While not celebrating the fact her mother-in-law, Helena Henry, has recently died, Maryse Robicheaux is not exactly crying into her teacup either. To say that Helena was a pain in the butt would be putting it mildly. But then something happens at the funeral that has Maryse spinning. She can see Helena! Only… it is not quite Helena. Rather, it seems to be a ghost and Maryse is the only person who can see her!
If life has not become complicated enough, what with a ghost following her around, Maryse has a new officemate. Luc LeJeune is a zoologist who is sexy as sin and reminds Maryse of her fatal flaw when it comes to men: she only chooses the bad ones. But Luc has an agenda of his own and he is investigating Maryse because of some of the work she is doing with plants. Luc has been sent by the Department of Environmental Quality to see if Maryse is on the up and up with her research but she is so distracted he can barely investigate her. But both of them know something is up and as the clues build up, Luc realizes that Maryse is in a boatload of trouble.
Trouble in Mudbug starts off with a bang that soon fizzles. Luc and Maryse’s chemistry is there but it takes forever and a day for them to go anywhere with it. Maryse’s ghost problem is also a lot of fun at first but it drags on, as does Maryse’s investigation into who is trying to kill her. Jana DeLeon does a good job of laying out the clues and incorporating the paranormal aspect into the story. Unfortunately, the momentum of this book is as slow as molasses and I found myself putting this book down several times before I finished it.
The characters are interesting and I had a good time getting to know the residents of Mudbug, Louisiana. Jana DeLeon has an interesting premise on her hands; I just hope she can pick up the pace of her next story in what looks to be a series.