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5+ stars for Soc Au’ Lait Stiff: The Big Uneasy 9 by Pauline Baird Jones #romanticsuspense #romanticmystery #mardigras #bookreview

Title: Soc Au’ Lait Stiff: The Big Uneasy 9

Author: Pauline Baird Jones

Genre: Romantic Mystery, Romantic Suspense


Book Blurb:


Embark on a thrilling journey through the vibrant chaos of New Orleans during Mardi Gras in this humorous romantic suspense series by USA Today Bestselling author Pauline Baird Jones.


NOPD Homicide Detective Ben Baker's "just friends" dynamic with a mysterious redhead careens into a murder mystery that pulls him deep into the unpredictable world of Maia Henry and her eccentric family. As Mardi Gras unfolds its crescendo, the complexities of their romance become the least of Ben's worries.


For data scientist Maia Henry, a routine visit to her mother becomes a whirlwind of unpredictability when she crosses paths with Ben Baker. With beads flying, masks concealing more than faces, and shadows revealing old grudges and new challenges, Ben and Maia must navigate the city's parades, jazz melodies, and culinary delights. Every turn exposes a new twist – where loyalties are tested, secrets unveiled, and the ultimate puzzle Ben seeks to solve is the one within his own heart.


Immerse yourself in the ninth installment of the Big Uneasy series and unravel the latest escapades of the Baker family in a tale brimming with suspense, humor, and the enchanting spirit of New Orleans.


My Review:


Ben and Maia are casually dating, that is until her life is threatened. But who bumped off who and why is a mystery Ben will have to solve before he and Maia can move forward. Soc Au Lait Stiff is a romantic mystery set in the heart of New Orleans during Mardi Gras. The world-building and descriptive narration plunge the reader deep into what makes New Orleans so fabulous. The characters are puzzles themselves yet so addictive to read. Get ready for a rollicking good time with Soc Au Lait Stiff.


Let’s start with the characters. Ben is a homicide detective and of the Baker clan. Why does this matter? In this series, the Bakers are a family of cops, FBI agents, and other solving crimes units. They represent the good people of New Orleans who take out the bad elements. Ben likes to keep things on the down low, especially when it comes to Maia. But his protectiveness goes into overdrive when she’s in trouble. In classic Mardi Gras style, people are masked and what’s real isn’t. Can he solve what’s happening before it’s too late?


I really like Ben. He’s a regular guy who comes from a big family. He’s a hero but understated. He’s got great one-liners and terrific chemistry with Maia.


Maia is a heroine with a drawer full of secrets. The more I read, the more open she became. Her fish out of water personality made for excellent reading.


Then there’s the wise guys. Three mob families who add comedy and intrigue to the overall story.


The writing is humorous with snappy dialogue. The descriptive narration plunges the reader into the story. The romance keeps the story moving while the mystery adds just the right amount of suspense.


Brilliant from start to finish, Soc Au Lait Stiff is my favorite book of the series. If you like humor, romance, mystery, characters you can’t get enough of, you’ll want to read this book right now.


My Rating: 5+ stars


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Release Week Giveaway:


🎁 To celebrate the release, we're giving away TWO fabulous prizes:


·       An autographed copy of Soc Au’ Lait Stiff for those craving more of the Baker Clan's wild escapades!

·       And because every good read deserves a good cuppa, we're throwing in the quirky and charming "Let the Good Times Roll All Year Long" mug for some happy sipping while you lose yourself in the pages!



🎊 Why miss out on the party? Enter now for your chance to win a piece of the Big Uneasy action and experience the thrill of New Orleans from the comfort of your armchair! 🎊


📅 Hurry, the giveaway ends March 31, 2024! Don't miss your chance to win big and join the adventure! 📅


Author Biography:


USA Today Bestselling Author, Pauline never liked reality, so she writes books. She likes to wander among the genres, rampaging like Godzilla, because she does love peril mixed in her romance.


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Reviewed by: Nancy

1 Comment

Mar 27

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! 😍

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