by Jana DeLeon

October 2006
ISBN: 0-8439-5737-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Leisure Books
Mass Market Paperback

Living in a small town called Gator Bait, the biggest crimes are minor offences. When Dorie Berreger, the Deputy of Gator Bait, receives a call from a homeowner to get an alligator out of her pool, Dorie finds more than just the reptile. The alligator is stoned out of his mind on heroin and he also has a finger in his mouth. Dorie knows she will have to call the feds on this one, she does not want to, but since drugs are involved she has no choice.

Richard Stark, the DEA, assigned to investigate, has a big city attitude and more uptight than the tightest fitting pantyhose this small town has seen. He thinks no one in this small backward place could find their way out of a brown paper bag. If he knows what is good for him, he should really try to get on the good side of these people, this includes Dorie.

The attraction between Dorie and Richard starts at a slow burn, the heat increases in temperature as the investigation uncovers who the finger belongs to. It just happens to belong to a major drug dealer Richard has been trying to find for the last eight years. When Dorie and Richard are the targets of the drug dealer, they have a feeling someone locally is helping this felon. They will need to crack this case before one or both of them become gator bait themselves.

Great read all around. The characters in Rumble on the Bayou are charming, witty, cagey, simple small town folk. The laugh out loud moments balance the more serious ones. The romance between Dorie and Richard sizzle right off the pages.

Reviewed in January 2007 by Pat.

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