Allie Fortune Mysteries

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.


  1. says

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

  2. says

    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.

  3. Mary says

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

  4. Carol M says

    I would love to win these books. They sound like something I would really enjoy!
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  5. MJ says

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


  6. says

    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

  7. says

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


  8. says

    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.

  9. says

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

  10. randi oaklief says

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

  11. Lisa says

    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…

  12. Mary says

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

  13. says

    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!!

  14. Renee C. says

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

  15. Angela Calvert says

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

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  16. Kim F says

    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.

  17. Christy H. says

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

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  18. Carol Lawrence says

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

  19. C. flanigan says

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

  20. Cynthia Mercado says

    I would like to add this set to my collection.

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  21. Christina says

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

  22. says

    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.

  23. Kerry S. says

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

  24. Renee G says

    These both look great. Would love to read these.

  25. Jennifer Jozwiak says

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