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

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,479 Ratings  ·  250 Reviews
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 November 9th 2009)
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Gloria Bernal
Feb 25, 2012 Gloria Bernal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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!!!!
Judd Exley
Mar 18, 2015 Judd Exley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't tell if the author is a stuck-up wealthy bitch and her characters (and the hero) are modeled after her, or if she's taking the piss and secretly wants us to fkn hate Ali Reynolds.

Either way, hate her I do.

There is so little to like about this character that I can't even begin to list her flaws. Suffice to say that she'll never fail to mention if somebody's got designer clothing or furniture, or if somebody's hair or makeup is crap, yet everything in-between is NEVER mentioned.

In fact, ma
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
Aug 30, 2015 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a couple of books in this series now, and it's still entertaining, although I'm kinda looking around this apartment and thinking that we ourselves could use an extremely resourceful butler. I mean, we're not accidentally stumbling into a mystery to solve or nothin', but surely that's not a prerequisite for a butler. Is it?

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.
Anna Cazale
I was a bit disappointed.

I was disappointed and surprised when I read book number five when I thought I had read the entire series and was waiting for the next book to come out. The plot was a bit weak and I was glad when it ended.
Oct 07, 2015 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, auido
Ok, I really liked this book. I liked that it started out slower and that Ali wasn't as "stupid" as in some of the other books. Her new job was interesting and the book showed the truth of how people don't pay attention to their surroundings, like in the waiting room.
Jul 25, 2011 Juli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
June Ahern
The title and prologue was catchy and then the story began with me losing interest each page I turned. As one book before author J.A. Jance lost me in the too detailed, at times boring details of the characters before getting to the meat of the story. The build up is slow and at times, who cares? Or, I don't care to have that much detail about the protagonist Ali's life when the book is listed as a suspense. The story finally reached back to the woman burning to death in a building and the suspe ...more
Jul 11, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#5 in the Ali Reynolds series. Ali is asked to act as media liaison for the Yavapai County PD while their media officer in on leave pending an investigation. Her first assignment is to provide an on-scene presence at a fire. A critically burned victim and evidence of an eco-terrorist arsonist provide the seeds for a crime without a straightforward solution.

Ali (Alison) Reynolds series - In the heat of the Arizona desert, a raging fire pushes temperatures to a deadly degree, and one woman is left
Hedi Seefeldt
Aug 15, 2015 Hedi Seefeldt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very Good
Feb 01, 2016 annapi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
A scandal in the local police department of Arizona's Yavapai County causes its sheriff to hire Ali Reynolds temporarily as the media relations officer. Her first case in that capacity is an arson investigation in which a naked woman is rescued from the fire. Badly burned, the victim is suffering from amnesia. When the feds get involved because of the apparent involvement of environmental terrorists, the Sheriff's department is pushed aside and the investigation into the attempted murder is give ...more
Oct 16, 2010 Kay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Lynn Pribus
Enjoyable. I like these books about Ali better than the woman sheriff in Cochise County, even though I have been in Cochise County and slept in an actual teepee with a smoke hole in the top and a firepit in the middle.

I once sat with this author at a West Coast Crime conference -- me and my 2-3 unsold mystery novels. I was once an active member of MWA -- the criteria for being an active was that you had to have published a mystery. I had a Dept. of First Stories piece in Ellery Queen Mystery Mag
Jun 18, 2015 Marti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Once again J. A. Jance has delivered a quickly moving novel that includes well developed, likable characters and a satisfying conclusion. I have read very many novels by this author and have never been disappointed. In this one, former television reporter and anchor Ali Reynolds has been asked by a local sherrif to temporarily take on his jurisdiction's media relations. Right away, a terrible arson has been committed leaving a woman badly burned. Soon, ecoterrorism is suspected and ATF is involv ...more
Sep 05, 2014 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Another good J. A. Jance story. Ali Reynolds has just been asked to be the media consultant for the sheriff's department, when a fire is reported. She goes to the scene and it's a two house blaze with two victims, a firefighter and a naked woman plus a painted ELF on one of the walls. As Ali tries to find the identity of the woman, she feels that perhaps finding out who she is may endanger her more. A nun appears to be an advocate for this unknown woman. Ali and Sister Anselm team up to help thi ...more
This is the first J.A. Jance novel I've read. Loaned to me by a friend, the cover said it was a novel of suspense that was a real page turner. It is and it was. Clearly this is not the first novel with the main character, Ali Reynolds. The novel is set in Sedona and Phoenix, Arizona. Ali has returned home to Sedona after a career in broadcast news. She is approached by the local sheriff to work temporarily for him due to a personnel matter. She accepts and the adventure begins immediately with a ...more
Nancy Hartill
Oct 14, 2015 Nancy Hartill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I cannot stop reading this series! Finish one and pick up the next. Ali is now asked to be the communicating link between the local law enforcement team and the media on her first assignment at a fire. She becomes the link with a nun at the hospital to watch family members of the critically injured woman in the fire. Who is responsible for placing her there to die? Super sleuth, Ali, comes to the rescue, not only to the law enforcement agency, but also to the danger ultimately the nun becomes em ...more
May 08, 2015 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Another good one by J.A. I like to read about the Arizona areas. I have been to Prescott and Jerome and other places in the Verde Valley area. Haven't done more than drive through Sedona, but plan to visit once I move to AZ in a couple of years. Hope I can find those sweet rolls.
This book has Ali going to work for a local sheriff as a media person. She gets to do very little of this job because she ends up at a hospital in Phoenix doing some unplanned undercover work. Not easy for a media person
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"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. In her hospital bed she drifts in and out of consciousness, her only means of communicating a blink of the eye. And then an angel appears. Misguidedly known around town as the "Angel of Death," Sister Anselm has devoted her life to working as
Dec 28, 2009 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kara Jorges
Dec 21, 2012 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Marcia  Haskell
Feb 14, 2011 Marcia Haskell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
"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
Jan 06, 2010 J.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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
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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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