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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jana DeLeon, the fifth book in the hilarious Miss Fortune series. Things are starting to look up for Fortune Redding. Even though her life was at stake, the CIA assassin had balked at taking on a new identity in Sinful, Louisiana. But instead of hating it like she’d thought she would, Fortune now has friends she cares a From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jana DeLeon, the fifth book in the hilarious Miss Fortune series. Things are starting to look up for Fortune Redding. Even though her life was at stake, the CIA assassin had balked at taking on a new identity in Sinful, Louisiana. But instead of hating it like she’d thought she would, Fortune now has friends she cares about and just finished up an incredible first date with the sexiest deputy in the state. Sure, there’s been a murder or two that she’s gotten mixed up in since she arrived in town, but she’s hoping all of that is behind her. But when someone almost kills Deputy Carter LeBlanc, Fortune tosses her dreams of peace and quiet into the muddy bayou and shifts back into being the deadly trained professional that she is. With the help of Ida Belle and Gertie, Fortune launches a manhunt, intending to find a killer before he tries again.


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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jana DeLeon, the fifth book in the hilarious Miss Fortune series. Things are starting to look up for Fortune Redding. Even though her life was at stake, the CIA assassin had balked at taking on a new identity in Sinful, Louisiana. But instead of hating it like she’d thought she would, Fortune now has friends she cares a From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jana DeLeon, the fifth book in the hilarious Miss Fortune series. Things are starting to look up for Fortune Redding. Even though her life was at stake, the CIA assassin had balked at taking on a new identity in Sinful, Louisiana. But instead of hating it like she’d thought she would, Fortune now has friends she cares about and just finished up an incredible first date with the sexiest deputy in the state. Sure, there’s been a murder or two that she’s gotten mixed up in since she arrived in town, but she’s hoping all of that is behind her. But when someone almost kills Deputy Carter LeBlanc, Fortune tosses her dreams of peace and quiet into the muddy bayou and shifts back into being the deadly trained professional that she is. With the help of Ida Belle and Gertie, Fortune launches a manhunt, intending to find a killer before he tries again.

