Birds of Prey - J. P. Beaumont, #15 Author:J. A. Jance The Statfire Breeze steams its way north toward the Gulf of Alaska, buffeted by crisp sea winds blowing down from the Arctic. Those on board are seeking peace, relaxation, adventure, escape. But there is no escape here in this place of unspoiled natural majesty. Because terror strolls the decks even in the brilliant light of day... and death is ... more »a conspicuous, unwelcome passenger. And a former Seattle policeman -- a damaged Homicide Detective who has come to heal from fresh, stinging wounds -- will find that the grim ghosts pursuing him were not left behind ... as a pleasure cruise gone horribly wrong carries him inexorably into lethal, ever-darkening waters.« less
Loved it. the first of Jance's Beau books I read after having loved and read every one of her Joanna Brady books. Sure, he's middle-aged guy in Seattle instead of a young woman sheriff in Arizona, but once I got past the old fashioned narration (I had to think Thomas Magnum to avoid thinking Mike Hammer) I came to really care about this recovering alcoholic detective on a cruise with his long lost grandmother and his AA sponsor who's become his new step-grandfather.
This is an entertaining audiobook that kept my husband and me happy on a long car trip. J.A. Jance writes highly readable mysteries with engaging characters whose thoughts and emotions ring true. You'll have a good time listening to this story about a retired homicide cop who gets involved with his fellow passengers' intrigues aboard an Alaskan cruise ship.
"As much a tale of human frailty as it is a page-turning mystery...Set against the vivid and well-drawn backdrop of the beautiful Alaskan landscape, BIRDS OF PREY takes as many twists and turns as a ship navigating icy waters."