Jana Deleon Books

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Jana DeLeon is USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of Comedy, Mystery, Humor and Romance novels. She was raised in Southwest Louisiana among the Gators and bayous. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her Sheltie. DeLeon has published several series including Ghost-in-Law, Shaye Archer, and Miss Fortune Mystery.

Order of Ghost-in-Law Series

1Trouble in Mudbug 2009Description / Buy
2Mischief in Mudbug 2009Description / Buy
3Showdown in Mudbug 2010Description / Buy
4The Helena Diaries (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
5Resurrection in Mudbug 2013Description / Buy
6Missing in Mudbug 2013Description / Buy
7Chaos in Mudbug 2014Description / Buy
8Rose and Helena Save Christmas 2014Description / Buy

Order of Shivers Series with Lisa Childs

1Mystery Lover ( By: Lisa Childs) 2010Description / Buy
2Keeping Watch ( By: Jan Hambright) 2010Description / Buy
3The Secret of Cypriere Bayou 2011Description / Buy
4Waterford Point ( By: Alana Matthews) 2011Description / Buy
5Phantom of the French Quarter ( By: Colleen Thompson) 2011Description / Buy

Order of Marina at Midlife Series

1Wrong Side of Forty 2020Description / Buy

Order of Miss Fortune Mystery Series

1Louisiana Longshot 2012Description / Buy
2Lethal Bayou Beauty 2013Description / Buy
3Swamp Sniper 2013Description / Buy
4Swamp Team 3 2014Description / Buy
5Gator Bait 2014Description / Buy
6Soldiers of Fortune 2015Description / Buy
7Hurricane Force 2015Description / Buy
8Fortune Hunter 2016Description / Buy
9Later Gator 2016Description / Buy
10Hook, Line and Blinker 2017Description / Buy
11Change of Fortune 2018Description / Buy
12Reel of Fortune 2018Description / Buy
13Swamp Spook 2018Description / Buy
14Fortune Furlough 2019Description / Buy
15Cajun Fried Felony 2019Description / Buy
16Swamp Santa 2019Description / Buy
17Bullets and Beads 2020Description / Buy
18Gators and Garters 2020Description / Buy
19Fortune Funhouse 2021Description / Buy
20Frightfully Fortune 2021Description / Buy
21Swamp Sweets 2021Description / Buy

Order of Mystere Parish Series

1The Reckoning 2012Description / Buy
2The Vanishing 2012Description / Buy
3The Awakening 2012Description / Buy

Order of Mystere Parish: Family Inheritance Series

1The Accused 2013Description / Buy
2The Betrayed 2013Description / Buy
3The Reunion 2021Description / Buy

Order of 12 Days of Christmas Series with Kyra Davis

1Eight Maids a' Missing (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
2Seven Swans a' Shooting (Short Story) ( By: Kyra Davis) 2013Description / Buy

Order of Shaye Archer Series

1Malevolent 2015Description / Buy
2Sinister 2016Description / Buy
3Diabolical 2016Description / Buy
4Wicked 2017Description / Buy
5Unseen 2017Description / Buy
6Dreadful 2018Description / Buy
7Damned 2019Description / Buy

Order of Happily Everlasting Series

1Dead Man Talking 2017Description / Buy
2Once Hunted, Twice Shy ( By: Mandy M. Roth) 2017Description / Buy
3Fooled Around and Spelled In Love ( By: Michelle M. Pillow) 2017Description / Buy
4Witchful Thinking ( By: Kristen Painter) 2017Description / Buy
5Total Eclipse of The Hunt ( By: Mandy M. Roth) 2017Description / Buy
6Curses and Cupcakes ( By: Michelle M. Pillow) 2017Description / Buy
7An Everlasting Christmas ( By: Mandy M. Roth) 2018Description / Buy

Order of Emerald Series Series

1Bayou Bodyguard 2011Description / Buy

Order of Lizzy Gardner Files Series

1Unsavory (Short Story) 2014Description / Buy

Order of Jana Deleon Standalone Novels

1Rumble on the Bayou 2006Description / Buy
2Unlucky 2007Description / Buy
3The Lost Girls of Johnson's Bayou 2012Description / Buy

Jana Deleon Anthologies

1 The Naked Truth about Self-Publishing2013Description / Buy
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The Reckoning was a top pick during the 2012 RT Book Reviews while The Secret of Cypriere Bayou won the 2011 RT Reviewers Choice Award for the First Series Romance. Subsequently, The Vanishing was a top pick of the 2012 RT Book Reviews.


Malevolent: From the New York Times, bestselling novelist comes the first novel in an excellent thriller series. Everyone always wondered about Shaye’s past including Shaye herself. However, her life effectively started the moment the police found her was beaten and with no memory of her last 15 years, she could not even remember her real name. Nine years later, she is now a licensed private investigator with only one specific goal in mind- to get the cases of her clients solved even when the clues are missing and hoping that she will one day find the answers to her past as well.

On the other hand, we meet Emma Frederick who thought that her nightmare was completely over after she murdered her abusive husband. However, someone is stalking her and tormenting her with the memories of her past. Unfortunately, upon reporting to the police, she is dismissed since she lacks supporting evidence to her claims, but Shaye, the private investigator, is convinced that someone is seriously terrorizing Emma, playing a mouse and cat game but only with one goal in mind.

The first novel in the series is an interesting read. The characters, the whole plot and the unfolding of each scene are brilliant, and you will find it hard to keep the novel down. If you are a fan of thriller and mystery novels, you will find this book an absolute match, as the author spices it up to have the readers gripped to the last page.

Lethal Bayou Beauty: In Lethal Bayou Beauty we meet Fortune, a highly trained CIA assassin/operative who is working as an undercover agent in the small town of Sinful, Louisiana just because a sinister has placed a price tag on her head. Surprisingly, the little town is a hotbed of murder, intrigue, and weapon-toting citizens and keeping a low profile is almost impossible.

Fortune is a deadly assassin but has spent most of her entire adult life on missions or training. Now she is posing as a former town beauty queen, and this has created some Miss Congeniality style /Sandra Bullock moments as she had to get hair extensions and she is also expected to own a dress and understand the difference between mascara and eyeliner.

The later expertise is put to the test when Pansy requests Fortune to apply some makeup to children for a local beauty event. Fortune may not know beauty stuff, but she indeed knows how to improvise and get her way through.

However, when Pansy is killed, the entire small town goes into a frenzy mode and blames Fortune for her boss death. However, fortunately for Fortune, she has Belle and Gertie on her side, and these women are more deadly than any killer, and soon they start hunting Pansy’s killer much against the expectations of the hot deputy Carter.

Carter tries to bar the local town’s women to their limits but soon this does not stop the trio from investigating, and soon they are traveling to the countryside and bayou piecing the clues together and find the killer.

If you like entertaining novels, solid mystery and some small town characters with lots of personalities, then you will love this book. The book will not really change your world with its broad and profound message or the storyline, but it is a good combination of funny dialogue. There is a breakneck action, and fun time from a spy in hiding with a group of old ladies to seemingly have bigger and stronger magnets for trouble and intrigue then Mr. Bean is in for some disaster.

The novel plot is fun; the characters are well developed, quirky and also formidable. The action never seems to end, and each page you turn, you will be desperately wishing that the author reveals the real identity of the killer.

When Does The Next Jana Deleon book come out?

Jana Deleon doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Swamp Sweets and was released on October, 3rd 2021. It is the newest book in the Miss Fortune Mystery Series.


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