Partner in Crime (Joanna Brady Series #10 / J. P. Beaumont Series #16)

Partner in Crime (Joanna Brady Series #10 / J. P. Beaumont Series #16)

by J. A. Jance

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For the first time, critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling suspense master J.A. Jance brings together her two most beloved creations: Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady and Seattle investigator J.P. Beaumont.

The dead woman on a cold slab in the Arizona morgue was a talented artist recently arrived from the West Coast. The Washington State Attorney General's office thinks this investigation is too big for a small-town female law officer to handle, so they're sending Sheriff Joanna Brady some unwanted help—a seasoned detective named Beaumont. Sheriff Brady resents his intrusion, and Bisbee, Arizona, with its ghosts and memories, is the last place J.P. Beaumont wants to be. But the twisting desert road they must reluctantly travel together is leading them into a very deadly nest of rattlers. And if they hope to survive, suddenly trust is the only option they have left . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061749049
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Series: Joanna Brady Series , #10
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 15,706
File size: 498 KB

About the Author

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 five 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.


Bellevue, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 27, 1944

Place of Birth:

Watertown, South Dakota


B. A., University of Arizona, 1966; M. Ed. in Library Science, University of Arizona, 1970

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Chapter One

As Sheriff Joanna Brady drove through the last thicket of mesquite, the house at High Lonesome Ranch lay dark and still under a rising moon. Usually her daughter Jenny's two dogs -- Sadie, a bluetick hound, and Tigger, a half golden retriever/half pit-bull mutt -- would have bounded through the undergrowth to meet her. This time, Joanna surmised, they had chosen to accompany Butch on his appointment with the contractor at the site of the new house they were planning to build a mile or so away.

Butch had bugged out of St. Dominick's immediately after the service, while he and Joanna waited for the sanctuary to empty. "I'll stay if you want," he had whispered. "But I really need to go."

"Right," she had told him. "You do what you have to. I'll be fine."

"I'll stop by the house and do the chores first," he said. "Don't worry about that."

Joanna had simply nodded. "Thanks," she said.

By then Yolanda Ortiz Cañedo's grieving husband, her two young sons, her parents, brothers and sister were walking out of the church through two lines of saluting officers made up of both police and fire department personnel. Joanna could barely stand to watch. It was all too familiar, too close to her own experience. As her green eyes filled with tears, Joanna glanced away, only to catch sight of the prisoners. That forlorn group -- eleven county prisoners, freshly barbered and dressed in civilian clothes -- stood in respectful silence, under the watchful eyes of two jail guards and Ted Chapman, the executive director of the Cochise CountyJail Ministry.

Ted had come to Joanna's office the day after the young jail matron had died of cervical cancer at a hospice facility in Tucson. "Some of the inmates would like to go to the services," Chapman had said. "Yolanda Cañedo did a lot of good around here. She really cared about the guys she worked with, and it showed. She helped me get the jail literacy program going, and she came in during off-hours to give individual help to prisoners who were going after GEDs. Some of the people she helped -- inmates who have already been released -- will be there on their own, but the ones who are still in lockup wanted me to ask if they could go, too. The newer prisoners, the ones who came in after Yolanda got sick, aren't included, of course. They have no idea who she was or what she did."

"What about security?" Sheriff Brady had asked. "Who's going to stand guard?"

"I already have two volunteers who will come in on their day off," Chapman answered. "You have my word of honor, along with that of the prisoners, that there won't be any trouble."

Joanna thought about how good some of the jail inmates' words of honor might be. But then she also had to consider the notebook full of greetings -- handmade by jail inmates -- that the Reverend Chapman had brought to Yolanda and her family as the young woman had lain gravely ill in the Intensive Care Unit at University Medical Center in Tucson. Sheriff Brady had been touched by the heartfelt sincerity in all those clumsily pasted-together cards. Several of them had been made by men able to sign their own names at the bottom of a greeting card for the very first time. Other cards had names printed by someone else under scrawled Xs. Their good wishes had seemed genuine enough back then. Now, so did the Reverend Chapman's somewhat unorthodox request.

"How many inmates are we talking about?" Joanna had asked.


"Any of them high-risk?"

"I don't think so."

