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Proof of Life: A J. P. Beaumont Novel by J.A. Jance

Reviewed by Suzanne Odom

Proof of LifeJ. P. Beaumont is recently retired and experiencing some boredom. He had been a homicide detective for so long that now he is not sure what to do to keep himself busy. His wife, Mel Soames, is busy with her job as the police chief in Bellingham, Washington. Spending his days watching TV and reading is not always enjoyable to Beau and he jumps at the chance to spend time with his son and drive him home from a dental procedure. In addition, he is always looking for ways to spend more time with his increasingly busy wife.

While dining with his wife, Maxwell Cole, a crime reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and someone of whom Beau is not fond, approaches Beau. They make idle chit chat and then Max Cole goes on his way. Soon after this chance meeting, Cole is found dead in his home, in an apparent accidental fire. Was it really an accident or was it murder? Soon Erin Kelsey Howard, whose life Beau once saved, contacts him. She does not believe that the fire that killed her godfather Max was an accident. She asks Beau to investigate his death after she reads a letter from Max instructing her to seek him for help. Max had been writing a book on corruption at a high level, a possible reason for his death.

In another plot, Beau soon finds himself the foster parent of an Irish Wolfhound named, Lucy. Having never owned a dog before, Beau is not very confident that he could be a dog owner even though his wife suggested they get a dog. The dog once belonged to a family where domestic abuse was at play. One of Mel’s officers is involved in a shooting with the husband in this family. His wife and children are taken to a shelter, but the dog is not allowed. Therefore, Mel brings Lucy home to foster her. Lucy soon grows on Beau and he and the dog adjust to each other.

Beau works the Maxwell Cole case and discovers many other deaths connected to Max and proves that he is just as good a detective post retirement.

The story is full of intriguing plots and twists that are sure to keep the reader interested and guessing to the end. A surprise at the end paves the way for more J. P. Beaumont novels. Perhaps we will even see more of Lucy. Jance gives fans of Beau another great book.

Trial by Fire: A Novel of Suspense by J.A. Jance

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Trial by FireAli Reynolds is approached by Sheriff of the Yavapai County Police Department to become his media relations consultant. She had just recently moved back to Sedona, Arizona after losing her job as an anchor in Los Angeles. She not only lost her job but decided to lose her husband who she had found to be cheating on her. She was in good enough financial shape to do whatever she wanted and decided to do it in her hometown. She was startled by the sheriff’s offer but she decided to take it because it sounded like a challenge and something that fit her background well.

She didn’t know that one of the problems she was going to face was a battle going on in the department between two rival unions. However that really is just a small part of this entire story. Within the first week she is able to get news out about an old farmer who busted two guys for rustling Cacti! Yes it is actually against the law to take certain cacti from the desert. Her boss was extremely happy with the way she handled the story and the next step up for her was even bigger. Read the rest of this entry »

Downfall: A Brady Novel of Suspense by J.A. Jance

Reviewed by Suzanne Odom

DownfallCochise County Sherriff, Joanna Brady, returns in another thrilling, suspense novel. Brady, the mother of two and with a baby on the way, finds herself coping with the emotional aftermath of her mother and stepfather’s sudden and unexpected deaths. She must plan their funerals and also run a successful re-election campaign as well as perform her job duties.

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While dealing with the turmoil in her life, Joanna is notified of two dead bodies found at the bottom of a cliff known as Geronimo. She pulls herself together and rushes to the scene. It is not known if the victims, two females, knew each other, only that they were found dead next to each other. Joanna and her deputies race to collect evidence and have the bodies removed before a big storm rushes in. Then she must try to identify if the women jumped or were pushed off the cliff.
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Fire and Ice (J. P. Beaumont Novel) by J.A. Jance

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Fire and Ice
Quite a story J.P. Beaumont, with his wife/partner Mel, is working on a mystifying case involving the murders of six different women. All of this is going on up in the state of Washington while down in Arizona, the Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady is looking for someone who it appears murdered a man leaving only his dog behind.

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OK? You ask how do these two come together in a murder mystery? Only J.A. Jance figures out stuff like that!

And she does a good job once again as she moves the reader back and forth between the two locales keeping the action moving. What actually brings all of the action somewhat together toward the ending is the fact that one of the murdered women in Washington is actually the somewhat estranged sister of one of Brady’s cops down in Arizona.
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Judgment Call: A Brady Novel of Suspense (Joanna Brady Mysteries) by J.A. Jance (Review #2)

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Judgment CallsJance is a good writer who keeps the reader very definitely entwined with her twists and turns. She has done it again in Judgment Call. This time she is using Joanna Brady, the sheriff in an out of the way Arizona area. Brady is a recurring character in Jance’s work and has earned quite a following.

