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Betrayal Of Trust (J.P. Beaumont #20)

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“Murder, teenage bullying, sleazy adults, and good police work add up to another fine entry by Jance.”
The Oklahoman

Betrayal of Trust is the twentieth mystery by New York Times bestseller J.A. Jance to feature Seattle p.i. J. P. Beaumont—and it is another surefire winner from the author the Chattanooga Times calls, “One of the best—if not the best.” When Beau discovers a s
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ebook, 400 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by William Morrow
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NANCY HUFFMAN I like that she also has a sense of humor, which is evident in some of the comments J.P. Beaumont makes and also some of the relationships she…moreI like that she also has a sense of humor, which is evident in some of the comments J.P. Beaumont makes and also some of the relationships she develops between her characters. I have been reading her books since I was a young adult.(less)
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Barbara
When Governor Marsha Longmire of Washington finds a snuff film on her step-grandson Josh's cell phone she calls her old classmate, Detective J.P. Beaumont (Beau), to investigate. The film shows the death of a young girl during "the choking game", apparently a fad among some teens. Beau and his wife Melissa, also a homicide detective, get on the case. They question Josh, who purports to know nothing about the film. Josh is uneasy however, and further developments suggest he might know more than h ...more
JBradford
I think I have by now made it clear that I am a very great fan of J. A. Jance's novels, even though I have noticed in a few of them, as is the case here, that sometimes her endings seem to be superfluous subplot add-ons that she had originally intended to do more with but ran out either of steam or of publishing space. I don't really have a problem with that, other than that I had expected a more elaborate development of that subplot, which really is independent of and irrelevant to the mainline ...more
Mara Pemberton
When I first started reading the JP Beaumont series almost 15 or 16 years ago, I wasn't crazy about JP. But then I was a newbie in AA and I suppose I saw myself in him, and didn't want to relive my preAA days. I don't remember which JP book I listened to or read after Ms. Jance had JP go into treatment.

Since then I have learned to have a new appreciation for JP. That maybe because we both have grown in recovery. I love his relationship with Mel and how well they work together. My best memory of
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Carol
Mar 11, 2017 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I have read by this author. It kept my interest and kept me guessing. It made me want to read more.
Dorothy
It starts with a snuff film of a teenage girl being strangled with a blue scarf. Shocking enough, but more shocking still is where it is found - on the cell phone of the step-grandson of the governor of Washington. It was found by the governor herself who contacts her attorney general and soon J.P. Beaumont and his partner in life and on the job, Mel Soames, are being assigned to investigate.

J.P. and Mel are members of the attorney general's Special Homicide Investigation Team - that's right S.H
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Barbara Mitchell
I love J. A. Jance's several series, but the one featuring homicide detective J. P. Beaumont is my favorite. For some reason I can identify with him. He's had a tough life beginning with a childhood in poverty and no father. His mother was rejected by family when she discovered she was pregnant shortly after her sailor boyfriend died. His family refused to have anything to do with her either, so she struggled to raise him alone. (My childhood was lovely, thank you.)

Only recently has he had a wo
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Pupottina

Nel 2011 viene pubblicato per la prima volta l’ennesimo romanzo di una serie che vede come protagonista una coppia che lotta contro il crimine. Sono i coniugi Jonas Piemonte Beaumont, meglio noto come J.P., e sua moglie Melissa Soames, o Mel. In realtà, lei è la sua terza moglie, ma poco importa se c’è feeling durante le indagini. In questo nuovo bestseller, qualcosa modifica la normale routine di coppia e li coinvolge in un’indagine particolarmente scottante poiché include una famiglia molto in
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Shonna Froebel
Nov 20, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This thriller set in Washington state involves many issues. The state governor is shocked when she finds what appears to be a snuff video on her young ward's cellphone. She realizes she needs to know more, but she wants to avoid a media onslaught.
She calls the Attorney General for assistance and he brings in two officers from his Special Homicide Investigation Team, J.P. Beaumont and his partner (and wife) Mel Soames. These two are highly skilled, with lots of experience and work well together.
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Oliver Schnusenberg
Before saying more, I have to say that this was my first J.A. Jance novel. I would also read the book again, so I thought it was a good read overall.

