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In Deep Voodoo (Mojo, Louisiana humorous mystery series Book 1) by [Bond, Stephanie]
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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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IN DEEP VOODOO is a fun romantic mystery that will cast a spell on you!

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.

Praise for 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 Reviews Today

"Zany...a solid foundation for future books in the series." --Publishers Weekly


--Other humorous romantic mysteries by bestselling author Stephanie Bond:

OUR HUSBAND--Hell hath no fury like three women scorned!
You can run but your past will always catch up with you...
Four carpooling women in Atlanta are implicated in a murder in their office!
They didn't plan for him to die...
Another voodoo doll, another untimely demise...
Sisters share everything in their closets, including the skeletons...
No invitation, no alibi...
Two sisters who are complete opposites take on a failing P.I. agency.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2378 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Publisher: NeedtoRead Books (Nov. 7 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0065QV4DU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180,992 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I really enjoyed this book, but it's not much of a romance. It's full of sexy and sinister secrets, compelling hints and lots of humor. I found Roxann and Joe completely likeable and respectable. Unfortunately, there is such a little part in this book for Joe and she is so good at blocking the few advances he makes that when she and Joe fall in love, you find yourself asking, "Where was I?" But buy the book, anyway. Stephanie Bond moves the story forward at a good clip and with firm control, keeping you reading and wondering and feeling fairly satisfied that all the pieces of her complex puzzle fit so nicely together. All but the romance.
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This was my first book by Stephanie Bond and all I can say is "WOW"! The characters were witty, funny, and clever. The characters are those whom you can relate with. I found myself thinking, "Hey, I know someone like that". I laughed out loud a few times, earning a curious look from my family.
The suspense was literally killing me! Who murdred Marge Campbell? I could not put the book down! I was captivated and practically obsessed in finding out. I read the book for twelve straight hours (the family had to fend for themselves, dinner? I snapped, "order a pizza" the kids fighting? I hid in my room and locked it. Yeah, I guess I was obsessed! LOL)
Could it be Julian, the reporter, Belinda, the main character? Belinda's carpool/work friends? Libby, Carole, or Rosemary? All had motive to kill the hated Marge Campbell, nobody like the cruel woman. Are Belinda and Wade, the sexy police officer going to hook up or what? (aka "Officer Goodbody" as dubbed by Libby). Then "wow" once it was revealed who killed Marge Campbell, I was stunned! Usually, I piece things together before it is revealed "who done it" and most of the time I have it figured out before I even finish the last chapter. But "wow" I didn't even "think" about this person! Great story! Fast paced, never a dull moment! Will hold your attention to the very end and maybe a little obsessed...LOL Enjoy!
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I could have enjoyed this never-intended-to-be-serious romp more except for one thing. About one third of the way through the book I becane distracted by the excessive repetition of the same phrases applied to numerous different characters. All the characters regularly 'squint', 'smirk', bite the inside of their cheeks or push their cheeks out with the tongue. The most frequently used chracteristic (both men and women) was to "purse his (or her) mouth". The frequent use of the word 'yilk' (yilk???) was also very offputting because it just felt so juvenile. Finally, I couldn't stand it any longer: imagining all these people with pursed lips, poking their tongues into their cheeks, squinting and smirking in all kinds of given situations,just stopped me from enjoying the tale. Where was the author's editor in all this excess? I ended up book-marking 59 such references, and that was far from all of them. I'm sure the tale was fun, but for me it became a chore to read it.
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This book was more like a modern romance than a murder mystery with lots of internal dialogue by the main heroine about her feelings and what others think (what I call "blablabla"). It seems to be the 2nd book in a trilogy. I don't think that it was essential but I think that it would have been beneficial to have read the first book in the series. It's clear that the story continues in a 3rd book but, I don't think that I will bother to keep going because of the boring blablabla and the lack of mystery...That said, there were some sexy men in this romance and a few steamy scenes! Lots of characters but not enough development; just broad strokes. The reference to Body Movers in the title has nothing to do with the kind of mortuary stories of the TV series Six Feet Under... In this book, it plays a very small role. I give it 3 stars out of five for the romance but less for the murder mystery (more like 2.5).
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Roxanne and her dimwitted cousin, Angora, are very well drawn. You can get frustrated with bimbo Angora, but it makes perfect sense for her to be the way she is with her shallow, overbearing mother and superficial "country club" lifestyle. Love the pictures the author draws of Angora and her mom!
Capistrano is a delicious character, as well, and Roxanne's vacillation is very believable, given the hunkiness of this detective and the non-self-acceptance of Roxanne.
There were a few flaws, like when Roxanne dumps coffee on Capistrano and gets fired from her waitressing job. First of all, this is more than a firing offence, it's assualt & battery! Secondly, Capistrano wouldn't yelp, then brush it off, jogging alongside Roxanne not long after. Still, the characters grab you and keep you going!
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When wealthy restaurateur Ian Bentley's girlfriend proposes to him and gives him an engagement ring, he quickly heads to Mudville, Mississippi to personally work with Blythe Industries food scientists to develop a signature dessert for one of his new coffeehouse chain.
Piper Shephard is the chief food scientist for Blythe Industries in Mudville, Mississippi, population 1,200. Piper is responsible for creating the deserts that Blythe sells to restaurants around the country. Piper's job is somewhat hazardous because she's allergic to chocolate. Piper has been a bridesmaid so many times she could open her own bridal boutique with her bridesmaid dresses. When she learns that she is the last single girl of the 25 girls in her sorority, Piper realizes it's time to get serious about finding a man for herself, even hypochondriac Tillie has gone to hospital so many times she's bagged herself a rich doctor. When Piper discovers a guide on how to catch a husband among a box of items her Grandmother gave her, she decides to follow the book's advice, after all, it worked for Gran. Although the selection of eligible males in Mudville is somewhat slim, Piper is determined to stay in town so she can be close to her Grandmother. In fact, if Piper comes up with a desert good enough to get Ian Bentley to sign a contract, she will earn a large enough bonus to put a down payment on Gran's house.
Piper's attempts at attracting a man go hilariously wrong from the moment she begins. From the moment Ian leans over Piper when she's lying in a mud puddle, he's immediately smitten. The sparks fly between Ian and Piper but Piper is determined to stay away from Ian because of the ring on his finger.
This is a very funny book with charming, funny characters. I especially like Piper's neighbor; he's a hoot.
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