The Big UN-Easy | Pauline Baird Jones

The Big UN-Easy 

Photo of Vieux Carre New Orleans

They call New Orleans the Big Easy, the “city that care forgot,” but after living there? It’s not always “easy.” 

That’s what prompted me to name my series The Big Uneasy. Writing this series has allowed me to fictionally revisit the city we called home for 18 years. It’s almost as fun as living there.

And if you think I’m exaggerating? Well, you’ll just have to trust me that truth is often stranger than my fiction! If you don’t believe me, read my Letters Home written during my early years of adapting to life in New Orleans. 

About the series:

Crime solving is a family affair in The Big Uneasy, where gruff patriarch, Zack Baker, and his “Baker’s Dozen,” protect and serve, tangling with lawbreakers, love, and each other in post-Katrina New Orleans. Meet the rest of the characters in the The Big Uneasy.

The Big Uneasy. Cuz the The Big Easy ain't always easy. 

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Book 1: Relatively Risky

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 be her only hope of surviving the Big Easy?


The next installment in The Big Uneasy series!

Family Treed is 1.5 in my Big Uneasy series. This short story is my amuse bouche, because it is a taste, a quick bite for my readers, a chance to check in on Nell and Alex (from Relatively Risky)

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 when Nell’s newly found relatives start making threatening noises, Nell wonders if she’s putting Alex’s life in danger. 

Can they survive dinner with the killing cousins? 


Dead Spaces: The Big Uneasy 2.0

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,” cuz once more the Big Easy is getting mighty uneasy. 

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