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It’s not a vacation until there’s a murder. Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie are finally off to Florida on the vacation they’ve always talked about. Days filled with white sand, turquoise water, and fruity drinks are the only thing on the agenda. But when Gertie’s “hot date” turns up dead and she’s the number one suspect, they’re forced to hang up their bathing suits and sh It’s not a vacation until there’s a murder. Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie are finally off to Florida on the vacation they’ve always talked about. Days filled with white sand, turquoise water, and fruity drinks are the only thing on the agenda. But when Gertie’s “hot date” turns up dead and she’s the number one suspect, they’re forced to hang up their bathing suits and shift to investigating mode. They soon discover that Gertie’s beau was up to all kinds of shady behavior, leaving them with a long list of people who are happy he’s dead. But which one resorted to murder?


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It’s not a vacation until there’s a murder. Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie are finally off to Florida on the vacation they’ve always talked about. Days filled with white sand, turquoise water, and fruity drinks are the only thing on the agenda. But when Gertie’s “hot date” turns up dead and she’s the number one suspect, they’re forced to hang up their bathing suits and sh It’s not a vacation until there’s a murder. Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie are finally off to Florida on the vacation they’ve always talked about. Days filled with white sand, turquoise water, and fruity drinks are the only thing on the agenda. But when Gertie’s “hot date” turns up dead and she’s the number one suspect, they’re forced to hang up their bathing suits and shift to investigating mode. They soon discover that Gertie’s beau was up to all kinds of shady behavior, leaving them with a long list of people who are happy he’s dead. But which one resorted to murder?

30 review for Fortune Furlough

  1. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    I can always count on Ms. Deleon to provide a fast paced story filled with laughter and adventure for Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie. My vacations are never this much fun. I love this series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sandee

    This series just keeps delivering laughter, action and great situations. The girls are on vacation and from the first chapter, I was laughing. The situations and mystery are all great. I did miss Carter and Walter though.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Hudson

    ANOTHER THRILLING ADVENTURE! Fortune, Ida Belle & Gertie have decided to take a vacation deep in Southern Florida. Fortune just wants to kick back & relax for the first time in her life. What are the chances of that? When you read what Gertie has packed you know trouble will come calling! Only know one could EVER dream up this much trouble & confusion! It’s difficult to run interception because they’re in Florida & not in Sinful. Good thing Carter has connections & Fortune & Ida Belle are still a ANOTHER THRILLING ADVENTURE! Fortune, Ida Belle & Gertie have decided to take a vacation deep in Southern Florida. Fortune just wants to kick back & relax for the first time in her life. What are the chances of that? When you read what Gertie has packed you know trouble will come calling! Only know one could EVER dream up this much trouble & confusion! It’s difficult to run interception because they’re in Florida & not in Sinful. Good thing Carter has connections & Fortune & Ida Belle are still at the top of their game when it comes to being resourceful! So much for a cool, calm &’relaxing vacation! You didn’t really believe that could happen, did you??

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Laugh out loud fun! I always love a Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie adventure! And Fortune Furlough was just that and more. Laugh out loud fun that I couldn’t put down!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Field

    More shenanigans I love these books, but I feel they have gotten a little lost for direction. There is no bigger picture to fight towards and each new book is reading a little like a TV crime show. Don't get me wrong, I adore these books, but they were better when she had a purpose, like hiding from a drug lord. Also - I do not feel the chemistry between Carter & Fortune, feels like a boring relationship that holds no interest for readers anymore... Good laughs with Swamp Team 3 however, still lo More shenanigans I love these books, but I feel they have gotten a little lost for direction. There is no bigger picture to fight towards and each new book is reading a little like a TV crime show. Don't get me wrong, I adore these books, but they were better when she had a purpose, like hiding from a drug lord. Also - I do not feel the chemistry between Carter & Fortune, feels like a boring relationship that holds no interest for readers anymore... Good laughs with Swamp Team 3 however, still looking forward to the next one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)

