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.

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Order of Emerald Series Series

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1 Bayou Bodyguard 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Ghost-in-Law Series

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

Order of Marina at Midlife Series

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1 Wrong Side of Forty 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Miss Fortune Mystery Series

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1 Louisiana Longshot 2012 Description / Buy
2 Lethal Bayou Beauty 2013 Description / Buy
3 Swamp Sniper 2013 Description / Buy
4 Swamp Team 3 2014 Description / Buy
5 Gator Bait 2014 Description / Buy
6 Soldiers of Fortune 2015 Description / Buy
7 Hurricane Force 2015 Description / Buy
8 Fortune Hunter 2016 Description / Buy
9 Later Gator 2016 Description / Buy
10 Hook, Line and Blinker 2017 Description / Buy
11 Change of Fortune 2018 Description / Buy
12 Reel of Fortune 2018 Description / Buy
13 Swamp Spook 2018 Description / Buy
14 Fortune Furlough 2019 Description / Buy
15 Cajun Fried Felony 2019 Description / Buy
16 Swamp Santa 2019 Description / Buy
17 Bullets and Beads 2020 Description / Buy
18 Gators and Garters 2020 Description / Buy
19 Fortune Funhouse 2021 Description / Buy
20 Frightfully Fortune 2021 Description / Buy
21 Swamp Sweets 2021 Description / Buy
22 Flame and Fortune 2022 Description / Buy
23 Swamp Spirits 2022 Description / Buy
24 Clue Krewe 2023 Description / Buy
25 Fortune Teller 2023 Description / Buy
26 Swamp Spies 2024 Description / Buy
27 Baskets and Beignets 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Mystere Parish Series

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

Order of Mystere Parish: Family Inheritance Series

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

Order of Shaye Archer Series

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

Order of Tempest Island Series

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1 Backrush 2021 Description / Buy
2 Adrift 2022 Description / Buy
3 Undertow 2023 Description / Buy

Order of Jana Deleon Standalone Novels

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

Order of 12 Days of Christmas Series with Kyra Davis, Angie Fox, Kathleen Bacus, Robin Kaye, Amanda Brice

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1 Six Geese a' Slaying (Short Story) ( By: Kathleen Bacus) 2013 Description / Buy
2 Seven Swans a' Shooting (Short Story) ( By: Kyra Davis) 2013 Description / Buy
3 Eight Maids a' Missing (Short Story) 2013 Description / Buy
4 Nine Ladies Dancing (Short Story) ( With: Amanda Brice) 2013 Description / Buy
5 The Tenth Dark Lord a' Leaping (Short Story) ( By: Angie Fox) 2013 Description / Buy
6 The Goose, The Gander, And Three French Hens (Short Story) ( By: Robin Kaye) 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Happily Everlasting Series

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

Order of Lizzy Gardner Files Series by Dylan Keefer

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1 Unsavory (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
2 Web of Lies ( By: Dylan Keefer) 2017 Description / Buy
3 Web of Lies ( By: Dylan Keefer) 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Shivers Series with Lisa Childs, Colleen Thompson

# Read Title Published Details
1 Mystery Lover ( By: Lisa Childs) 2010 Description / Buy
2 Keeping Watch ( By: Jan Hambright) 2010 Description / Buy
3 Stranger in a Small Town ( By: Kerry Connor) 2010 Description / Buy
4 The Secret of Cypriere Bayou 2011 Description / Buy
5 Waterford Point ( By: Alana Matthews) 2011 Description / Buy
6 Phantom of the French Quarter ( By: Colleen Thompson) 2011 Description / Buy

Jana Deleon Anthologies

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1 The Naked Truth about Self-Publishing 2013 Description / 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 Baskets and Beignets and was released on May, 19th 2024. It is the newest book in the Miss Fortune Mystery Series.


4 thoughts on “Jana Deleon”

  1. Thank you for the most enjoyable stories in the “Miss Fortune Mysteries”.
    I have never laughed so hard in reading each book. The characters are divine. Your description of each one is super!
    I’m just starting #25, and realized that there is no #26.
    Please, please keep writing this wonderful, funny, great series.

  2. Jana DeLeon,

    You are my favorite author. Hoping to see Miss Fortune #25 Coming Soon. Is there a release date as of yet? Please advise!


  3. I read all of the Mud BUG series, and all of the Miss Fortune series, and can’t wait for more to be written. Love that Jana DeLeon!

  4. I hope her health is better!

    I hope also she will do another Fortune book since the Sheriff had a heart attack and has finally retired.

    I use to live in Louisiana and loved it and miss it!

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