For the first time ever, Ali Reynolds and Joanna Brady, New York Times best-selling author J. A. Jance's popular series sleuths, join forces to solve a terrifying crime in this exclusive novella that has everything you want in a thriller - pause-resisting action, breathtaking twists and turns, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and...Legos.
"A semi's gone over the embankment." The call wakes Sheriff Joanna Brady in the middle of the night, but what brings her fully alert is the rest of the story. The driver didn't drift off to sleep and cross the center line - he was shot, multiple times, by someone with serious firepower. And when the truck crashed through the guardrail, its payload wound up scattered all over the road - boxes upon boxes of Legos.
Legos that are being tracked by B. Simpson's security firm to reduce black-market sales - and Ali Reynolds is just the woman to get to the bottom of the crime. She has the tech and the intel to follow the money (or, in this case, the Legos), which makes her a valuable asset to Joanna's team. Soon these two strong women realize they're not just sharing a case, they're kindred spirits - which is paramount, because the killer they're up against is anything but child's play.
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I am an avid eclectic reader.
I miss the Joanna Brady series. It has been sometime since Jance has written a new book in the series. I saw this novella that combines Joanna Brady and Ali Reynolds together and thought it might be a fun read even if it is a novella.
Sheriff Brady received a call in the middle of the night about a semi- truck going over the embankment. It is not an accident; the driver was shot. The cargo was Legos being tracked by R’s security firm. Ali is sent to investigate and to follow the money with all her high tech equipment. It is great to have these two work together; all we need now is to add Beaumont. Maybe this will be a new series.
The book is well written. The pace is fast. To fully enjoy this novella, the reader should be familiar with both the Brady and Reynolds’ series. One thing I like about reading J. A. Jance books is there is no profanity.
Karen Ziemba does a great job narrating the book. She is the regular narrator for the Ali Reynolds’ series. Ziemba was a ballet dance, actress, singer and did musical theatre. She now is a well-known audiobook narrator.
I listen mostly to history, classic scifi, cozies, medical suspense and liberal arts Great Courses.
No. Plot short and boring. And to say "not character driven" is an understatement. I realize it was meant to be short. I saw that it was before buying it. But I expected better from Jance, whom I normally like.
Karen Ziemba is always an excellent narrator - her work on this is not a problem.
I normally like both of Jance's female characters - Joanna Brady and Alli, whose last name I cannot recall at the moment. In this book, they meet and it's as if Jance thought this would be enough. But neither were represented in their fullness (their characters here were card boardy) and the plot was something I could have constructed in Jr. High school. I really hate to say that, because as I said, I usually like Jance's books with these characters, but not this time.
Yes, it was a very quick paced story.
Joanna Brady - she quite a character - a tough sheriff, wife, mother.
When Joanna Brady has a second cup of the coffee she loves and it tastes like crap. Then she begins to realize why.
I did listen to it in one sitting.
Hard to tell if the story would have been good with a better narrator, but the narrator made me hate this book. Other books by this author I have enjoyed.
Save your money or credit and pick a different book by this author.
J A Jane is a prolific writer and I certainly am grateful! You could say I am a real fan. I have not read all that she has written but I have made a good sized dent in the list. You won't go wrong on any book she has authored.
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