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In Deep Voodoo (Mojo, Louisiana humorous mystery series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Bond
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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From Publishers Weekly

When Deke Black is stabbed through the heart with a lawn stake, the secrets of Mojo, La., start bursting to the fore in this lively first of a new romantic mystery trilogy from Rita Award–winner Bond (Whole Lotta Trouble). Deke's ex, health-food store owner Penny Francisco, is the primary suspect. Not only was she found at the scene of the crime holding the murder weapon but, at her divorce celebration, she stabbed a voodoo doll bearing Deke's likeness. The police are keen to pin the crime on Penny, and only sexy, junk-food-loving PI B.J. Beaumont may be able to keep her out of jail. It's hard to sympathize with Penny, whose troubles often stem from her own stupidity, and harder still to believe that she could fall in love with B.J. while suspecting him of murder. Despite these flaws, Mojo and its zany, likable inhabitants—from a slutty, lawsuit-happy tanning-salon owner to a randy, 109-year-old woman into voodoo magic—form a solid foundation for future books in the series.
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Start with bad mojo, add a pinprick of revenge, and watch things boil over…

There’s something strange afoot in the small touristy town of Mojo, Louisiana. Yet even as the annual voodoo festival gets underway, Penny Francisco refuses to believe in black magic. Her thoughts are on the Victorian house across the street from her health food business—her lying, cheating ex-husband Deke is having the house that she restored painted pink! Isn’t it enough that he moved in his busty mistress and Penny has a front row seat to all their shenanigans? At her divorce party Penny receives a “Deke” voodoo doll as a gag gift, and vents her frustration by stabbing it with a pin as a joke. But later when Deke is found stabbed to death, Penny doesn’t have to be told she’s managed to land herself In Deep Voodoo.

“A satisfying tale of sex, love, and voodoo, I highly recommend this book as your guilty pleasure on the nightstand.” —FreshFiction

“IN DEEP VOODOO is a funny, light-hearted read. This book will keep you entertained till the end.” —Romance Junkies

“IN DEEP VOODOO is funny and fresh. It combines a little bit of magic, romance, and mystery.” —Romance Readers Connection

“This book is quite humorous at times, and the mystery is well done. The intertwining of voodoo is quite intriguing, and the two main characters are wonderfully drawn.” —Romantic Times Book Reviews

“An engaging story and clever mystery, IN DEEP VOODOO is not to be missed.” —Romance Revies Today

“Zany…a solid foundation for future books in the series.” —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1001 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Publisher: NeedtoRead Books (Nov. 7 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0065QV4DU
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #111,803 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars a romance novel, not all that humorous July 20 2013
By Phyllis
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was looking for a mystery with comedy, as implied by the description, but this was a romance novel with pretensions to mystery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Under Its Spell May 28 2006
By Sonja Foust - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was under the spell of IN DEEP VOODOO by about page 5. The setting immediately drew me in, and the characters and storyline soon after. At first, I was afraid that there were too many characters to keep them all straight, but everything added up in the end in a satisfying, if darker-than-expected conclusion. The most confusing part of the book, for me, was the tone. Lots of light humor inter-mixed with some pretty dark stuff, like a murder and a grisley conclusion. Still, I enjoyed reading it very much and will probably read the next in the series too!
57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed. Oct. 31 2012
By L.B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a fellow mystery writer, I hesitate to write this review, especially because I really enjoyed the first half of this book. But I was profoundly disappointed in the ending. Half way through, it became clear this was a romance novel dressed up as a mystery, complete with pretty explicit sex scenes that pulled me right out of the story. The proof was in the ending. The author breezes right past the resolution of the crime, and then glosses over an even more horrendous crime than the one which fueled the entire book. The villain(s) are just dumped into the ending and/or not identified at all, but sure enough, the romance is wrapped up with a neat little bow. I believe that when you spend more than two-thirds of a book building up to a big ending, you need to deliver. Too bad. I thought I was going to love this book.
32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ! Kept me smiling and guessing to the end! Dec 21 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a GREAT story with wonderful characters, fresh new story line/plot with awesome suspense, twists and turns the whole story. I will definitely be reading the next Voodoo book!
33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific amateur sleuth investigative tale Sept. 28 2005
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Penny Francisco came home early only to find her husband attorney Deke making love in their bed to Sheena "litigator" Linder; making it worse is that she had dirty feet. The divorce settlement left Penny with her health store, The Charm Farm, and some adjoining land that she plans to use to grow herbs; Deke got their house across the street that he paints an ugly pink, but he also hid valuable assets in the name of his now fiancée.

