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Cruel Intent (Ali Reynolds #4)

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On a dating site,, bored housewives can find romance with married men looking for sex without strings. But these "married singles" are flirting with more than just their vows. At the heart of this seemingly innocent service, a vengeful computer hacker is playing games with people's lives...and deaths.

Ex-television journalist Ali Reynolds just wants a brea
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published December 2nd 2008 by Touchstone Books (first published December 1st 2008)
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Mar 25, 2010 Sheri rated it it was amazing
Cruel Intent (J.A. Jance)

A suspense/thriller. Ali is having her house renovated, when she finds her contractors wife has been murdered. Soon he becomes the number one suspect, but Ali is not too sure about his guilt, even though the whole town has him pegged as guilty. Soon Ali finds herself in a fight for her life as the killer is hot on her trail.

Likable characters, fast paced and suspenseful. Fun read for those who like a bit of humor in their murder mystery dramas.
Carl Alves
May 12, 2012 Carl Alves rated it liked it
Of late I've been really souring on the insane overabundance of serial killer novels. They have been so overdone of late that it was hard to trudge through yet another one. Still, Cruel Intent was a pretty easy read and had a lighter tone than some of the others I've read lately. In Cruel Intent, ex TV journalist Ali Reynolds gets involved in a murder case when the contractor working on her case is investigated and later arrested for murder. In the process, she comes across a website devoted to ...more
Jun 12, 2016 Stacy rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars - bumped to five because I couldn't put it down.

The villain was truly terrifying.

The storylines regarding hosting Thanksgiving and the interference of Ali's mother were distracting and superfluous.
Carole Anderson
Apr 28, 2013 Carole Anderson rated it it was amazing
This was on of the author's Ali Reynolds books and it was good. As usual Ali gets wrapped up in a murder and almost gets killed, but there's humor and surprise and it was an enjoyable rea.
William Bentrim
Dec 22, 2009 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any mystery fan
Cruel Intent by J. A. Jance

Ali Reynolds just wanted to get into her house and make Thanksgiving dinner. Little did she know that a serial killer would thrust his ugly way into her hopes for a pleasant holiday.

This mystery really moved. Jance put the pedal to the metal and never let up. Ali is a likeable heroine who cares about people around her. She is tolerant of others and their differences. Her butler, Leland, provides her with a steady hand when she lets her emotions run away. Her relation
Vannessa Anderson
Why J.A. Jance would choose to create a character as ridiculous as Ali Reynolds only she knows!

Ali Reynolds grew up with intelligent parents and she raised an intelligent son yet Ali Reynolds lacks common sense, common reasoning skills, and she’s slow to catch on. Yet, she was a successful journalist. Ali seems to possess what is called all book sense and no common sense.

J. A. Jance had a winner in her J. P. Beaumont character whom I like and always looked forward to the next book.

Cruel Intent
Feb 12, 2016 Sue rated it really liked it
I enjoy the Ali Reynolds books in large part because the settings comprise places that are familiar to me. She may be unrealistic, as bemoaned by other readers, but aren't most "detectives?" I just like a good story in which all the questions are answered at the end. This book was good; however, I missed the motivation for the murders of the other women. Were they killed because they were unfaithful or were they killed in order for their computer information to be stolen, as was hinted at the en ...more
Jun 02, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#4 in the Ali Reynolds series. As Ali moves on from her divorce and wrongful termination, her blog becomes less pertinent and she turns it over to someone else to run. Her big project now is renovating the mansion she purchased in Hand of Evil (2007). The role of septuagenarian butler Leland Brooks, inherited with the mansion, is being fleshed out, as is her marital history. The necessary murder has the unfaithful wife of her contractor murdered by the serial killer manipulating the dating site ...more
Steve Lindahl
Sep 13, 2014 Steve Lindahl rated it really liked it
Cruel Intent is the fourth book in J.A. Jance's Ali Reynolds series. I've read two of her others and can say this is my favorite so far. It's a light, easy read without any glaring holes in the mystery and Jance has done a wonderful job of creating a character in Ali Reynolds who has day to day problems she seems to handle in imperfect ways. I like that. It gives a sense of reality to a mystery series where the crimes find the main character rather than the other way around.

