Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What I'm Reading Wednesday

This week's review is Trouble in Mudbug by Jana DeLeon.

Blurb: Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that a lot of her problems had gone away with her mother-in-law’s death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana.

Unfortunately, death doesn’t slow down Helena one bit.

DEA Agent Luc LeJeune is wondering what his undercover assignment investigating the sexy scientist has gotten him into – especially as it seems someone wants her dead. Keeping his secrets while protecting Maryse proves to be easier than fighting his attraction for the brainy beauty.

Review:  I read this book on the recommendation of my sister. This is the first book that I've read by Jana DeLeon. The book is a fun mystery with enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing, though it wasn't beyond comprehension to figure out who the killer was.

Maryse considered her mother in law, Helena, the devil's spawn and while she wasn't happy that Helena died, she wasn't shedding any tears either. Helena comes back as a ghost and enlists Maryse's help in finding out who killed her. My favorite parts of the book are those dealing with Maryse and Helena. Some of the scenes are laugh out loud funny and Helena's wardrobe issues are some of best scenes in the book.

I felt the interplay and romance between Maryse and Luc detracted from the story. She's funny and smart, and then when Luc comes around, she turns into a mindless female who can't get her mind off his butt and how well he fills out his jeans. One other thing that bothered me between Maryse and Luc is that nearly every time Maryse speaks about or thinks about Luc, she calls him by his first and last name. I found it really annoying after a while especially as they grew closer.

Overall, the story was enjoyable, but there are a few things left hanging at the end of the book that I assume are taken care of in the next installment.

Rating4 Stars

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