Southern Poison

A Jersey Barnes Mystery

Jersey Barnes Mysteries (Volume 2)

T. Lynn Ocean

Minotaur Books

The last time Jersey Barnes tried to quit her career as a security specialist and leave home without a weapon, she ended up in the middle of a high-stakes cover-up and a scheme to steal millions from hardworking Americans. This time her early retirement is for real. Friends threw her a party to prove it. There was a cake and everything.

But out of the blue, her former handler shows up with other ideas. When Jersey tells him she doesn’t want an assignment---even if does come with an upfront hazard-pay bonus---he reminds her of a clause in the contract she signed back when she was first recruited to work for the government: a pesky paragraph that says she can be recalled into service at any time.

With boating and golfing plans on hold yet again, Jersey straps on her weapon of choice and goes undercover to help root out a terrorist threat---only to learn that another more sinister plot is in the works. And things aren’t any more relaxing at home, either. Just as she starts to explore a steamy relationship with her hunky pub manager, Ox, his ex-wife flies in from California to reclaim him.

Southern Poison moves at breakneck speed as Jersey must save herself from an assassin, stop an evil chemist, keep her troublemaking father and his poker buddies out of jail, untangle a steamy romance, and maybe---just maybe---retire.

On the heels of the lauded Southern Fatality, readers will welcome another hilarious, suspenseful, and sun-soaked adventure from the unforgettable Jersey Barnes.


Read an Excerpt

Chapter One

Men from my past keep reappearing in my life. First it was my best friend from high school, twenty years after we’d been abruptly split apart when we both joined the Marine Corps. Duke Oxendine, a full-blooded Lumbee Indian whom everyone calls Ox, went through a divorce when he took his twenty-year retirement from the military. It took only three or four tequila shots to convince him to manage my bar, which occupies the lower level of a historic building known as the Barter’s Block, or more commonly, the Block.

Next it was my father, who’d abandoned my


Praise for Southern Poison

“Jersey Barnes and her quirky family and friends make for a page-turning mix of suspense and fun. Read Southern Poison and you’ll rocket between breath-holding adventure and belly laughs.”---Cathy Pickens, author of Hush My Mouth and the Southern Fried mysteries

Praise for Southern Fatality:

“Ocean reinforces her reputation for creating strong Southern heroines with this sexy, fast-paced adventure, the first in a new series to feature Jersey Barnes.... Ocean’s tightly woven, fast-moving plot keeps readers entertained right up to the explosive ending.”---Publishers Weekly

“Highly satisfactory escapist entertainment.”---Wilmington Star-News (North Carolina)

“T. Lynn Ocean is the South’s answer to Janet Evanovich. Hang on. Southern Fatality is a wild, witty, and sexy ride that never lets up.”---Karin Gillespie, author of the Bottom Dollar Girl series

“Hours of fun.”---The Sun News (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)

“Ocean puts the D in dangerous.”---John Hart, New York Times bestselling author of Down River

Southern Fatality reads like a string of firecrackers---one bang after another. The action is nonstop and the tone is smart and sassy.”---Carolyn Haines, author of Fever Moon

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  • T. Lynn Ocean

  • When not vacuuming up pet hair, T. Lynn Ocean loves to cook, pretends to be a photographer, and never passes up a chance to go on impromptu road trips in the name of research. T. Lynn is also a shooting sports enthusiast and certified firearms safety instructor. She lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with her husband and a few furry critters.
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    A Jersey Barnes Mystery

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    T. Lynn Ocean

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