This was an ok book--good for light reading between more serious suspense/mysteries. It is worth the credit but certainly not the best around. I hav..Show More »e read quite a few of her books in another series which I think I like better but this one wasn't bad. It took me awhile to get used to the narrator ( I thought she was going to ruin it for me) but once I did , she was ok.
Ok book, definatly not a page turner. The weird music that cuts into the story at times is because this book was first made as a book on tape. The mus..Show More »ic lets you know its the end of the tape and not the end of the story. When it was transferred to digital file the music was not edited out. Hope this helps.
I've read almost all of Judy Jance's books, and I am sad to say that I wish I had given this one a miss. The dialogue left a lot to be desired, seemed..Show More » quite juvenile in some places. I found it annoying that she had her heroine--a former newscaster--telling her friend, a homicide detective and retired Marine, how to go about investigating as well as micro-managing him. That is, when she wasn't completely ignoring his sound advice and getting herself into trouble. Yeesh, give me a break. It's so disappointing when one's favorite authors put their names to fare such as this.
Being a fan of J.A. Jance I was surprised to be very disappointed with this book, and could not wait for it to finish. The main character is facing ..Show More »many crisis but her overriding chore is being saddled with a runaway, annoying teenager. I am not sure if it was the storyline or the narrator or just the entire tone of the novel, but the narrator sounds continually angry and frustrated. Check out one of the more worthy books by this author.
This was my first J.A Jance audio book and I have been to Sedona MANY times. I loved the way the author sets the scene it makes me feel like I'm back ..Show More »there again. The main character is identifiable to both women and men. She is strong, smart, funny and I really enjoyed listening. There is also a little forensics aspect added that makes the listener think hmmm. It's a well thought out plot with believable characters I would recomend this book to anyone.
I had listened to other Ali Reynolds stories by J.A.Jance and each time I thought I might not listen to her next book in the series. I am very glad I..Show More » went ahead and listen to this one as it was the best one she has done in this series. I had felt in the other books that Ali was lost but this book got her a new job and purpose for the story. Lots of nail biting suspense and still the calm of the family interaction. Great characters in the story. You will enjoy it.
I had been looking forward to reading more about Ali. The subplot was interesting, but mostly standard formula for thrillers. This story did not have..Show More » the "punch" of the previous stories. I missed the family connections, her son, her parents and being in the diner, and her relationship with an old boyfriend. No true connection between the characters. Lack of romance or a hint of it. Also, the loss of her website or blog hurt the storyline. I kept waiting for the story to get better. Stay with the familar components of the character's past and relationships. I wonder if I missed an installment of the storyline.
I gave the story 3 stars as it is an average who done it book. J. A. Jance is a good writer and the story held my interesting as well as provided susp..Show More »ense. Ali had been finishing up working on her Mothers election campaign for the mayor's office. She is called to do investigative reporting for the Mother of a women accused of killing her boyfriend ex-wife. While police were working the crime scene they find a man's murder. Ali is off on both cases and conflicts with Dave (dep. sheriff) a friend and former boy friend. The suspense and "who done it" of the cases keeps building and it is hard to stop listening long enough to attend to vital chores. Karen Ziemba again narrates the story and does a good job. If you like J.A. Jance and/or mystery stories you will enjoy this book.
Unbelievable plot and characters.Terrible dialogue
It's been 5 years since I read her "Taking the Fifth," which I panned. I somehow decided to give her another chance with a different protagon..Show More »ist with a mystery dealing with cyberspace. I'm sorry to say that I was right the first time--Unbelievable plot and silly prose, reminded me of fiction in Reader's Digest as opposed to, say, The New Yorker. At some points, I had the feeling this might have been written for a young adult audience, which might explain why the author felt she needed to spell everything out in elaborate detail and explain things more than once. Even then, I think it was lacking. Were it not for the narrator, I probably would not have finished. Despite her great ratings and popularity, I won't be reading any more from J.A. Jance.
