Trial By Fire
J.A. Jance
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Trial By Fire (Ali Reynolds #5)

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Ali Reynolds is helping Arizona's Yavapai County police investigate an amnesiac woman who was pulled from a desert blaze. Some suspect arson, and the victim was clearly targeted, but the motive remains elusive. More ominously, a killer is out there looking to finish the woman off--and only Ali and a volunteer nurse stand in the way.
Published (first published January 1st 2009)
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Gloria Bernal
This story is so "today." How can you not love a novel that features a 70-something yr old Nun whose lifeline is her iPhone and knows how to use it to outsmart a bad guy? Even her Bishop is techy. Loved it! In this case, the main victim of attempted murder by arson is a woman, pulled naked and burned over 50% of her body, left to die at the scene, but she doesn't...yet she can't remember anything or talk. I found this part of the book totally engrossing, reading from the burned victim's point of...more
Bruce Snell
This is the 5th book in the Ali Reynolds series by J.A. Jance. It is worth noting that this is the best book of the series thus far, although Jance recycled many ideas previously used earlier in the Joanna Brady series. Ali is hired by the county sheriff's department as a Public Information Officer, and runs into problems with the officers who won't accept her and even more problems with the receptionist - themes taken directly from Joanna Brady. And of course, in keeping with the general theme...more
Jeanie Jackson
This is probably my favorite of the more recent books. I hope to see more of the Angel of Death soon. I have enjoyed watching Ali grow as a more self-confident person.

The sheriff asks Ali to temporarily take over the role of Media Specialist, but seems uncomfortable with having her around. When a badly burn woman in found at the scene of apparent eco-terrorism, she assigns Ali to the burn hospital to deal with the media invasion.
When the patient advocate ask Ali assistance in keeping an eye one...more
I probably would have enjoyed this book more if I hadn't been so busy the last 3 days and didn't have the time to read [although I now wish I had skipped last night's baseball game because this book is certainly better than it was!!!]. So most likely if I had read it in my usual 1 or 2 days I would have rated it 4 stars.
Doug Branscombe
Another great story by Jance. I'm moving backward in this series, but it doesn't take from enjoyment of the books at all. In this one Ali Reynolds is asked by the local Sheriff if she'll help out with media relations while his regular guy is under investigation. Why not, she says. A few days later there's a terrible house fire in a new development and a badly burned woman is dragged from the inferno. Ali finds herself at the burn unit of the hospital trying to help ID this elderly woman, and Sis...more
Violeta Petrovska
Како што ветив, книгава ја прочитав покрај прекрасните плажи на Скијатос, оценката се должи на фактот што имаше многу личности, па ми се мешаа малку со брановите, поздрав Марија, уште еднаш ти благодарам за прекрасниот подарок, посебно за посветата!!!!
I'm a longtime fan of J.A. Jance's novels. "Trial by Fire" is the latest featuring Ali Reynolds, a former newspaper reporter and television journalist who seems to find her way into trouble fairly often.

In this case, Ali is asked to step in as media relations officer for the local sheriff's department after a scandal rocks the office. She is thus on the scene at a fire when a woman's body is carried out and airlifted to a hospital. Ali is asked to stay at the hospital to try to find out who that...more
Kara Jorges
This was not Ali Reynolds’ first mystery to solve, but it was the first book in the series that I’ve read. I found it typical JA Jance, which is not a bad thing. She has a tendency to start out in a rather folksy manner as the story revolves around the day-to-day minutiae of the main characters before it really gets going. Well before I ever start to wonder what the point is, though, I am always completely gripped by the mystery, and this book was no exception.

Ali is kicking back and enjoying th...more
The adventurous life of Ali Reynolds continues with Trial by Fire. For those who have traveled through the Sedona/Prescott,AZ area the terrain covered in the book will seem familiar. While some aspects of this offering are a little "boilerplate" other elements are innovative though ephemeral.

When Ali is recruited by the local sheriff to act as the departments temporary Media Information Officer she accepts the job and becomes embroiled in hostile situations she had not anticipated (both inside...more
Barbara Mitchell
When I went to the library this week, I just couldn't resist picking up a new-to-me J. A. Jance and this one is as good as, if not better, than all of the others I've read. It's the fourth novel in the Ali Reynolds series.

