune is allowed to be both a CIA assassin AND a bit of a ditz. That combination makes for enjoyable reading.

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  • Rusty
  • 2016-02-09

More Fun in the Swamp

Amateur detective Fortune and her senior citizen sidekicks Ida Belle and Gertie help solve another mystery in the swamp. Lots of humor and eccentric characters, never a dull moment in Sinful Louisiana. Imagine Golden Girls meets Mission Impossible, with a touch of I Love Lucy slapstick comedy.

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  • Shauna J
  • 2020-02-16

Fortune rides again!

Another fun tale involving a CIA assassin and her geriatric gang. Light, fun listening.

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  • Crawspace
  • 2019-12-28

good relaxing read

Good book, really enjoy this series. Not the best narrator but okay.
Can't wait to start the next one.

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  • Sassy Lola
  • 2019-12-28

Such a Fun Read

Loved it! Funny & serious with a little romance brewing. The breaking & entering escapades are hilarious. Fortune was rocking it at the finally. Gertie just had me SMH, but she redeemed herself at the end. Love this series.