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Fire and Ice (Joanna Brady Series #14 / J. P. Beaumont Series #19)

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Not since Partner in Crime have New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance's beloved series characters shared a stage. But now, in a pair of cases that cross state lines, Beaumont and Brady are back!

Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont is working a series of murders in which six young women have been wrapped in tarps, doused with gasoline, and set on fire. Their charred remains have been creating a grisly pattern of death across western Washington. At the same time, in the ...

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Fire and Ice (Joanna Brady Series #14 / J. P. Beaumont Series #19)

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Overview

Not since Partner in Crime have New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance's beloved series characters shared a stage. But now, in a pair of cases that cross state lines, Beaumont and Brady are back!

Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont is working a series of murders in which six young women have been wrapped in tarps, doused with gasoline, and set on fire. Their charred remains have been creating a grisly pattern of death across western Washington. At the same time, in the Arizona desert, Cochise County sheriff Joanna Brady is looking into a homicide in which the elderly caretaker of an ATV park was run over and left to die. Was he a victim of some kind of turf warfare—or possibly something more sinister?

Then a breakthrough in Beaumont's case leads him into Brady's jurisdiction. When the two met on a joint investigation years earlier, sparks flew. But here, as the threads of their cases wind together, Beaumont and Brady must put aside echoes of their shared past as they are once again drawn into an orbit of deception. Except this time it's not just their own lives that are in danger but those of the people closest to them as well.

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Beaumont and Brady are back on the trail together! As J. P. Beaumont and his Special Homicide Investigation Team attempt to make sense of a garbled mass murder crime scene, Sheriff Joanna Brady is dealing with what first seems a routine desert hit-and-run homicide. As the two cases converge, Beaumont and Brady are drawn into each other's personal as well as professional orbit.
Publishers Weekly
Two of Jance's most acclaimed characters, Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady and Seattle homicide investigator J. P. Beaumont, are brought together for this intriguing mystery. Beaumont is dealing with his sixth murder victim, the latest in a series of women wrapped in tarps and set on fire. Brady is working on a murder of her own: an ATV park caretaker who was run over several times and left to die. When one of Beaumont's victims ties back to a member of Brady's department, the two law officers are brought together to solve the case and stop the killings. Both Hillary Huber and Erik Davies give fine performances. Davies, in his first-person narration, brings a pleasant gentleness and humor to Beaumont. Hillary Huber gives a more no-nonsense delivery to her Brady and does a deft job differentiating between various characters. A Morrow hardcover (Reviews, June 15). (July)
Washington Post
“For readers who have followed Jance’s characters on their separate journeys—Beaumont’s from alcoholism to sobriety and Brady’s into marriage and motherhood—the much-heralded reunion is surely a treat.”
Booklist
“Clever story...Fans of both characters will be pleased.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061239229
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/21/2009
  • Series: Joanna Brady Series , #14
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 691,714
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

J. A. Jance

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 four 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.

Biography

Considering J. A. Jance's now impressive career -- which includes two massively popular mystery series and status as a New York Times bestseller -- it may be difficult to believe that she was initially strongly discouraged from literary pursuits. A chauvinistic creative writing professor advised her to seek out a more "ladylike" job, such as nurse or schoolteacher. Moreover, her alcoholic husband (a failed Faulkner wannabe) assured her there was room in the family for only one writer, and he was it. Determined to make her doomed marriage work, Jance put her writing on the back burner. But while her husband slept, she penned the visceral poems that would eventually be collected in After the Fire.

Jance next chose to use her hard times in a more unlikely manner. Encouraged by an editor to try writing fiction after a failed attempt at a true-crime book, she created J. P. Beaumont, a homicide detective with a taste for booze. Beaumont's drinking problem was clearly linked to Jance's dreadful experiences with her first husband; but, as she explains it: "Beaumont was smart enough to sober up, once the problem was brought to his attention. My husband, on the other hand, died of chronic alcoholism at age 42." So, from misfortune grew one of the most popular characters in modern mystery fiction. Beaumont debuted in 1985's Until Proven Guilty -- and, after years of postponing her writing career, Jance was on her way.

As a sort of light flipside to the dark Beaumont, Jance created her second series in 1991. Inspired by the writer's happier role as a mom, plucky small-town sheriff Joanna Brady was introduced in Desert Heat and struck an immediate chord with readers. In 2005, Jance added a third story sequence to her repertoire with Edge of Evil, featuring Ali Reynolds, a former TV reporter-turned-professional blogger.

