A graduate student from Hawaii visits the tiny bayou town of Sinful, Louisiana to investigate the effects of the oil spill on the local wildlife. Sinful resident Fortune Redding, who happens to be a CIA operative hiding out from a ruthless arms dealer, worries that the nosy newcomer might blow her cover. But he discovers something that even Fortune couldn’t have predicted, unleashing forces that will go to any lengths to protect Sinful’s darkest secret.
With an MC having the name of Fortune and the town having the name of Sinful, you just know *ahem* STUFF is going to happen! And Sinful does not disappoint! In the first paragraphs it becomes apparent that Fortune is no average Jane Citizen. She steps outside after hearing gunshots and sizes up the situation by analyzing a person's threat level. Besides that, one of the town's older ladies is apparently waving a gun around at a guy on the street.
I suppose at this point I should mention that the woman with the gun is roommate to the younger man at whom he is brandishing this weapon, and that she had shot at a copperhead snake about to bite the man.
After such an active opening chapter, one wonders what will top that? Well, let's just say that protected witnesses and gun-toting grannies aren't the only things going down in Sinful. There are trips into the bayou and a swamp rat festival, to name but two. In fact, the citizenry of Sinful remind me of the folks who live in my neck of the woods in Kentucky. Blunt or not, they say what they mean.
And this Louisiana town has more secrets than the doctor's lounge at General Hospital! There is always something new to surprise the readers. Even when the story strays from the mundane, it is done is such a way that it seems feasible, and that is no small feat. Well done!
This novella was a quick, interesting read and I really mean it in the best of ways when I wish more 'Miss Fortune' for everyone!
MEET THE AUTHOR
Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike the characters in her Mahina State Mysteries, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining. In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.
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(Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher via Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours in exchange for my objective review.)