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Fire and Ice (J.P. Beaumont #19)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  5,534 Ratings  ·  299 Reviews
New York Times bestseller J.A. Jance reunites two of her most popular series characters-Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady and Seattle detective J.P. Beaumont-in Fire and Ice, as the separate investigations into grisly homicides in two different states shockingly intertwine. As Jance proved in her previous Beau/Brady pairing, Partner in Crime, when these two join forces, ...more
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published July 21st 2009 by William Morrow (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jun 24, 2014 Barbara rated it liked it

In this book the law enforcement officials in J.A. Jance's two mystery series - Arizona Sheriff Joanna Brady and Seattle homicide investigator J.P. Beaumont (Beau) - work together (via phone) to solve some baffling crimes.

As the story opens six dead women have been found in the Seattle area. Each body is wrapped in a tarp and burned up, and all but one has no teeth and no identification. Dental records identify the last body as Marina Aquirre, a woman who was reported missing by her fiance seve
Apr 12, 2011 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
“Fire and Ice” by Jance was not my favorite mystery or detective story. The issue of elder abuse and the lack of oversight in nursing facilities, particularly those who care for Alzheimer's and dementia patients being one central theme was a good start and the idea of identification by dental record being used is a common practice. However, in this book, J.P. Beaumont’s investigation of the ongoing murders revolving around the Mexican Cervantes Cartel did not ring true and did not hold together ...more
Feb 18, 2010 judy rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
J.A.Jance is one of my all-time favorite mystery writers. I'd be hard pressed to choose between her two great series--J.P. Beaumont(Seattle) and Sheriff Joanna Brady (Cochise County, AZ). I love them both. Sadly, this novel proves that I don't love them together--at least the way Jance has chosen to do it. The action jumps from Joanna in AZ to Beau in WA every few paragraphs. Beau, who suddenly seems old and creaky (boo), still tells his tale first person. Mix that with Joanna(who,thankfully,is ...more
Jan 02, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Seattle-area mystery fans
This was my first exposure to JA Jance - and it introduced me to two of her characters. I found myself delighting in the tiny details and geographical accuracy of her Seattle-and-environs setting, and marveling at her ability to not only switch voice but the literal point of view she was writing in as she shifted between Beaumont and Brady's stories, and slowly brought them together.

Beaumont's of the Washington State Attorney General's Special Homicide Investigation Team (go ahead, figure out t
May 24, 2009 Patricia rated it it was amazing
Fire and Ice – 5 Paws
J. A. Jance
William Morrow, 2009, 338 Pages
ISBN No. 978-0-06-123822-9

Fans of J. A. Jance will be thrilled with this new book where J. P. Beaumont and Joanna Brady are once again thrown together. The individual cases are very far apart in both distance and the type of case.

Beaumont is at home in Seattle happy in his life with Melissa Soames, his wife and sometimes partner, in the Special Homicide Investigation Team a/k/a S.H.I.T. The department is working on a series of murder
Aug 07, 2009 Teri rated it really liked it
Fire And Ice: A Beaumont And Brady Novel by J.A. Jance

This is the second Beau and Brady novel and it went well, but I thought the two would get together sooner than they did in this book. Beau is on a case in the Seattle area that surrounds a missing woman from Bisbee, that has been found murdered in a dense forested area by Cle Elum. The one real break in the case, was that the murderer was afraid of pulling teeth, as the other 5 women were found without any teeth. Because this dead woman was f
Sep 24, 2010 Dlora rated it it was ok
Shelves: murder-mystery
I like J.A. Jance's novels, which are usually police procedurals--more good detective work than action and suspense--and complex family relationships. In this novel, she combines her two series. J.P. Beaumont is a detective in Seattle and, with his detective wife, is trying to solve a series of homicides of women wrapped in tarps, doused with gasoline, and set on fire. Sheriff Joanna Brady of Cochise County, Arizona, is working two cases: an elderly caretaker of an ATV park has been repeatedly r ...more
Aug 08, 2009 Richard rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a mystery, or stories set in the desert or Washington state.
Recommended to Richard by: I read all her work.
Ms. Jance has combined her two key characters from two series of books into one, wrapping up one very loose end at the same time.

