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A thrilling mystery from New York Times best-selling author J.A. Jance starring Ali Reynolds, who finds herself working against the police to clear two innocent names...with deadly stakes.

In Deadly Stakes, police-academy-trained former reporter Ali Reynolds is contacted to investigate the grisly murder of a gold-digging divorcee on behalf of a woman accused of the crime. Lynn Martinson is dating the dead woman's ex-husband, and she and her boyfriend, Chip Ralston, have been charged.

Ali is simultaneously drawn to the case of A. J. Sanders, a frightened teen with secrets of his own. He's the first to find the body in the Camp Verde desert when he goes to retrieve a mysterious buried box hidden by his absent father - a box that turns out to be filled with hundreds of thousands of dollars in poker chips.

When the body of an ex-con is discovered near the first crime scene, Ali struggles to determine if A.J. and Lynn's cases are related. Though her friends in the police department grow increasingly irritated by her involvement with the cases, Ali must stop a deadly killer from claiming another victim - before she herself is lost in this game of deadly stakes.

©2013 J.A. Jance; 2013 Simon & Schuster

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 03-03-13

Ali works as investigating reporter

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 suspense. 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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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great story

J.A. Jance keeps the story moving. I couldn't put the book down. Not allot of sex, gore or horror, just good read. I love getting to know the characters and following along in their life.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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J.A. Jance and Ali Reynolds are back!

Would you consider the audio edition of Deadly Stakes to be better than the print version?

Yep.

What did you like best about this story?

J.A. Jance finally stated to develop the characters more. It didn't drag along like her last Ali Reynolds book. It had action, character development and it was exciting to listen to.

Which character – as performed by Karen Ziemba – was your favorite?

Her mom.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I wouldn't call it extreme, although I was extremely happy that I didn't have to ask for my credit back like I did the last A.R. book. It was just a good listen.

Any additional comments?

If you hated the last A.R. book, fear not, this one will not disappoint.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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What a ride!

Interesting and great story telling. I like the character Ali Reynolds very much so enjoyed getting to hear more about her adventures.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Greedy, selfish people

All about people living above their means or trying to live off of someone else. Taking advantage of elderly people, counterfeit money, lies to parents, and youthful indiscretions abound in this one. It has high points and of course a few low ones. Interesting solid story once you get a handle on all of the characters.

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Slow

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Took a long time to get into this one. Very good ending. Worth listening, just because it continues Ali and her adventures. Not my favorite, but still good.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Ended well.

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Another excellent Jance thriller

Loved the way the threads came together in this one. Very well crafted although I would have liked a bit more of the ending and wrap up.

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Great suspense

Fan of the series since book one. This was second read (in prep for listening to the newest) and I still held my breath at the end.

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Love J.A. Jance

I can get enough of anything J.A. Jance! I love Ali Reynolds! I can't stop once I get started! I cannot figure out the murderer and am surprised at the end.

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Ali does it again

Once again a story with very believable characters. I follow Allie Reynolds, JP Beaumont, and anything else J A Jance writes.

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