Search Results: "J.A. Jance"


BOOK REVIEW

CRUEL INTENT by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 2, 2008

"Jance's good guys can be maddeningly virtuous, her villains double-dyed, her prose no more polished than See Spot Run, but none of that matters to her fan base because this veteran of 37 novels has the knack."
Can an ex-TV anchorwoman find happiness rehabbing her fixer-upper while a serial killer stalks the premises? Read full book review >

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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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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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PARADISE LOST by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Can a special on Lifetime Network for Women be far behind?"
Cochise County, Arizona, sheriff Joanna Brady (Devil's Claw, 2000, etc.) and her new husband Butch Dixon are sneaking a weekend away when word arrives that her daughter Jenny, 12, and her friend Dora, who sneaked off themselves from their Girl Scout campsite for a cigarette, have discovered the nude, battered body of a woman. Read full book review >

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LEFT FOR DEAD by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"Loyal fans and newcomers alike will be glad to join feisty Ali (Fatal Error, 2011, etc.) in her latest adventure."
An ex-detective is never too busy to help out a friend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUTLAW MOUNTAIN by J.A. Jance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 6, 1999

"Not much dash to the prose, depth to the plotting, or nuance to the characters, but Jance has a certain reassuring sturdiness, and those who like her won't be disappointed here. (Mystery Guild Dual Main Selection; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Trouble in bunches for Cochise County (Ariz.) Read full book review >

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WITHOUT DUE PROCESS by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 16, 1992

"EWSLUGJP (another A.A.-er) is a genial, decent guy to root for."
The hardcover debut of paperback hero J.P. Beaumont, a Seattle homicide cop who, here, is called to the massacre of Officer Ben Weston, his wife, two of his kids, and a playmate, with the sole eyewitness being the officer's five-year-old son. 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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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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DEAD TO RIGHTS by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Jance's portrait of Sheriff Supermom and her world is painted in broad, soapy strokes—perfect entertainment for anybody who wonders how J.J. Marric's George Gideon would've made out as a southwestern American female."
A fourth outing for Joanna Brady (Shoot, Don't Shoot, 1995, etc.), who's not only the sheriff of Arizona's Cochise County—and that means administrator, investigator, crisis manager, grief counselor, and on-call patroller—but also a full-time mother, daughter, and daughter-in-law. Read full book review >

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PARTNER IN CRIME by J.A. Jance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 6, 2002

"Soft-boiled stuff, but then that's the way the target audience likes its eggs."
After fifteen J.P. Beaumont mysteries (Devil's Claw, 2000, etc.) and nine Joanna Bradys (Paradise Lost, 2001, etc.), it's clearly time for a Beaumont-Brady, though the joint case isn't terribly challenging to either sleuth. 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 >