Allie Fortune Mysteries

by Carrie


Miss Fortune by Sara Mills is a book that I’m rather excited about. It’s pegged as “Christian fiction” but I’d peg it more as just being “clean fiction” which I heartily appreciated!

The main protagonist in this story is Allie Fortune, the only female private eye in New York City, 1947. In the opening chapters you can almost visualize Humphrey Bogart or something. Drawn blinds, flickering electric lights, 1940’s fashion, danger, intrigue and peeling paint on old office walls. The setting Mills gives to her story is true classic appeal. You feel like you are watching a classic movie complete with a few outrageous scenarios that Hollywood liked to throw people’s way including burly Soviet Spies racing against time and East German agents. It’s seriously good stuff. I enjoyed myself while hunting down stolen gold treasures and long lost beaus. It almost has a Nancy-Drew-A-Little-Bit-More-Grown-Up feel to it.

Sara Mills is also a fan of puns which is a fact easily gathered by the title of the book and name of her main character. If you like mysteries, classic movies, clean reads and good fun – high tail it to your local bookstore and snatch up a copy of Miss Fortune. Then, once you are done reading this one, you will no doubt feel compelled, just as I was, to read the sequel, Miss Matched.

Miss Match picks up where Miss Fortune left off and it also leaves in you in a position of waiting for the third book to come out. (This is a serious I can see myself being devoted to for the duration.) If it’s possible, Mills writing style has improved dramatically from first to second book and I enjoyed the second book even more than its predecessor.

Allie is an unmarried, marriageable kinda gal in the 1940’s with a mother who would desperately like to see her little girl settle down into the care and management of a home. The relationship between Allie and her mother reminds me very much of Lauroli and her mother in The Gilmore Girls (i.e., refined and cultured mother with some bitterness and humor vs. the young twerp that you can’t help but love). Sarcasm reigns supreme a few times here and I felt like I was watching a (cleaner) episode of Gilmore Girls and I liked that.

Miss Match goes at a much faster pace and I was intrigued from page one until the very end. I’m about to name this a “must read” mystery series just because it’s so much fun. Looking for a new clean, classic and fun mystery? Look no further, folks! This is it. I’m jumpin’ on the bandwagon and intend to ride around for awhile.

As if all of this news, informing you of this book, wasn’t great enough, the good news just get better! Moody Publishers, publishers of the Allie Fortune Mysteries, have offered to give away two sets of these two books to one of you readers. Again, TWO sets of the books will be given away to two separate individuals (U.S. Residents only, please).

To win – leave a comment below. We’ll announce the winners in next week’s column.

As a P.S., I was initially drawn to this book because of the cover art which is so perfectly 1940’s. I love the 40’s and knew this series would be a perfect fit for me.

The winner of last week’s giveaway of The Household Guide to Dying is #17 Stacie.

Other current giveaways include the Latino Books Month giveaway of five books.

Carrie comes by her book obsession honestly, having descended from a long line of bibliophiles. She blogs about books regularly at Reading to Know.

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1 whimzie May 6, 2009 at 2:50 pm

These sound like fun reads! I’d love a chance to win!

2 DeeAnn May 6, 2009 at 2:55 pm

I’m keeping my fingers crossed. These sound like books that are right up my alley! Thanks for the chance to win them.

3 edj May 6, 2009 at 3:48 pm

OH I love classic mysteries. I read and re read Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers and others of that epoch and genre. These sound like books I’d enjoy.

4 Laura May 6, 2009 at 4:04 pm

This sounds fun – I’d love a chance at these books. They go on the TBR pile for sure.

5 Angie May 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm

This sounds like a great book!

6 Mary May 6, 2009 at 4:33 pm

I would love a chance to win these mysteries. I love the NYC, 1940’s setting.

7 Sarah May 6, 2009 at 4:41 pm

These look really good! I’d love to read them.

8 Carol M May 6, 2009 at 4:42 pm

I would love to win these books. They sound like something I would really enjoy!
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9 MJ May 6, 2009 at 4:49 pm

These sound great. I agree with you. The cover art is neat!!


10 Michele May 6, 2009 at 5:07 pm

This looks like it would be so much fun to read! Great review!

11 Bluestocking May 6, 2009 at 5:28 pm

This sounds awesome! Count me in!!

12 Pattie May 6, 2009 at 5:48 pm

I will be adding these to my book list! They do sound like fun to read!

13 Just Mom May 6, 2009 at 6:15 pm

These sound good; I’d love to win them!

