An up-and-coming African American artist has been murdered on Sheriff Joanna Brady’s turf in Cochise County, Arizona. Unfortunately the victim happens to be in the Washington State Attorney General’s Witness Protection Program. As the most recent hire in AG’s Special Homicide Investigation Team, J.P. Beaumont gets the call. He reluctantly heads to Bisbee, Arizona where he tangles not only with Joanna Brady and a contract killer but with some of his own personal demons as well.
When two top-drawer and independent minded investigators collide head-on, you can’t expect the result to be sweetness and light. After all, sometimes having two lead detectives on a single case is one detective too many.
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Thoroughly enjoyed the pair-up of Joanna Brady and J.P. Beaumont. I feel that this was one of the best J A Jance books and I have read a great many of them. I did have a problem with the dual narrators, though. Some of the voices were excellent and others were like chalk on a blackboard.
Probably not. Having two narrators did not work very well for me.
I didn't like the two narrators together, Gene Engene is a more laid back and slower paced in these books and I just didn't think he and Brushs' styles compliment each other.
It was an okay way to pass the time if you had nothing else to listen too.
I would not buy another Jance book with two narrators.
I have a difficult time listening to any narrator other than CJ Critt as the voice of Joanna Brady.
Her style and tone of voice are in perfect harmony with Sheriff Brady's personality as described by JA Jance. All other's seem far to "bright and perky".
Gene Engene is a flawless Beaumont, however!
I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.
The story is told from both antagonist, Beaumont a hard earned Investigator for the Special Homicide Investigation Team, out of Seattle Washington, and the young but experienced, Brady, Cochise County Arizona's Sheriff. They both have a lot in common and a murder to catch.
The pursuit of the fleeing murder, was interesting. The suspect stole a horse and road towards the boarder. A very unusual sight for Investigator Beaumont, who attempts to get in on the chase. For Sheriff Brady, this is just another hunt for a criminal in Bisbee Arizona.
J.A. Jance's scenes of Bisbee and it's tiny streets, hills, stairs, altitude and colorful town's characters, are right on the money. I've lived in Bisbee, on a street called High Road. The road has room for one car and if you meet another car heading the opposite direction, one of you must yield, or back up. It often comes to wills as which driver makes the concession.
Like all of J.A. Jance's Joanna Brady's novels, I love not only her characters but the descriptions of Bisbee. I can envision Bisbee, it's people and it's uniqueness. It brings me back there with very happy memories. It's a town where I believe everyone should visit at least one time. The hotel, the Copper Queen is very real and enchanting. My grandmother had a job their as a maid in the 30's. It's said to be haunted.
C J Critt as narrator
Stopped Listening. Too many variables with narration.
A single narrastor
Sop using multiple narrators.
I've listened to all of the Brady books up to this issue and enjoyed the stories and the narrator. For this book, the producer attempted a dual male/female narration that didn't work. The switch between narrators was distracting and made the story hard to follow. And, while the male narrator may be a good Beaumont in those books, he was not a good choice for the characters in the Brady book. If you can, read this one and skip the audible version.
I really didn't like the producer's choice to use a male narrator for all the guys and a female for the women. They changed narrators by the paragraph at times, and it was really distracting. This isn't a book that switches points of view for each chapter when this choice might be appropriate.
I like Jance's Joann Brady books better than the JP Beaumont ones, and it was amusing to mix the two... maybe more so for Jance than the readers.
The story was fine, but I won't listen to these series again if they have two narrators.
This is the 9th JoAnne Brady book that I have listened to and I really love the stories, but I have gotten used to the characters sounding like they are supposed to and now for some reason JA Jance decides to change narrator, and it is like listening to a brand new author with new characters. And I liked the old characters much better.
The author is a disciplined writer. I have read all of the Brady series and most of the Bo series. The quality of her stories is always maintained.. She does the detailed work necessary for a good murder . You know when you pick up a Jance book you have a good listen coming up. The narrator is perfect for these stories. Like Jance, when you see Eugene, you are in for a quality read. I have his voice tagged as Bo and anyone else will my do. So, enjoy the book!
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
I do love J.P. Beaumont, and Gene Engene, but this listen left me wondering ... "Are they getting more sappy? Or am I getting a little tired of them?"
A good story, solid writing, but definitely a "light" mystery. This is the first time J.P. and Joanna Brady (new character to me) were partnered, as two different Jance series overlapped. Clever. But I am hoping that when I go back to the regular Beaumont series (without Brady), I will regain my former and greater appreciation of Ms. Jance's books.
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