Something was bothering me the whole time I was reading, and I could not figure out until the very end what it was. The characters were developed well, the plot was good, and the conclusion didn't leave anything to the imagination. In the end, I felt that the book lacked passion. To me, it felt that the author neatly developed the plot and made sure
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Vannessa Anderson
Sep 03, 2011 Vannessa Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition



I’ve waited years for this book and it didn’t disappoint. We finally learned about Beau’s father’s side of the family. Beau’s dad’s parents were cut from the same cloth as his mom’s parents: hard core mean and filled with religious rage and hate.

Beau’s cousin, his dad’s sister’s daughter, finds old letters of her mom’s that had been intercepted by her mom’s mother talking about Beau and his mother. Her mother is dying from cancer so she thought what could be a better present than meeting her b
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June Ahern
Aug 17, 2015 June Ahern rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a first time read for me of author J.A. Jance mystery thriller. When I started "Betrayal of Trust" I wasn't enjoying the chatty get to know the main characters, detective J.P. Beaumont and his partner detective and wife, Mel Soames and almost gave up (might I add too soon). As the crime was introduced and the story went from personal to crime the characters jumped into their roles as focused sleuths. A video reveals what appears to be a game of a pretty teen girl being strangled then qui ...more
Susan
May 20, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-police
I've been a loyal reader of J.A. Jance for years. She writes about three totally different characters in three different settings. This one centers on J.P. Beaumont, who may be her original character. I'm not sure about that, however. Interesting that the publisher blurb lists him as a P.I. when he works for the Special Homicide Investigation Team In the state of Washington while based in Seattle.(Yes, look at the acronym, which makes Beaumont and the other characters wince.) Beaumont and his wi ...more
Nick Duretta
My love-hate relationship with Jance continues. I love her plots, which are always an enticing combination of intersecting crimes, personal problems, and functional/dysfunctional relationships. I forgive the often pedestrian writing. In this novel, Jance returns to her original series character, Seattle police detective J.P. Beaumont. Trouble is, he acts and talks just like the female characters in her other series. This time I was particularly bugged by the sole gay character (who appears towar ...more
Dlora
Jul 13, 2012 Dlora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detectives
A very workmanlike detective procedural with a good plot, strong characters, and interesting story. The story starts with the governor of Washington State discovering a snuff video on her stepson's cell phone and she calls in detectives Beaumont and his partner Mel Soames (now also his wife) to discreetly handle the problem. She tells them to say they're investigating school bullying (a hot topic these days) as a cover for their questioning, which turns out to be more true that they thought. Goo ...more
Nancy
Jun 28, 2011 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love J. A. Jance and especially her character J. P. Beaumont. He's the only fictional character I've ever fallen in love with. This story is right up a teacher's alley because it's about some teens and cyberbullying. It seemed plausible to me rather than contrived and I really enjoyed it. The best thing about this book is that I got a free hardback copy, met the author, and had it autographed at ALA. So cool!
Caroline
Aug 29, 2011 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves a good mystery
Excellent entry in the J.P. Beaumont series! Dealing with spoiled rich kids, and "current" topics like cyber-bullying, it is well-written and extremely interesting. J.A. Jance does a wonderful job of making her characters people you'd love to know personally and spend time with. This book was an autographed gift from a friend and I'm so glad to have received it. Would recommend that anyone who enjoys a good mystery read this one.
Bonnie
May 20, 2014 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My husband and I listened to this in CD form while on a road trip and really liked it. The story was involving and had some twists that surprised us. The story involves adult themes, but they are handled tastefully without profanity and explicit sex. This was the first book by Ms. Jance that my husband has "read" and it won't be the last.
Cher
Jul 21, 2011 Cher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another awesome JP Beaumont novel. Her interwoven twists never cease to amaze. We finally get to see more of his past come to life and I felt close to her characters. Not to many authors can do that. You will not be disappointed.
Catherine Woodman
I like all of JA Jance's characters, and JP Beaumont has come a long way--I do like when the character in a long-time series change over time, and that has certainly been true of this one. A solid installment
Jean Fausser
Good fast read. This is not great literary material but Jance consistently delivers. Crime drama without a lot of gore. Believably flawed detectives.
Judith
Sep 05, 2011 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice, quick read about consequences of bullying.
Nancy
Jan 19, 2017 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the themes of this book gave it more depth than some of the J.P. Beaumont series. Or perhaps, they just struck me as important issues - bullying, teenage superior attitudes, spoiled under-supervised children and disenfranchised children (especially teens).
Cheryl Turley
Again I was satisfied with this author. One of my favourites.
Bea
Teaser:

