Southern Fatality (A Jersey Barnes Mystery #1) by T. Lynn Ocean

Southern Fatality (A Jersey Barnes Mystery #1)

Immerse yourself in the magical port city atmosphere of Wilmington, North Carolina and visit The Block-- a historic building situated on the Cape Fear River that serves as a grill and pub downstairs and cozy living quarters upstairs. But don't get too comfortable, because when the sexy and hard-hitting security specialist Jersey Barnes stumbles into a scheme that will steal millions of dollars from American taxpayers, you'll want to go along for ...

Details Southern Fatality (A Jersey Barnes Mystery #1)

TitleSouthern Fatality (A Jersey Barnes Mystery #1)
Release DateSep 18th, 2007
PublisherMinotaur Books
GenreMystery, American, Southern, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Fiction

Reviews Southern Fatality (A Jersey Barnes Mystery #1)

  • Karen
    Don't believe the people who say it is Stephanie Plum but in the south. Jersey has the ability to actually do the work, not bumble around like Stephanie. She is very competent in spying, fighting, tailing, all those good PI skills. She seems to be less honest with herself about her personal life than Stephanie. There are still moments of humor. People who have been to Wilmington and/or live there will no doubt get a kick out of reading about plac...
  • Amy
    A fun read! Set in the historic district of Wilmington, NC, author, Ocean has been called the Janet Evanovich of the South. I love her main character, Jersey Barnes, a retired government "something" (not exactly an agent, but real close). She's come home after "retiring" from the biz, but gets tied up in an investigation for an old girlfriend of her current boyfriend. With assistance from her best friend, Ox; her father, Spud; town detective, Dir...
  • Kelly
    Jersey Barnes is a government "spy" and the book starts on the day of her retirement. Things don't go exactly as planned, and she is persuaded to take a job for a friend of her boyfriend to find out if her husband is cheating. One thing leads to another, and before Jersey knows it she is in the middle of a kidnapping. I was quite surprised by the ending. I can't wait to read more about Jersey and her adventures in retirement.
  • Agatha Donkar
    Super enjoyable -- good plot, interesting ensemble cast around the protagonist, and while I could have done without the repeated descriptions of Jersey's boobs, I really enjoyed it a lot. Think Janet Evanovich set in the South.I'm bummed the CHPL doesn't have Ocean's other novels; I may finally have to shell out for an out-of-county borrower's card at the Durham Public Library.
  • Heidi
    I really enjoyed this book. The heroine is spunky and full of it with a government paid for boob job and a kick ass attitude. We allknow how i love that. Mystery, a goofy father, and a coupla hot doods complete the story line... fun and I'm sure to read more of her books in the future
  • Courtney
    A little more fun than Sue Grafton but not as crazy as Janet Evanovich. I thought it was a fun read and am eager to read her next adventure with Jersey Barnes.
  • Karin
    I was not expecting much when I picked up this book but I was quite surprised. A bunch of quirky characters and an interesting mystery made this a very enjoyable read. I did identify the murderer but the end still has a surprise twist. I would read more in this series.
  • Alise HARRIS
    I loved this book! I'm disappointed there are only 2 more in the series. I've seen a lot of reviews on here comparing this series to Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich. These are way better! Stephanie is an airhead. Jersey knows what she's doing and has a sense of humor.
  • Sarah Wilsman
    Lite female mysteries for Evanovich fans
  • Nicole
    4.5 StarsJersey Barnes is a strong and independent woman. She is ready to begin an early and relaxing retirement, after working several years as a private security specialist. Unfortunately, her dream is postponed when her boyfriend, Bill, asks her to help his friend. Jersey takes on this supposedly simple task of surveillance for a few days, yet she is quickly thrust back into a world of kidnapping and an internet virus capable of stealing hundr...
  • Amanda
    Jersey Barnes, a former military “agent” turned private security investigator has recently retired to quiet Wilmington, North Carolina. Ready for a break, she’s looking forward to spending quality time with her boyfriend Bill and cruising the coast on her beautiful fully-stocked boat. But, when Bill’s ex-girlfriend suspects her new husband of cheating, he convinces Jersey to take the case. She uses her ample super-spy skills to investigat...
  • Shirley Worley
    Jersey Barnes thinks she has retired from a career as a security specialist only to find herself knee-deep doing surveillance on a possible cheating spouse as a favor for her boyfriend's college friend. That job quickly blossoms into a full out kidnapping and cyber-hacking crime, dubbed Social Insecurity, that would steal millions from hard-working Americans nationwide. The plot includes a variety of characters: Ox, her best friend and business p...
  • Kelly
    Southern Fatality is a fast paced book that will hook you from the first page. Jersey Barnes, a newly retired private security specialist, is looking forward to spending some time relaxing on her boat with her boyfriend to start her retirement off right. Things do go exactly as planned when her boyfriend "convinces" her to look into a problem for a friend of his. What should be a fairly easy favor gets Jersey caught up in the middle of a kidnappi...
  • Melissa Myers
    My problem with this book was she wrote it like a TV show script and it was so obvious from the time the mystery was introduced. The beginning was so promising but then she bungled it. I had no choice but to skip to the last chapter the writing made my eyes roll so much I could've had a seizure and guess what? I was right about everything including the very obvious romance angle. If the writing was better I might've been able to stick with it but...
  • Kathryn
    A review for this book said it was the South's answer to Evanovich's Plum series. Not by a long shot. The main character, Jersey Barnes, is a retired marine who is always armed and knows how to kick butt. She solves her cases through intelligence and insight, not dumb luck. Mind you, I am a big fan of the Stephanie Plum books and am always looking for similar reads.
  • Sandy Brown
    I did not care for this book. It was not one I want to read more of the same thing.Wasn't able to get my attention. No really Interesting subjects in the stories told. I liked other books by the a author but not the mysteries.
  • Julia
    I couldn't really get into this mystery, which is touted as being a Southern Janet Evanovich. The parallels to the world of Plum were actually kind of distracting from the story itself.
  • Trina
    This was the first book by this author that I had read. I found T. Lynn Ocean to be a good writer who is entertaining. I will definitely read more books by her.
  • Pam
    good for evanovich lovers
  • Susan R-G
    Great book-love Jersey BarnesSpent my the new year reading. This is exactly third jersey barns book I have read, can't wait to get to the next one.
  • Jeannie Whitehurst
    Fun ReadLiked the way the story line kept you wondering who was really involved. As the plot became clearer, the action became more exciting. The finish was unexpected.
  • Patty
    I could not get into this one though the female ex-special agent character should have been appealing.