    Can Jana DeLeon allow Fortune to have a stress free, body free holiday? Err the answer to that is NO! Pretty much since Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie admitted to each other their past/current lives they decided that once Fortune was safe they would head somewhere warm, drink drinks with funny fruit and umbrellas, wear swimsuits and just RELAX.  The latter part manages to last until the first full morning when a) they see what Gertie is wearing and b) when Gertie almost drowns! (err losing her top Can Jana DeLeon allow Fortune to have a stress free, body free holiday? Err the answer to that is NO! Pretty much since Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie admitted to each other their past/current lives they decided that once Fortune was safe they would head somewhere warm, drink drinks with funny fruit and umbrellas, wear swimsuits and just RELAX.  The latter part manages to last until the first full morning when a) they see what Gertie is wearing and b) when Gertie almost drowns! (err losing her top at the same time), she was saved by Fortune and a more mature man, who asks Gertie out (Fortune and Ida Belle decide that staying in and sampling whisky is a better deal!).  The problems really start the next day when the man turns up dead and the local buffoon, sorry police officer, decides that Gertie is the killer, the man turns out to be a scammer and Swamp Team 3 need to figure out which of his unhappy "clients" actually did the deed otherwise Gertie will be spending the rest of her life in a Florida jail cell!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    2.5 stars Initially nothing but the usual cacophony of cringe-worthy cliches. Gertie and her string bikini takes up waaaayyyyyy too much space. Like, the whole first half of the novel too much space. Jokes depend heavily on logic like "old people are gross!" and "nerds don't know how to talk to hot girls!" Sigh. Further, the plot just peters out as Gertie, Idea Belle, and Fortune run around trying to dig up clues without their usual network. I really thought this might be my first Miss Fortune My 2.5 stars Initially nothing but the usual cacophony of cringe-worthy cliches. Gertie and her string bikini takes up waaaayyyyyy too much space. Like, the whole first half of the novel too much space. Jokes depend heavily on logic like "old people are gross!" and "nerds don't know how to talk to hot girls!" Sigh. Further, the plot just peters out as Gertie, Idea Belle, and Fortune run around trying to dig up clues without their usual network. I really thought this might be my first Miss Fortune Mystery to get one star. Boring as well as crass?! But then the climax picked up! It was actually quite fun and I liked the solution to the mystery. (It wasn't outside the realm of possibility but it also wasn't glaringly obvious.) A fast read at least.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Fortune Furlough by Jana Deleon is the 14th book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series. Fortune, Ida Belle and Gertie finally set off for their Florida vacation, only to have Gertie's hot date on their first night found murdered the next morning with Gertie as chief suspect. I love this series and this book is nor exception. You are always guaranteed to have a fun time with plenty of laughs along the way. A wonderful and very entertaining mystery.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Belly

    I can’t get enough of this series. Jana could churn one Fortune book out each week, & i’d still be clamouring for more. Murder and mayhem have fallen into Fortune, Ida Bell & Gertie’s laps again. This time on their week long vacation. Instead of a week on the beach eating, drinking and watching Gertie be ridiculous. They’ve got scammers, murders and drug runners. Just another typical day! I can’t get enough of this series. Jana could churn one Fortune book out each week, & i’d still be clamouring for more. Murder and mayhem have fallen into Fortune, Ida Bell & Gertie’s laps again. This time on their week long vacation. Instead of a week on the beach eating, drinking and watching Gertie be ridiculous. They’ve got scammers, murders and drug runners. Just another typical day!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    This was the perfect read for the beach! “Fortune Furlough” finds Swamp Team 3 on a much needed vacation in Florida but when someone they just met ends up dead and Gertie as the prime suspect they must put their plans on hold to make sure that they all make it back to Sinful in one piece. This is a plot very similar to one we’ve seen before only with a few tweaks to make it fit the world outside of Sinful but it not going to complain because at the end of the day it was a nice fun read that I fi This was the perfect read for the beach! “Fortune Furlough” finds Swamp Team 3 on a much needed vacation in Florida but when someone they just met ends up dead and Gertie as the prime suspect they must put their plans on hold to make sure that they all make it back to Sinful in one piece. This is a plot very similar to one we’ve seen before only with a few tweaks to make it fit the world outside of Sinful but it not going to complain because at the end of the day it was a nice fun read that I finished in an afternoon while sitting oceanside. There’s a few developments on the personal side that I thought brought out a new side as Ida Belle and Fortune discussed the road not traveled and how their lives could have been different as well as pointing out that there’s still time for them to revisit those possibilities and I not so secretly hope we do! I’ve read this series from book 1 and I’ll read until 101 and though they’ve gotten a bit more ridiculous I still pick them up as soon as they are released without any hesitation.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jan Meigs Pilon