"We went back to the hotel. It wasn't that late, but it had been a long day, and my knees were killing me. I took some Aleve and went to bed. Mel was still at the desk in the corner checking her e-mail when I drifted off to never-never land, thinking about Gerry Willis's grandson, Josh Deeson.

Mel is more of a night owl than I am. That doesn't mean she's a slugabed in the morning, because she's able to function on far less sleep than I do. I went to bed early, she went to bed late, and w
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Shelley
*Rating* 3
*Genre* Mystery

*Review*

Betrayal of Trust is the twentieth release in the Jonas Piedmont (JP) Beaumont series. This time around, our Special Homicide Investigation Team member (SHIT for short) and wife/partner Melissa (Mel) Soames are tasked by Ross Connors, the state’s attorney general, to look into a possible snuff film and murder that was sent to the step-grandson of the Washington Governor Marsha Longmire. (Was that a mouthful or what?)

The so called snuff film that is sent to Josh D
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Lise
Jul 28, 2014 Lise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Everything about #20 in the JP Beaumont series by J. A. Jance was riveting and timely. High school cyber-bullying. Rich kids versus the poor kids. Sexting, snuff films, predatory teachers crossing sexual boundaries. And the hard lessons learned that assumptions are all too often dead wrong. JP Beaumont is on a case when a snuff film is discovered on the cell phone of the Governor's step-son. He's a troubled kid, who's been taken in by is father, the Governor's husband, and the family dynamic wit ...more
Hafsah
Sep 22, 2016 Hafsah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most interesting reads where thrill, suspense, wit and humour combined gives a such a zealous output which makes a reader read it one go and take some time to absorb of great reading.
Jerry
May 30, 2011 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We've read every book on Jance's prolific booklist except the last few in her Ali Reynolds series, which we dislike for containing too much blogging and so forth that we already see plenty of online every day. We particularly enjoy the JP Beaumont series - indeed the Seattle-based detective definitely reminds us of Sandford's Lucas Davenport: similarly age, similar life style, similar dogged and intelligent pursuit of the bad guys. With running now four series (including the Arizona-based Sherif ...more
Barbara
When Governor Marsha Longmire of Washington finds a snuff film on her step-grandson Josh's cell phone she calls her old classmate, Detective J.P. Beaumont (Beau), to investigate. The film shows the death of a young girl during "the choking game", apparently a fad among some teens. Beau and his wife Melanie, also a homicide detective, get on the case. They question Josh, who purports to know nothing about the film. Josh is uneasy however, and further developments suggest he might know more than h ...more
Gloria Bernal
Having read all the previous books featuring J.P. Beaumont definitely makes it easier to like this book. I can understand some of the lukewarm reviews if you are not at all familiar with the main characters and what they do, or did in the past. The main plot of the crime is the death of 2 teens, the subplot line revolves around an email JP receives about his father's biological line. New readers may not appreciate this part of it as much as us old readers who have been privy to his feelings and ...more
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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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