J. P. Beaumont has moved on: he left the Seattle P.D. and has remarried to wife number 3. It sounds like she is good for him.

Sheriff Joanna Brady has too much on her plate all at one time. Plus she's the Best Person at the marriage of one of her good friends; her mom and step-father are starting a new aspect of their lives and she's coping with a teen ager and toddler
Sep 01, 2010 Dyana rated it really liked it
This is another author who has combined two of her series characters in one novel - J.P. Beaumont (Seattle, WA) and Joanna Brady (Cochise County, AZ). Beaumont is investigating the murders of six young women and Joanna is investigating the homicide of an elderly caretakier of an ATV park. The two cases are, of course, linked and the two must get together (over the phone) to help each other solve the two cases. I was in Ellensburg, WA and Kittitas County 3 weeks ago and half of this novel takes p ...more
Mara Pemberton
Sep 07, 2012 Mara Pemberton rated it liked it
I am a big Joanna Brady series fan. I have read or listened every book the Ms. Jance has written in this series. I found DESERT HEAT not long after I became a widow, and Joanna had become a widow in DESERT HEAT, so she and I have grown together as people through that time.

I have loved all of the books, but FIRE AND ICE did not hit my fancy like all of Joanna's other books. There was something lacking in, and I could never put my finger on to what it was. It was bad, but it wasn't up to par in my
Aug 06, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I love it when Ms Jance puts together two of my favorite characters of hers.
Joanna and JP.
What a treat.
Will they pick up on the flame that was lit the first time they met?
I won't tell.

What I will tell you is their paths cross when a murder in Seattle affects Joanna a little closer to home than she would like.
Jun 20, 2016 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I like both of J. A. Jance's series, combining them in this book didn't work so well for me. I think it's because their are too many characters for me to keep straight. I will continue with both series, though, because I enjoy Jance's writing--always a good mystery.
Toni Kief
Nov 29, 2016 Toni Kief rated it really liked it
J.A. Jance books are always good. I had a little trouble jumping from murder to murder, but I guess that should be true in real life. I got up at 2 AM to finish this one.
Liz Christensen
Aug 05, 2010 Liz Christensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best of both worlds--Beaumont and Brady at the same time.
Connie Marx
Jan 22, 2017 Connie Marx rated it liked it
Once again this was a really good bhook until the author tries to make something out of nothing. As I stated in the last book of this series, the whole thing between Beaumont and Brady should never have been put in the book. As I was reading I was getting into the climax of the book and the murders to be thumped on the head with this hug that is being made into a mountian and it ruines the timing of the story for me. I have to regroup and get back into the plot. I hope the rest of the series goe ...more
Karen Musser
Feb 08, 2017 Karen Musser rated it liked it
Somewhat disappointing. None of the plots in the book are fully resolved. The resurrected connection between Brady and Beaumont is a little too coincidental. Joanna Brady definitely came off the weaker character.

This is the second Beau and Brady novel and it went well, but I thought the two would get together sooner than they did in this book. Beau is on a case in the Seattle area that surrounds a missing woman from Bisbee, that has been found murdered in a dense forested area by Cle Elum. The one real break in the case,
Jan 09, 2017 Sandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
This was a normal JA Jance Joanna Brady book. Had reasonable links that pulled JP in. I enjoy reading these because there are enough reminders of what has gone on in the past that you can drop right into the character's lives and understand what is going on.
Ric Ulloa
Sep 26, 2016 Ric Ulloa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Jance classic

BALance has to be among the best writters of our time, period. I don't believe I have ever read one of her books that doesn't keep you enthralled and entertained to the very end
Jul 05, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
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May 05, 2014 Bookmom rated it really liked it
Another series crossover story between Special Investigator J P Beaumont out of Washington and Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady in Arizona. Each is investigating homicides in their own areas, but it’s pretty far into the book before any connection is made between the two.

