Reader reviews for Partner in Crime

In Partner in Crime J.A. Jance brings together the lead characters from two of her series - J.P. Beaumont and Joanna Brady. This book was a hand-me-down and the first Jance novel for me. It might not be the last, but I'm not ready to jump into either series headfirst.

Joanna Brady is a sheriff in the small city of Bisbee, AZ. She and her teenage daughter live with her second husband (an aspiring mystery-writer/househusband) on their ranch. Her mother is annoying and irritating but her former in-laws are there as a stabilizing influence for Joanna's daughter, Jenny. At work Joanna has a small, but dedicated and professionally talented staff - except for Ken Junior, the nephew of her predecessor, who decides to take her on for the next race for sheriff.

J.P. Beaumont is an experienced Seattle detective who's just been assigned to the unfortunately (aptly?) named Special Homicide Investigation Team.

When Latisha Wall, an up and coming artist in Bisbee, is murdered "Beau" is sent to Bisbee to assist with the investigation because Ms. Wall was also in the Washington State Witness Protection Program. Her death comes just before she was due to testify against UPPI, a company providing prison management services to different states.

Joanna Brady and J.P. Beaumont are established characters in their own series and by not being familiar with either series I think I missed some of the appeal this book might have for regular J.A. Jance readers. Though the plot moved along at a good pace the main story line wasn't particularly absorbing. The secondary plot lines weren't developed at all. The most interesting plot points that probably should have been the focus weren't introduced until the very end of the book and were wrapped up too neatly for my taste. Despite these flaws, the writing was not bad and I have read much worse. I think I would be more interested in the J.P. Beaumont series than Joanna Brady series if I should decide to read any more J.A. Jance novels.

Two and a half stars.
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(400/400) This was a good book. Its a mystery novel. A man from Washington comes down, he is a special agent. He's there because a lady in the witness protection program. The Sheriff, Joanna Brady, wasn't happy that he came because she thought he was going to take over the case and she does everything to undermine him. But by the third day she is happy that he is there and asks him to join a meeting they are having. She warms up to him along with everyone else in the sheriff department. But the man, Beau, had a problem with Bisbee, Arizona. His second wife was from there. But the problem was that his wife used him, lied to him, and tried to kill him. But he had to shoot her, and he killed her. But he was deeply in love with her and still was years later even though he was so mad at her too.
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In Partner in Crime, an artist from the West Coast is dead, and small town sheriff Joanna Brady must investigate the case. When the Attorney General's office thinks she is not up to the task, they send detective J.P. Beaumont to assist in the case, setting up immediate friction between the characters. This is an entirely forgettable mystery. The storyline was solid enough. There was nothing terrible about it, but there was also nothing that stands out either. It's the type of novel that you will forget a year later. Without having read many other books involving Sheriff Brady, I can't comment on how this one compares to the others. It's an okay read, but I wouldn't go out of my way to read this novel.Carl Alves - author of Blood Street
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Death of a whistle blower in the witness protection program brings together FBI and local police.
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Brady and Beaumont end up working together in spite of their beginning mistrust of each other, and solve the murder of an artist who was in the witness protection program. A frisson of romance between the two of them for future reference.
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This latest novel features Sherriff Joanna Brady and Seattle detective J.P. Beaumont; bringing them together to investigate the Arizona homicide of a recent Washington State resident.
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Sheriff Joanna Brady gets help from thie Washington's State Attorney General office named detective Beaumont who has issues of his own.
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OK mystery that brings Sheriff Brady and J. P. Beaumont together to solve a crime that involves the propellent for air bags.
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