"Give me the list," Joanna had conceded at last. "I'm not making any promises, but I'll run the proposition by the jail commander and see what he has to say."

In the end, eleven of the proposed inmates had been allowed to attend the service. in his eulogy, Father Morris had spoken of Yolanda Cañedo as a remarkable young woman. Certainly the presence of that solemn collection of inmates bore witness to that. And, as far as Joanna could tell, the prisoners' behavior had been nothing short of exemplary.

They stood now in a single straight row. With feet splayed apart and hands clasped behind their backs, they might have been a troop of soldiers standing at ease. Seeing them there, dignified and silent in the warm afternoon sun, Joanna was glad she had vetoed the jail commander's suggestion that they attend the funeral wearing handcuffs and shackles.

Chief Deputy Frank Montoya came up behind her then. "Hey, boss," he whispered in her car. "They're putting the casket into the hearse. Since we're supposed to be directly behind the family cars, we'd better mount up."

Nodding, Joanna left the inmates to the care of the two guards and Ted Chapman and walked back toward Frank's waiting Crown Victoria. Even in heels, the five-foot-four sheriff felt dwarfed as she made her way through the crush of uniformed officers. A light breeze riffled her short red hair.

"Looks like the members of Reverend Chapman's flock are behaving themselves." her chief deputy observed, as he started the Civvie's engine.

"So far so good," Joanna agreed.

"But they're not coming to the cemetery?"

Joanna shook her head. "No. Having them at the church is one thing, but going to the cemetery is something else. If there's any confusion, I was afraid one or more of them might slip away."

"You've got that right," Frank agreed. "We don't need to give your friend Ken Junior anything else to piss and moan about."

"Since when does he need a reason?" Joanna returned.

Ken junior, otherwise known as Deputy Kenneth Galloway, was Sheriff Brady's current problem child. He was the...

Partner in Crime. Copyright © by J. Jance. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific fast paced novel. Haven't read either of the series brought together in this book, but I did not feel like I was in the dark about the characters at all. I enjoyed this so much, I intend to go back and read the full series. Love the convenience of Nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story. Here, in Partner In Crime by J.A. Jance, we meet J.P. Beaumont another of Jance' characters with a series of his own. The situations that had them cross paths were very entertaining and made me want to read the J.P. Beaumont series too! (More books! Yea!) Highly recommend the entire Joanna Brady series. I love Joanna!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of the Joanna Brady series and some of the J.P. Beaumont. This was a great read, went fast & left me thinking about the characters and the story afterwards. Even though I have never visited Cochise County, Arizona; after reading this series I can envision the locale and feel the richness of the area. J.P.'s locale is just a few hours North of us - the dreary Seattle weather is home!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Combine Tony Award winner Debra Monk with stage and film actor Cotter Smith and you have a powerful double-barreled reading of the latest adventure by ace crime writer J. A. Jance. Avid Jance fans (and there are many) will remember Seattle based J. P. Beaumont, Washington State Attorney General's Office, and Cochise County, Arizona, Sheriff Joanna Brady from previous tales. Pairing the two results in combat and combustion. When Washington State artist Rochelle Baxter is murdered in Arizona, Joanna is shocked to learn that the victim was slain while under government protection. Enter J.P., the newest member of the State's Investigation team. Joanna sees his arrival as interference, which she thoroughly resents. However, she's under orders to cooperate so she reluctantly does until she learns that he may be the only one she can trust. Do this unlikely duo become romantically involved? Are they a match for the deadly forces allied against them? The fun's in finding out through a crisply written narrative that's superbly read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Bisbee, Arizona someone murders artist Rochelle Baxter just after her works go on display. The Cochise County Sheriff¿s Department led by Joanna Brady investigates the homicide only to learn that the victim¿s on record next of kin is the Washington State Attorney General's Office.

Seattle Homicide Detective J.P. Beaumont travels to Bisbee to learn if someone leaked Baxter¿s identity. Baxter was actually Latisha Wall, placed in the state¿s witness protection program for whistle blowing. Now the star witness is dead just before she was to testify at a trial. However, Brady does not welcome the intrusion from the northwest into her jurisdiction. Beaumont is also uncomfortable as Bisbee provides nightmarish memories for him. When a second murder occurs, the two investigators begin to cooperate as respect and romance surface leading to a pooling of their talents to ferret out a killer.

