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Second Watch (J.P. Beaumont #21)

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,153 Ratings  ·  497 Reviews
Getting old is hell. J. P. Beaumont is finally taking some time off to have knee-replacement surgery. But instead of taking his mind off work, the operation plunges him into one of the most perplexing and mind-blowing mysteries he's ever faced.

A series of dreams takes him back to his early days on the force with the Seattle PD, and then even earlier, to his days in Vietnam
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by William Morrow (first published January 1st 2013)
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Susie Kline
Sep 30, 2013 Susie Kline rated it it was amazing
I was provided an ARC of this title to review.

Authors like J.A. Jance who speak through many different characters amaze me. Each character has their own distinct and separate personality. Initially, I discovered J.A. Jance through the Joanna Brady series, but quickly went on to read her other series. If I've ever had a crush on a character, it would be J.P. Beaumont, investigator for the state of Washington. In Second Watch (which was released on September 10, 2013) Beaumont has just come out of
Mike French
Sep 20, 2013 Mike French rated it it was amazing
This has to be my favorite J.A.Jance novel yet, It is sort of a prequel, but takes place now. If you haven't read her books yet, you owe it to yourself to start NOW!!! This is book #21 of a series, but I feel it can be read as a stand alone book, as it goes back before her first J.P. Beaumont novel
Dec 22, 2013 Robin rated it it was amazing
At the start of the book Beau is going under the knife to have both of his knees replaced, and during his drug-induced dreams two dead people from his past appear that inspires him to make amends, even while he is recovering from major surgery.

SECOND WATCH was very moving as J.A. also deals with the Vietnam war and those who died along with the guilt of those who survived. In the last chapter, J.A. discusses the inspiration behind this particular book and it almost had me in tears while on brea
Jan 21, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-books
Entertaining story of a police detective who undergoes bilateral knee replacements and, thanks to powerful narcotics, has hallucinations about "unfinished business " from his past. A few interesting twists.
May 27, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
Second Watch by J.A. Jance is a 2013 William Morrow publication.

In the ever evolving world of J.P. Beaumont we much face the facts and accept J.P. Is aging, and so we open the story with our favorite homicide detective going in for duel knee replacement surgery. OUCH!
Coming out of anesthesia, Beaumont has a vision or hallucination in the recovery room that has him thinking back on the first case he worked as a detective. He had promised the victim's mother he would find out whomurdered her daug
Nov 01, 2014 Rob1109 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unable-to-finish
Let me begin by saying that it takes a LOT--I mean A LOT--for me to not finish a book I start reading. As of right now, I am debating finishing 'Second Watch.' I'm about 100 pages into it and perhaps, based on the numerous 5 star reviews, I will conclude it. But I doubt it.

I read one other book by JA Jance, from the Allie Reynolds series. That one was...decent. I believe I gave it 3 stars. However, so far (and I've never written a review while still reading a book) this book is torture.

I find th
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
There's that case that lingers in the mind of every single cop. The one that will never go away. The one in which the victim can never rest. For Detective J.P. Beaumont, that is the case that happened forty years ago. The one that was simply tagged at the Girl in the Barrel. The only reason that it remains on J.P.'s mind is that while undergoing double knee replacement surgery, he's been haunted by the ghost of Monica Wellington, the girl in the barrel. She reminds him of the promise he made to ...more
Barbara Mitchell
Oct 13, 2013 Barbara Mitchell rated it it was amazing
First, I have to admit that I've been a Jance fan for many years. I love her Sheriff Joanna Brady series but I'm just as much a fan of J. P. Beaumont, her Seattle homicide detective. Earlier this year I read her novella about Beau called Ring in the Dead and if you also read it, you have a kind of head start on characters and locations in Second Watch. Reading that one isn't necessary before reading this one though.

The novella ended with Beau's wife, Mel Soames, driving him to the hospital to ha
Debbie Krenzer
Oct 01, 2013 Debbie Krenzer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed-by-author
Wow, while I have always enjoyed reading Jance's books with old J. P. Beaumont as the grumbling old man with the two sore knees, this one was far and above the best one yet!! I guess you could call it a prequel of sorts to all his other books.

