Southern Peril

Southern Peril

A Jersey Barnes Mystery

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
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.

McMillan Palgrave
Why is it so hard for Jersey Barnes to retire? When a state supreme judge calls in a favor, she tells herself (again) that this is her last case. She must investigate the judge’s brother, Morgan, and his newly-inherited business. When Jersey realizes the DEA is checking on Morgan, too, she finds herself in the middle of a twentyyear- old mystery and a drug ring investigation. Still checking up on her geriatric father and his trouble-making friends, negotiating the steamy friendship/relationship with her bartender Ox, and dodging the flirtacious sparks flying back and forth with the cute DEA agent, Jersey begins to wonder if retirement is ever in her future. On the heels of the lauded Southern Poison, readers will welcome another hilarious, suspenseful, and sun-soaked adventure from the unforgettable Jersey Barnes.

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.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312383473
Branch Call Number: Mystery Ocean
Characteristics: p. cm


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Aug 10, 2013

I love this series and hope to see more. Jersey reminds me of Stephanie Plum, but she's far more capable and accomplishes everything without all the bed hopping. I missed Ox in this book, but her dad and girlfriend are a hoot! A quick and delightful read.


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Aug 10, 2013

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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