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Partner in Crime (Joanna Brady Mysteries, Book 10) Hardcover – August 6, 2002

4.5 out of 5 stars 202 customer reviews
Book 16 of 20 in the J. P. Beaumont Series

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From Publishers Weekly

In this chilling novel, the prolific Jance successfully brings together her dyspeptic Seattle homicide detective J.P. Beaumont (Birds of Prey, etc.) and Cochise County, Ariz., Sheriff Joanna Brady (Paradise Lost, etc.). When artist Rochelle Baxter is murdered in Bisbee, Ariz., Brady's department is stunned that Baxter's next of kin is not a person but the Washington State Attorney General's Office. Baxter was Latisha Wall, an industrial whistle-blower in a Washington witness protection program pending her testimony at an important trial. Beaumont, now an investigator for the AG, is sent to Arizona to determine if Wall's cover was blown. The enraged Brady interprets his arrival as personal criticism; Beaumont feels uncomfortable with her resentment and with being in the hometown of his second wife, the serial killer Anne Rowland Corley. After a second murder, the two investigators develop mutual respect and even a physical attraction. The convoluted plot builds to a surprising solution, though the floundering romance ultimately comes off as forced. The most frightening feature is the cause of death--sodium azide, an odorless, tasteless, unregulated chemical used in automobile air bags. Jance highlights the differences between her two protagonists by alternating Beaumont's first-person narration (despite her Seattle sleuth's dislike of Arizona's desolate scenery, the author describes it beautifully) with Brady's third-person chapters, which show how Brady, her staff and family handle pressure.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Jance is famed for two series, one featuring big-city detective J.P. Beaumont and the other small-town Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady. Here, in a case involving the murder of an out-of-state attorney on Brady's turf, the two meet explosively.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 370 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (August 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380977303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380977307
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

J.A. Jance is the top 10 New York Times bestselling author of the Joanna Brady series; the J. P. Beaumont series; three interrelated thrillers featuring the Walker family; and Edge of Evil, the first in a series featuring Ali Reynolds. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

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Format: Hardcover
When I first heard that one of my favorite authors, J.A. Jance, had written a book that had the very different characters from her two very different mystery/detective series appearing in one book, I was skeptical. How could tough J.P. Beaumont from Seattle possibly interact with Sherriff Joanna Brady down in Bisbee, Arizona? And, having read and loved all of the Joanna Brady books but only two of the J.P. Beaumont series, would I really want HIM crashing the party down in Arizona?
I shouldn't have worried: in the hands of a master like J.A. Jance, characters can and do travel to different locales and interact with each other without readers getting frustrated or feeling lost. In fact, the results in this book are simply WONDERFUL. Like all of Jance's books, this one has a strong plot, well-developed characters, and a suspenseful ending. Jance never takes the easy way out of a mystery; part of the joy of this book is watching her NOT take the easy way out of the interactions between Beaumont and Brady ---that alone is worth the price of the book. It's simply one of her best, whether you're a Beaumont fan or a Joanna Brady fan, although most of the action does take place in Arizona. Highly recommended!
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Format: Hardcover
In "Partner In Crime", the author did something almost impossible. She combined the activities of her two great series characters in one believable and intriguing story. Between the characters, their sex, age, marital status and lifestyle are different, their backgrounds about as different as can be, and even her writing style (person) differs between the two series. I delayed reading this book because I feared it would harm my enjoyment of one or both of the series. I WAS WRONG! Although I wasn't crazy about the romantic complication near the end (I didn't like Joanna's jealousy in the previous book either.), I think I could honestly say this is my favorite of all. Thank you, J. A. Jance, for another winner!
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Think how much fun it would be if Grafton's Kinsey Millhone went to visit Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski and they solved a crime together. Jance has done it with her two leading characters! After 15 Seattle-based (Jance's home) Detective-extraordinaire J.P Beaumont stories, and 9 Arizona-based (Jance's former home) feisty Sheriff Joanna Brady stories, our author has brought the two crime solvers together in a suspenseful and complex plot spanning both locales, with most of the action in Bisbee AZ.
Early on, "Rochelle Baxter", an aspiring Bisbee artist getting ready for her first exhibit, suddenly turns up dead. As Sheriff Brady's team deploys, before long foul play is suspected. Soon it turns out Baxter is really Latisha Wall, in the witness protection program of the Washington State Attorney General. Enter Beaumont, who is now a member of the AG's special homicide team - he's sent to "observe" the proceedings in Bisbee and protect the interests of the Washington case. Of course, this goes over like a cement cloud with the whole Brady team and at first the hostilities between Jance's co-stars are pretty hilarious. Then as the investigations proceed, and another murder crops up, together with some sinister implications of a mole having led to the witness to begin with, Brady and Beaumont unite out of mutual respect and form an effective team. Some rather surprising developments at the end of the book, including a moment of pretty high romantic tension between our two leads, is plenty to keep even the skeptics entertained and turning pages rapidly throughout.
As icing on the cake, Beaumont's brief marriage to a woman hailing originally from (coincidentally) Bisbee is discussed and illuminated in considerable detail as a very intriguing human-interest sub-plot.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I had the chance meeting of J.A. Jance years ago in a bookstore in Palm Desert, California, she had told me she was in the process of creating a new series, which came to be known as the Sheriff Joanna Brady series. She had felt she needed a break from her J.P. Beaumont detective series. Over a decade later, she has the two characters meet in her latest novel, Partner in Crime.

Partner in Crime is set in Bisbee, Arizona, the home of Sheriff Joanna Brady. A newcomer to town, Rochelle Baxter, is getting ready to have her first ever art exhibit. Unfortunately, the day before the show Rochelle is poisoned with a chemical known as sodium azide. This compound has no taste, no smell, is hard to trace, and is readily available (sounds like the perfect murder weapon to me!). And so, the hunt for the killer begins. But when the next of kin notifications are taking place, Sheriff Brady discovers that Rochelle Baxter is really Latisha Wall, a lady placed in Bisbee by the Washington State Attorney General's office's witness protection program. And the tale twists into a mystery involving two states, two law enforcement officers used to being in charge, and two very strong personalities.

Sheriff Brady has her hands full trying to find the killer, when J.P. Beaumont arrives in town to "observe the investigation". Seems Beau is now with the Washington State's S.H.I.T. (Special Homicide Investigative Team) and since their witness is now dead, they feel a need to see who really killed her.

Sheriff Brady is not too happy having a "watch dog" at her heels while she and her detectives are trying to solve this crime.
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