The story starts with Beau going to the hospital to finally have those old knees worked on. While under anesthesia, the ghosts of days gone by come to visit him. The first ghost being the murder victim of the first case he had ever worked on, still unsolved
Sep 28, 2013 Viccy rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
J.P. Beaumont is my favorite Jance character. I have stuck with Beau through thick and thin. In the 21st book in the series, Beau is in the hospital, recovering from double-knee replacement surgery. While under the influence of the powerful pain-killers, Beau dreams a dream of his first homicide case, the murder of Monica Wellington. He also receives a visit from his platoon lieutenant from Vietnam, Lennie D. Beau knows there is a reason these two ghosts from his past have come calling; they bot ...more
May 21, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
“roared out of the garage”

“drove hell-bent for election”

“moving heaven and earth to”

“came waltzing in” . . . “having the time of his life” . . . “sending me off to never never-land”

These are all from the first couple pages of a novel that, characteristically for this author, contains every cliché in the book. (Pardon, I couldn’t resist.) There’s something to be said for characters speaking informally, as real people tend to do, but nobody really talks like these characters. Sometimes it almost s
Gloria Feit
May 02, 2014 Gloria Feit rated it it was amazing
Lying in a painkiller-induced fog on a hospital bed after double-knee-replacement surgery, J.P. “Beau” Beaumont has a series of dreams dredging up experiences from earlier in his life. In fact, he is really unable to distinguish what is the narcotic-induced reverie and what is real. But the aftermath becomes very real as Beau undertakes two missions as a result.

To begin with, in the first dream, in Beau’s first case as a new homicide detective a murdered young woman chides him for failing to kee
Second Watch by J.A. Jance.

J.P. Beaumont is dealing with aging. Aging has affected him with much pain in his knees. Finally he's going to do something about it. Beaumont is having both his knees replaced and that has him a little on edge. Then while he is in recovery coming out of the anesthesia a person from his past appears next to his bed. Beaumont can't tell whether it was before his surgery or after when he was in the process of coming out of it but the girl facing him had a message. He had
Oct 09, 2013 Cathy rated it really liked it
I love j p Beaumont and have read every one of his books. I don't, however, remember being so weepy while reading other books in the series. It could be the double knee surgery I just endured and like jp have been caught up in pain meds, or it could be that the topics explored are, by definition, emotionally draining. Vietnam? Friendship? Family? Relationships? Unfinished business? Love? Anyway, it was a great read with expected twist resolved nicely.
Jan 29, 2014 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery, history,adventure
What can you say about A. J. Jance's writing. She has done it again. The story flows through even though she blending 3 different periods of time. 1966, 1973 and the presence time in doing so she has honour the Vietnam Vets. There were tears in my eyes as I finished the story. Had to read it again at once. I have like her stories from the time I read the first one. This one is one of her best.
Glenn Harris
Sep 30, 2013 Glenn Harris rated it it was amazing
Following a double knee replacement operation, state homicide investigator J. P. Beaumont is inspired by drug-fueled dreams to reopen a forty-year-old unsolved murder case, the one that led indirectly to his promotion from patrolman to detective. To his great surprise and dismay, four decades later there's still someone willing to kill to prevent the truth coming out.
Fredrick Danysh
Feb 10, 2014 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it
While undergoing double knee replacement surgery, Inspector J.P. Beaumont recalls his first unsolved case while in the hospital in which the body of a young woman was found in a barrel of cooking oil. He persuades his boss to re-open the case and things start to go bad for the officer assigned to assist him. A massive four decade coverup is soon apparent.
May 28, 2015 Jill rated it really liked it
This was better than most of Jance’s recent novels. Maybe because she was writing from personal history.
Following the novel, the author takes about 18 pages
to explain that one of the characters was a real person
from her high school years

Aug 12, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
I read my first J A Jance book not long ago and I really liked it. Since then, I've read two more of her books that left me questioning my first impression. So I was happy that this one was as good as the first one I read.

I liked the MC and the other characters. I was glad that they weren't bogged down in pointless dialog and debate. They were well drawn and quirky. The story moved along a good pace and it had some good twists. The trail leading to the killer was well laid out. It had a lot of
Sep 03, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it
A thrilling addition to the JP Beaumont series - this one finds Beau laid up after surgery and just a little high on pain pills. While under the influence, he sees 2 people from his past who start him down investigations with far-reaching effects. Jance skillfully weaves the story between the past and the present and it's nice to get to see Beau as he was in his early life. Jance weaves a bit of her past into this tale as she tells us in the afterword. It's a touching story and one that shows ho ...more
May 23, 2014 Beth marked it as could-not-finish
I entered a contest for this book at the Thoughts in Progress blog ( Now I'm sorry because someone else could have won it, someone who knows and likes Jance's many previous novels. I had never read Jance and was curious about her popularity. Turns out I don't appreciate her even though others do.

