Do you want your mother-in-law to haunt you?
That's what the witty, whimsical Jana Deleon created for her heroine, Maryse Robicheaux, in her Ghost-In-Law mystery series.
The first book, Trouble In Mudbug, is all about Maryse and the series of events that take place after the reading of her hated mother-in-laws will.
The book is littered with unexpected inheritance, uncovered truths, small-town, bayou culture, a light-hearted look at a compelling mystery, psychics and spies and a love story that has heartache and laughter along the way.
Maryse is a lovable, flawed character who gets herself into trouble and embarrassing situations with the help of her dead mother-in-law, Helena.
"Helena rolled her eyes. “You weren’t interested in anything exclusive. You just wanted to get laid. You’re not even wearing underwear.”
Maryse felt her blood boil. “I never wear underwear!” she shouted, at the exact same moment Christopher opened the car door.
Maryse whipped around in her seat, trying not to groan. She could feel Christopher staring at her, but he didn’t move. Finally, he sank into the driver’s seat and started the car. As he pulled out of the parking lot, he leaned over and whispered, “Good to know.” ---from Trouble In Mudbug by Jana Deleon
Luc LeJuene is undercover trying to determine if Maryse is the informant his office is looking for. He's a handsome ladies man who is used to women falling at his feet. Maryse is not his usual type but that doesn't seem to stop his lustful longings for her.
Trouble In Mudbug is the first in the series. The next book, Mischief in Mudbug, which I haven’t read yet, centers around Maryse’s friend Sabine. Showdown in Mudbug is book three. Resurrection in Mudbug, which just came out 6/10/13, is book four.“ He’d been with women who’d worn their stiletto heels to bed, and he had to admit, it was a huge turn-on. But on the occasion when his guard slipped and he allowed himself the luxury of that one-second vision of Maryse in his bed, damned if she wasn’t completely nude except for those rubber boots.He felt his pulse quicken every time that picture flashed through his mind and knew that he would have to be very careful with Maryse Robicheaux. Women who caused high blood pressure by wearing rubber boots were not to be taken lightly. If he made a genuine move in that direction, he knew there would be no going back. Maryse Robicheaux was no good-time girl or one-night stand. Maryse Robicheaux was the kind of woman who inspired men to make long-term plans.” ---from Trouble In Mudbug by Jana DeLeon
Also available is: The Helena Diaries: Trouble in Mudbug (companion novella to Trouble in Mudbug).
I will be reading them all.
If you had to have a ghost companion, who would you want that ghost to be?