30 review for Gator Bait

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Gator Bait by Jana DeLeon is the 5th book in the Miss fortune Mystery series. When Deputy sheriff Carter LeBlanc is shot and left to drown in the swamp, CIA assassin Fortune Redding and her friends Ida Belle and Gertie find themselves caught up tracking an arms smuggling ring. This series is always fun to read and so entertaining. Despite their skills and abilities, the trio seem to find themselves in quite a few odd and funny situations. A fast paced, delightful and enjoyable adventure. I liste Gator Bait by Jana DeLeon is the 5th book in the Miss fortune Mystery series. When Deputy sheriff Carter LeBlanc is shot and left to drown in the swamp, CIA assassin Fortune Redding and her friends Ida Belle and Gertie find themselves caught up tracking an arms smuggling ring. This series is always fun to read and so entertaining. Despite their skills and abilities, the trio seem to find themselves in quite a few odd and funny situations. A fast paced, delightful and enjoyable adventure. I listened to the book on Audible and the narrator especially did a wonderful job and added to the experience.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    I love a series where I can depend on being entertained, has a mystery to solve and has a touch of romance. This series delivers on all of the above and does it with wit and humor and respect for all us old farts too. All the action in these books takes place in a short period of time and reading in order is highly recommended. Swamp Team 3 (Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie) are back in action after Carter calls a mayday in and the Team finds him and saves him. Who would be stupid enough to fire on I love a series where I can depend on being entertained, has a mystery to solve and has a touch of romance. This series delivers on all of the above and does it with wit and humor and respect for all us old farts too. All the action in these books takes place in a short period of time and reading in order is highly recommended. Swamp Team 3 (Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie) are back in action after Carter calls a mayday in and the Team finds him and saves him. Who would be stupid enough to fire on the deputy while he's in the well marked police boat? When Carter wakes up with amnesia and can't even remember, the Team decides that they need to investigate since Carter's life could still be in danger. When the ATF takes over the case and another attempt is make on Carter, the Team knows that something big is going on and they step up their game with some really hilarious results. Fortune is not about to let anything happen to Carter when she is just now realizing that she has real feelings for him.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    3.75 stars The fifth book in the series means that Fortune is somewhere in week four or five of her summer long hide out stay in Sinful, Louisiana. This one picks up the day after the last one ended. Fortune and Deputy Carter LeBlanc have had their first date and Fortune is hoping to ride out the rest of the summer in peace and quiet. When Carter's trip into the bayou to check on something ends with shots fired and him calling in a mayday to the sheriff's office, Fortune has to face that her feel 3.75 stars The fifth book in the series means that Fortune is somewhere in week four or five of her summer long hide out stay in Sinful, Louisiana. This one picks up the day after the last one ended. Fortune and Deputy Carter LeBlanc have had their first date and Fortune is hoping to ride out the rest of the summer in peace and quiet. When Carter's trip into the bayou to check on something ends with shots fired and him calling in a mayday to the sheriff's office, Fortune has to face that her feelings for him are getting more complicated. And when his medical condition sidelines him for the immediate future, it's up to Swamp Team 3 to find out who was brazen enough to try to kill a law enforcement officer...and why. The fact that the ATF gets involved means that the stakes are even higher. As usual, this entry into the series is a lot of fun though absolutely not to be taken seriously. It was nice to see everyone's concern for Carter but I'm more and more bothered by Fortune's continued dishonesty with him. Maintaining the lie of her true identity before they really knew each other was one thing, but doing it after they've become friends and especially now that romantic interest has been expressed and reciprocated it seems wrong. I think it's past time for Fortune to come clean. Hopefully this happens soon. I was a little disappointed at the backtracking done with regards to Celia Arceneaux but I'm still looing forward to more Swamp Team 3 misadventures.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Fortune does it again with her octogenarian sidekicks. Fortunae is a CIA undercover assassin. This time it is for her protection in a small Louisiana town. Somehow she always finds a murder or situation that threatens her undercover gig. This series is entertaining in the way of Janet Evanovich. Try it, and you may like it!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pamela(AllHoney)

    The fifth installment in the Miss Fortune Mystery series by Jana Deleon. At the end of the previous book Fortune and Deputy Carter LeBlanc go on their first date. When Fortune and the old ladies learn that Carter went to check something out where they had their date and his last radio transmission indicated shots were fired they rush to the scene and are barely in time to save his life. Now the Swamp Team 3 activate their investigation skills to track down the person responsible. Another fun addi The fifth installment in the Miss Fortune Mystery series by Jana Deleon. At the end of the previous book Fortune and Deputy Carter LeBlanc go on their first date. When Fortune and the old ladies learn that Carter went to check something out where they had their date and his last radio transmission indicated shots were fired they rush to the scene and are barely in time to save his life. Now the Swamp Team 3 activate their investigation skills to track down the person responsible. Another fun addition to the series. I finally felt there was a tad bit of romance but still not enough to call this a romance. Still I have hope that Fortune and Carter will have their HEA (Happily Ever After). Lots of laughs and lots of goofiness and lots of hilarious chases. Don't expect any seriousness in this series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kay Van Slyke

    This has got to be one of my favorite series. I just love the characters and can't wait to see what happens with Celia as mayor of Sinful!! Wow, I sure hope that doesn't last long!!! And, I'd actually give this a 4.5 if I could. This has got to be one of my favorite series. I just love the characters and can't wait to see what happens with Celia as mayor of Sinful!! Wow, I sure hope that doesn't last long!!! And, I'd actually give this a 4.5 if I could.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    This is book 5 in the series and it's fantastic. Lots of ridiculous incidents and antics with Gertie and Ida Belle and gang. Love these books. They always make me laugh! This is book 5 in the series and it's fantastic. Lots of ridiculous incidents and antics with Gertie and Ida Belle and gang. Love these books. They always make me laugh!

