Title: In Deep Voodoo (Mojo, Louisiana #1)
Author: Stephanie Bond
Genre: Humorous Mystery
Publish Date: October 2005
Personal Rating: 4.5 stars
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Start With Bad Mojo . . .
There's something strange afoot in the small town of Mojo, Louisiana. Yet even as the annual voodoo festival gets underway, Penny Francisco, who runs a health food business, refuses to believe in black magic. Her mind is on celebrating her divorce from her lying, cheating husband Deke.
Add a Pinprick of Revenge . . .
Fueled by run-ins with her ex-mother-in-law and Deke's busty mistress, Penny is eager for the "emancipation party" her friends plan. When she receives a Deke voodoo doll as a gag gift, she sticks it with a pin as a joke. But when Deke winds up fatally stabbed, the police aren't laughing.
And Watch Things Boil Over . . .
A junk-food junkie P.I. offers his services, and although Penny is wary of the sexy Cajun's motives (and his diet), she's desperate. Dodging a media sideshow and a looming murder rap, Penny realizes that somehow she's landed herself "In Deep Voodoo,"
I chose this book from my free downloads for the Kindle. This was a really fun and quick read. There is plenty of laugh out loud moments all the way to the end.
I enjoyed all of the characters in this book. Penny is the main character and while she helps solve the mystery, she is not portrayed as a “true amateur sleuth” in this book. She kind of takes side notes with B.J. the PI who is visiting town working on missing persons cases. Penny has a few secrets herself.
Penny owns a health food store and has some great friends that work for her. Marie and Guy are the main workers. Guy is gay, or at least he hasn’t learned that yet, and Marie has fun trying to liven up Penny’s life. Several town people visit the store, some on a daily basis, others more frequent, who add spice to the mystery and fun.
My favorite thing about this book was that it wasn’t your typical cozy mystery or romance. It had mystery. It had the ingredients of a cozy mystery. It had the romance, and at times was quite steamy. However, the author has done an amazing job of blending these things together in a very different way than “usual”