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Partner In Crime Spa [Mass Market Paperback]

J. A. Jance
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July 10 2003

The dead woman on a cold slab in the Arizona morgue was a talented artist recently arrived from the West Coast. The Washington State Attorney General's office thinks this investigation is too big for a small-town female law officer to handle, so they're sending Sheriff Joanna Brady some unwanted help -- a seasoned detective named Beaumont. Sheriff Brady resents his intrusion, and Bisbee, Arizona, with its ghosts and memories, is the last place J.P. Beaumont wants to be. But the twisting desert road they must reluctantly travel together is leading them into a very deadly nest of rattlers. And if they hope to survive, suddenly trust is the only option they have left ...

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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.

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars I'm obviously the odd one out, but May 4 2003
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I'm pretty well used to that by now. I was impressed with Jance's plotting, her descriptions and her characters. She seems to be a fine writer and I have no doubt that I would rate the book higher if I ever force myself to finish it. Unfortunately, my "whine" tolerance factor is set very low and everyone in her cast -- aside from two very minor characters -- enjoys large doses of whine with their cheese. I held on through chapter four but finally bailed when I realized the situation was not getting any better; indeed, it just deteriorated that much faster. Good plot, good premise and well-written characters, just not anyone I'd tolerate hanging around with unless I were being paid for the trouble.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyable Feb. 17 2004
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I really had a fun time with this novel. I found the crime believable (frighteningly so), the pacing brisk but not rushed, and the interaction between Brady and Beaumont realistic. I was startled by their "moment" together, but have come to the conclusion that it was more out of character for Beaumont to reject it than for Brady to instigate it (she wasn't connecting well with Butch and found herself with a man she has expended a lot of emotional energy against; a man who, like her, had lost a spouse; a man who understood and appreciated her law-enforcement skills - add to that the fact she had been put through the wringer by Ken Junior and Marliss Shackleford, lost Sadie, and hadn't been eating properly and you've got a recipe for disaster).
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of her best Feb. 12 2003
By Frank
What a neat book!
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A winning combination. Dec 18 2002
In "Partner in Crime" J.A. Jance brings the lead characters of her two series together.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Partner in Crime
Another excellent murder mystery from J.A. Jance. I enjoyed having Beaumont and Brady in the same story. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Kathleen Cullen
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read!!
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 more
Published on Feb. 28 2004 by Angela Lin Wisser
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story - except the personal twist at the end
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 more
Published on Oct. 7 2003 by Paul Skinner
4.0 out of 5 stars Partner in Crime
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 more
Published on May 15 2003 by Ginger L Hobbs
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the mystery?
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 more
Published on May 2 2003 by Rich Reis
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow and Disappointing
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 more
Published on Feb. 26 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Stolid
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 more
Published on Jan. 28 2003 by Justin Sinclair-Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars This really is overhyped here!!
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 more
Published on Jan. 28 2003 by Justin Sinclair-Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars TerrificTeam!
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 more
Published on Jan. 19 2003 by John Savoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, A Can't Put Down Book
Joanna is tough and she's good. In this book she's paired with JP Beaumont, a character from another set of Jance series. Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2003 by apoem
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