Cruel Intent is about
Randy Daugherty
Feb 18, 2014 Randy Daugherty rated it liked it
Cruel Intent by J.A.Jance this was my first time reading Jance and may be why I rated it lower just not being use to her style though I did find the book a good read.
The characters are well developed and interesting and more they are very believable. We all can relate to the trials that all the characters are going through.
We start with a murdered woman, a beautiful wife and mother, she is also having an affair not just one but a string leaving the police with one viable suspect the husband.
Jan 18, 2014 Maria rated it liked it
Shelves: murder-mystery
I wasn't sure how to rate this book. I like J.A. Jance's writing and have read several of her books. For my whole life, I have been a rabid fan of murder mysteries. I've read hundreds, maybe thousands, of them. I am interested in the character of Ali Reynolds. I want to know how her life turns out.


All of a sudden, I find the murder part rather disturbing. I no longer enjoy wallowing in the "evil" part of the good vs. evil. This book has another serial killer. You get into his head. You know
Abe Sammy
This book started out good but around the fourth of the novel, the writing went south pretty quickly. That's not to say the other three quarters were perfect. Way too much time was spent on side characters that contributed little to nothing like the scholarship candidates, Leland's lover, thanksgiving, etc. also a lot of those plots went nowhere and some came out of nowhere. The writing in the climax was horrible. It was so cliched and amateurish I had to take several looks at the cover to make ...more
Mar 09, 2016 Cactuskid rated it really liked it
Thought this might be a real graphic book since the note on the back talks about a stay at home mom that was married and had been going to a "married singles" website (good grief) so I was very wary of this one. But it was really good and didn't get into any sexy details and isn't full of foul language. The setting is in Sedona so that was interesting. This ex-television journalist gets involved in the murder of this mom but there are a lot of little family issues going on too. I also liked at t ...more
Sandra Strange
Mar 11, 2014 Sandra Strange rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I enjoy Jance "mysteries," though they're the type I usually avoid: not puzzles, because the reader knows the bad guy from the beginning, novels with copious globs of jeopardy to the "detective" protagonist, this time Ali Reynolds, ex journalist who's semi retired to Sedona, Arizona. I think I like Jance's mysteries because the characters are well developed and not stereotyped, with lots of appealing continuing minor characters along with the main protagonist crime solver. This novel concerns a ...more
Christine Howard
Feb 08, 2015 Christine Howard rated it really liked it
Shelves: joyof-books-2015
Tight and taut book. This Ali Reynolds mystery delves into the world of computer crime. A physician in Phoenix stalks women and steals information about both men and women from his SingleatHeart computer dating service for people unhappy in their marriages. He identifies women who are willing to be unfaithful connects with them then kills them and blames it on someone else, usually the husband.

When Ali's building contractor's wife is killed she is not convinced he did it and goes on the site her
Sarah Mckelvy
Jan 30, 2015 Sarah Mckelvy rated it it was ok
This was my first time reading a book by Jance. It was okay, but I will not immediately grab for another book by her again. Jance tried to have too many stories going on at once, i.e. choosing a recipient for a college scholarship, reconciling the relationship between her son and fiance with her parents, building a new home, and solving a murder that no one else (not even the police) can solve.

I was not a fan of Ali's personality, at times she was whiny and on other occasions was rolling her ey
Jul 03, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it
Another in the Ali Reynolds series. J.A. Jance knows how to spin a tale and keep the reader engrossed. The pages fly by and her plots are certainly interesting as are the twists and turns. There is just something about Ali Reynolds that leaves me a little cold which is why I can't give this book a 5 star rating. She's not in any way engaging or even relatable with her multimillion dollar lifestyle. The way she is portrayed makes her not even likeable Thank goodness the blog she was writing has n ...more
Stephanie Benoit
J.A. Jance sure has some twisted characters in her books. Sheesh. This was another one I just had to finish today until waiting until tonight. I finished too soon because I don't have another to jump into until I pick one up tomorrow. These are very suspenseful especially with her main character, Ali, so closely involved with these cases. There were a lot of errors in this book which I haven't seen before in the other books, typos, but distracting nonetheless. It wrecks the flow for me when I ha ...more
Kathleen O'Nan
Jul 02, 2015 Kathleen O'Nan rated it liked it
Ali Reynolds (#4 book) has Ali running for her life one again as she, in the course of defending her contractor who is mistakenly accused of murdering his faithless wife, butts heads with the real murderer, to whom the murdered wife is just one of a string of murdered women. Ali makes some mistakes that almost cost her her life but, luckily for her AND for her readers, she escapes only with a few stitches. Her new daughter-in-law is introduced also and I have a feeling she may be a help in some ...more
This is one of my favorite book series and just because this book only received 3 stars doesn't mean it wasn't a good book. It just wasn't her best one and I will certainly be continuing with the series. As a matter of fact, I already have the next book on order from the library.

