I'm a great fan of J.A. Jance and have followed her other 2 series. Having just read book 2 of the new series, I love it and can't wait to get the first book. Alison Reynolds is a tossed away wife who is just getting her life back together. However, on the way to finalize her divorce (just one day before her soon-to-be ex weds his pregnant mistress), life for her changed again dramatically. Instead of being a divorcee, she's a widow and the primary suspect in his death. And that's just in the first few pages. To say any more would give too much away. This books has everything you can hope for in a J.A. Jance book.
An ex-anchor woman, Ali, returns to LA to divorce her cheating husband and settle her wrongful firing suit against the network.
Her husband fails to show for the divorce hearing which is strange because he is scheduled to marry his pregnant girlfriend in the afternoon.
Before the divorce her ex is murdered which really cuts her loose but also makes her the prime suspect. Things get worse before they get better. That's what makes such a good book!
If you have never read a J.A.Jance novel you must not let this one pass you by. I couldn't put it down. Intriquing plot, delightful characters and "Can't put it down" theme, she keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Also having been raised in Az. I can relate to cities and towns mentioned.
This has a very unique and intriguing plot. The characters are notably delightful and colorful as well.
Ali Reynolds is finally putting another chapter of her life behind her. She is heading to Los Angeles from her home in Sedona, Arizona, to finalize her divorce. But when her husband doesnt show up for the appointed court date things get a little curious.
Turns out Paul Grayson was kidnapped from his bachelor party, yep, the cad was going to remarry the day after the divorce was granted. Not only was Paul abducted, but he was bound, placed in the trunk of a car and left to die on a railroad track.
Since the divorce was never granted, that leaves Ali to be the grieving widow, that not quite being her style she sets out to find who and what was behind this ghastly act.
As Ali keeps the reader of her blog updated, we slowly see the story and Alis role in it slowly unwind.
With great twists and an unpretentious cast of characters, Jance leads the reader to a thrilling conclusion that leaves you wondering what can Ali get into next. Thankfully, this is only the second book in the series, so it wont be long until I can delve into Alis world again.
Ali's husband has just been murdered and she, of course, is the sole heir to his sizeable estate. As if the murder wasn't problem enough for her, she and her husbnad had been in the middle of a nasty divorce so that he could marry his very young, very pregnant fiancee.
As the evidence piles up against her, she has to expose the real cold-blooded killer.
Fun read especially if you have been familiar with Northern AZ. Mentions of familiar locale in Sedona AZ and surrounding landmarks bring to mind the beautiful scenery, although little of the story takes place there. There is a riviting beginning with abduction and murder along the well traveled highway "Interstate 17" that quickly ramps up to a "who done it". The mystery spiders out into the "Web of Evil". This one got my attention and I quickly moved through all 6 hours of storytelling on 5 CDs. Ms Jance gives us likeable and admirable victims and heroes who emerge throughout; while the author only draws the merest of outlines on the Evil Ones.
Fired from her dream job as a Los Angeles news anchor and still recovering from the truth about her cheating husband, Ali is content to lick her wounds far away in Sedona, Arizona. But before she can leave the past behind, she must return to L.A.; her ex Paul, is in a hurry for a divorce so he can marry his very young, very pregnant fiancee. But the day before the final proceedings, Pauls' bound and broken body is found in the Palm Springs desert. Ali finds herself the sole heir to his wealthy estate-and the prime suspect in his brutal murder. As the evidence piles up against her, she must navigate a torturous path strewn with danger-and bodies-to expose the real cold-blooded killer.
Great 2nd story in this series and I'm looking forward to the rest of them.
Exciting, good characters, great to watch the development of the story. I hadn't started this series, but have done two of the others and enjoyed them very much. This series doesn't disappoint either. Traditional Jance and very good. Hard to put down and can't wait to see all the twists and turns. How she handles her characters is a joy to read.
A disappointing read. Jance put together a really great plot but the characters are way too superficial. I've read all of the Jance books (including the first in her Ali series) and adore them all except the Ali series. Unlike Jance's other characters, Ali is one dimensional and boring. In the Ali series Jance violates one of the key rules of fiction writing, that is--the character, after facing adversity, is changed from what she was before the event. And lets face it Ali was facing some horrific events!
Sorry to be so negative. Will continue to read Jance's novels and hope her Ali series gets more depth of character.
The highway from LA to Palm Springs desert is parched, unforgiving, and deadly. In the suffocating stillness of a car trunk, a man his mouth and hands bound with tape waits to learn his fate.
Ali Reynolds is traveling that same blistering, lonesome highway, looking forward to putting her past behind her. She'd left LA for the home comforts of Sedona, AZ and the satisfaction of a blog, cutlooseblog.com. But her cheating husband is in a hurry for a divorce; his very young and very pregnant fiancee has a wedding planned for the next day.
As she passes the site of a horrifying accident, she thanks goodness it's no longer her job to report the news. Until she finds out the news is her own. For the victim is Ali's cheating husband.