Partner In Crime Spa Mass Market Paperback – Jul 10 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
In this chilling novel, the prolific Jance successfully brings together her dyspeptic Seattle homicide detective J.P. Beaumont (Birds of Prey, etc.) and Cochise County, Ariz., Sheriff Joanna Brady (Paradise Lost, etc.). When artist Rochelle Baxter is murdered in Bisbee, Ariz., Brady's department is stunned that Baxter's next of kin is not a person but the Washington State Attorney General's Office. Baxter was Latisha Wall, an industrial whistle-blower in a Washington witness protection program pending her testimony at an important trial. Beaumont, now an investigator for the AG, is sent to Arizona to determine if Wall's cover was blown. The enraged Brady interprets his arrival as personal criticism; Beaumont feels uncomfortable with her resentment and with being in the hometown of his second wife, the serial killer Anne Rowland Corley. After a second murder, the two investigators develop mutual respect and even a physical attraction. The convoluted plot builds to a surprising solution, though the floundering romance ultimately comes off as forced. The most frightening feature is the cause of death--sodium azide, an odorless, tasteless, unregulated chemical used in automobile air bags. Jance highlights the differences between her two protagonists by alternating Beaumont's first-person narration (despite her Seattle sleuth's dislike of Arizona's desolate scenery, the author describes it beautifully) with Brady's third-person chapters, which show how Brady, her staff and family handle pressure.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Jance is famed for two series, one featuring big-city detective J.P. Beaumont and the other small-town Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady. Here, in a case involving the murder of an out-of-state attorney on Brady's turf, the two meet explosively.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
I was less thrilled with the behavior of the murderer in his attempt to flee justice. If the APB goes out for a man with gray hair and a long ponytail ... well that's nothing that a pair of scissors and a bottle of Grecian Formula can't fix. Why go to all the trouble he did when much simpler solutions existed. A few threads were left hanging at the end of the book, too: What did Ernie find at the post office, who saw the "moment" and what did they do about it, did Naomi Pepper grow a pair or is her mom really going to come between her and Beau - inquiring minds want to know.
Ultimately, this is a story of survivors. Sure, not everyone survives (it's not much of a murder mystery if everyone makes it through okay), but Jance focuses more attention on those that do than she has recently. Cornelia Lester's story is particularly tragic, Serenity Granger's almost humorous.Read more ›
Like the other reviewers, I cringed and was sure that J.A. Jance had jumped the shark when J.P. Beaumont got on the plane to Arizona to meet up with Joanna Brady. To the end of the book, the blending of the two characters is pulled off with nary a hitch. The characters stay true to their developed personalities, and act as foils to each other. I do hope this book is their last meeting -- future plot twists to bring them together would probably seem very contrived.
In large part, J.A. Jance breaks away from the trend of so many writers and _improves_ her books as the series goes on. The characters don't suddenly turn into narrow-minded profane caricatures of themselves (as Tom Clancy's do). Aside from getting weepy at a law enforcement funeral at the beginning -- memories of Andy coming back -- and one thought that she and J.P have the death of a spouse in common -- Andy stays well buried and Joanna doesn't go around reminding every person in Bisbee about Andy's death and her widowhood. Jance stays away from grisly death details.
Even when sorely tempted, Joanna and her force are "good cops." Unlike Leonard Goldberg's characters, Joanna Blalock and Jake Sinclair, Joanna and her deputies get warrants before searching private property. Witnesses and suspects are treated with respect and professionally interviewed, instead of being beaten and threatened with reprisals for non-cooperation, which Leonard Goldberg thinks is good police procedure. In Cochise County, citizens and suspects alike get a fair shake and value for their money from law enforcement.
There are a few bloopers and inconsistencies in the book.Read more ›
Seattle Special Investigator for the Washington Attorney General, J.P. Beaumont travels to Bisbee, Arizona (Sheriff Joanna Brady's turf) to follow up on a murder.
The victim was a corporate whistle blower in the Washington witness protection program. The murder "weapon" will truly make you stop and think.
When a second body turns up the territorial feud ceases and the two protagonists work together to find whodunit.
J.A. Jance writes in a fluid style that you glide thru. It is solid plot, well paced, with likeable characters. It's a complex, suspenseful story dominated by J.P. and Joanna. The scenes are beautifully set. The introspective subplots do not detract from the investigation.
J.P.'s part is told in the first person, while Sheriff Brady's is third person narrative---quirky, but it works.
After reading "Partner in Crime" you will be checking your artificial sweetener packets carefully.
Most recent customer reviews
Another excellent murder mystery from J.A. Jance. I enjoyed having Beaumont and Brady in the same story. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2012 by Kathleen Cullen
This book got me back into reading. I haven't sat down and read a book in years. This book was so great that I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2004 by Angela Lin Wisser
I like the Joanna Brady novels, but don't care as much for the Beaumont series. But J. A. Jance weaves them together very well in the proper setting - the desert of course. Read morePublished on Oct. 7 2003 by Paul Skinner
J P Beaumont goes to the Southwest to help Sheriff Joanna Brady solve the murder of an artist. In the process he learns more painful truths about his late wife Anne. Read morePublished on May 15 2003 by Ginger L Hobbs
Sorry, but this one is a real stinker. The two detectives do little detecting but a lot of complaining about each other, until magically they are attracted to each other. Read morePublished on May 2 2003 by Rich Reis
I am a fan of Jance and have read all of her books for both the Brady and Beaumont series. This just didn't do it for me. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2003
Dry appraisal of a crime, action and suspense is low. Author tries to be too subtle in charecter interactions. Ending leaves you hanging. Culmination makes you wish you had more. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2003 by Justin Sinclair-Smith
The story does not flow or capture the reader adequately, the relationship between the two main charecters (Beaumont, Bradley)lack real chemistry, i.e. quite stolid. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2003 by Justin Sinclair-Smith
Writer Jance has a real winner on her hands in her "Partner in Crime" novel, when she teams up two familiar characters to join forces in this 'Must Read' page turner. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2003 by John Savoy