Penny's assistant Marie Gaston hosts a divorce celebration for her boss. One of the guests secretly gives Penny a voodoo doll of Deke; Penny stabs the doll in the heart. The next day she goes over to see Deke who had frantically called her several times, but was not answering his phone. She finds him dead with a weapon stabbed through his heart. Everyone else thinks Penny either killed Deke with voodoo or as crime of passion. Penny plans to prove otherwise by uncovering the truth with the help of a donut lusting private investigator as her only ally.

Stephanie Bond provides a terrific amateur sleuth investigative tale with a heated romantic subplot to enhance the bewildered but delightful lead female protagonist. Penny is the fabulous center to the strong story line as her antics will amuse the audience. Her efforts to prove she is innocent though everyone in Mojo, Louisiana believes otherwise while making side comments about pink houses, replacement females, mayoral ex mother-in-laws, hunks, and voodoo make for a fine time. Still the bottom line means diving IN DEEP VOODOO as she has a slight doubt that just maybe her jab with the pin killed her former spouse.

Harriet Klausner
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If you're looking for a good mystery, keep looking- it's not here April 15 2013
By Patricia Dreher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is now the second book I've read by this author (the other one being Party Crashers (humorous romantic mystery)), both of which were billed as humorous mysteries and both of which have the same formulaic approach. It's a pretty typical light romance novel with some quirky characters (although the main character is rather irritating)- that portion of the book is an ok beach read and is the only reason i'm giving this more than one star.

The author really shouldn't have bothered trying to make this a mystery novel. A good mystery writer sprinkles clues throughout the book for the reader to try to piece together and work out whodunit. Not the case here- the mystery is wrapped up pretty tidily at the end with no real previous hints about who might have committed the murder. There are hints that something sinister is going on, but nothing as to the true identity of the bad guys or the reason for the murder. The unveiling of the culprit was totally out of the blue and not even remotely foreshadowed, though the author does make pretty much everyone else in town seem very suspicious. This was true of the other book I read by her as well. And in both books, the author attempts a "twist" ending where you think the mystery has been solved, but oh no, wait there's more, it was really someone else who committed the murder. But with no real hints about the identity of the murderer, the twist feels unsatisfying. Maybe some people find it enjoyable to just have the mystery laid out for them without putting any real thought into it, but i prefer a book that gives me a chance at guessing whodunit before it's laid out. I also enjoy re-reading a mystery to pick up on clues i'd overlooked during the first read, but that would be pointless in this case.

There are also just some unbelievable character reactions. SPOILER ALERT: The main character learns that, during college, her best friend had a year-long affair with her then boyfriend (and future husband) and doesn't bat an eyelash or get even slightly angry at the cheating friend or the other best friend who kept it a secret for years. Seriously? I would be furious if my supposed friends failed to tell me the guy i was marrying was a lying scumbag- especially when his cheating is what ends the marriage. Also, one of the characters in the book confesses to the murder, but turns out all he did was bonk the guy over the head (and the guy had been stabbed). That he would believe he had stabbed the guy and just didn't remember is completely absurd. There are also a lot of unresolved minor storylines, possibly as a set up for future books but only one other book has been written so far with these characters. Overall, a rather unsatisfying read
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