And so, the adventures continue! A career such as Jance's would be extraordinary under any circumstances, but considering the obstacles she overcame to become a bestselling, critically acclaimed novelist, her tale is all the more compelling. As she explains it: "One of the wonderful things about being a writer is that everything -- even the bad stuff -- is usable."

Good To Know

Geographically speaking, Jance is equal parts J. P. Beaumont and Joanna Brady. She splits her time between Beaumont's big-city home of Seattle and Brady's desert residence of Arizona.

Before her writing career become truly lucrative, Jance made little more than "fun money" off her books, and on her web site, she wryly recalls "the Improbable Cause trip to Walt Disney World; the Minor in Possession memorial powder room; the Payment in Kind memorial hot tub."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Judith Ann Jance
    2. Hometown:
      Bellevue, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 27, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Watertown, South Dakota
    1. Education:
      B. A., University of Arizona, 1966; M. Ed. in Library Science, University of Arizona, 1970
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

    J.A. Jance keeps you hooked!

    Yet another riveting book in the Joanna Brady series- it does get a bit gruesome though.
    I have always enjoyed this author, and she continues to keep me captivated.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

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    another success for Jance

    This was a good read. I cared about the story and the characters, and appreciate the care to detail that Jance gives both.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2009

    Skillful Writing

    J.A. Jance books have always had engaging characters and plots. Her latest books show more complex plots skillfully handled. Readers know each of her characters well and we look forward to another visit.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

    Brady and Beaumont: Together Again

    I've read all of Jance's books and these 2 characters are my favorite. Having the 2 together again is the greatest since it's hard to wait for a new book in the two series. This book was a very quick read--I couldn't put it down once I started. The 2 characters work very well together. I hope she brings them together again in future books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    Fire and Ice

    J. A. Jance has another best seller list book. Lots of twists and turns and in the end it all comes together to reveal who the bad guys are here. Beau and Sheriff Brady make a great team. I couldn't put the book down with all the information about illegals crossing the border.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Combines J. P. Beaumont and Joanna Brady

    A woman is found murdered in a dense forested area by Cle Elum. J. P. Beaumont investigates. Five other women have been found similarly, but this one had her teeth. Might be the big break in the case. She is identified as Marina Aguirre (aka Marcella Andrade) missing from Bisbee, AZ. This brings in Joanna Brady. One of Joanna's homicide detectives is the missing woman's sister.

    Joanna's office is investigating a suspicious hit and run accident in an out-of-the way ATV recreation spot. It is later thought that the two cases are connected.

    Joanna is also involved in a hotly contested abuse case at an Alzheimer's home where a patient went missing and a mysterious death occurred. A couple of bodies need to be exhumed to solve this case.

    Marina/Marcella might have worn expensive clothing, boots and jewelry, but she worked at Denny's. She lived in a trailer park that was in reality a halfway house owned by a benevolent former hooker with HIV, who won the Powerball and lives in a mega-mansion. Marina/Marcella stole $50,000 from a drug cartel and left her son in Arizona.

    The investigations switch between Seattle and Arizona and Beau and Brady. They interact mostly via phone.

    I love both of these series and really enjoyed this book pairing the two investigators. I'd like to see more books done in this format. I think having a series where both investigators are involved would be great.

    I like where Beau is in his life now. And Brady really has her department working well and her homelife as well. That's why I think it would work to pair the two investigators together. They're both secure in their lives.

    I like the two locales as well. I am from Washington State so I recognize most of the locations. I like Arizona and would love to go back some day for a visit.

    I highly recommend this book and both series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Another Good Beau & Brady Mystery!!!

    Fire And Ice: A Beaumont And Brady Novel by J.A. Jance

    This is the second Beau and Brady novel and it went well, but I thought the two would get together sooner than they did in this book. Beau is on a case in the Seattle area that surrounds a missing woman from Bisbee, that has been found murdered in a dense forested area by Cle Elum. The one real break in the case, was that the murderer was afraid of pulling teeth, as the other 5 women were found without any teeth. Because this dead woman was from Bisbee, Joanna is brought in on the case, also because she was related to one of Joanna's homicide detectives. Since Joanna is working on a suscpicious hit and run accident in an out-of-the way ATV Recreation spot, she and her department are thinking the two cases are connected. Then, Joanna gets involved in a hotly contested abuse case at an Alzheimers Home that causes a patient to go missing and a mysterious death to occur. Joanna is certain a couple bodies will be needed to be exhumed to solve this case. I enjoy the humor and quirkiness of the townsfolk in Bisbee that I've come to think of as family, but Joanna's new ME I can sure do without as does the rest of the Sheriff's Department. This is the first book I've read, I believe, where the conversation switches from third person to first person, which can tend to get confusing, but on a whole, I would recommend reading Jance's highly entertaining suspense novels, esp Joanna's and Ali's.

