Friday, July 24, 2015

Review: Stand Down: A J.P. Beaumont Novella (J.P. Beaumont #21.5) by J.A. Jance

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 526 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Witness Impulse (July 21 2015)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English

Book Description

Life has shifted for J. P. Beaumont. After a tragic accident that devastated—and ultimately disbanded—his Special Homicide Investigaton Team, he accepts that he has left homicide detection behind at this point, but he has a lot of unanticipated free time on his hands. He's keeping busy with renovations on the new house that he and his wife, Mel Soames, the newly appointed chief of police in Bellingham, Washington, have bought. But new fixtures and paint palettes can occupy only so much of Beau's daily life, and Mel is encouraging him to return to where he is needed: investigating crimes.

In the meantime, she is struggling to gain control of her new situation, cast into a department where some are welcoming—and some are not. It's been a few months, and the tension in the police department is rising, but Beau realizes Mel has to tackle things in her own way, so he refrains from advising. But when Beau shows up one afternoon to survey the construction at their new house and finds Mel's car there but no sign of her, his investigative instincts kick in. Suddenly he's back in the game—except this time, his heart is on the line as well as his professional dignity.

About the Author

Judith Ann Jance is the top 10 New York Times bestselling author of the Joanna Brady series; the J. P. Beaumont series; three interrelated thrillers featuring the Walker family; and Edge of Evil, the first in a series featuring Ali Reynolds. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

* J.P. Beaumont
* Joanna Brady
* Ali Reynolds
* Walker Family

My Review

I am much more familiar with the Joanna Brady and the Ali Reynolds series but I always enjoy the J. P. Beaumont books as well.  Stand Down is a novella in the J.P. Beaumont series.

Stand Down is a very well written novella. It is a great introduction to the next book in the J. P. Beaumont series, Dance of the Bones, which I plan on reading soon. J.P. Beaumont's wife Mel is now the Police Chief of Bellingham. I've been to Bellingham countless times and can picture the neighbourhood where Beau and Mel are renovating a home. Also some of the main action in the novella takes place at a scenic overlook on the Chuckanut Drive where I have stopped countless times to look at the view of the beautiful Pacific. So this was a really enjoyable read for me.

Great read!

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