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Edge Of Evil (Ali Reynolds #1)

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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  3,352 ratings  ·  274 reviews
The end of her high-profile broadcasting career came too soon for TV journalist Alison Reynolds—bounced off the air by executives who wanted a "younger face." With a divorce from her cheating husband of ten years also pending, there is nothing keeping her in L.A. any longer. Cut loose from her moorings, Ali is summoned back home to Sedona, Arizona, by the death of a childh ...more
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Published March 17th 2009 by William Morrow (first published December 27th 2005)
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Mary Sue
JA Jance writes beautifully about the Southwest and this book is no exception. Sedona and Flagstaff, Arizona are featured as well as hurly-burly life in LA, California. The main character Allison, is an anchor woman who loses her job to a younger woman. When she goes home to the sympatheic arms of her husband she finds he also has dumped her for a younger women. She retreats to her home town of Sedona, to heal. But she encounters an even rougher way to end a marriage. Her long time friend has be ...more
Carly
**edited 01/30/14

This was my first J.A. Jance book. I also plan for it to be my last.

Despite my low rating, I have no violent outrage; it just irritated me in a multitude of different ways. This was mainly due to my own personal outlook: this book definitely has a bad case of Did Not Do the Research and I tend to be very quickly exasperated by incorrect real-world details and inconsistencies. I also found the protagonist to be self-righteous, unlikeable, and egocentric. The author attempts to m
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Deborah
I started this last night, and just finished it at 4:30pm. This is the first in the Ali Reynolds series, and I purchased them all so that I can read them in order. I enjoyed this newest J.A. Jance character so much, that I'm going to start the next one later this evening!
Kris - My Novelesque Life
4 STARS

"Successful TV journalist Alison Reynolds' career comes to an abrupt end when top executives decide they need a "younger face". As if that's not enough, Ali discovers her media mogul husband is cheating on her: and her best friend from high school is missing." (From Amazon)

A great suspense/mystery novel. I liked Ali.
Karen
I love J A Jance books. This is a good start to a new series.
"With a divorce from her cheating husband of ten years pending and her high-profile broadcasting career abruptly ended by TV executives who wanted a "younger face," Alison Reynolds feels there's nothing keeping her in LA any longer. Summoned back home to Sedona, Arizona, by the death of a childhood friend, she seeks solace in the comforting rhythms of her parents' diner, the Sugarloaf Café, and launches an on-line blog as therapy for
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Anna
Okay - this book had some good parts but didn't have much of a plot and wasn't particularly well written. If you're looking for a good thriller/suspense novel, you can do better than this.
Tiffeny
This is the 2nd book I've read by this author and I’m sure I'll read more. They're entertaining enough and very clean.

As usual though, there are bunch of things that totally bug me. The book is basically a multitude of small contradictions, inconsistencies, and just bone-headed moves. It makes me wonder if the author is simple or if she thinks her readers are. A few that bugged me the most are: (POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT)

--Ali's friend goes off a cliff in her car; since this is a murder mystery, we
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Dlora
Well-written, fast-paced book, though the title doesn't fit the action much. Well, since the suicide--or is it a murder?--occurred when a car ran off the edge of a cliff, maybe there is some relevance to Edge of Evil. I think a better title would have been Cut Loose. The story begins when the main character, Ali Reynolds, is cut loose from her job as a news anchor. Then she discovers her husband has been cheating on her so she decides to cut loose from him. She drives to Sedona, Arizona, when sh ...more
Rosabelle Purnama
I read this book in less than 24 hours in total. Only put this book down to take a shower, to sleep and to go to work the next morning. After work, I continue reading it for another 30 minutes until I'm finished with it.

This is my first book by J.A. (Judith Ann) Jance. This is actually just a normal mystery-thriller, but the writing flows and makes me want to keep reading it in one sitting from start to finish.

The story is about a news reporter, Ali Reynolds, who were fired from her job becaus
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Julianne
This is Book #1 of the Alison Reynolds mystery series. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE J. A. Jance! This one begins with a female 40-something news anchor being fired because she is no longer a female 20-something news anchor. Well, that's insulting! And probably illegal. Enter the first of four attorneys that hover throughout this book to handle Ali's problems -- wrongful termination, possible divorce, maybe some hidden secrets in her friend's life, etc. Her son suggests that with her journalism background, ...more
Nicci
I'm not sure what it was exactly about this book that hooked me, but I was hooked. I really liked the relationship that the main character Ali has with her son, as a mother of two boys I can hope that fiction will translate to real life with my son's and I.

I also really liked that the main character took her lumps but didn't take them lying down, she fought back. I enjoy a strong female lead. Also, there is no romance in this book which is new for me.

Overall a great read ready for the second bo
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Jenn
For some reason, I had a really hard time putting this book down, yet I can't seem to rate it a five star. Maybe the language was too simple, the story a little far-fetched. But I still enjoyed it and would delightfully look for others in the series. Ali seems a little too....fake, maybe. Blond and beautiful she gets sacked from her news job on TV (which you never do find out if she does sue the TV station) and turns to blogging about it which is suggested to her by her son. Her best friend dies ...more
Bruce Snell
Although this is the first of a new series by J.A. Jance, it was as typical and familiar as reading any of her Joanna Brady stories. Sort of like watching a new TV show that is a spin-off of an older show - nothing new here. Right now, I can guarantee that the cop Ali Reynolds met in this book will become a boyfriend in the next book. She will win her lawsuit against the LA TV station (even though in real life she would not, 'cause they did nothing wrong), and she will be making a living from he ...more
Joan
J.A. Jance offers a tidy murder mystery in Edge of Evil. It is contemporary in the sense that the employer is letting a woman go in a high profile job due to age. However, her talents as a journalist will come in handy later but will set her up to be stalked and becomed a potential murder victim.