  8. 4 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    The morning after her date with Deputy Carter that concluded Swamp Team 3, Fortune is called upon to save Carter's life when the junior deputy runs to find her upon receiving an S.O.S. call from Carter with gunshots in the background in Gator Bait, the 5th book in Jana DeLeon's Miss Fortune series. Stealing a boat, Ida Belle and Gertie go with Fortune to the island where he took her for their date, only to see the sheriff's boat sinking and no sight of Carter. In no time, Fortune has dived into The morning after her date with Deputy Carter that concluded Swamp Team 3, Fortune is called upon to save Carter's life when the junior deputy runs to find her upon receiving an S.O.S. call from Carter with gunshots in the background in Gator Bait, the 5th book in Jana DeLeon's Miss Fortune series. Stealing a boat, Ida Belle and Gertie go with Fortune to the island where he took her for their date, only to see the sheriff's boat sinking and no sight of Carter. In no time, Fortune has dived into the lake, locating the unconscious Carter (with her heart, according to Gertie) in the dark, murky waters and brought him back to the surface, miraculously saving his life to the astonishment of all. Read the rest of this review, more reviews, and other wonderful, geeky articles on FangirlNation

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This definitely isn't the best book in the series. I read this book and swamp team 3 back to back which was not a good idea. I loved swamp team 3 but was bored with this one. I keep waiting for something to happen between Carter and Fortune but it never does. I want them to get together already. There isn't much interaction between them in this book and that is what I keep reading this series for. This definitely isn't the best book in the series. I read this book and swamp team 3 back to back which was not a good idea. I loved swamp team 3 but was bored with this one. I keep waiting for something to happen between Carter and Fortune but it never does. I want them to get together already. There isn't much interaction between them in this book and that is what I keep reading this series for.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shirleen Miller

    I loved this book, love Gertie, love Ida Bell and add in a hiding assassin, a hunk of a deputy sheriff, some arms dealers and let the fun begin. where but the south, can you break into buildings, have a drink with a Mafia Don and have the sheriff come to the rescue ridding a donkey. When Jana writes a store you are guaranteed of fun, laughter and events that will just tickle you. Love this series!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Wilson

    Often you will read a review that says "funnier than Evanovich" and it isn't even close! This may not be funnier than the early Stephanie Plum but it beats all to heck most of the later books. There were several instances were I was laughing so hard I was coughing and in tears. Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie sneak and connive to keep the little town of Sinful, LA safe. Often you will read a review that says "funnier than Evanovich" and it isn't even close! This may not be funnier than the early Stephanie Plum but it beats all to heck most of the later books. There were several instances were I was laughing so hard I was coughing and in tears. Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie sneak and connive to keep the little town of Sinful, LA safe.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lucinda Race

    I am enjoying each book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series that I am making myself savor each action packed page. I usually binge read a series but for this one I want to lay back and read. I do wish like Fortune I was hanging out in a hammock with a warm salty breeze coming off the bayou but I can escape there anytime I start a new book. Well done and I'll begin reading book 6 soon. I am enjoying each book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series that I am making myself savor each action packed page. I usually binge read a series but for this one I want to lay back and read. I do wish like Fortune I was hanging out in a hammock with a warm salty breeze coming off the bayou but I can escape there anytime I start a new book. Well done and I'll begin reading book 6 soon.

  13. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    Gator Bait by Jana Deleon was another hit with me. I laughed till I cried at some of the scenes with Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie. The really great thing is that the plot is just twisted enough that I never guess who the culprit is or the why behind the murders/attempted murders until the reveal. I've got this entire series on my "hold" list at my local library so I can just keep reading. Gator Bait by Jana Deleon was another hit with me. I laughed till I cried at some of the scenes with Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie. The really great thing is that the plot is just twisted enough that I never guess who the culprit is or the why behind the murders/attempted murders until the reveal. I've got this entire series on my "hold" list at my local library so I can just keep reading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karina Fabian

