Second Watch (J.P. Beaumont, #21)
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Second Watch (J.P. Beaumont #21)

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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...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by William Morrow (first published January 1st 2013)
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Susie Kline
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...more
Mike French
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
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...more
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
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...more
Debbie Krenzer
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...more
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
“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...more
Gloria Feit
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...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...more
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
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
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...more
Carol Alexander
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...more
Fredrick Danysh
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.
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I read a few of Jance's Joanne Brady series and really liked her style and characters. I have only recently discovered JP Beaumont and apparently caught him at a bad time- in hospital with double knee surgery. But this does not stop him from solving one of his most challenging cold cases. And paying his life-debts. (Debts you incur in life and know you should have done this or that but didn't). The Story Behind Second Watch written by the author at the end of the book and the way Jance incorpora...more
This is the first of the J. P. Beaumont suspense novels that I’ve read. There is a series and this one is a bit of prequel to the others. It is set in Seattle so is infinitely interesting to us Seattleites. Not a genre I typically choose but I found myself enjoying it.

It is a story of J.P. Beaumont’s work as a detective and specifically, his very first job as a detective which has gone unsolved for about 40 years. It is also about his experience as a soldier in Vietnam and the harsh things he wi...more
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.
Jessica Bronder
As Beaumont is recovering from double knee surgery, he starts having visions from the pain medication. The first one is Monica Wellington that was murdered in 1973 and one of his first cases while working with the Seattle PD. The second visit is from Douglas Davis, a platoon leader in Vietnam that brings back numerous memories that Beaumont suppressed. Beaumont decides to reopen the Wellington case to bring closure to her parents and to find Davis’ fiancé that he never got to marry.

This is my fi...more
Glenn Harris
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.
Oct 07, 2013 Jill rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ja jance, jp beaumont, mystery
Initially, I've read this a book a long time ago and this book was reissued with a new updated cover I did not realize it until now. I checked this book out from the library and started thinking this book sounded awfully familiar because it was. I thought it was an okay book. That is why it is important to have a list so this does not happen.
One measure for me of a successful book is how reluctantly I put it down, and how eagerly I pick it back up again. This one was a winner on that score--I couldn't wait to see how it all developed. For those of you who are Jance readers, this is from the J.P. Beaumont series (with a cameo appearance by Sheriff Joanne Brady). It is almost a prequel since Beau decides to go back and open up his first case as a detective while recovering from double knee replacement. There is another plot line going...more
The resolution of the police case central to this story is a bit unbelievable. How often do the criminals actually seek out the detective to confess?
Maybe a little under four but that is because a Bernese Mountain Dog is not Black and White. It is tri-colored.
May 25, 2014 Julier rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of JA Jance's Detective J.P. Beaumont
Note: the occasionally mispronounced place names detracted from the otherwise excellent recorded book version. I eagerly awaited this latest J.P. Beaumont story and had read the author's background notes before listening to the story, so I was prepared for the salute to Vietnam veterans. I enjoyed going back into the story of how JP became a detective and how he ended up having both knees replaced in the present story. It was fun to hear how he put up with being an invalid, and it was also heart...more
Phil Hait
An easy enjoyable read from an author that I have read extensively. When JP Beaumont goes in for double knee replacements, he has flashbacks from 40+ years ago to his time in Vietnam & later one of his first cases as a Seattle Detective. While recovering he investigates both cases & in the unsolved murder case uncovers several deep secrets that people then in "high places" wanted buried forever. This if course leads to new evidence & unfortunately new deaths.
In the war memory, a dist...more
Shari Blakey
I have always enjoyed J.A. Jance mysteries-I used to read hard copies but now usually listen to the audio version. J.R. Horne is often the reader and is really good. Most of the Jance books are set in the Pacific Northwest with the same characters as the previous books, which adds interest for me. This one was as good as the rest. Some of the Jance books are set in the Southwest with different characters, but they are good too. Second Watch was as good as all of the rest! Fun to try to figure ou...more
J.A. Jance is one of my favorite writers and this book is one of her best yet. Based on her personal experience of knowing a classmate who died in Vietnam, she takes her personal connection to this story and applies it to J.P. Beaumont. Jance does a great job of flipping from 1973 to present day and connects characters from her other series that takes place in Bisbee, Arizona. One of the most touching parts of this work were Jance's author's notes at that end of the book. This is one writer who...more
This is number 21 in the J.P. Beaumont series & Ms. Jance has hit a home run with this novel. I really enjoy most of her novels, but this one read like it was a special one for the author. It has a little of everything in it & all comes together beautifully. The best part (for someone like me who has not read all the Beaumont books) is that this is a stand alone novel. You can pick it up & start reading without that funny feeling like you are missing something. An excellent choice fo...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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