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.
Top Customer Reviews
Avid Jance fans (and there are many) will remember Seattle based J. P. Beaumont, Washington State Attorney General's Office, and Cochise County, Arizona, Sheriff Joanna Brady from previous tales. Pairing the two results in combat and combustion.
When Washington State artist Rochelle Baxter is murdered in Arizona, Joanna is shocked to learn that the victim was slain while under government protection. Enter J.P., the newest member of the State's Investigation team. Joanna sees his arrival as interference, which she thoroughly resents.
However, she's under orders to cooperate so she reluctantly does until she learns that he may be the only one she can trust.
Do this unlikely duo become romantically involved? Are they a match for the deadly forces allied against them?
The fun's in finding out through a crisply written narrative that's superbly read.
- Gail Cooke
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 ›
To my surprise, Beaumont's addition actually allows the reader to observe new dimensions of Joanna Brady. He provides a foil that may be missing in the rest of the series. He's tough and hard-edged; she's a good cop who takes the day off when her daughter's dog dies. He is alone in the world; she is smothered in family.
Actually, Joanna's character has always seemed somewhat one-dimensional to me -- certainly not as deep as other female heroines, such as Anna Pigeon or Sharon McCone (especially in later novels) or Kate Shugack. She's a sheriff and a mom, doing a good job with both. She has an interfering mother and great in-laws. But how did she get to be such a good sheriff -- by living with her father and husband? By drawing on her former skills as an office manager?
And what conflicts does she face, internally or externally? In this book, her new husband, Butch, gets frustrated by her schedule (didn't he think about this before they got married?) and wants to put electric trains in their future family room. Um...so what?
Joanna's story is told in third person, as usual, creating further distance. Beaumont, narrating in first person, is the sad detective with a past, trying to find a new job in the unfortunately named Special Unit.
The story is a classic whodunit: Woman found dead, boyfriend first suspect, but victim's ties to out-of-state crime soon become evident -- and, I think, a little far-fetched. There's not much mystery and we soon realize who committed the crime.
What Jance does best is create the setting in Bisbee, Arizona.Read more ›
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
What a neat book!
Like the other reviewers, I cringed and was sure that J.A. Jance had jumped the shark when J.P. Read more
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