Series: Ghost-in-Law #2
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Humor, Romance
Release Date: August 28, 2013
Publisher: Jana Deleon
Length: 8 Hours, 36 Minutes
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Family can be the death of you... Sabine LaVeche needs to locate a blood relative fast - her life depends on it. Then Helena Henry shows up offering to help, and Sabine knows she's really in trouble when it's the best idea she's heard in a while. When private investigator Beau Villeneuve takes on Sabine's case, things heat up in more ways than one, and Sabine struggles to balance thoughts of a life with Beau against her chances of living at all. As the investigation proceeds, they begin to uncover the secrets of Sabine's past and one thing becomes clear - someone doesn't want Sabine to get the answers she seeks.
I am a huge fan of Author Jana Deleon’s cozy mysteries. Mischief in Mudbug was no exception. Sabine’s character was introduced in book one of this series and I liked her immensely. In this story, things take a turn for the worst for Sabine’s character and even though she had failed to find any family members over the past decade, she really needs to now. Sabine has had health scares in the past but now she finds that she is not facing a scare but the real thing and she needs to find someone who is a genetic match for her.
In an effort to find someone that is a blood relative Sabine takes the advice of psychic Raissa Bordeaux and hires a private investigator. Beau Villeneuve works as a PI but he was once a federal officer whose expertise was finding people who were lost. When he meets Sabine, he is immediately attracted to her, which terrifies him. Beau has a policy against relationships, especially if the woman is a client. Determined to keep things professional he attempts to keep his distance from Sabine but as she seems to be a target of someone determined to end her life, Beau can’t help but look out for Sabine and risk losing his heart in the process.
With the help of the once most hate woman in all of Mudbug, now turned spunky and helpful, if not a pain in the rear, ghost Helena, Sabine and Beau will have to unravel the mystery that is Sabine’s origins. Not everything is what it seems and the truth’s that are revealed will rock Sabine to the core. As time runs out, the danger increases and Sabine will be faced with truths almost too horrible to comprehend and some truths that are more than she could have ever hoped for.
Mischief in Mudbug was such a fun story to read! As always there is quite a bit of humor, sass, and snark that is the perfect blend with a slightly suspenseful and romantic cozy mystery. I do feel that certain elements were introduced and not fully realized or carried through the storyline when they should have been. I also think that although the romance was sweet, there was nothing intense about it that would make the characters be so “hot” for each other. It felt almost like a forced happily ever after just to give the readers what they wanted. Overall though, I enjoyed this story and I will continue with this series.