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All of the J.P. Beaumont stories are enjoyable, but this one didn't grab me from the start, like the others did. I didn't want to miss it in the series, so 'hung in there'. I'm glad I did.
I am addicted to the JP Beaumont series. I am taking them in order, and enjoying everyone. I love the continuity that each book follows on from past stories.
Gene Engene does a great job. His narration gives word pictures of each character. If I was an artist, I could draw each one based on his characterizations.
Thanks for allowing me miles of enjoyment on my otherwise stressful and boring drives to work.
jp's the bomb!
Gene Eugene is perfect as the narrator - he is JP to me!
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It was pretty clear that Jance was using this book as a transition on the main character's life - as an alcoholic poice detective that has to confront the nature of his addiction. However, the actual mystery plot line was pretty thin, and without giving anything away, Jance never really explained the eventual murderer's motiviation. Too much was
While this was not Jance's best, the series in general has been a compelling mystery series, and I will continue to follow the career of J.P. Beaumont.
One consistent hallmark about the series has been the performance of Gene Engene. He has perfectly captured the persona of J.P. Beaumont. As so much of Jance's writing is personal narrative by Beaumont, the voice that reads this takes on greater importance. At times, Engene's performance is reminiscent of 30's radio mysteries - and that's a good thing.
If this was the first Jance book you listened to, you might dismiss it as a lightweight mystery that failed in the critical plot development. However, if you start the series from the beginning, it's a still a good listen.
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I would only recommend this book to keep track of Beaumont’s personal life. The crime plot starts off well enough with the question of death or suicide by a sword. The dead man’s family kept me interested for a while. But later on the numerous motives and suspects seemed contrived and far fetched.
If my friend had an interest (as I do) in reading the entire series because he/she has become attached to the characters, then, yes, I would say read this book. Beaumont does come to a realization about his health and habit, which is has a bearing on the next book’s situation. I usually like Gene Engene characterizations. As Beaumont, his voice seems just right. But, in this book, some of his other portrayals did not ring true to me. In particular, Beaumont’s partner sounded like a cross between John Wayne and a surfer dude. He also often seems to rely on a laid-back, semi-stoned style for other characters who live on the fringes of society.
I enjoyed the scenes with the victim’s wife and daughter.
No. But I would take a look at it on TV.
Not a terrible read but not as enjoyable as the other Beaumont books I have read.
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I love the J.P. Beaumount books but this one was not the best. I found myself thinking of other things and realizing I hadn't been paying attention for an undetermined amount of time having to rewind. Disappointing and hard to get through
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