Partner in Crime (J. P. Beaumont Novel #16) (Mass Market)

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This is book number 16 in the J. P. Beaumont Novel series.

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J. A. Jance lives part of the year in Seattle and part in Arizona.  She has four mystery series.  Partner in Crime unites J.P. Beaumont from Jance’s Seattle series with Arizona Sheriff Joanna Brady.

A vibrant young artist is preparing for her first exhibition.  She has a handsome, charming man in her life.  She owns her home and small studio.  These should be happy times, but the secrets she carries bring a sense of melancholy to her, she fears it is all too good to be true and will soon come to an end.  She was right to worry.  When her call to 911 leads to a dead body, Sheriff Brady is surprised to find the woman’s next of kin does not exist.  Instead she gets the Washington State Attorney General’s office and a lot of stonewalling.  Was the young woman’s death foul play, is the killer a local, or do the threads lead to Washington State?  Sherriff Brady is even less pleased when the Attorney General for Washington sends detective J.P. Beaumont to “observe” the case.  She doesn’t need a babysitter she needs answers!  The first meeting between Beaumont and Brady is not warm and fuzzy.  She resents his misogynistic bosses and he isn’t too thrilled with her angry attitude.   Beaumont has never visited Bisbee Arizona, but it holds ghosts for him.  His second wife was raised in Bisbee.  No matter their personal attitudes or memories, if this murder is going to be solved they will have to work together.  One of the things I like about a J.A .Jance mystery is the way she makes you like the victim.  She avoids making the victim just the start of the puzzle, but a real character worthy of the reader’s regard.  In this paring of her two most popular sleuths she also gives us a credible and complicated mystery. 


— Deon Stonehouse


For the first time, critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling suspense master J.A. Jance brings together her two most beloved creations: Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady and Seattle investigator J.P. Beaumont.

The dead woman on a cold slab in the Arizona morgue was a talented artist recently arrived from the West Coast. The Washington State Attorney General's office thinks this investigation is too big for a small-town female law officer to handle, so they're sending Sheriff Joanna Brady some unwanted help—a seasoned detective named Beaumont. Sheriff Brady resents his intrusion, and Bisbee, Arizona, with its ghosts and memories, is the last place J.P. Beaumont wants to be. But the twisting desert road they must reluctantly travel together is leading them into a very deadly nest of rattlers. And if they hope to survive, suddenly trust is the only option they have left . . .

About the Author

J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series, and five interrelated thrillers about the Walker family, as well as a volume of poetry. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061961717
ISBN-10: 006196171X
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: June 29th, 2010
Pages: 464
Language: English
Series: J. P. Beaumont Novel