This is a book in Jance's J.P. Beaumont series. I got as far as page 63. Beaumont is in the hospital recovering from knee surgery, having incredibly detailed dreams
Oct 08, 2013 Kriss rated it it was amazing
This was more of an experience than a read. The title refers to Beau's second watch, his experiences and memories with things from his past left unfinished... brought on by pain meds and anesthesia based dreams. I had my own second watch, things I had left somewhat unfinished due to my ex-husband, or at least. I had not come full circle .. and .. well read on! This book was amazing, as are all of them. It was my first read in this particular series and I was totally fine with it. Bear with me as ...more
Feb 12, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
I this 21st J.P. Beaumont is having double knee replacement, and after surgery starts having vivid "dreams" in which he talks to dead people, first a young girl, his first homicide case, he did not solve, and then hid platoon leader from Vietnam. He is upset by this, but keeps it to himself while at the same time trying to do something about it. He ends up getting a 30 year old case reopened, and proceeds to work it from his hospital bed & then from home with a nurse & a walker. The Viet ...more
Sep 24, 2013 Janet rated it it was amazing
Her newest book SECOND WATCH with J. P. Beaumont (Beau) the Seattle detective we remember well by J. A. Jance. If you haven’t read her J. P. Beaumont books you will be able to read this one, follow it, and not be left out of the story.

Beau is older now and goes into the hospital for double knee surgery. The distant past has not been resolved and in his drug induced state because of the surgery he realizes what he must do to tie up very old loose ends. This is a story about a man with limiting p
Carol Alexander
Sep 30, 2013 Carol Alexander rated it it was amazing
I enjoy both characters in J. A. Jance's series and this one features J. P. Beaumont and tells a bit of his background in Viet Nam and then during the story he revisits Joanna Brady, the other series character, who gives him assistance. For me, it is always fun to have series characters cross over to a different character's world.

Our country was not very nice to Viet Nam veterans either during the war or after. As someone who lost classmates during that war I have strong feelings about this whic
Andy Marlow
Oct 12, 2013 Andy Marlow rated it it was amazing
I have always thought Jance's books featuring Seattle based J. P. Beaumont were her best. It may be that I am just sexist, but this latest effort (#21) bears me out. It takes place in the present with flashbacks to Beaumont's service in Vietnam and to the first case he worked as a detective in the Seattle PD. It's nicely balanced, with enough action and plenty of snappy dialogue. I particularly liked Marge, a rough around the edges drill sergeant like nurse who is called in to help Beaumont duri ...more
Meredith VanOordt
Sep 04, 2015 Meredith VanOordt rated it it was amazing
Very revealing and insightful
Mar 23, 2016 annapi rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Most series eventually come up with a way to fill in an established character's back story. This one was a creative take on that.

Beau is in the hospital for double knee replacement surgery. The painkillers he is on cause him to dream, and a ghost from his past speaks to him - it is the young female victim from his first homicide case, the one that got him moved from Patrol to Homicide, a case that was never resolved, and one that Beau now feels must be reopened.

Besides that, he also is visited b
Mar 13, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
#21 in the J.P. Beaumont series. In an unusual setting, after simultaneous knee replacements Beau attacks his cases first from a hospital bed, then from a walker and finally with the use of a pair of canes. While wife Mel Soames is off on a case, Beau talks himself out of the hospital and hires rough-talking Madge to serve as a nurse/driver/cook. They make a memorable pair.

J.P. Beaumont series - It takes more than a dual knee replacement to sideline J.P. Beaumont. Prompted by images from his dru
Nancy Silk
Aug 29, 2015 Nancy Silk rated it it was amazing
Review Rating: Five Stars

"A Very Potent Story Which Will Touch Your Heart"

From popular author J.A. Jance comes another well written story of mystery, loss and heartbreak, military duty and honor. Seattle investigator J.P. Beaumont is taking some time off to get both his knee joints replaced. He's dreading this procedure, as his wife Mel Soames is driving in emergency mode to get him there faster than limits allow. The surgery goes well and he wakes with no pain courtesy of the pain medication. B
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