Brady’s own daughter, Jenny, is involved in this one as she is the person who finds the first murder victim who happens to be the high school principal. Not so bad that she finds the body but then like any normal teenager she posts a picture of it to the internet! Read the rest of this entry »

Remains of Innocence: A Brady Novel of Suspense (Joanna Brady Mysteries) by J.A. Jance

Remains of InnocenceReviewed by Allen Hott

She just continues to write great stories! J. A. Jance has been writing suspense type mystery stories for some time and it appears each gets better. This one has one of her favorite main characters, Sheriff Joanna Brady of Cochise County, Arizona. But to be honest it wouldn’t matter whether it were Brady or J. P. Beaumont, another of Jance’s favorite heroes it would still be a really good read as hers always are.

In Remains of Innocence there are two pretty much main story lines that the reader finds are coming together as he gets further and further into the book. The one involves Sheriff Brady as she tries to unravel the murder mystery that centered on a slightly retarded missing young man. When the young man’s body is found in the bottom of a glory hole in a cave outside of Bisbee, Arizona there are several questions. First off did he accidentally fall or was he pushed? Also what sort of connection is there between the young man’s dead body and several dead animals found beneath it? And why was the mutilated but alive kitten next to the body? Read the rest of this entry »

Second Watch (J. P. Beaumont Novels) by J.A. Jance

Second Watch Reviewed by Allen Hott

This lady can write (and has been doing so for a number of years and many books) and for some reason I have missed out on her endeavors. But no longer! Second Watch is a very intriguing story that moves along so fast that the reader doesn’t realize how quickly he has moved through it. Jance uses a lot of dialogue and narrator thought processes which are spelled out to move the story along.

J.P. Beaumont (Beau as he has been known for a long time) has just had his knees replaced and he is pretty much confined through much of the story. Strangely enough the main part of the storyline comes about because of dreams that he visualizes while under drugs for his surgery and the immediate time right after it.

He pictures a young girl standing by his bedside and can’t figure out who she is immediately. But she appears only to him, no one else sees her. On her second or third visit she talks to him and tells him she is Monica Wellington. She says that he promised her mother that he would find out who killed her and put her in a partially filled grease barrel. Read the rest of this entry »

Judgment Call by J. A. Jance (Review #2)

Judgment Call Reviewed by Julie Siemek

Joanna Brady is the sheriff of Cochise County. Her personal and professional worlds collide when her daughter, Jenny, stumbles upon the body of her missing high school principal. Thus begins the uncovering of unpleasant facts and truths that a murder investigation usually brings. All hell breaks loose when Jenny takes a picture of the body and sends it to a friend. Before the family can be notified of Ms. Highsmith’s death, the photo goes viral. Incriminating information leads to a hushed-up suspension, teenagers with a grudge against the principal and a hateful video calling for Ms. Highsmith’s death. Read the rest of this entry »

Judgment Call by J.A. Jance

Judgment Call by J.A. JanceReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

When the high school principal goes missing, little does Sheriff Joanna Brady realize that the case is going to involve her family. First her own daughter Jenny is the one who finds the principal’s body while out horseback riding one morning. Then a photograph of the crime scene is posted on several kids’ Facebook pages and Joanna realizes that photograph could only have come from Jenny. When a second murder occurs during a charity event that her mother is chairing, Joanna begins to look for a connection between the two victims. The only problem is that the principal, Deborah Highsmith kept to herself and appeared to not have any local friends so finding her next of kin and trying to find out anything about her was difficult. A call in the middle of the night from someone who saw the news story brought more startling news-the victim was not who she claimed to be. At this point the plot begins to take a turn that could have easily become too over the top to be believable, but fortunately, Jance managed to weave the victims’ stories together in a fascinating tale with several unexpected twists.

Readers get a lot of family versus work issues in this book and it’s done in a good way. The fact that Joanna’s daughter is involved puts Joanna’s personal life front and center throughout this book. Her struggles to be a full-time Sheriff as well as a mother to her teenaged daughter and toddler son work to make Joanna seem more real to readers. Another plot line in the book also involves Joanna’s personal life. Readers of the series know her father was killed by a drunk driver when she was young. Butch, Joanna’s husband, is reading her father’s journals, and stumbles on to some things that put her father’s death in a different light and brings her closer to closure with some of the more unpleasant things her parents lives. Read the rest of this entry »

Betrayal of Trust by J.A. Jance (Review #2)

Betrayal of Trust Reviewed by Julie Siemek

The Washington State’s governor’s step-grandson has a snuff film on his cell phone. Who sent it? Is he involved? Is the girl in the video dead or alive?

Private investigator J.P. Beaumont is summoned by the governor to get to the truth. He and Mel Soames — his work and life partner — are headed down a path of corruption and lies which will leave a wave of destruction in it’s wake. Read the rest of this entry »