14 Sara Mills May 6, 2009 at 6:20 pm

Thanks so much for the lovely reviews Carrie! I’m glad you enjoyed the books. I’m in the process of writing Miss Taken (book 3) right now so I’m glad to hear you’re looking forward to it.

Sara Mills

15 Rita May 6, 2009 at 6:58 pm

I was born in the 40’s and my birthday is coming up!

16 Mark May 6, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Mystery? Give Away? Sign me up!

17 Jennifer, Snapshot (and 5M4B) May 6, 2009 at 7:51 pm

This does sound interesting. I like the 40’s too.

18 Amy from Occupation: Mommy May 6, 2009 at 8:56 pm

These books sound really interesting!

19 carrie c May 6, 2009 at 11:52 pm

These books sound really interesting. Thanks for the chance to win them. :)

20 Serena May 7, 2009 at 1:26 am

This really sounds like a lot of fun to read!

21 Mariah May 7, 2009 at 7:24 am

LOVE the cover!!! I enjoyed Nancy Drew as a kid, and these books sound like a really good read!


22 Holly DeLoose May 7, 2009 at 7:29 am

would love to win some new reads for the beach

23 Literaturecrazy May 7, 2009 at 7:47 am

These sound great, I’d love to win them. I don’t read mysteries, but really like to read “Christian” fiction that isn’t a bang-you-over-the-head-with-the-Bible story line… something I could pass along to non-Christian coworkers or friends and spark up a conversation.

24 Kylee May 7, 2009 at 8:24 am

Thanks (to you and the publisher) for the chance to win these books. They sound great. I love mysteries!

25 Kipi May 7, 2009 at 8:46 am

Gotta love a good CLEAN book…and a mystery to boot!

26 Jenn S. May 7, 2009 at 9:00 am

Both these books sound great! Always looking for a good read.

27 Nicole C. May 7, 2009 at 9:05 am

These books sound great!!

28 Kathy D May 7, 2009 at 9:11 am

sounds like a great read you have the bbest reviews

29 desiree kelley May 7, 2009 at 9:24 am

would love to read them

30 Michael Capp May 7, 2009 at 9:27 am

I’d love to win!

31 Janet C May 7, 2009 at 9:38 am
32 randi oaklief May 7, 2009 at 9:42 am

I love a good mystery & these sound like they fill the bill! Thanks!

33 Lisa May 7, 2009 at 12:49 pm

I’d forgotten my love of the mystery and your review has rekindled it! *sigh* More titles to add to my ever growing amazon wishlist…

34 Angie May 7, 2009 at 1:59 pm

These books sound really good. I can’t wait to read them!!!!

35 Mary May 7, 2009 at 2:00 pm

I really like Agatha Christie mysteries and look forward to these books. Thanks for having the drawing!!!!

36 Meredith Rogen May 7, 2009 at 2:44 pm

This looks like a great book!

37 MRS.MOMMYY May 7, 2009 at 4:07 pm

sounds interesting

38 AZ Dog Mom May 7, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Oh, these look good! If I had spotted one of these on the shelf at the bookstore, the cover would totally have sucked me in to pick it up. Adding these to my wish-list for sure!!

39 Renee C. May 7, 2009 at 4:37 pm

I love reading books that don’t make me blush because of the language and subject matter. Sign me up!

40 susan varney May 7, 2009 at 5:25 pm

sounds good enough to read

41 shannon Baas May 7, 2009 at 7:30 pm

These looki good.

42 bekahcubed May 7, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Um, pick me! Those sound fantastic.

43 Denise May 7, 2009 at 8:52 pm

I’d love to read these, thanks!

44 Angela Calvert May 7, 2009 at 9:40 pm

I would love to win these books. Thanks for the giveaway.

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45 Kim F May 8, 2009 at 4:54 pm

I love mysterys and I love the Gilmore Girls. Your review makes me want to read these books right now. I especially like discovering books after a few in series has been published. I hate waiting on the sequels.

46 Anita Yancey May 8, 2009 at 6:41 pm

I love mysteries. Please enter me. Thanks!

47 Christy H. May 8, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Oh! I hope I’m not too late to enter for this fantastic prize!

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48 dorothy l May 8, 2009 at 8:32 pm

please enter me I love the cover work con5459(at)gmai(dot)com

49 Loving Heart Mommy May 8, 2009 at 11:08 pm

I love mysteries! What a great prize pack!

