Two novels and a short story from The Big Uneasy series.
The Big Easy ain't always easy for the law-abiding Baker family.
A quirky artist must unravel her parent's secret past before the mob erases her future. But will the protection of a handsome homicide detective, Alex Baker, be her only hope of surviving the Big Easy?
The oldest of thirteen, Alex Baker does two things: he solves murders and avoids children. Until the day Nell Whitby foils a carjacking, knocks Alex off his feet and turns his life upside down.
When the shots start flying and every rock he turns over reveals another wise guy, Alex decides he needs to stick close to the quirky yet captivating children’s book author while he discovers who is behind a series of mob hits. But can he resist the urge to kiss the kid magnet now in the crosshairs?
A relative newcomer to New Orleans—with no family but her college friend—Nell spends her days in seeming obscurity, sketching tourists in the French Quarter and serving canapés for her friend’s catering business. When a chance encounter makes Nell the target of a mob hit, the only silver lining is meeting the cute cop who is determined to protect her.
But when she finds herself at the head of a second line made up of goons and gangsters, and secrets start bubbling up out of her own past, Nell must figure out what she's made of so she can live long enough to kiss the cop again…
In “Family Treed,” a short story, will Nell survive dinner with the “killing cousins?”
Nell’s not sure why the mob wants to have dinner with her. She is sure she wants a cop at her side.
Alex wouldn’t let Nell go in without him, despite much unease from his many siblings.
But will they get out alive?
And in Dead Spaces “be careful what you dig for.”
A forensic surgeon in the New Orleans Coroner’s Center—and part of her dad’s Baker’s Dozen—Hannah Baker thought she knew where to dig, how and what to slice, and when to walk away.
But when her big brother gets her involved in the exhumation of a couple of old coffins, she realizes the past can’t be ignored. Not when its been simmering up a big pile of trouble for longer than Hannah’s born days.
Only New Orleans could produce a “Baked” gumbo of the mob, shadowy figures from the past, annoying figures from the present, murders, attempted murders, and a really cute detective who is technically off limits on account of he’s her big brother’s partner.
Good thing NOPD Detective Logan Ferris doesn’t know the meaning of “off limits,” because once more the Big Easy is getting mighty uneasy.
Pauline Baird Jones has won awards for her tightly plotted, funny, and fast-paced novels of romantic suspense. Get two complete novels and a bonus short story for one great price!
on Midwest Book Review:
"With just the right amount of detail, Jones hits it out of the park and leaves readers wanting more. I love how well-developed the characters were and that the story was addictive. Can't wait for more!” A Girl and Her Kindle
"Jones’ writing style is unique: a strong dose of noir balanced with humor and witty dialogue. The plot moves at a fast pace as does the chemistry between Alex and Nell. The characters are well-developed and likeable, the relationship between Alex and his 12 siblings fun, and the New Orleans ambience conveyed so realistically the reader will feel as if they have been plopped down right in the middle of the Big Easy."
on Romance Junkies :
"Grinning and loving it, RELATIVELY RISKY by creative talent Pauline Bard Jones is a hoot! Humorous dialogue, rapid pacing, loveable characters and a no-holds-barred setting in New Orleans make a perfect storm of a book. Add a few evil villains to fight and you have a read that can not be put down. Eagerly awaiting the next volume in The Big Uneasy saga."
on Romance Junkies :
"Set in New Orleans with lots of mystery and intrigue that keeps circling back to unassuming Nell. Enough romance to keep me interested in where it was going for Nell and Alex to keep me turning the pages."
"Readers of romantic suspense novels will certainly not go wrong if they take a trip to New Orleans with Relatively Risky!”