    Popcorn reading These books are just fun light reading, " popcorn reading." I'm impressed with the author's imagination and ability to follow the same format while creating new hijinks each time. Getting the next one now. Popcorn reading These books are just fun light reading, " popcorn reading." I'm impressed with the author's imagination and ability to follow the same format while creating new hijinks each time. Getting the next one now.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    Gator Bate by Jana DeLeon (Miss Fortune #5) 5 STARS I should rate it 5 Depends. I laughed so hard reading this story many times. Just on the silly, trouble that Gertie gets into makes this book. The book is full of laughter, action, and drama. One of the scenes I laughed the hardest was when Fortune is breaking into the deputy's house with his pit bull in the backyard named Tiny. Feds were in a car waiting for Sheriff with warrant. When Fortune is trying to sneak out. Tiny gets loose and chases her Gator Bate by Jana DeLeon (Miss Fortune #5) 5 STARS I should rate it 5 Depends. I laughed so hard reading this story many times. Just on the silly, trouble that Gertie gets into makes this book. The book is full of laughter, action, and drama. One of the scenes I laughed the hardest was when Fortune is breaking into the deputy's house with his pit bull in the backyard named Tiny. Feds were in a car waiting for Sheriff with warrant. When Fortune is trying to sneak out. Tiny gets loose and chases her than chases Gertie, Sheriff, mule collides. Mule with Sheriff ends up on top of Feds. car and Tiny trapping them all. Gertie lost part of homecoming dress from decades ago and she is showing her camo underwear. Just picturing scene makes me laugh again. Fortune is a CIA Assassin hiding out in small town of Sinful, Louisiana. She is pretending to be a beauty queen librarian. Which is her opposite. I really like Fortune There are a lot of characters in this book that you don't expect to run into. Like Gertie and Ida Two seniors who have mad skills they hide. Fortune is making friends and enemies in this town. I really want to read more Miss Fortune stories. I also want to see her tell Deputy Carter the truth about her. I will read more from Jana Deleon in the future. I hope she writes faster. I don't want to wait till next spring for next adventure.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katie Edmonds

    I don't recall quite as many laugh out loud moments in this one as in the earlier ones but that was probably because Carter wasn't busting her at every turn. I don't like books where "normal" people do stupid and dangerous things in the name of solving a mystery. Fortunately, Fortune and her sidekicks are far from normal. In addition, while their actions are always risky, they aren't stupid or without thought. Their plans just don't ever come to fruition without a few kinks. I like it when Fortu I don't recall quite as many laugh out loud moments in this one as in the earlier ones but that was probably because Carter wasn't busting her at every turn. I don't like books where "normal" people do stupid and dangerous things in the name of solving a mystery. Fortunately, Fortune and her sidekicks are far from normal. In addition, while their actions are always risky, they aren't stupid or without thought. Their plans just don't ever come to fruition without a few kinks. I like it when Fortune shows her badassery and especially so when she actually gets to take credit for it. There is a little of that in this book but not much. The part that I am growing weary of is her coming off as a spastic follower to Carter. Let him in on her secret already! Great series though!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linda Quick

    This is another winner in the Miss Fortune series. I just love how this motley group of women, with an unusual skill set, manage to get into mischief as they attempt to save the day.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Eden

