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Improbable Cause: A J.P. Beaumont Novel Mass Market Paperback – September 27, 2011
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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.
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But Jance does not dwell on past history, just touches on it. The ending surprised even me - a veteran of mysteries for many years.
She does such a great job of making you feel you are really in the location. The desert southwest or San Francisco, if you've ever been there you will flash on memories of Lake Union with the float-planes docked or Phoenix with drifting hot air balloons. That being said I had a hard time locking on to Beaumont in "Improbable Cause." It seems if I had another ebook loaded on my device, i went to the other one first.
A dead dentist that everyone agreed ought to have been taken out anyway and a spiderweb of interlocking suspects, some of whom you wouldn't have even called "bad" guys.
This one is worth the cost of the ebook, but as for me, it was my "back-up book" to go to after I had finished something else that gripped my attention.
Excellent read, believable plot. Many authors have a problem bringing the new reader up to speed with many of the details of the main characters life and this is when the experienced reader flips through the pages. Or the author get caught up in too much detail with the same effect. Not J. A. Jance, who hits just the right balance. I hope you are reading these in series, for they are better that way, and shortly Beau will interact with the other great series that J. A. Jance has, that of Joanna Brady. If you haven't started her series as well, it's time to seriously consider it. The interaction occurs at book 16 in the Beaumont series which is also book 10 of the Joanna Brady series and again at book 19 for Beaumont which is book 14 in the Brady series.
This one (#5) is a very quick read. It’s just OK . But compared to other Beaumont novels I found the writing lacking in character development and the entire book rather flat.
If you’ve read other Beaumont books, you’ll be familiar with his personality, both strong and weak points. They don’t come to the surface here. The usual cast of characters is flat as well.
Don’t look for much in the way of surprising twists either. There really aren’t any. The suspects are rather flat; as is a pretty non-descript ending.
I’ve read quite a few Beaumont novels to safely feel this one is not up to snuff.
One of the interesting things that Jance does is a continuum - and one of the reasons that her readers like her series. We follow, as her characters move on with their lives. Each story, so far, takes place very close in time to the next. The prior situations may be referred to, but not a long discussion or repeat of action, as some authors are known to do.
Reading in order is nice, but not necessary.