As usual, Jance grabbed me with the first page which begins, "She awakened to the sound of roaring flames and to searing heat and lung-choking smoke. Maybe she was already dead and this was hell, but why would she go to hell?"

The woman realizes finally that she is alive because...more
Marcia Berg Haskell
"In the heat of the Arizona desert, a raging fire pushes temperatures to a deadly degree, and one woman is left to burn. Pulled naked and barely breathing from the fire, the victim has no idea who she is, let alone who would do this to her - or why. Then a savior appears. Sister Anselm is a devoted advocate for unidentified patients, but to Jane Doe's remorseless would-be killer, she poses a serious threat. Ali Reynolds, the police department's new media consultant, circumvents questions about a...more
Former Los Angeles anchorwoman Ali Reynolds is now living in her hometown of Sedona, Arizona, when the Sheriff of Yavapai County, Gordon Maxwell, asks her to fill in for his media relations officer who is currently off duty under a cloud of suspicion. When a woman is badly injured in an arson fire, with no memory of the event, or even her name, the A.T.F. takes over the investigation from the county, making Ali’s presence at the hospital unnecessary. However, after the victim is identified, her...more
Ali Reynolds, a former journalist, is offered a temporary job as media relations consultant for the Yavapai County (Ariz.) Police Department and soon finds herself an unofficial “investigator” after a badly burned woman is pulled from a raging fire at an upscale housing development.

A scrawled message on a wall at the scene of the presumed arson implicates a radical environmental group, but Ali’s curiosity convinces her there may be more to the case. She links up with Sister Anselm, a Catholic nu...more
Karen Siddall
I really like this series and the narrator for the series on CD, Karen Ziemba, is great. In this sequel, Ally has been talked into becoming the media relations officer for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Department and not too well accepted by the rank and file. Of course, departmental politics are involved and friend, Dave, does his part to smooth the waters. But there are some mysteries to solve, relationships to heal, and some newer characters become a firmer, perhaps more important, part of the...more
Not a bad murder mystery with good plotting and action scenes. A woman is saved from a burning building but she wakes up in the hospital having lost her memory. She is unable to talk because she has a respirator down her throat and she is in so much pain from burns over most her body that most of the time she is knocked out by pain medication. So now how do you solve the mystery of who tried to kill her and why? Ali Reynolds, who used to be a television news caster, has just been hired by the po...more
Another great read by J.A. Jance and #5 in the Ali Reynolds series. Ali has been assigned to a temporary job as a media relations officer for Yavapai County, Arizona Police Dept. She is to keep reporters at bay and circumvent questions during investigations. Her 1st case is a badly burned 70 yr. old woman pulled from a raging fire in a housing development. Ali teams up with patient advocate Sister Anselm to help identify the woman and find any relatives. Ultimately, they both get drawn in as ama...more
Gerald Patrick
I actually read this book while away from home and hadn't had a chance to add it yet. I can see by others it received some rather high review marks but for the life of me I don't know why. Given that this is my first involvement with Jance, her characters and/or style, I'll hedge my remarks.
While the story was intriguing enough, she never really developed the two officers the story started around. It seemed to me she plucked characters out of mid-air as needed and left a lot of unknown's. I. E....more
Heather Blaylock
I very much enjoy the JP Beaumont series by J A Jance. This is the first of the Ali Reynolds series I have read and I enjoyed it very much. I like books that continue and follow the lives of the characters and these books do a great job with that. They are intricate stories but they are easy reads.
Ali Reynolds is hired as a temp, PR officer for Yavapai County Police dept. and finds in the midst of a union dispute with neither side taking her hiring well. She soon is tasked for PR for an arson fire with a badly burned victim. Asked stay at the hospital where the victim is being treated to gather any information about here case. What follows is a series of confrontations (good and bad) with the victims children, the ATF agents and Sister Anslem, a advocate for patients who are unable to spe...more
Further detecting adventures with Ali Reynolds. A woman is left to burn in a fire in the Arizona desert and Ali is acting as a temp media relations consultant when she meets Sister Anselm. Sister is an advocate for unidentified patients. Police work provides an i.D. and the patient's family appear on the scene at which point confusion reigns. The FBI, the ATF, sheriffs from various districts are not sharing information so Ali's instincts and mutual trust with Sister Anselm (a very interesting ch...more
Aug 15, 2010 Anne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens on up
I have liked Jance's latest heroine, Ali Reynolds since i read #1 a while back. She is a 40 something heroine who finds herself enmeshed in mystery and mayhem, and her background as a former Tv announcer gives her entry into the police dept where she aids in pursuing murderers. In this one, there is a delightful character, a 70-ish nun who uses all modern technoligy and works wor the burn units in various hospitals in Arizona. They call her "The Angel of Death" as so many of her patients die, bu...more
Ali Reynolds has become comfortable in her newly remodeled home being cossetted by the efficient Leland Brooks. She is recruited by Sheriff Maxwell of Yavapai County to be his temporary media relations specialist while he deals with an upheaval in his department. Ali is used to being on the other side of the questioning from her previous career but gamely takes on the position despite hostility from various other department personnel. A mysterious burn victim who is a virtual prisoner in her own...more
It's always exciting finding a new author I like and J.A. Jance is just that.