    2020 bk 93: The fun continues in this book. Jana DeLeon writes some of her funniest scenes in the hospital where Deputy Carter is recovering from an attempt to kill him. Unfortunately he cannot remember the immediate moments around the attempt. To tell the truth, Fortune is not at the top of her game either as she stayed a tad bit too long under water in rescuing him. The fun of this book is meeting Carter's mother and in seeing the trio trying to keep the truth behind their activities from Emme 2020 bk 93: The fun continues in this book. Jana DeLeon writes some of her funniest scenes in the hospital where Deputy Carter is recovering from an attempt to kill him. Unfortunately he cannot remember the immediate moments around the attempt. To tell the truth, Fortune is not at the top of her game either as she stayed a tad bit too long under water in rescuing him. The fun of this book is meeting Carter's mother and in seeing the trio trying to keep the truth behind their activities from Emmeline, and Carter, and Walter. You get the picture. Another fun read and one that kept me up about 4 hours past my normal bedtime.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    This series goes for several more volumes, but here is where I leave it. While the first couple of books were fun and the dialogue was great, they have quickly devolved into a one-note series with someone new getting bumped off each volume and the Heroine worried that her cover as an assassin with the CIA will be blown. They are short books and can be read in an afternoon at the beach, though, so there is that.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This series is so hilarious. There's a lot of crime in the small town of Sinful ever since CIA assassin Fortune moved there to hide from someone who's trying to kill her. But unlike other mystery series that ignore the sudden uptick in crime, everyone's talking about how Sinful has changed for the worse since Fortune came to town. I could be having the worst day and all I have to do is read another Miss Fortune book and my day instantly improves. This series is so hilarious. There's a lot of crime in the small town of Sinful ever since CIA assassin Fortune moved there to hide from someone who's trying to kill her. But unlike other mystery series that ignore the sudden uptick in crime, everyone's talking about how Sinful has changed for the worse since Fortune came to town. I could be having the worst day and all I have to do is read another Miss Fortune book and my day instantly improves.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    There's a scene at the beginning that involves a pair of Bumpus hounds and hot dogs and as an owner of a Bumpus hound I enjoy reading about their madcap misadventures. Yes, I'm fully aware that Bumpus hounds aren't a breed but if you've seen A Christmas Story then you know what I'm talking about, large, unruly hounds, and if you've never owned one I can assure you that the stories of their wakes of chaos are all too real. I needed something light and funny and Gator Bait hit the spot and is my f There's a scene at the beginning that involves a pair of Bumpus hounds and hot dogs and as an owner of a Bumpus hound I enjoy reading about their madcap misadventures. Yes, I'm fully aware that Bumpus hounds aren't a breed but if you've seen A Christmas Story then you know what I'm talking about, large, unruly hounds, and if you've never owned one I can assure you that the stories of their wakes of chaos are all too real. I needed something light and funny and Gator Bait hit the spot and is my favorite so far in the series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Schultz

    This book is just as good as the others. The characters still make me laugh, especially Gertie. I want to eat Francine's cooking and Allie's baking. I am annoyed along with the main characters by the FBI and by Cecilia. I can picture a nap in the hammock in Fortune's back yard. And I can't wait until the next one. This book is just as good as the others. The characters still make me laugh, especially Gertie. I want to eat Francine's cooking and Allie's baking. I am annoyed along with the main characters by the FBI and by Cecilia. I can picture a nap in the hammock in Fortune's back yard. And I can't wait until the next one.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Belinda

    This was not as entertaining as the others. However it was still fun and sparked of that humor only those characters could make work.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Another fun story in this series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Hurley

    Another great, funny one! Fortune, Ida Bell and Gertie are the best! Going to need some of those receipes, though! Keep getting hungry in the middle of the book!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Martin

    These books aren't great literature, but they are a guilty pleasure for Audible when I want to listen to something easy and fun. These books aren't great literature, but they are a guilty pleasure for Audible when I want to listen to something easy and fun.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aarann