Her son is very supportive and is there for her. Her life has gone through numerous quick changes with a job loss, a divorce, and the death of her friend as well as trying to save her own life in the end
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Ed
#1 in the Ali Reynolds series. Ali has passed 45 years of age and is being traded in for a newer model by the LA TV station where she is a news anchorwoman and by her husband who has two new girlfriends. With no current obligations, she sets off to visit her parents in Sedona, AZ where her best friend has apparently committed suicide by driving off a cliff in a snowstorm. A hectic start to a new series and a quick, fun read for author Jance's other series featuring AZ sheriff Joanna Brady and WA ...more
Christine
I attended a "literary tea" this spring--a library friends' fundraiser--and J.A. Jance was one of the featured authors. I'd never heard of her, but she gave an interesting talk about her development as a writer. Since I do like a good mystery (or "novel of suspense," as her books are pegged), I thought I'd give one of her books a try.

Edge of Evil introduces Ali Reynolds, a woman on the downward slide from forty who's just lost her job as a high-profile LA newscaster (see: that downward slide).
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Megargee
I am a fan of J. A. Jance's Joanna Brady and J. P. Beaumont series, so I thought I would try the first Ali Reynolds novel. It reminded me of Lemony Snicket's series of unfortunate events. In the matter of a day or so, Ali, a high powered early 40s newscaster in LA, is fired from her anchor position for being too old, and finds that her husband, a network exec, was complicit in the decision. Not only does he order not to sue, but her son tells her that hubby is cheating on her with not one but t ...more
Scottsdale Public Library
Allison Reynolds is going through a rough patch; she’s lost her job, her marriage, and her best friend. She heads back to her hometown of Sedona, AZ and starts a blog detailing these life-changing issues and how she plans to fight back. The blog, her relationship with her son, dealing with internet trolls, and coping with - as well as questioning - the death of her friend are all key parts of this fast-paced story. One of my favorite aspects of this book is how beautifully Jance writes about the ...more
Kristin
My friend Tess read this and having similar tastes, passed along the recommendation. This is also my first time reading J.A. Jance, so a new-to me author. Read as an audio book.

Let's start with our heroine, Alison Reynolds. The story begins with her getting canned from her TV anchor position because at 40, she's now over the hill, despite the fact that she is younger than her male counterparts. Nothing new there in TV land. Alison's husband just happens to be the Network Bigwig, and wants her t
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Afsana
I liked this book and it did keep you thinkinng.

I have tried j a jance books before last one I didn't like can not remember name but this one I did.

I have another of hers so hoping that is another good one
C. Clark
This is my first exposure to JA Jance, someone I've heard so much of. I wanted to start with the first book in one of her series and chose Ali Reynolds. Ali is not bad as a protagonist, but I kept wanting her fired up more. Too many scenes ran a tad more tepid than I like in a mystery. Liked the storytelling. Plotting isn't bad. I'd read the author again, and after reading the other reviews for the Ali Reynolds series versus her others, I may test drive the other series. I'll give this series an ...more
Laura
It held my interest till the end, but the ending of this was just to easy. All neat and tidy and handed to you on a platter.
Peggy
Ali Reynolds is an over 40 news anchor who loses her job and her cheating husband at the same time. She leaves Los Angeles to go to her home town in Arizona after she hears that her best friend from high school has died in a car accident. It becomes clear that her friend did not commit suicide as the police have concluded. To cope with all the changes in her life she turns to blogging. Blogging opens up a new world to her, but also lands her in danger. This was an okay audiobook. It was a little ...more
Susan
Did not like it. Did not finish it. Won't read the next one.
Skippypeanuts
Overall the story was interesting enough. This is the first time I've read anything by this author and I might pick up another book of hers down the line. I'm not sure if it'll be from this series though.

I listened to this book and for the mot part the reader was pretty good. However, she did something I absolutely hate. She did the thing where she drops her voice dramatically to a whisper to make a point in some parts. That drives me nuts, because I can't hear some pitches very well and when re
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Jeri Gabrielson
Backtracking on the beginning of a series by JA Jance. Alison Reynolds, in the space of a week is fired from her TV anchor job because the station is going in a more youthful direction, finds out her husband has not one but two mistresses, and is notified a very good friend of hers from her youth has died under questionable circumstances. She returns to her family home in Sedona to contemplate both filing for wrongful determination and divorce. At her college-aged son's urging, she begins to blo ...more
Erin
This book wasn't what I was expecting. Given the cover and the title, I expected a thriller on par with Tess Gerritsen or Douglas Preston - something a bit more gripping. Instead, I got something closer to the mysteries I also love, but unfortunately I wanted a break from the lighter mystery when I picked this up. (Yup, don't judge a book...)

I think my biggest issue with this is that the giant mystery of what happened to Reenie seems to take a backseat to Ali's personal life and issues. We get a
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Donna
This was a book I loved for the creativity of the vehicle. Ali Reynolds takes up a blog her computer savvy son set up for her following her firing from a network anchor news position, tackling social issue number one: inequality in gender opportunities. On a trip home for the funeral of her best friend she learns about the infidelity of her husband - social issue number two.

The whole story is pinned on the vehicle of the blog. Ali tells her blog followers, whom she assumes are people who have wa
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Jamie
Not wildly impressed tbh. In the same way Gerrison and Cornwell don't appeal because the lead female character is unconvincing as a human being. I don't have to like characters but I they have to be plausible. My overall impression of the book was the writer seemed like she had some good ideas and just didn't see them through.

All of a sudden lots of bad things happen to Ali. So she decides to fix them. I don't know how to say more about the story without spoiling some part, because whatever can
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Judith Ann 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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Ali Reynolds (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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