Search Results: "J.A. Jance"


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FAILURE TO APPEAR by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 19, 1993

"Best assets: Beau and Fraymore coming to terms with their former loves."
Seattle cop J.P. "Beau" Beaumont's runaway daughter Kelly- -pregnant and about to married—is a member of the Ashland (Oregon) theater festival community and now living at Oak Farm, run by crusty Marjorie Connors. Read full book review >

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DEADLY STAKES by J.A. Jance
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Prolific Jance melds elements of the thriller and police procedural with a touch of romance to carry readers swiftly to an unexpected conclusion."
Agreeing to look into a murder case for an acquaintance becomes a very dangerous game for an Arizona crime expert. Read full book review >

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TRIAL BY FIRE by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Jance's 38th—meticulously formulaic, mostly for the base."
Ali Reynolds, ex-TV anchor and part-time murder maven, forgoes her amateur status. Read full book review >

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QUEEN OF THE NIGHT by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 27, 2010

"A storytelling machine, Jance in her 41st (Trial by Fire, 2009, etc.) is at the top of her game and just about irresistible."
Jance offers that rare—and welcome—hybrid: the suspense novel with heart. Read full book review >

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SHOOT, DON'T SHOOT by J.A. Jance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1995

"Only the mystery itself is less than tough and smart."
Joanna Brady has hardly settled into her new job as sheriff of Cochise County when she's called out to a training course at the Arizona Police Officers Academy for six weeks of hitting the books. Read full book review >

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FATAL ERROR by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Formulaic, but as always main character Ali manages to disarm."
From the prolific Jance (Trial by Fire, 2009, etc.), another entry in the Ali Reynolds saga in which the woman who would be a cop is sidetracked by a cyberspace Lothario, a female psychopath and a killer budget. Read full book review >

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KISS OF THE BEES by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 4, 2000

This convoluted sequel to veteran Jance's long-ago debut, the melodramatic Hour of the Hunter (1991), kicks off with incarcerated, AIDS-stricken, serial killer Andrew Carlisle instructing his cellmate, Mitch Johnson, how to torture Diana Ladd Walker, his nemesis, once he's released. Read full book review >

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MOVING TARGET by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Dizzying changes of locale and point of view, along with large helpings of sentimentality, weaken Ali's latest. If only Jance had focused on one plot instead of sending her characters all over creation in pursuit of two separate mysteries."
An ex-reporter, a high-tech specialist and a nun help right wrongs of the near and distant past as they circle the globe. Read full book review >

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JUDGMENT CALL by J.A. Jance
Released: July 24, 2012

"As usual, Joanna's domestic problems are more interesting than her caseload. This time, however, fans of the franchise will be rewarded by seeing the two come together with a satisfying jolt."
No matter how hard she tries to keep her 15th case strictly professional, Cochise County sheriff Joanna Brady (Damage Control, 2008, etc.) just can't keep it all from coming back on, and to, her family. Read full book review >

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SKELETON CANYON by J.A. Jance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Most of the sitcom-shaped intrigues are so lightweight that the homicidal complications seem to have been airlifted in from Jance's tougher, stronger J.P. Beaumont series (Name Withheld, etc.)."
A year after they played Romeo and Juliet at summer camp, recent Bisbee High grads Brianna O'Brien and Ignacio Ybarra are at it again, this time for real. Read full book review >

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WEB OF EVIL by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"Plotloose."
A beset blogger seeks solace in cyberspace in this slapdash effort from bestseller Jance (Dead Wrong, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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DAMAGE CONTROL by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 22, 2008

"Standard Jance (Justice Denied, 2007, etc.): chick-lit dappled with detection."
As usual, Sheriff Joanna Brady has a lot on her plate, some of it related to law enforcement. Read full book review >