    Forever Friends Rating 4 Stars by Teri
    Until Next Time, See You Around The Book Nook.

    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
    Pub. Date: July 2009
    ISBN-13: 9780061239229
    352pp
    Series: Joanna Brady Series, #14
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    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Bad

    I did not like this book it was stupid but i hope you like it

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2010

    Boring and puerile.

    Characters are ill-humored and ridiculously combative to such an extreme point that I was tired of it all by page 10. A lot of garbage conversation, and no real investigative or forensic work. A boring book that was a drag to read -- junk.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

    What a lot of fun!!!

    Having Joanna and Beau together again was quite a lot of fun and the plots just melted together you forgot they were different series characters. I definately enjoyed the plots and the intermingling. JA Jance is truly a story teller of great talent. I was trying to figure the connection right from the start and she filled in all the blanks beautifully.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2009

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    Easy reading for a lazy afternoon

    Once you start reading the Joanna Brady and J P Beaumont series you are hooked. If you start at the beginning of the series, you see the characters lives and careers progress. Very enjoyable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Combining her superstars through an exciting story line, J.A. Jance proves she is one of the best police procedural authors writing today

    Tamos Rivera was ordered by Miguel to kill the woman; pull out her teeth, pour gasoline on her, and light her up. Afraid of what Miguel would do to his family if he failed to carry out this command, Tamos obeys except for failing to remove the teeth. In the Spring as the snow melts in Washington state, her body is found. She is the sixth victim killed in the same way. ---------------------

    State Attorney general's Special Homicide Investigation Team, including J.B. Beaumont and his wife Melissa Majors Soames, investigate the case. Using every method at their disposal, they find the latest victims was living in a trailer using the name Marina Aguirre, but realizes that was not her legal name. The team visits the trailer park owner and learns the deceased left behind $50,000 in her refrigerator before vanishing. The dental records affirm she was Marcella Andramade whose brother and son live in Cochise County, Arizona where Sheriff Joanna Brady works. Her sibling is determined to uncover his sister's killer, but Brody tries to stop him knowing his life would be forfeited too as well as devastating a federal operation in the works for months.---------------

    While the main plot centers on the six dead women, Brody has her hands full with her own caseload including the murder of a man ran over by several ATV's and a nursing home scandal that increasingly looks criminal; she also deals with personal problems. Brody has no time to spare for Beaumont's case, but she does though that means even less sleep for the sleep deprived even when the feds tell her to back off. Combining her superstars through an exciting story line, J.A. Jance proves she is one of the best police procedural authors writing today as she balances two states two cops, and the nasty serial killer who connects them.----------

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2014

    Read it; you won't be sorry!

    I LOVE all the Joanna Brady AND JP Beaumont; both are awesome. Both are personable, likeable, & SMART! When they are both in the SAME book, it is SUCH a bonus! As always, this one was just great!

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  • Posted September 7, 2014

    Great addition to the series!

    I'm loving this whole series as the characters evolve in their lives and mostly that it's not like each book happens exactly after the other.. makes the stress of their lives seem more plausible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Major Disappointment

    J A Jance's second foray into combining her Joanna Brady series with her J P Beaumont series was again a huge disappointment. The characters and storylines just don't mesh very well. It made for a boring and confusing read. Switching characters without any warning makes the plot hard to follow. The ending did not even wrap up the story successfully. We never find out if the bad guy paid for his crimes in the end. Very poor writing. Stephanie Clanahan

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Great Jance read!!

    Loved the Beaumont/Brady adventure!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Fire and Ice

    Love anything by J.A. Jance! Great murder/mystery writer. This one is one of many in the Sherrif Joanna Brady series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    Interesting novel.

    Here, Joanna Brady and J.P. Beaumontn-two main characters in two of Jances' two series - interact to solve crimes that end up in a final conflict and resolution. Not my favorite Joanna Brady novel, but worth the read. Only one more in the series until I finish reading all of the Joanna Brady series. Recommended.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    J.A. Jance books have always had engaging characters and plots.

    J.A. Jance books have always had engaging characters and plots. Her latest books show more complex plots skillfully handled. Readers know each of her characters well and we look forward to another visit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    not the best

    the way the book was written was confusing, combining two events into one. the worst part was there was no identification as to which person was involved in that chapter. you could not tell immediately whether it was beaumont or brady. i have read all of the sheriff brady books this disapointed

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