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Until Proven Guilty: J. P. Beaumont Series, Book 1 | [J. A. Jance]

Until Proven Guilty: J. P. Beaumont Series, Book 1

Lurking in the dark corners of J. P. Beaumont's bizarre case was not just a demented mind obsessed with murder, but secrets so deadly that even a street-tough cop could die guessing.
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Publisher's Summary

Lurking in the dark corners of J. P. Beaumont's bizarre case was not just a demented mind obsessed with murder, but secrets so deadly that even a street-tough cop could die guessing.

Check out more of J. P. Beaumont's mysteries.

© J. A. Jance; (P)1992 Books in Motion

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    Bette Gustine, CA, United States 02-14-14
    Bette Gustine, CA, United States 02-14-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Grabs your interest from the first chapter!"

    I've been slow to discover and listen to this author. Now, I must catch up! I loved this book because it held my interest from start to the end. I was concerned that it wasn't very long (8+ hours), but it was perfect. And, I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zulu Cedar Park, TX 07-24-13
    Zulu Cedar Park, TX 07-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good start to a series"

    Typical first of a series book where you learn the main character's background but also had what could have been a more interesting murder mystery. Some of the book was devoted to solving the crime, the murder of a child and an interesting look into a cult, but a lot of it was on the developing relationship of Beaumont and Corley and didn't delve too much into the crime and how it happened.

    The narrator was okay, but you could occasionally hear background noises like the turning of a page or what sounded like clothes rustling. There was also occasions where the sound changed as if he moved further away from the mic but it wasn't too distracting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    imulthopp New York, NY United States 06-13-13
    imulthopp New York, NY United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Cliche-ridden and just plain dumb"
    Would you try another book from J. A. Jance and/or Gene Engene?

    The narrator was fine. And I've heard that Jance's later books are better. This one felt very much like a first novel, but one that never made it out of the desk drawer.


    What could J. A. Jance have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not succumb to every single tired hard-boiled-detective cliche ever known (except the one where the detective is street-smart and intelligent) and and make the characters at least half-way plausible.


    Which character – as performed by Gene Engene – was your favorite?

    The partner Peters, I suppose ...


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Until Proven Guilty?

    All of them. By all reports, Jance should have started with her second novel.


    Any additional comments?

    Others have written that Jance's other novels are better. Perhaps if I see one in a $4.95 sale, I'll see if that's true. Otherwise, I'll take a pass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 05-28-13
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 05-28-13 Member Since 2010

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "Well Worth My Second Try"
    What did you love best about Until Proven Guilty?

    Thought provoking about having the mental illness of dual personality. That prognosis fits only a very small segment of mental illness.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mental illness is a life time illness that can be controlled with medication for some. However, medication cannot help everyone who has a definitive diagnosis of mental illness. Therefore, my favorite character was Ann. Her life was a cruel struggle, that I believe was her father's fault. If Ann had not witnessed the murder of her sister, by her father, she may never have had to become a vigilante for justice against those who murdered a helpless child. That occurrence was the catalyst that destroyed Ann's life.


    Which character – as performed by Gene Engene – was your favorite?

    That character would be Beau. His character required many variations of tone. There was anger, joy, love, hate and probably other's that I've missed. I feel that the narrator did convey all of his emotions very well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    That moment for me was when Beau had to use killing as self defense, in order to save himself from death. I know it was noted that Beau was a crack shot but how about the person who shot at him three times? There are always times when the reader has to make their own conclusions.


    Any additional comments?

    Gene Eugene's mom should have been more kind when naming her son. If the narrator gave himself that name, as an author, he should be ashamed of himself. I will definitely continue with the series. If the second novel is as good or better than the first I will then try the third. Character development was good. Wanting to continue with the novel because of enjoying it makes a good writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hiking1957 Portland, Oregon 05-26-13
    Hiking1957 Portland, Oregon 05-26-13 Member Since 2012

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    "I know it is kind of corny..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Sure. They are kind of corny but fun to listen to.


    Would you be willing to try another book from J. A. Jance? Why or why not?

    Of course. I've already listened to several of them. Decided I should probably get the back story and listen to the first one.


    What three words best describe Gene Engene’s voice?

    Variable Funny Bold


    Did Until Proven Guilty inspire you to do anything?

    Not really.


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    Linda Eagar, Az, United States 05-24-13
    Linda Eagar, Az, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book - Awful reader"

    I thought I could handle the book (from listening to the sample) even though the performace wasn't highly rated by others. Should have listened to them - not the sample. The reader is really awful. I kept wanting to give him an allergy pill - he is so nasel!

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    Marylee Drake Auburn, CA, USA 06-11-12
    Marylee Drake Auburn, CA, USA 06-11-12 Member Since 2004

    Auburn quilter

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    "I'm loving this series"

    The character is Seattle based and the author knows his Seattle landmarks and older Seattle history. I'm looking forward to listening to the whole series.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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