In book 4 of the Ali Reynolds series, Ali's new home is being remodeled and Bryan Forrester is her top notch contractor in charge of this large undertaking. However, soon into the book, Bryan's wife, Morgan, is found bl
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"On a dating site,, bored housewives can find romance with married men looking for sex without strings. But these "married singles" are flirting with more than just their vows. At the heart of this seemingly innocent service, a vengeful computer hacker is playing games with people's lives...and deaths.Ex-television journalist Ali Reynolds just wants a break from excitement. In the midst of a remodel, the last thing she expects is a murder investigation that will stop t
Bruce Snell
Sep 07, 2011 Bruce Snell rated it it was ok
This is the forth of J.A. Jance's Ali Reynolds series. This one was slightly better than the others in this series, but still nothing to write home about. Ali is having her new house remodeled, and her contractor is accused of murdering his wife. In the end, Ali finds the evidence to prove he is not guilty and they all live happily ever after (at least till book 5).

The writing is shallow, the characters flat, the story simplistic, and the coincidences never stop coming.

One chapter before Ali d
Apr 18, 2009 JBradford rated it liked it
I have yet to find a book by J.A. Jance that was not well worth the reading. It is escape fiction, perhaps, but it is good escape fiction, with a generally interesting cast of fully understandable characters involved in a complex plot that gives us understanding of how these people interact with what is going on around them to the extent that we can determine whether we might or would want to act that way, too. Isn‘t that what learning is all about? In addition, I am always eager to see how succ ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
All Ali Reynolds wants is rest and completion of her Sedona, Arizona home following the aftermath of Arabella Ashcroft’s madness, but the gingery former anchorwoman finds herself embroiled in the middle of a brand new murder case. What is worse her contractor, Bryan Forester, is the only suspect in his wife’s brutal killing. Bryan insists he is innocent though he admits that Morgan was cheating on him using where like –mind married “singles” hook up. Having been suspected of he ...more
Feb 01, 2010 Cheryl rated it liked it
Ali Reynolds is remodeling her new home. Things are going well till her contractor Bryan Forester becomes the number one suspect in the murder of his wife. Rumor has it that Mr. Forester is hurting for money. Ali doesn’t believe the rumors. In fact Ali does not believe Bryan is capable of murdering his wife. She plans to prove his innocence. In doing so, Ali has just marked herself as the next target.

Cruel Intent is the fourth book featuring ex-television journalist, Ali Reynolds. This book can
Phyllis Sommers
Jan 22, 2013 Phyllis Sommers rated it liked it
Although basically a light, fun read, this novel was, nevertheless, somewhat more than just a typical thriller. There is a certain "flavor" to the lead character, Alison "Ali" Reynolds, to her family, friends and her home town of Sedona. No longer working as an investigative journalist, Ali has decided to start a blog in which she can detail some of the unhappy events in her life and, hopefully, help others who are going through similar circumstances. In their small town, where everyone seems to ...more
Marcia  Haskell
Jan 29, 2011 Marcia Haskell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: want-to-keep, mystery
"From New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance comes a chilling tale of suspense, where romance turns deadly at the hands of a man whose heart is filled with... CRUEL INTENT On a dating site,, bored housewives can find romance with married men looking for sex without strings. But these "married singles" are flirting with more than just their vows. At the heart of this seemingly innocent service, a vengeful computer hacker is playing games with people's lives...and deaths. E ...more
Barbara ★
Jun 02, 2009 Barbara ★ rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2009
Former TV personality, Ali Reynolds, has been known to get involved with police investigations in an effort to help solve crimes. And this murder is no different.

Ali Reynolds is renovating her new house when the foreman of her construction crew is arrested for murdering his wife. Ali knows Bryan Forester pretty well and doesn't believe he has done this horrible crime. When Bryan asks Ali to help him investigate, she agrees to help and soon finds herself in hot water with both the detective invol
Doug Branscombe
Mar 16, 2014 Doug Branscombe rated it it was amazing
Another great book in this series. I read the whole book today, it was that good! Ali Reynolds is having her house refinished and the main contractor's wife is found murdered. As expected the husband is the number one suspect. Since Ali doesn't think that's possible, she starts looking into it and one thing turns into another and she's right in the middle of the situation, this time including her family and friends. A fast paced, action filled story.
Jun 20, 2014 Mrs.Houck rated it liked it
Time for a little summer escapism! J. A. Jance is always good for a good story intertwined with some social issue. In here she deals with computer hackers, serial killers, and remodeling. Ali Reynolds continues to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when the contractor who is remodeling her house is suspected in the murder of his wife. While investigating, she stumbles onto a website that leads to her landing on the real killer's radar. A page turner, as usual.
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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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