And now for a novella from one of our favorite authors!
Life has shifted for J. P. Beaumont. After a tragic accident that devastated—and ultimately disbanded—his Special Homicide Investigation Team, he accepts that he has left homicide detection behind at this point, but he has a lot of unanticipated free time on his hands. He's keeping busy with renovations on the new house that he and his wife Mel Soames, the newly appointed Chief of Police in Bellingham, Washington, have bought. But new fixtures and paint palettes can occupy only so much of Beau's daily life, and Mel is encouraging him to return to where he is needed: investigating crimes.
In the meantime, she is struggling to gain control of her new situation, cast into a department where some are welcoming—and some are not. It's been a few months, and the tension in the police department is rising, but Beau realizes Mel has to tackle things in her own way, so he refrains from advising. But when Beau shows up one afternoon to survey the construction at their new house and finds Mel's car there but no sign of her, his investigative instincts kick in. Suddenly he's back in the game—except this time, his heart is on the line as well as his professional dignity.
While police ambushes and shootings were occuring when Jance wrote this novella, they weren't at the forefront of the nightly news. In light of recent events, this novella takes on new meaning as Mel struggles with internal strife and a relentless mayor and press, and thenultimately being kidnapped herself. It's a plot that could be ripped from the headlines of your local newspaper. This is a great follow up to Second Watch, and helps to really set the stage for the next book in the series, Dance of the Bones (releasing in September) as all the main characters enter a new part of their lives. Kudos to Jance for finding a great way to show us how the change occurs, not just thrusting it at the reader in the next book, and alluding to what happened. If you're a fan of this series, you have to read this one!
About the Author:
A voracious reader, J. A. Jance knew she wanted to be a writer from the moment she read her first Wizard of Oz book in second grade. Always drawn to mysteries, from Nancy Drew right through John D. McDonald's Travis Magee series, it was only natural that when she tried her hand at writing her first book, it would be a mystery as well.
J. A. Jance went on to become the New York Times bestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, three interrelated thrillers featuring the Walker family, and Edge of Evil. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.Check out her website, Facebook and Twitter pages for more!