    I could not put this book down. I am addicted to this series. I love the fun, quirky characters and the bizarre situations they get into. I would love to see this as a TV series. It has humor, action and intrigue.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Swamp Team 3 takes it on the road to a resort in Florida for a vacation. Hum. Sun, booze, Gertie getting caught up in a murder with Ida Belle and Fortune coming to the rescue. Yeah, that sounds about right. Love this series and it was the perfect book for my own lakeside vacation.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Croff

    Funny as hell! I love all of the Miss Fortune boos, but this is the best one yet! It's laugh out loud funny!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Angie Anderson

    Awesome as usual. From sand buckets to bailing buckets needed, this story is great. Jana Deleon has delivered yet another Fortune Redding tale worth reading over and over again.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Young

    Highly entertaining! Every chapter includes lots of laughs. The story is fast paced and keeps you guessing as to who did it right to the end. Jana DeLeon never disappoints.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Minx

    This series is hands down one of my favorite ever! I laugh out loud every single time I read any of these books. Such an entertaining story!! I hope this series never ends. I love it!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I've been reading a lot of heavy stuff lately (have you noticed?). I needed something light, and was thrilled that the new Miss Fortune mystery was out. Fortune, Gertie, and Ida Belle decide to take a vacation together. So, they rent a condo in the Florida Keys and prepare for two full weeks of rest and relaxation. When Gertie meets a gentleman, there is a lot of eye-rolling ... until the gentleman winds up dead and Gertie's in the sights of the local lawman. When it turns out that the dead guy h I've been reading a lot of heavy stuff lately (have you noticed?). I needed something light, and was thrilled that the new Miss Fortune mystery was out. Fortune, Gertie, and Ida Belle decide to take a vacation together. So, they rent a condo in the Florida Keys and prepare for two full weeks of rest and relaxation. When Gertie meets a gentleman, there is a lot of eye-rolling ... until the gentleman winds up dead and Gertie's in the sights of the local lawman. When it turns out that the dead guy has been bilking older women out of their money, things get even more complicated. There are laughs galore and a tight whodunnit, with the Sinful Ladies of Swamp Team 3 not only pulling their usual shenanigans but also taking care of business.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jacy Wade

    This latest book in the Miss Fortune series is the best one yet. I started laughing from the first few pages and barely stopped. Fortune, Gertie and Ida Bell are having a well needed beach vacation in the Florida Keys, what could go wrong? Everything. The murder mystery is great, you won’t guess who-dunnit until the end when Swamp Team 3 finally figures it out. Do yourself a favor and read this today!

  19. 5 out of 5

    JadeShea

    In this one, Fortune and her friends go on vacation, but things go from bad to worse when Gertie gets a date, and the date ends up dead. Now, Fortune must figure out who killed the man before Gertie gets put in the slammer. This book was hilarious! It had a great mystery and kept me highly entertained during the whole book. I love how funny this series is, and I can't wait for more now. I do hope something changes with Ida Bell though, sometimes I worry about her.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eden

    2020 bk 107: Vacation. For the Swamp Team 3, a vacation visit to a key in Florida is supposed to include rest time on the beach, dips in the water, and fruity drinks with umbrellas. However, when Gertie goes on a date, one who dies shortly after leaving her, they are pulled into solving the crime before Gertie is locked up. This book has some of the funniest scenes - flying flamingos, poison ivy spread on a con man's bedsheets, deep sea fishing with the trio. The ending did surprise me and only 2020 bk 107: Vacation. For the Swamp Team 3, a vacation visit to a key in Florida is supposed to include rest time on the beach, dips in the water, and fruity drinks with umbrellas. However, when Gertie goes on a date, one who dies shortly after leaving her, they are pulled into solving the crime before Gertie is locked up. This book has some of the funniest scenes - flying flamingos, poison ivy spread on a con man's bedsheets, deep sea fishing with the trio. The ending did surprise me and only proves that we only get by with a little help from new and old friends.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alisia Soles

