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Mischief in Mudbug by Jana DeLeon


Cover art: Mischief in Mudbug Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Mischief in Mudbug
Author: Jana DeLeon
Publisher: Dorchester
ISBN-13: 978-0-505-52785-1
Release Date: October 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Mystery Romance
Year/Setting: Present Day, Mudbug, Louisiana
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Jana's Website: www.janadeleon.com

Sabine LeVeche is a psychic who runs the shop, "Read ‘em and Reap." She might tell fortunes and have a crystal ball that sue uses, but what her customers don’t realize is that she’s a fraud. She can’t really talk to the spirits—but she’d love to if she ever had the chance. Who knew her chance would be coming?

When the late Helena Henry is suddenly able to speak to Sabine, she thinks she’s losing her mind. She knew her friend Maryse was able to see and hear Helena, but Sabine never believed she’d have the chance as well. Unfortunately, Maryse has a theory that when you can see (or in this case, hear) Helena, you’re close to death yourself. When the orphaned Sabine finds out she needs a bone marrow transplant, she must try to find a relative for a match. She hires a PI who is known to be the best at finding ‘unfindable’ people. When she meets him, she realizes that Beau Villeneuve is a hunk and he ignites a spark in her she didn’t know she even had.

Beau is cautious with Sabine’s case. When family doesn’t want to be found, his experience is you’re better off to leave them alone. When they begin to uncover the truth about Sabine’s family, it becomes clear that someone wants to make sure Sabine’s secrets are never revealed. If that means silencing her permanently, it looks like they will kill her if needed.

While the story focuses in on finding Sabine’s family, the overlying umbrella is trying to figure out who Helena’s killer was. Helena thinks she can’t move on until her killer is found and brought to justice.

Sabine is a girl that I really enjoyed getting to know. She’s loyal to her friends and a genuinely nice person. Beau was a great match for her. Not only was he sexy, but he’s also aan intellectual match for Sabine. His over-protective nature endeared him to me and I wanted to set up a "Kiss the Girl" scene for them (a la The Little Mermaid).

I loved this book. Jana DeLeon has a gift for creating a small town atmosphere and keeping it real. For those of you from or living in small towns, you’ll know what I mean when you read this book. She’s captured the flavor of the deep south and how small towns really are. The sense of community that comes with the story only enhances it. While this book is the second in the Ghost-in-Law series, it totally stands on its own. I’d still recommend reading the first book because it was so much fun to read, but it isn’t necessary to read before this book.

Mischief in Mudbug is a delight to read. By combining realistic, rich characters with an attention holding plotline, Jana DeLeon has created a book that will satisfy any palate. I anxiously await the next book in the series.


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