This is a short Christmas novella featuring J. A. Jane’s Ali Reynolds. Ali and B are getting married in Las Vegas over Christmas holidays. Ali’s gra..Show More »ndson rescues a miniature dachshund that someone tossed out of a car but Ali is not ready for a dog as she will be leaving on her honeymoon. Ali and family leaves no stone unturned in searching for the dog’s owner.
The fast pace story accomplished having a wedding without having to deal with it as a full novel and it is a cute story for dog lovers as well. I understand the little dachshund is one of Jance’s own dogs and she decided to write a story featuring it. Alisen Fraser narrated the book.
The primary topic of Cold Betrayal is sex trafficking. The novel is set in Arizona. A commune of approximately 25 families forces its girls at age 1..Show More »5 to choose between polygamy where the women are used as breeders, slavery to do the work, or being sold into sex slavery in foreign countries. Most boys are allowed to simply leave. The novel is well written and well performed.
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..Show More » 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've loved, loved, loved all the Joanna Brady books. I usually like the Ali Reynolds ones just fine, certainly enough to buy and read them. I don't ..Show More »care for the Beaumont ones at all. But despite my best expectations, this book was a disappointment.
The best news is Karen Ziembra as narrator -- considering how many gazillions of books Miz Jance must sell, she's had a collection of the worst narrators in Audible history. In the Brady books, she must have used six or seven different readers, most of them just dreadful -- which is the reason I now usually prefer to read those books, not listen to them. But Ziembra in this book was a pleasant surprise. Hope they use her again for subsequent books.
But in this one, the story line faltered and turned into a very different type of book. The beginning was good -- very good. And marginally believable, that otherwise reasonable people would turn their entire retirement accounts over to one guy, a "friend", to invest. That's really dumb -- we know that. But I could see it happening when the guy is a friend. So far, so good. I felt the terrible anguish Ali's parents must have felt -- that part was well done.
That said, somewhere about midpoint, the tables start to turn, and the book blossoms into a persistent smiley face that just won't quit. I'm obviously not against people doing "good deeds" and helping others. I greatly admire it, in real life. I like saints. But in reading mysteries, books of "suspense", where you're looking for dreadful things to happen, I really don't want to deal with a crowd of angels. Everybody here is working overtime to outdo everybody else in the "good works" division. It's seriously tiresome.
Ha ha ha -- I'm not a Scrooge. I just thought Jance went overboard in demonstrating saintly character in Ali, certainly -- who, granted, is always pretty much like that -- but also her long-suffering parents, Sister Anselm, who's overly saccharin in this book, the governor of the state (a selfless politician, for crying out loud?) in B. and all the High Noon employees -- even in the formerly (delightfully) nasty detective, who eventually earns his place in heaven too. Good grief. There's just too much happiness going on, all over the place.
If I'm looking for upbeat, inspiring and enriching literature, I'll read Mitch Albom. If I want a scary, tense tale chronicling the really nasty things people do to each other, I guess I'll have to stick to John Sanford. In that category, he never disappoints.
High Noon employee Stuart Raney is contacted by the aunt of Roger McGeary, a former high school friend and fellow misfit computer geek. She asks him ..Show More »for help to find Roger’s murderer. Apparently, Roger fell or was pushed off a luxury cruise ship. The authorities call it a death by misadventure but his aunt insists he was murdered. B Simpson and Ali Reynolds agree to help the aunt. Owen Hansen, a recluse obsessed with suicide, has hacked a psychotherapist patient data base and is tormenting patients/victims. Ali has to figure how all these ties together and solve the murder.
The book is well written. The book features Stuart and B and their computer expertise more than prior books. The plot contains information about artificial intelligence which was interesting. The suspense builds throughout the story and the pace is steady. Enjoyed the trip around the Monterey Bay area that Jance provided. There were two educational topics in the book one on suicide the other about artificial intelligence.
I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible; the book is almost 11 hours long. Karen Ziemba does a good job narrating the book. Ziemba has narrated the entire series.