A Jersey Barnes MysteryBook - 2009
Reluctantly agreeing to investigate a high-ranking judge's brother, Jersey Barnes finds herself embroiled in a long-standing DEA case involving a drug ring and wonders if she will ever be able to retire and settle down with one of her love interests. By the author of Southern Poison. 15,000 first printing.
Blackwell North Amer
Meet Jersey Barnes, the South's most unconventional security specialist, who has finally decided to leave home without a weapon. Her early retirement is for good this time, and she's ready to stuff her government-bought boobs into a bikini top and vacation someplace tropical. But before she has a chance to choose where, a judge friend calls in a favor.
Forgetting about frozen banana drinks and hot-oil massages, Jersey agrees to figure out what secrets are putting the judge's brother, Morgan, in danger. His apartment has been burglarized and it appears as though somebody is watching his every move. Not one to overreact, Morgan dismisses the judge's concern as an overprotective big sister's paranoia. He just wants to succeed in his new business venture, Wilmington's most hip eatery, which was left to Morgan when his father died.
It's not until Morgan has a close call with death that he confides in Jersey: His father may have been murdered and Morgan thinks he knows why. But he can't divulge further details without opening the door to his own humiliating secret and risk losing the restaurant.
While trying to keep her zany father out of trouble and exploring unfamiliar territory with her business-partner-turned-lover, Jersey throws herself back in action to find some answers for the judge.
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Jersey Barnes' retirement as a security specialist is temporarily put on hold - again- as her judge friend call in a favor to check up on her younger brother, Morgan, who has recently relocated to take over their parent's thriving restaurant after their deaths. Getting Morgan to trust her is like pulling teeth from a chicken, but when trouble gets too hot to handle, he turns to Jersey. Morgan confides in Jersey his suspicions about his parents deaths and the troubling conversations overheard at the Green Table. Blackmail, drugs, and humiliating secrets threaten to take the restaurant away unless Jersey can find the answers. With her partner-turned-over out of town, Jersey must rely on the help of DEA agent Brad. Sharing info never seems to flow both directions and she must trust her gut on how much to give to the alluring agent. Keeping her dad and his girlfriend out of trouble is just a side perk.
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