    Loved it True to form, Swamp Team 3 are at it again. Finally, the team gets their vacation, but we all know what that means. Another murder and mystery with our favorite characters stuck right in the middle of it. So many hilarious moments! Must read!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Janeann

    Another great Miss Fortune Mystery! The Miss Fortune series is wonderful! You can’t read each book just once. Plan on laughing out loud throughout each book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Angela Rainwater

    Awesome I was giggling within the first three pages! The swamp team 3 is still as hilarious as ever! Thank you Jana!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Loved it I love this series and the way it ended makes it even harder to wait for the next one! I can’t wait!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Enjoy reading this series, I laugh out loud at their antics! Really good fun read!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    I was listening to this in bed and had a hard time keeping my giggles from waking my husband. Such a fun series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    S

    Once again the trio of crime sleuths gets in trouble and their actions to get them out of trouble are comical, entertaining and will make you laugh out loud. Always enjoy reading this series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    5 Stars! Fortune Furlough is book 14 in A Miss Fortune Mystery series. The series is set in Sinful, Louisiana, USA and follows Fortune, who up until book 12 was a CIA assassin in hiding, and old ladies Gertie and Ida Belle, who are lifelong Sinful residents and ex-spy war veterans, as they help solve a string of various crimes and murders. In this book, the ladies take a trip to Florida so we have a whole new setting for our investigation of who-dun-it. This series is the first series of Cozy My 5 Stars! Fortune Furlough is book 14 in A Miss Fortune Mystery series. The series is set in Sinful, Louisiana, USA and follows Fortune, who up until book 12 was a CIA assassin in hiding, and old ladies Gertie and Ida Belle, who are lifelong Sinful residents and ex-spy war veterans, as they help solve a string of various crimes and murders. In this book, the ladies take a trip to Florida so we have a whole new setting for our investigation of who-dun-it. This series is the first series of Cozy Mystery books that I have read. Cozy Mystery is a new-to-me genre and I am hooked. Once I listened to the first Miss Fortune Mystery series book, I couldn't stop. I have listened to all of the books back to back and I'm not going to stop until there aren't any more. I recommend reading/listening to these books in order since each book builds upon the prior book's story and it makes it much more entertaining and enjoyable to go in order. I'm sure you could still enjoy these books as standalone but it won't be the same. In Fortune Furlough, Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie take a girls trip to Florida. Although they are hoping for fun and relaxation, they end up in the middle of a murder investigation when Gertie goes on a date with a man who is found dead the next morning and the local deputy is terrible at his job. All he wants to do is quickly pin the murder on someone, an out of towner preferably, so he can win the Sheriff appointment. Of course, it is never just a simple and obvious answer and the list of possible suspects is a long one. How will the ladies handle investigating away from their home turf and away from the safety of having Carter to smooth things over and handle things with integrity. This book is full of excitement and lots of laughs along the way. If you like books with a big dose of humor, this is the series for you. I have found myself laughing out loud too many times to count. The same narrator reads for the whole series. She did great for the first 11 books, then books 12 and 13 were a bit sloppy, almost like she was just rushing through, making errors such as incorrect words read and using the wrong character name. This book was more like her usual style so it was an improvement from the past 2. I like that her voices are consistent from book to book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cherri

    Best yet I loved this book. It was so very funny and the plot was great. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I enjoyed FF, as I have the rest of the series that the library has. So far, the Swamp team's antics haven't bored me, but I can understand why some of the reviewers are getting tired of the same old, same old. I was, however, expecting this story to be a little lighter and even more fun cause they're on VACATION! It is nice the way it starts out with everyone's idea of vacation wear, but the giddiness reverts to the usual murder and action. Not that that is bad, I wouldn't have read about 10 of I enjoyed FF, as I have the rest of the series that the library has. So far, the Swamp team's antics haven't bored me, but I can understand why some of the reviewers are getting tired of the same old, same old. I was, however, expecting this story to be a little lighter and even more fun cause they're on VACATION! It is nice the way it starts out with everyone's idea of vacation wear, but the giddiness reverts to the usual murder and action. Not that that is bad, I wouldn't have read about 10 of these if that were the case, but I was expecting more fun elements as I mentioned. So, for those of you who weren't jaded by the fearsome trio already, i think you'll enjoy this. If you were getting a bit tired of the antics, this one won't pull you out.

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