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Fatal Error (Ali Reynolds Series #6)
     

Fatal Error (Ali Reynolds Series #6)

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by J. A. Jance
 

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When an old friend is accused of murdering a cyber-sociopath who courted women over the Internet only to steal all of their money, Ali Reynolds steps in to investigate—Jance’s newest mystery is another New York Times bestseller!

Ali Reynolds begins the summer thinking her most difficult challenge will be surviving a six-week-long course as the

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Fatal Error (Ali Reynolds Series #6) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 150 reviews.
Dawn--MysLovCorner More than 1 year ago
Ali Reynolds takes a six-week-long course at the Arizona Police Academy. Considering she is fortysomething and female, that alone would be a challenge, but she's also taking the 6 a.m. shift at her family's restaurant while her parents are on a cruise. Brenda Riley is a colleague from Ali's old broadcasting days. She has an alcohol problem and tells Ali a story about a missing fiancé that just doesn't sound right. Ali does some digging and find out he isn't who he says he is. He's a cyber-sociopath leaving a trail of broken hearts. After he's murdered, the various women become suspects, but the police center on Brenda. Ali attempts to clear Brenda's name. I really like Ali and this series of books. I must say I really missed her blogging in this book. Plus I missed her interacting more with her family. That said, I still enjoyed this book. It was well plotted and had a good pace to keep the reader interested and wondering how the guilty party would be caught. The author has done a great job crafting a group of characters that make me care about them. If the town were real, the diner is one I'd want to eat in if I came to town. Ali is a great investigator. I must say I like having her be an amateur rather than a policewoman, but she'll be great as that, too, if it happens in future books. I highly recommend this book and the series.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Former California TV anchor Ali Reynolds knows this is the summer that could make or break her. She will work the morning shift at her family's restaurant while her parents go on vacation. Serving coffee at six AM is brutal enough. However, the fortyish Ali is also making a dramatic career change. She is by far the oldest of the five female students (and 102 males) attending the six-week training class in Peoria for new recruits at the Arizona Police Academy; in other words she is "Oma", the Afrikaan word for either grandma (which she soon will be) or old woman. Her former news colleague Brenda Riley asks to see her at the Rimrock Inn. Ali finds a drunken Brenda worried that her fiancé, Richard Lattimer of Grass Valley, California; whom she met online but has not seen in person or even a photo of him, has vanished. Ali agrees to make inquires and learns Lattimer is cyber stalker Richard Lowensdale. Five months later, someone murders Lowensdale in his home in Grass Valley. The police suspect one of the dead man's cyber victims; with the most likely being Brenda, who exposed Lowensdale to the women he hurt. Ali knows Brenda would have done a lot to harm her former fiancé, but not kill him so she investigates the cyber stalker's homicide. This is a strong investigative thriller with terrific twists that emphasizes some believe the end justifies the mean at any cost including allowing the ten fatal errors of law enforcement placing cops at risk. Ali and her partner Grass Valley Police detective Gil Morris work well together on the complex case. Fast-paced from start to finish, the latest Ali Reynolds' whodunit it is a great entry (see Cruel Intentions and Trial by Fire). Harriet Klausner
rmd270 More than 1 year ago
I have been a big Ali Reynolds fan and have read all 6 books to date in the series. This story was JA Jance's best effort in this series. The pace is fast the multi-point story telling was interesting and tightly woven. I really enjoyed the faster pace and detailed story as it unfolded and reflected back to many earlier story lines and plots without feeling like a rehash or dragging the story to standstill.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book as far as it went. Though I really can't explain why, it had an unfinished feel to it so I wasn't satisfied with the ending. I want a more definate conclusion that ties up all the loose ends but this one fell short of that. Stephanie Clanahan
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Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
It's been 2 ½ years since I'd read a book in J.A. Jance's Alison Reynolds.series.  Now that I've finished “Fatal Error”, the 6th in the series, I am asking myself “What TOOK you so long to come back?”   Like most of Jance's novels, Fatal Error is “A Novel of Suspense”.  Sometimes that means there is a murder mystery associated with it, and other times – like this one – it's more of a “here's the scheme, now how (if?) our protagonists discover what happened before it's too late?  Before Person(s) X gets killed / before the crime occurs / before the culprits get away / etc.  That's fine – after all, Peter Falk and his team turned that kind of crime story into an art form with the long-running Columbo series.  As long as it's done well – which, when the name “Jance” is on the cover, you automatically assume it will be! The Alison Reynolds series, including Fatal Error, features likeable characters – not flawless, but likeable.  It features a beautiful setting – Sedona, Arizona (although the majority of this novel takes place in various California settings – come to think of it, a lot of the tales in this series find an excuse to wander across the state line.  (Ms. Jance, are you justifying a tax write-off for your wandering, by any chance? ).  Fatal Error also features intertwining plots – an alcoholic middle-aged ex-anchorwoman (a thinly veiled funhouse-mirror image of our hero), a serial online-dater, and a May/December couple dealing with a bankrupt company who worked on drones for the U.S. Government.  (I'll let the reader watch how / if these actually do wind together.) It will NOT be a whole 30 months before I read the next in this series! RATING: A solid 4 stars.
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I have waited and waited anxiously for this new Ali Reynolds book, to come out. It was disappointing. the first half of the book dragged with back story. so much so, that i lost track a couple of times for the new story. The last half of the book was great.
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