Blurb from book 2 (Lethal Bayou Beauty):
No one in Sinful liked Pansy Arceneaux, but who hated her enough to kill her?
When aspiring actress Pansy Arceneaux returns to Sinful, Louisiana to head up the beauty pageant portion of the Summer Festival, CIA assassin Fortune Redding knows she’s in for trouble. Her undercover identity as a former beauty queen makes Fortune the perfect choice to chair the event with Pansy, but Pansy’s abrasive personality makes it impossible to get through a single rehearsal without a fight.
When Pansy turns up dead, Fortune is the prime suspect.
Armed with only her wits and two conniving seniors referred to locally as The Geritol Mafia, Fortune launches an investigation to find the real killer before her cover is blown.
Overall these books are fun reads. The characters are likable, well except the bad guys of course. There is a decent enough mystery with the appropriate twists and surprises. The small town Bayou setting, the characters and the comedy element makes these books quite amusing to read.
I do like Fortune although I would really like that the fact that she is supposed to be a well trained assassin would show through a bit more. She is really falling on her ass, both literally and figuratively, a bit too much. The two conniving seniors, as they are referred to in the book blurb, are alternating between kick-ass and hilarious.
I’m even starting to like the Sheriff threatening to lock up Fortune once or twice in every chapter.
As I wrote, these books are quite fun to read. They do have some issues though. I already mentioned that I would have liked Fortune to be a bit more professional. Also, sometimes the author goes a bit overboard with the comedy and things just gets too silly. Like when Fortune thinks Lady Gaga is royalty because of, well, Lady…
Also, in Swamp Sniper, the dumbass crowd reaction about wanting to lock up Fortune, or even Lynch her, just because the rumour mill started to claim she is guilty was just bullshit. Oh, and since when the f… did Johnny Depp become sexy? Granted I am not a woman so I do not rate men by their “sexiness” but for Christ sake, he looks like a 60 year old drug user.
Anyway, it was two fun reads with, mostly, a nice mix of mystery and comedy.