Trial by Fire (Ali Reynolds Series #5)

Trial by Fire (Ali Reynolds Series #5)

by J. A. Jance
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Trial by Fire (Ali Reynolds Series #5) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
B-Ann More than 1 year ago
In all my years of reading I had not discovered J. A. Jance until the past year. I have read six of her books including this one and i couldn't put this one down. I will be picking up the previous titles with Ali as the main character so I can get to know her better. If you are a Jance fan be sure to read this book; if you have not yet discovered her this is a good place to start.
AHHP More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Great characters and plot
goldengirlAB More than 1 year ago
Ali Reynolds is smart, likeable and courageous. And, you'll be rooting for her all the way in this exciting shouthwestern police proceedural. Very good character deveopment both for Ali and supporting characters; makes me want to read other books in the series. J.A Jance knows her stuff.
bmitch More than 1 year ago
When I went to the library this week, I just couldn't resist picking up a new-to-me J. A. Jance and this one is as good as, if not better, than all of the others I've read. It's the fourth novel in the Ali Reynolds series. As usual, Jance grabbed me with the first page which begins, "She awakened to the sound of roaring flames and to searing heat and lung-choking smoke. Maybe she was already dead and this was hell, but why would she go to hell?" The woman realizes finally that she is alive because she knows her leg is burning. Something, a beam maybe, is holding her leg down and when she tries to move it, her hand catches fire too. This poor woman doesn't know how she got there or why, where "there" is, or even who she is. Then she sees a creature coming through the flames. He's yellow or possibly orange and he picks her up to carry her away. She thinks he's Satan and she is in hell after all, but of course he's a fireman who has entered the burning house under construction and saved her. She awakens in the hospital in horrible pain which disappears into a cloud only when a kind nun pushes the button to give her a dose of morphine. The nun seems always to be there. Meanwhile, Ali Reynolds has been recruited to be a temporary media relations consultant for the Yavapai Sheriff's Department in Prescott. She lives in Sedona but won't have to go to Prescott very often. Trouble is, her predecessor has been fired and no one in the department wants her there. She is called out to the fire to handle the media and at the site she notices someone has painted ELF in giant letters on one of the burning houses in this new development. The Environmental Liberation Front is an echo of a real life group that has made headlines in the western states for the last two decades or more so this is drawn right from the headlines. Ali follows the victim to the hospital in Phoenix where she is asked to stay in the waiting room to see what develops, and incidentally to protect the victim because the person who tried to kill her is still at large and for that matter, unknown. She discovers, as I have many times, that if you sit quietly in a hospital waiting room reading (or in her case typing on a laptop), you sort of disappear into the woodwork as far as other visitors are concerned. She also becomes a confidante of Sister Anselm, the caregiver for the victim. This wonderful story grabbed me by the collar yesterday, got me through an evening when my husband insisted on watching American Idol (ugh), and wouldn't let me go today until I finished it. The characters are real as life, and although I figured out whodunit before the end, it certainly didn't spoil finding out how Ali solved it or what became of the characters at the end. I do recommend this suspense novel.
Jberrypatch More than 1 year ago
J.A. Jance outdid herself on this one. After several Ali Reynolds series books, I feared they would get to be "same old - same old" but this book proved me wrong. Another exciting mystery as a woman is pulled from a fire, and a Nun proves to be a hero in helping her and helping Ali Reynolds solve yet another mystery. I highly recommend this book. This series has indeed been very addictive.
pinkcactus More than 1 year ago
This is soooo goooood! I couldn't put it down! I just wish Ms. Jance could clone herself and write more! If you don't like this book, you don't like a good mystery! Love love love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character was not very likeable and the writing underestimated the readers ability to make certain assumptions. Absolutely every thought process was spelled out for you, and many things repeated making it quite annoying (blink one for yes, and two for no). Still dont know what the reasoning was behind Sally and her boyfriend. Played up way to much for what the purpose of that mini storyline was. And the sidebar of her daughter's pregnancy? A bit pointless and bizarre. This was my first book by this author, and will be my last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to give credit to Jance for finally bringing this series to a highpoint. It is steadily getting better and may soon rival her Joanna Brady series.
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San42 More than 1 year ago
J.A. Jance just keeps on writing her wonderful stories that are hard to put down. I usually finish her books in two days. These Ali Reynolds books are a wonderful addition to her Sheriff Brady series and I love all the Jance books.
Cadia More than 1 year ago
My first J.A. Jance book to read it was a book that was hard to put down , I will be sure to read more of this writer....
Nannie-Jo More than 1 year ago
Here is another riveting read from J.A. Jance. Ali Reynolds continues to be an intelligent and determined sleuth as she takes on the media and a murderer. She follows the clues to uncover the twisted mind responsible for a horrific crime. I look forward to Ali's adventures as spun by Jance. My only criticism is that Ali's circle of friends and relatives is evolving and I miss her blog.
badgerpackdgd More than 1 year ago
This is a good series. This book had a few interesting twists in it. Ali got into her usual tight spots. I'm interested to see how she does in her new career.
TwinkletoesCM More than 1 year ago
My background is law enforcement and one of the things I like about Ms. Jance's books is how well she rights the things that most people don't even see. My favorite charactor is Sheriff Brady, but Allison Reynolds handles the scenes and secrecy well. I am enjoying every word of Trial by Fire. I eagerly await JA Jance's next book. She has never let me down.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Sedona, Arizona, former TV reporter Ali Reynolds obtains a media-relations position with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Department. Ali knows to tread carefully as her predecessor Information Officer Devon Ryan, on administrative leave pending an investigation into illegal activity, got into a physical altercation with Cononimo Courier reporter Oscar Reyes who may sue the department for the black eye he received at a news conference. Ali handles the press as the cops investigate a suspicious fire that left a Jane Doe barely alive with third degree burns, an ability to communicate by winking only, and amnesia. Also at Saint Gregory's Hospital is Sister Anselm, known as the "Angel of Death," for her nurturing of unidentified patients; she provides comfort to the latest injured soul. Meanwhile Ali sneaks into the burn unit to obtain more information from the victim while a killer targets the nursing nun, but soon teams up with the Sister. In her latest case (see Cruel Intentions), readers need to ignore why a public relations specialist would investigate an attempted murder-arson because this is an engaging amateur sleuth tale that fans will enjoy although the action is limited as Ali mostly works her Mojo in the burn unit. Still fans will appreciate the teaming up of the nun and the former reporter as they make an intriguing pairing working together to solve the mystery. Harriet Klausner
Sue5 More than 1 year ago
This is a good read. I bought it on my nook. This is a series , but I read it as a stand alone and you can too.
Madray More than 1 year ago
This is the 5th in the series. Have enjoyed each one. It is a hard story to put down. You want to find out who did it and why. Will definitely the rest of the series.
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I was drawn into this story from the beginning. I did think the ending wrapped itself up too easy, but it was a good read, however unrealistic, that kept me wanting to read more.
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