On Joanna’s end we’ve got a man who manages an ATV park, found dead after purposely being run over a number of times. Detective Jaime Carbajal is having a difficult time with the nephew he took in when Jaime’s sister disappe
Aug 05, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#19 in the J.P. Beaumont series & #14 in the Joanna Brady series. Beau is a Homicide Investigator for the Attorney General's office in Seattle, WA and Joanna is the Sheriff of Cochise County in Bisbee, AZ. As opposed to their last joint case, "Partner in Crime (2002)", the contact between them is confined to a few phone calls until they both attend a funeral in the closing chapter. Beau says the collapse of the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge in 1940 happened a few years before he was born an ...more
Jan 31, 2016 annapi rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
I have mixed feelings about this. The first cross-over of JP Beaumont and Joanna Brady was a novelty, so I found their interaction interesting, though I didn't like the way it ended. This second one feels too gimmicky - I'm not sure how I'll feel if Jance continues to do this as it seems she is going to. In Seattle, JP's Special Homicide Investigation Team (I cringe whenever they use the acronym - the joke was amusing at first, but it's way way old now and extremely implausible) are investigatin ...more
Jan 08, 2016 Nranger7 rated it liked it
I've read a couple of the J.P. Beaumont books and really like the character. I need to start that series from the beginning. However, this is my first experience with Joanna Brady. Can't say I like her as much even though I live in Tucson and enjoy her storyline is set in nearby Cochise County. Perhaps if I read a Brady novel that focused solely on her I would get a better understanding of her and like her more. That may be why I did not completely connect with this book.

I actually didn't mind
3 1/2 stars.

Special Investigator, J. P. Beaumont has been installed in the new Special Homicide Investigation Team, (S.H.I.T.) returns from vacation to view the autopsy of the 6th victim that had recently been dumped in the Western Seattle area. All victims were young Spanish women. They had been wrapped in tarplin, and burned. All the prior victims had their teeth removed but the present victim did not.

While this is happening, in Cochise County, Arizona, Sheriff Joanna Brady finds a homicide in
Dec 22, 2009 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Fans of both J.A. Jance's flagship mystery series--the J.P. Beaumont and the Joanna Brady series--will enjoy Fire and Ice, which is true to the spirit of both imaginary worlds. (Those who are not yet fans may want to select books earlier in each series in order to have more of the back story before reading this one.)

Beaumont and Brady have come together before, and for me, the ending of the previous book (Partners in Crime, 2002)was disturbing. Perhaps it was for the author, as well, because the
Marcia  Haskell
Aug 17, 2010 Marcia Haskell rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, series
"Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont is working a series of murders in which six young women have been wrapped in tarps, doused with gasoline, and set on fire. Their charred remains have been scattered around various dump sites, creating a grisly pattern of death across western Washington.

At the same time, thousands of miles away in the Arizona desert, Cochise County sheriff Joanna Brady is looking into a homicide in which the elderly caretaker of an ATV park was run over and left to die. All th
Richard Brand
May 13, 2014 Richard Brand rated it really liked it
I am not really a big fan of these cross over novels. This one was okay. The soap opera story continues. We actually did not have any of the problems solved. We were given a lick and a promise that they would all be solved, but at the end of the story all that mattered was that Joanna and Beaumont knew that their "brief" moment of passion was over. One would have thought so if Joanna is now having children with mr. wonderful butch and Beau is so deeply in love with Mel. But what the heck, forbid ...more
Dec 17, 2016 Sheila rated it really liked it
Shelves: wobble-nbrc
A crossover between 2 of Jance's series finds JP Beaumont and Joanna Brady working on a serial murder case from different states. These two have a history. Death strikes close to home in her department.
Nov 30, 2010 Antje rated it it was amazing
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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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