Betrayal Of Trust (J.P. Beaumont, #20)
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Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumontuncovers a dark and deadly conspiracy that reaches deep intothe halls of state government,in this latest thriller from New York Times bestsellingauthor J. A. Jance

At first glance, the video appears to be showing a childish game: a teenage girl with dark wavy hair smiles for the camera, a blue scarf tied around her neck. All of a sudden th...more
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Published July 5th 2011 by William Morrow
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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
Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
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 be...more
Mara Pembert
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...more
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...more
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...more
Susan
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
Shonna Froebel
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.
T...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
Susan
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Caroline
Aug 29, 2011 Caroline rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Nancy
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!
Donna
Mar 26, 2014 Donna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone who loves strong crime fiction
Jance's JP Beaumont detective series is one of my all-time favorites. Set (usually) in my own home town, it carries a gritty yet human, thoroughly believable flavor that I just can't find anywhere else.

In this case, Beaumont is roped into a scandal unfolding at the governor's mansion; it turns out he knows the governor. She was the girl who was too important to talk to him in high school, but now she wants his skill in discreetly looking into some things she'd rather not see on the front page.

It...more
Cher
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.
Jayne
Almost 10 pages spent bringing the reader up to date. It's good as a reminder, but does go on a bit. The Washington Governor's fictional name is awfully close sounding to the current Governor. Curious. The character is not getting off to a good start - rather mean. It will be interesting to see how the story progresses. Only on page 35.

SPOILER
I liked the way this book ended with the grownups taking responsibility and forcing their children to deal with the consequences of their actions.

I enjoyed...more
Jerry
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
Jill
This book is #20 in the detective series featuring Jonas Piedmont (“J.P” or “Beau”) Beaumont, an investigator with Washington State Special Homicide in Seattle. Beau’s partner also happens to be his third wife, Melissa (“Mel”) Soames.

The State Attorney General, Ross Connors, contacts Beau and Mel to look into a special case: the step-grandson of Washington Governor Marsha Longmire has been caught with what appears to be a video of a snuff film on his cell phone. Soon Beau and Mel uncover a puzz...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...more
Kathy
Another great page turner from J.A. Jance. I have enjoyed all of her series including the J.P. Beaumont series of which Betrayal of Trust is the latest entry. The Beaumont series is based in Western Washington state and I love all the references to the small towns such as Randall, Packwood and Pe Ell. J. A. Jance compares the backwoods Cascades town of Packwood to similar areas in the Ozarks which I do agree with. Towns a few miles off the I-5 are quite different than the larger cities of Seattl...more
Linda
Was notified this morning-June 15-of winning this book and am looking forward to receiving and reading this J. A. Jance! Thanks Goodreads!

The book arrived this afternoon--in record time--let the reading begin! Thanks to Shawn Nicholls, Director of Online Marketing at William Morris, EOS and Avon.

J.A. Jance delivers another page turner with her latest J.P. Beaumont. New readers are brought up to speed quickly with pertinent background info for the main characters. Veteran readers of the series wi...more
Marla Madison
The plot line that began with a teenage snuff film sent to a cell phone kept me reading.
It had sufficient twists, turns and characters to engage me to the end of the story.
What was lacking for me, is something I often talk about when reviewing a book in a series,
and that is being acquainted with the protagonist.
I never felt like I knew Beaumont and his wife, and adding to my confusion, he is described on
the book jacket as a PI, and in the story he and his wife work for an elite homicide division...more
Elli
I thought this was a very good book. Not only did I enjoy it, I thought it involved some crucial issues involving yes, of course, people, but also in the light of current thought and methodology, young people. The most crucial characters were a young neglected youngster whose troubled mother apparently knew how to work the system, maybe better said, milk the system before here dope related death allowed the child's grandfather and his wife to gain legal custody of him. But this happened to be th...more
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...more
Jackie
It's been quite some time since I've read Ms. Jance. And I thought I remembered not finishing the last one because it wasn't very interesting. And I know a person's mood can affect whether or not they like a book. But whatever....I liked this one.

I so enjoy reading where the writing isn't "geared down", doesn't assume the reader is dumb. I also enjoy reading that isn't filled with foul language and swear words on every page. When the writer doesn't resort to that I figure the writer has enough c...more
Sam
At first glance, the video appears to be showing a childish game: a teenage girl with dark wavy hair smiles for the camera, a blue scarf tied around her neck. All of a sudden things turn murderous, and the girl ends up dead.

It’s as bad as a snuff film can get, and what’s worse, the clip has been discovered on a phone that belongs to the grandson of Washington State’s governor. However, the boy, who has a troubled background, swears that he’s never seen the victim before.

It has been a while sin...more
Marcia Berg Haskell
'Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont uncovers a dark and deadly conspiracy that reaches deep into the halls of state government, in this latest thriller from New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance

At first glance, the video appears to be showing a childish game: a teenage girl with dark wavy hair smiles for the camera, a blue scarf tied around her neck. All of a sudden things turn murderous, and the girl ends up dead.

It’s as bad as a snuff film can get, and what’s worse, the clip has been...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
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*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...more
Carol  MacInnis
A 'snuff film' has been found on the Washington State's Governor's grandson's cell phone. A young girl is being choked with the blue scarf she is wearing until it is obvious she is dead. Although grandson, Josh Deeson, denies knowing the girl in the film or even how it got on his phone, the Governor decides to call on her old high school buddy, J.P. Beaumont, along with his partner and wife, Mel Soames, of the Special Homicide Investigation Team. J.P. and Mel meet with their boss, Ross Connors w...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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