J. A. Jance
Touchstone, 2011 (2011)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
ew York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance has a new mystery novel on the shelves for her multitude of fans. Jance, not a newcomer to the writing world, has many books, as well as writing awards, to her credit.
features Ali Reynolds as protagonist. She takes a six-week course at the Arizona Police academy. Not her favorite thing to do but necessary to achieve her lifelong dream of being an officer of the law.
hen cutbacks in the department put Ali's dream on hold, she works in her parents' café. An old friend from her broadcasting days appears in town asking for Ali's help. On uppers, Brenda is living out of her car. She asks Ali to find her missing fiancé, a man she met on the Internet. That proves to be a problem. The man is not who he appears to be. His nefarious ways put him in danger. The plot gets more and more complex as more and more characters appear on the scene. Brenda's so-called fiancé turns out to be a cyber-sociopath. Circumstances take a decided downturn here and the action picks up even more,
f you are a J. A. Jance fan,
is just the book to settle down with next to a roaring fire (the snow outside is eighteen inches deep at the moment). If you're not a fan, why not? What's not to like? Get with the plan. Excitement, thrills, murder, mayhem, suspense, with a touch of delicate romance thrown in. Don't forget fun. Jance has a good sense of humor and uses it throughout her books. Subtle at times with a slight titter, and at others loud guffaws. This is a good book. Jance has done it again.
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