    Going with 3.5 (rounding to 4) stars on this one. Yet another silly, frothy entry in the Miss Fortune series. Fortune and Carter have just had their first date, when suddenly Carter is attacked and hospitalized. Of course, he has lost his memory because that would be too easy. Things are complicated when 1st, ATF agents come to Sinful and one of them is someone Fortune worked with in her past life, and 2nd, the Sinful Ladies discover that the vile Celia Arsenoux (as always, please forgive spellin Going with 3.5 (rounding to 4) stars on this one. Yet another silly, frothy entry in the Miss Fortune series. Fortune and Carter have just had their first date, when suddenly Carter is attacked and hospitalized. Of course, he has lost his memory because that would be too easy. Things are complicated when 1st, ATF agents come to Sinful and one of them is someone Fortune worked with in her past life, and 2nd, the Sinful Ladies discover that the vile Celia Arsenoux (as always, please forgive spelling mistakes on names, these are all audio listens for me) is running for mayor. I think I say this in all of my reviews of this series, but the premise is so thin you could tear it with a too-strong breath. I will never believe that CIA assassins are as clumsy or occasionally incompetent (at least not the ones who have supposedly survived as long as Fortune has). And Gertie's shenanigans, while entertaining, were stretching a little thin this time (the homecoming dress for one thing). This is definitely a series I want to continue -- at the very least I want to see how Carter takes it when Fortune is "outed" -- but I think it would be a good idea not to get into the next one too soon.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    I didn't enjoy this one as much as the previous books in the series. Still, I laughed at the antics of Fortune and her sidekicks. I didn't enjoy this one as much as the previous books in the series. Still, I laughed at the antics of Fortune and her sidekicks.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

    Another very entertaining book in the series! Gator Bait is book 5 in the Miss Fortune Mystery series. This series is set in Sinful, Louisiana, USA and follows Fortune, who is a CIA assassin in hiding, and old ladies Gertie and Ida Belle, who are lifelong Sinful residents and ex-spy war veterans, as they help solve a string of various crimes and murders. This book is and the entire series is full of humor. I decided to check out a new-to-me genre called Cozy Mysteries and someone recommended thi Another very entertaining book in the series! Gator Bait is book 5 in the Miss Fortune Mystery series. This series is set in Sinful, Louisiana, USA and follows Fortune, who is a CIA assassin in hiding, and old ladies Gertie and Ida Belle, who are lifelong Sinful residents and ex-spy war veterans, as they help solve a string of various crimes and murders. This book is and the entire series is full of humor. I decided to check out a new-to-me genre called Cozy Mysteries and someone recommended this series. Once I listened to the first book, I couldn't stop. I have been listening to all of the books back to back. In Gator Bait, someone tries killing the town Sheriff Deputy, Carter, who is also just starting to date Fortune. The ladies jump into action to try to solve the case, all while avoiding the ATF agents who have shown up and taken over. Also, the votes are being tallied for the new town mayor and if mean and spiteful Celia wins, she might just fire Carter and everyone at the Sheriff's office and try to run Fortune out of town. I recommend this series and suggest that you read each book in order as it builds upon the prior story and makes everything that much more entertaining and enjoyable. The narrator does a good job and I really like that it is the same narrator for each of the books. I have all of their voices committed to memory.

  30. 5 out of 5

    May

    Someone wants to kill Deputy Carter, and the team returns to investigate before the murder happens. Fortune, with the help from Ida and Gertie, and also from a few unexpected characters, tries to figure out what Carter saw before he was found unconscious, and who is currently at the hospital trying to regain his memory of that mysterious day. With only a small clue in the form of a note left behind in Carter's home, she starts digging, and grudgingly admits that it's not a simple open-and-shut c Someone wants to kill Deputy Carter, and the team returns to investigate before the murder happens. Fortune, with the help from Ida and Gertie, and also from a few unexpected characters, tries to figure out what Carter saw before he was found unconscious, and who is currently at the hospital trying to regain his memory of that mysterious day. With only a small clue in the form of a note left behind in Carter's home, she starts digging, and grudgingly admits that it's not a simple open-and-shut case. And once more, she has to be as secretive as possible so she won't catch the attention of not only the two inquisitive Federal ATF agents on the case, but Deputy Carter, who once again :), has warned her to stay away from the investigation. This light mystery book contains lots of humor, and quite a few twists. I can't wait to read book six!!! Woo-hoo!!! P.S. I hope that when it comes to finally solving Fortune's own mystery, Fortune and the team get to show off all their great spying skills by chasing after the bad guys into other states, and maybe, around the world. That would be so cool... :) *pg-13 level

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