Readers of either J.A. Jance¿s two long running series will enjoy the partnering of the duet in a solid police procedural. The novel alternates chapters between the stars. Beaumont provides a first-person account that shows his disdain for the area yet brilliantly describes this part of Arizona. Brady's chapters are written in the third case narrating much of how the sheriff and her office work the case. The romance between the stars seems unnecessary and unreal, and the use of a seemingly available chemical as the murder weapon makes this reviewer uncomfortable. Still, series fans will enjoy the merging of the two fine law enforcement officials in an engaging police procedural.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh...I loved this novel, especially and mostly because I was raised in Bisbee, AZ from the late 1940s to 1956 - where the author also lived. My brother and I can relate to most details mentioned in 'Partner in Crime'. He suggested the reading since I live in Australia and haven't come across JA Jance's books before now! Way to go!
cindil56 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Partner in Crime J.A. Jance brings together the lead characters from two of her series - J.P. Beaumont and Joanna Brady. This book was a hand-me-down and the first Jance novel for me. It might not be the last, but I'm not ready to jump into either series headfirst.

Joanna Brady is a sheriff in the small city of Bisbee, AZ. She and her teenage daughter live with her second husband (an aspiring mystery-writer/househusband) on their ranch. Her mother is annoying and irritating but her former in-laws are there as a stabilizing influence for Joanna's daughter, Jenny. At work Joanna has a small, but dedicated and professionally talented staff - except for Ken Junior, the nephew of her predecessor, who decides to take her on for the next race for sheriff.

J.P. Beaumont is an experienced Seattle detective who's just been assigned to the unfortunately (aptly?) named Special Homicide Investigation Team.

When Latisha Wall, an up and coming artist in Bisbee, is murdered "Beau" is sent to Bisbee to assist with the investigation because Ms. Wall was also in the Washington State Witness Protection Program. Her death comes just before she was due to testify against UPPI, a company providing prison management services to different states.

Joanna Brady and J.P. Beaumont are established characters in their own series and by not being familiar with either series I think I missed some of the appeal this book might have for regular J.A. Jance readers. Though the plot moved along at a good pace the main story line wasn't particularly absorbing. The secondary plot lines weren't developed at all. The most interesting plot points that probably should have been the focus weren't introduced until the very end of the book and were wrapped up too neatly for my taste. Despite these flaws, the writing was not bad and I have read much worse. I think I would be more interested in the J.P. Beaumont series than Joanna Brady series if I should decide to read any more J.A. Jance novels.

Two and a half stars.
addunn3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
OK mystery that brings Sheriff Brady and J. P. Beaumont together to solve a crime that involves the propellent for air bags.
JeanneMarkert on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sheriff Joanna Brady gets help from thie Washington's State Attorney General office named detective Beaumont who has issues of his own.
sleahey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brady and Beaumont end up working together in spite of their beginning mistrust of each other, and solve the murder of an artist who was in the witness protection program. A frisson of romance between the two of them for future reference.
jlcampbell05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Death of a whistle blower in the witness protection program brings together FBI and local police.
mobilemavericks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This latest novel features Sherriff Joanna Brady and Seattle detective J.P. Beaumont; bringing them together to investigate the Arizona homicide of a recent Washington State resident.
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She raced in, in German Shephard form and barked so slowly turning human. She had blonde hair that was in a neat bun d also blue eyes. She was confused why he was in pain, for she did this, alot.
danne341 More than 1 year ago
Continues the very high standards Jance has established with both Joanna Brady & JPBeaumont: I LOVE them both; favorites of mine, & was unsure how she'd be able to pull this "partner" thing off: but she sure DID. I loved it!
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RenoReader More than 1 year ago
J. A. Jance has set her books in the west and its fun to read and identify areas. Her characters are well developed and plots are interesting. I especially enjoy the Brady series but the Beaumont series is good too.
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red_lips412 More than 1 year ago
I really liked the crossover of Joanna Brady and JP Beaumont. Jance did a terrific job of inter-mingling the two and bringing the reader up to speed with their back grounds if a new reader did not know. This book is a must read if you like the Beaumont series and the Brady series