Jana DeLeon Books In Order

Publication Order of Ghost-in-Law Books

Trouble in Mudbug (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mischief in Mudbug (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Showdown in Mudbug (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Resurrection in Mudbug (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Helena Diaries (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Missing in Mudbug (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chaos in Mudbug (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rose and Helena Save Christmas (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Ghost-in-Law Books

The Helena Diaries is a companion novella to the novel Trouble in Mudbug and should be read after it.

Publication Order of Shiver Books

The Secret of Cypriere Bayou (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Miss Fortune Mysteries Books

Louisiana Longshot (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lethal Bayou Beauty (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Swamp Sniper (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Swamp Team 3 (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gator Bait (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Mystere Parish Books

The Reckoning (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Vanishing (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Awakening (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Accused (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Betrayed (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Reunion (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of 12 Days Of Christmas Short Stories

Eight Maids a' Missing (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Rumble on the Bayou (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unlucky (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bayou Bodyguard (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lost Girls of Johnson's Bayou (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Naked Truth About Self-Publishing (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Jana DeLeon is an American Author specializing in the genres of mystery and romance. Some of her more popular works include the Miss Fortune Series and the Ghost-in-Law Mystery and Romance.


Jana DeLeon grew up in Southwest Louisiana among the bayous and their alligators. Raised in Carlyss, a town she swears no one could locate on a map, some of Jana’s fondest memories are the thousands of hours she spent with her brothers scouring the bayous in an aluminum boat, Jana using the opportunity to study the birds, nutria and alligators, all in their natural habitat.

Jana’s family owned a camp on a Bayou just off the Gulf of Mexico. She spent many a day in the rope hammock she remembers hunging in the shade of a large deck stretched out over the water. It was within such serene surroundings that Jana DeLeon spent many an hour immersed in her books.

Her time in at the camp explains the prominent role bayou settings seem to have in her stories.

Jana was a CFO before making the difficult decision to tackle writing as a career. She published her first book, ‘Rumble in the Bayou’, a standalone novel, in 2006.

+Trouble in Mudbug

Maryse Robicheaux, a scientist, was certain that all her problems would disappear once her mother-in-law died. The woman’s rude nature was hardly her only fault. She was also pushy and manipulative. The fact that she used her considerable wealth to run herd over the town of Mudbug in Louisiana didn’t help her reputation among the locals.

However, Helena’s death seems to have done very little to slow her down.

Luc LeJeune, a DEA agent, didn’t think his undercover assignment investigating Maryse would prove so troublesome. More people want the sexy scientist dead that Luc knows what to do with. He will have to protect Maryse even while keeping his precious secrets from her; that is if he can resist his attraction for the brainy beauty.

Trouble in Mudbug is a very fun read, far more interesting than one might presume from the synopses. This is despite the novel’s rather frivolous nature. Any reader expecting to encounter a truly serious mystery novel will be sorely disappointed.

However, for those individuals simply looking for a great and entertaining read, this silly novel will not disappoint them.

At the start of the story, Maryse is attending her mother-in-law’s funeral like any good person is expected to do. The fact that she is estranged from Hank, her deadbeat husband, doesn’t make the ordeal any more bearable. Her life would be much happier if she could find Hank and serve him the divorce papers.

Things take an interesting turn when Maryse learns that, for all the hate she held for the woman, she had been named in Helena’s final will, her inheritance shocking her to the core.

Luc is just another undercover DEA agent investigating an anonymous tip about illegal dumping in the bayou; eventually moving into Maryse’s office and taking the guise of a zoologist, Luc quickly learns that there is so much more going on in Mudbug than meets the eye, especially as Maryse’ life begins to spiral.

Trouble in Mudbug is one of Jana DeLeon’s funnier novels, especially when told from the perspective of Maryse and the disturbing elements that begin to intrude upon her life, not least of which is her encounter with Helena’s ghost.

The mystery is surprisingly intriguing and should prove entertaining even to fans of the mystery genre. The twist and turns, while hardly earth-shattering, manage to surprise on more than one occasion. For the most part, Trouble in Mudbug will keep readers guessing. It is the sort of light-hearted story that catches most readers by surprise.

The first book in the Ghost-in-Law series, the cast is particularly enthralling, especially Helena, a less than pleasant individual whose character arc allows her to emerge as one of the funniest (and surprisingly likable) characters in the novel. Eccentric as Jana’s many characters might be, she clearly respects them enough to keep them grounded. At no point in the story are they so exaggerated as to become caricatures or stereotypes.

Jana DeLeo injects elements of steamy romance into the story, but in moderation.

+Mischief in Mudbug

Sabine LeVeche was orphaned at an early age. Currently in the middle of a medical crisis, Sabine’s situation requires her to locate a blood relative as soon as possible. Lucky for her, she has a sexy PI and a sassy ghost to depend on. ON the unfortunate side, a murderer is determined to put her down, possibly even before her illness can take her.

Mischief in Mudbug is another fun and amusing novel from Jana DeLeon. Somewhat far-fetched in its premise, Jana’s Mischief in Mudbug story manages to entertain where better authors might have stumbled.

Part cozy mystery, part contemporary romance, Mischief in Mudbug is led by Sabine, a heroine introduced during the Trouble in Mudbug story. Accompanied by Helena, a ghost who believes she was murdered, and a hunky PI (and Sabine’s perfect match), Sabine is out to save her own life and solve a mystery in the process.

Jana DeLeon’s mixed narrative approach works, flowing nicely; the transition between the points of view of the leads allows readers to acquire a more comprehensive perspective of the story.

It could be argued that Jana’s mystery was a little predictable; though this failing was quickly countered by a surprising turn of events in the story. Jana’s ability to deliver twists where they are least expected is commendable.

Readers are encouraged to read Trouble in Mudbug, the first book in the Ghost-in-Law series, before proceeding with the sequel. Admittedly, this is not a necessity. Jana clearly wrote Mischief in Mudbug to stand on its own, however, knowledge of the back stories of the various characters and even Mudbug itself will allow one to better appreciate the events of Mischief in Mudbug.

This is especially true for Helena, a character with a prominent role in the first novel and whose presence in the sequel might be better enjoyed if one has an understanding of her history in Mudbug. ON the whole, however, Mischief in Mudbug can stand on its own.

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