Books by Jonnie Jacobs

LYING WITH STRANGERS by Jonnie Jacobs
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 11, 2013

"Jacobs (Paradise Falls, 2012, etc.) takes too long to bring her pot to a boil. Smart readers will solve this one long before the puzzled spouse or the pokier-than-ever police."
A journalist's world unravels when her husband dies after being shot in a convenience-store holdup. Read full book review >
PARADISE FALLS by Jonnie Jacobs
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 15, 2012

"Jacobs (The Next Victim, 2007, etc.) gives her story good bones, then swathes it in layers of brooding introspection and musing on family dynamics that muffle its punch."
The abduction of a teenaged girl sends a happily blended family into a tailspin. Read full book review >
THE NEXT VICTIM by Jonnie Jacobs
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Kali's eighth case explores complex human attachments through a sharply focused plot that unfolds with beautifully controlled momentum."
A Bay Area defense attorney is called unexpectedly to Tucson for the most somber of all possible reasons. Read full book review >
THE ONLY SUSPECT by Jonnie Jacobs
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 4, 2005

"Putting people you might meet any day into situations you can barely imagine gives Jacobs's latest tingler some powerful momentum."
There are bad ways to lose a spouse, and there are really bad ways, as Jacobs (Cold Justice, 2001, etc.) starkly demonstrates. Read full book review >
COLD JUSTICE by Jonnie Jacobs
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2001

"Concentrating on the classic elements—mystification and surprise—puts Jacobs right up there with the big guns."
Neither of her latest suitors is exactly what he seems. Read full book review >
WITNESS FOR THE DEFENSE by Jonnie Jacobs
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2001

"Jacobs (Motion to Dismiss, 1999, etc.) treats readers as not-too-bright jurors, dropping hints so blatantly that no one is likely to miss her ill-sprung surprise."
Bay area attorney Kali O'Brien has her work cut out for her defending Terri, beautiful wife of former NFL star Ted Harper, on charges of killing hate-radio host Bram Weaver. Read full book review >
MURDER AMONG STRANGERS by Jonnie Jacobs
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2000

"And that's only the beginning of Kate's fourth and most nightmarish dip into skullduggery in the California suburbs—a trip that will take her from imprisonment in a cabin in the Idaho mountains to her framing for a second murder after her escape, and still a third."
Pulling over to help a woman stranded by a flat tire in a January downpour, Kate Austen (Murder Among Us, 1998, etc.) is soon sharing trunk space with the woman's late husband. Read full book review >
MOTION TO DISMISS by Jonnie Jacobs
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1999

"Instead, Kali's third case (Evidence of Guilt, 1997, etc.) is a whodunit—and the best-turned puzzle of Jacobs's six novels to date. (Author tour)"
In the middle of launching a public offering of ComTech, his graphics chip company, Grady Barrett runs into a streak of rotten luck. Read full book review >
EVIDENCE OF GUILT by Jonnie Jacobs
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1997

"Three scoops of civilized interrogations (nobody wants to talk to the lawyer defending the man who'd do such a thing) don't offer much preparation for the sink of iniquity Kali finds under the smiling surface of California family values."
 Who would cut the throats of a defenseless woman and her four-year-old daughter? Read full book review >
SHADOW OF DOUBT by Jonnie Jacobs
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1996

"Fans of Jacobs's two well-bred suburban California mysteries starring art consultant Kate Austen (Murder Among Friends, 1995, etc.) will be comforted to know that neither Kali nor Silver Creek is much of a stretch."
 Bay Area lawyer Kali O'Brien, back in her hometown of Silver Creek, Calif., to bury her father, finds skeletons (not his) leaping out of every closet. Read full book review >
MURDER AMONG FRIENDS by Jonnie Jacobs
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Busy, chatty, and as much like Kate's debut (Murder Among Neighbors, 1994) as one more Buick rolling off the line."
 More mild suburban malice for art consultant Kate Austen, whose client Mona Sterling is found dead (pills and Scotch) on her sofa. Read full book review >
MURDER AMONG NEIGHBORS by Jonnie Jacobs
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A West Coast Compromising Positions, with omelettes, Chardonnay, and mild innuendo substituting for detection, and nary a mean bone in its well-preserved body."
 When quintessential California socialite Pepper Livingston takes time off from her breakneck schedule (Sunshine House, the Save Our Hills Coalition, etc.) to get strangled, the news causes scarcely a ripple among her neighbors in trendy Walnut Hills. Read full book review >