50 Christina Brunetti May 9, 2009 at 2:01 pm

I would love to read these.


51 Jen May 9, 2009 at 3:50 pm

I would love to win these. I love reading!!

52 Carol Lawrence May 9, 2009 at 7:04 pm

This is great, a new heroine to follow and it’s set in a new era,the 40’s,enter me.

53 C. flanigan May 9, 2009 at 11:25 pm

Oh this is so perfect…my favorite kind of book! Pick me, PRETTY PLEASE!!! :)

54 Susan C May 10, 2009 at 11:27 am

I love clean fiction too, especially in a mystery!

55 scottsgal May 10, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Sound like great books for the summer!
thanks for the giveaway

56 michele anne May 10, 2009 at 5:22 pm

books are great things….want to win

57 pag May 10, 2009 at 8:40 pm

sounds like good books would like to win them

58 Susan Smith May 10, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Looks like a good book

59 Adrian Lamont May 11, 2009 at 1:25 am

Sounds like great books, please count me in.

60 Molly Capel May 11, 2009 at 3:18 am

YAY! New books! I hope I win.

61 Erma May 11, 2009 at 6:40 am

I would love the chance to win, thanks.

62 Claire May 11, 2009 at 9:04 am

These look interesting, thank you!

63 Cynthia Mercado May 11, 2009 at 9:27 am

I would like to add this set to my collection.

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64 stephanie May 11, 2009 at 10:56 am

These look great. :)

65 Melanie May 11, 2009 at 1:51 pm

I love mysteries, so these would be great for me.

66 Jennifer May 11, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I would like to win

67 Laura G May 11, 2009 at 4:07 pm

this sounds like my kind of book.

68 Ed Nemmers May 11, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Happy Monday!

69 christopher h May 11, 2009 at 6:10 pm

sounds like a good idea

70 christina May 11, 2009 at 7:31 pm

Thanks for the giveaway!

71 kim v May 11, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Thanks for the giveaway!

72 Lisa Taylor May 11, 2009 at 9:54 pm

I would love to read these Please enter me

73 Christina May 11, 2009 at 10:38 pm

These sound like very intriguing books! I’d give the second set to my niece! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

74 Miranda Allen May 11, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Looks like a great read

75 Auriette May 11, 2009 at 11:47 pm

I love the idea of a book I can pass on to my mom without worrying that something’s going to offend her. I think she skips over some of the racier and raunchier stuff in most books, but it would be nice to have a book that we can both read cover to cover without embarrassment.

76 Gabriel J. May 12, 2009 at 12:18 am

Great read, great contest!

77 Jessica Kaufman May 12, 2009 at 12:37 am

I would like to read these book also. Thanks for the giveaway.

78 Ann May 12, 2009 at 5:30 am

This series sounds like a lot of fun!

79 Kerry S. May 12, 2009 at 6:37 am

I checked these out of my library and really enjoyed both titles. I would love to win a copy of each for myself!

80 Linda Howard May 12, 2009 at 8:19 am

I love to read. Please enter me. Thanks!

81 kathy pease May 12, 2009 at 10:07 am

Thanks for the GREAT giveaway
please count me in :)

82 Lily Kwan May 12, 2009 at 10:42 am

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

83 Timothy Sternberg May 12, 2009 at 11:10 am

These sound like fun reads!

84 john ferris May 12, 2009 at 11:18 am

These sound lie really great boos to read.

85 Gianna May 12, 2009 at 11:48 am

Please enter me :)

86 Betty C May 12, 2009 at 12:37 pm

This sounds like a great new find. I’d love to read this

87 Jason Nickolay May 12, 2009 at 12:51 pm

I love a good mystery. Thanks for the chance

88 Lori Walker May 12, 2009 at 2:08 pm

i’ve been waiting for a good series to come out! i’m excited

89 Renee G May 12, 2009 at 3:47 pm

These both look great. Would love to read these.

90 Jennifer Jozwiak May 12, 2009 at 4:24 pm

I love to read and i’ve seen these books on a few book review websites. they sound like they’d be good reads!

91 Marcy Strahan May 12, 2009 at 5:24 pm

I am a book worm! I would love to read these books!

92 Michelle H. May 12, 2009 at 6:13 pm

I would love win.

93 Trin R May 12, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Thanks for the oppurtunity to win these exciting books.

94 Helen May 12, 2009 at 10:52 pm

I love a good mystery!

95 Kristin May 15, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Off to see if my library has these!

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