The main character is Ali Reynolds and I am looking forward to see what her next escapade will be. Several situations were answered at the end with just enough lead in's for the next book in the series to have me put in on my "to read" shelf.

Overall good, interesting characters that one would want to meet (except, of course, the bad guys). A good crime thriller.

Suspense Magazine
With an extraordinary knack for developing intelligent, realistic characters and storyline conflict, J.A. Jance has created the perfect addition to her ongoing Ali Reynolds series.

In “Trial by Fire”, much loved Ali Reynolds has settled into her newly remodeled home and is content with her current state of unemployment. When she is compelled to take a temporary media relations consulting position with the Yavapai County Police Department, her life takes a dangerous turn and the storyline begins...more
Lydia Lewis
Something about this particular story just didn't click with me. It was okay, but not my favorite Ali Reynolds read.
Love the Ali Reynolds novels. This is a new series by J. A. Jance and I feel it's the best by far.

I've been reading Jance for years and years. I've read all of the J. P. Beaumont and then all of the Joann Brady series and they're great. Jance tends to be more convincing with a strong female main character than Male. I often times find J. P. Beaumont to be a little too wishy washy for a man.

Jance gets it all right with Reynolds. She'll hit a chord with many women because she was fired for being...more
I have read all of J A JANCE"s books. This one is about a new character Ali Reynolds who was once a tv reporter who has retired and living ion
arizona. she is asked to becopme a relations person for the police department there. A woman ius found anked and burned in a new development house and Ali helps find out who she is and why she was left to burn...
There is another character a "Angel of Death" nun who cares for the burn victim her name is Sister Anselm. She gets kidnapped and Ali helps assis...more
Continuing character Ali Reynolds is pulled into a case involving a woman who was badly injured in an arson fire. The woman cannot remember her name or what happened to her. The Sheriff puts Ali on temporary Press Relations duty and asks her to find out who the woman is, but the case soon takes her beyond Press Relations. A nun known as the Angel of Death is also in the mix. I liked the book and like the character of Ali Reynolds. She gets involved in stuff, but generally does not go off the rai...more
Sandra Strange
I really like reading Jance. The plots are always well worked out and natural, not forced or unrealistic. Her characters are interesting, sometimes ideosyncratic, but always very real, and mostly (except for the very evil but realistic villains) sympathetically portrayed. The novels ARE adult. Though usually not filled with explicit sex, they usually contain amoral attitudes, some sensuality and very real, graphic violence. This one's about Ali Reynolds' quest to help protect and unravel the sto...more
Maybe I just can't get over Joanna Brady...This is the second novel I've read with Jances'new character who is a would be divoriced ,now luckily widowed newspaper reporter who solves mysteries for the local police department. I started reading really enjoying the plot line of a woman who awakes with severe burns and can't remember her name and who wishes to harm her. A nun called "The Angel of Death' who works with unidentified patients who have no known relatives asks Ali to help her locate he...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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