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.
Karen Ziemba does a good job reading this series. She has done all the books so far so she has become Ali to me. I was hoping this book would build ..Show More »on the last book. This story does have her in the police academy and graduating but then no job. I wished she did continue to work at the sheriff office. I hope this was just a side story and will get back to her as a local police officer. The only connection that was continued in this book was Ali helping out her parents at the cafe and the waiting for her grand child to be born. Jance did her usual fast pace writing and excellent command of the English language.
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.
I read somewhere that this is J. A. Jance’s 50th book. I believe this is the 9th book in the Ali Reynolds series. This book has two complicated mys..Show More »teries one in England and one in Texas. Ali and Leland are in England to meet his family and B Simpson is in Texas looking into the ‘accident” of a young teenage computer hacker that his company had caught on behalf of their client the school district. Jance does a good job with developing the characters and the story details; it was no problem juggling the two mysteries in my mind while reading. The story has lots of technology and internet intrigue which sort of gives a warning about the security of your information on the net. I noted that Jance had the DNA scientist in the story been denied admittance to Oxford because she was a woman. The character goes to the USA to University and comes back to take over her Uncles DNA lab next to Oxford and only hires women. I had read that Jance was denied admission to the University of Arizona’s creative writing program because she was a woman. Women have made some progressed on the road to equality. Looks like this book is setting up for the next one to have Ali’s and B’s wedding. Karen Ziemba does a good job narrating the story.
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.
Ali and B are married, back home working as hard as ever. Bella, the long haired Dachshund, has settled in with Ali and B. Ali has two balls in the..Show More » air in this story. Ali’s daughter-in-law Athena asks Ali for help to protect her grandmother Betsy Peterson who lives in Bemidji, Minnesota. Betsy lives alone on a farm with her long haired Dachshund named Princess. She is convinced someone is trying to kill her and is emptying her bank account. The local police think she is a forgetful old lady. B and his company set up a surveillance system and Ali is the detective trying to find the person who is trying to kill Betsy. If this is not enough to handle, Sister Anselm calls Ali for help. A pregnant teenage girl is hit by a car and Sister Anselm finds out she is a runaway from a polygamist commune called “The Family.” Teenage girls are force to marry and are forced to become broodmares. They are kept illiterate, live in servitude and shun the outside world. The young girls they decide not to keep are sold to the international human trafficking crime syndicate. As Ali and Anselm investigate the commune the more danger they are in.
Jance balances the two plots lines and weaves them with great effect. The story is well written and well paced. The story seems to be right out of the headlines. It is good to learn what is going on with the regular characters in the series and maybe grandma Betsy will become a regular. Karen Ziemba does a good job narrating the story.
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..Show More » it. But I expected better from Jance, whom I normally like.