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Cruel Intent (Ali Reynolds #4)

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A cold-blooded murderer lures former newscaster Ali Reynolds into a chilling web of online romance-and doom-in this exciting thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Hand of Evil

Ex-television journalist Ali Reynolds just wants a break from excitement to remodel her new home. But when the savagely murdered body of stay-at-home mom Morgan Forester is found, Ali...more
Paperback, 375 pages
Published November 17th 2009 by Pocket Star (first published December 1st 2008)
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Carl Alves
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
Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
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...more
Steve Lindahl
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...more
Randy Daugherty
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.
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.
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...more
Sandra Strange
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
Carole Anderson
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Bruce Snell
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...more
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
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...more
Phyllis Sommers
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 Berg Haskell
"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 ★
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...more
Doug Branscombe
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.
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.
This is the fourth book in the Ali Reynolds series. I wasn't too crazy for the first two books but the third caught my attention and I am now looking forward to reading this which comes out in December.

Update: I finished this the other day and enjoyed it quite a bit. The characters are becoming more interesting and I will continue to follow the series to find out what happens to them, which is a good thing (although I still prefer the Beaumont books). This is more of a thriller than a mystery, w...more
I "read" (listened) this book and became increasingly annoyed. I skipped the first few chapters because the author felt it necessary to really make the bad guy a really bad guy--write all this horrible stuff and make the reader want to see him get his just desserts. Nonsense. And the main character, in the midst of a remodel that was being recorded for possible future airing on a remodel TV show, was simply dull. I had to fast forward through her dialogue. I did it once, and she REPEATED the sam...more
I always like the books Jance pens and this one was no exception. I was never bored as the story raced along. I found the supporting characters likeable and the villian chilling. Some of the action was a bit over the top in places but I would laugh at some well-written antic then turn the page and gasp at the next gruesome revelation. An enjoyable and fun who-done-it!
Somehow I missed this gem by J.A. Jance. I soured on the more current Ali Reynolds books because her character turned into such a snob, but in this book, Ali was down to earth & ready to stand up for her friend. The bad guy in the book, is a great, creepy character too. Of course, the setting in Sedona, AZ is fabulous & really adds to the ambiance of the book.
Heather Blaylock
I enjoyed this book. Very quick, easy reading. Perfect for a relaxing Sunday afternoon read. I really enjoy the Ali Reynolds character and her dynamics with the people around her. My only complaint with this particular book was that it seemed to wrap up a little too easily. The bad guy was supposed to be so smart but then he shows up and the story is wrapped up really fast.
I liked this book. It was more coherent than the previous ones because it did not have a break in the action. Still, it dealt with several ideas. Identity theft, murder, serial killer, and family squabbles all added to the action. Ali Reynolds has some flaws, but she manages again to escape death. The other characters seem more credible.
A dating site called Single at Heart caters to discontented married people who are seeking romantic encounters with other "married singles". Behind this seemingly straight forward service, is a psychopathic computer hacker who is playing games with people's lives. In several cases the scheduled encounters leave the fun seekers dead.
Ali Reynolds, who is in the midst of remodeling her house, finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation when the wife of her construction contractor is fou...more
This was a nice book. I had read another of the Ali Reynolds' books before. I like J.A. Jance's detective J.P.Beaumont better, but I can understand that an author might like to create other characters for different series. Ali is remodeling a house and somehow there is a team of two videographers filming the action for a tv series. She has a son, Chris, who is planning to marry a lovely young woman who is missing part of an arm and leg due to an accident. Ali has to choose a finalist for a colle...more
Ali Reynolds is rebuilding her life in Sedona surrounded by her parents who still own and operate the SugarLoaf cafe, her son who is in a serious relationship and the butler/assistant that she seems to have inherited. She has undertaken a massive remodeling project and seems to have the usual headaches that accompany it but everything gets much more complicated when her project foreman is accused of murdering his unfaithful wife. Ali sees dreadful similarity between his situation and the rush to...more
Georgiann Hennelly
cruel intent is a story about a dating web site where bored housewifes can hook up with bored husbands or single men. for a little fun but it is owned and run by a vengeful computer hacker who also is a doctor Ali Reynolds is an ex television journalist . who gets involved when her contractors wife is murdered and he is being charged with the crime. as the computer hacker leaves evidence that he is the killer. she decides to help him with the aid of her computer hacker interne...more
I liked this book. It's a sort of cozy serial killer thriller. Why cozy? Because all of the sympathetic characters demonstrate that they care about each other. Sedona is a good place where intelligent, capable, caring people work and live out their lives. Sure there's the gossipy manicurist, but the reader does not spend time with her - hears about her from other, good characters. The heroine is quite one and shows it most when she trusts her mother to help out in a difficult situation...and her...more
Catherine Woodman
The plot in this book is not particularly complicated--I have been reading some murder mysteries that have woven a fairly complex tale of late,m and this is not in that League. However, there are a number of life issues that come up--how to deal with parents, and in-laws when your kids are getting married. When do you need to be welcoming, when do you need to be civil, and how to have those conversations. And how talking with family can be like a game of telephone, where the message gets distort...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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