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Birds Of Prey (J.P. Beaumont #15)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  2,874 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
A pleasure cruise aboard the Starfire Breeze to the Gulf of Alaska goes horribly wrong and turns deadly. Former Seattle Homicide Detective J.P. Beaumont, a damaged cop who has come to heal from fresh, stinging wounds, is cast into lethal, ever-darkening waters filled with dangerous secrets--and ice-cold murder.
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published January 8th 2002 by Turtleback Books (first published 2001)
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Ginger Weirich
Oct 20, 2015 Ginger Weirich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the things I am really liking about Jance and this series is that there are no “flat” characters. Even those that are peripheral are well-developed. This offering is no exception. Take a cruise – an Alaskan cruise. Add in a fringe of the fringe group killing doctors, several eccentric ladies, a granny and step-granddad on their honeymoon, and a “retired” cop, and you have the makings of a very interesting tale. Very well-written. 5 stars.
Aug 19, 2015 Dindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, mystery
I'd actually rate this at 2.5 stars, mainly because I expect far better from J.A. Jance than this. I definitely am left with the feeling that she just phoned this one in. It contained such scintillating phrases as, "The steward's timely intervention was just in time." And, of course, there is the problem that I've already ranted about below, with the so called association of the religious terrorist group, Leave it to God, with secular humanism, which is a contradiction in terms-- secular groups ...more
Jul 24, 2010 Jerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jerry by:
Definitely Almost for the Birds !

We're avid Jance fans, having read every book she's given us, including her two non-series thrillers, the 14 prior J.P. Beaumont stories and the 6 Joanna Brady tales. We salivated when learning "Birds" was a return to Beaumont after (according to our notes) a 5-year absence since "Name Withheld". But a tasty meal did not follow.

We suspect Jance wrote this book under some sort of pressure -- maybe a tough deadline or something. It's just not her: from too many te
Jul 30, 2011 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Retired Seattle Detective J.P. Beaumount has gone on a cruise to Alaska, accompanying his grandmother and her new husband Lars Jenssen, but leaving the city doesn't leave crime behind. On board the Starfire Breeze, J.P. finds himself enmeshed in a murder case and the cruise turns into a real busman's holiday.

One of the reasons I enjoy reading this mystery series is that the stories are set in and around Seattle, familiar territory for me, but this book takes place on the cruise ship and in Alask
I can't really find anything wrong with this book, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I guess any crime novel is more interesting if you care about the characters, and I just couldn't care about any of these characters, beyond the usual crew. I thought the story line about J.P. going along on his grandmother's honeymoon on a ship full of senior citizen's and divorcees had the potential to be a lot cuter than this book turned out to be. I just saw it as a waste of a great st ...more
Patrick Gibson
Another good one there JA. I think murder (maybe) on a cruise ship is perfect. I’ve taken a couple cruises—felt like killing a few. You have so many characters interconnected with each other with such complicated back stories I kept thinking ‘girl, how does your mind work?’ And how can you crank out so many books so well written? You and Janet Evanovich have become my estrogen champions.
This audio book was our choice for whiling away the hours during a long car ride, and my husband and I both enjoyed it. It's #15 in the J.P. Beaumont mystery series, and takes place on an Alaskan cruise. Fun, diverting, a tad predictable.
Anita Drake
Aug 29, 2016 Anita Drake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detective J.P. Beaumont series
Dec 13, 2016 Connie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dave Nichols
Mar 17, 2017 Dave Nichols rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cop-story
This book flowed quite nicely, especially considering the fact that the real action didn't start until well into the book.
Laurie VerMeulen
Mar 11, 2017 Laurie VerMeulen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are always good and this one has a different setting.
Jenn White
Feb 10, 2017 Jenn White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book by this author. Will definitely read more - steady pace with no stalls, great characters.
Mar 18, 2017 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
read a while ago - did not re-read
Nov 14, 2016 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book on Tape - good book, pretty involved for most of the JP Beaumont books. Enjoyed it.
Lynn Sykes
Jan 17, 2017 Lynn Sykes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was wonderful as hers always are. It really made me want to take another cruise.
Connie Marx
Good thing I had three days off from work, I cou;dn't put this one down, or the next one in this series... lol
Gary Sedivy
This one was in an interesting setting, a cruise ship to Alaska. Pretty good mystery, too. The premise that doctors are endangered is a nice set-up, especially since the cruise is being used to honor one of the groundbreaking doctors. The story is interesting, and this one is a good addition to the J. P. Beaumont series.
My 'problem' with the story line is that the bad guys are Christians, more specifically a conservative religious group called 'Leave It to God'. These nuts are attacking and kill
This is several books into a series about Seattle police detective J.P Beaumont. I am fond of many series of this type (from Nancy Drew to Nero Wolfe to Sue Grafton to name just a few). I was hoping to add another author to my list of reliable reads. Although Birds of Prey was readable, I found it a bit simplistic for my taste. The characters seemed one-dimensional and underdeveloped. Since this book is a long ways from the beginning of the series I would have expected more character development ...more
Donna Mcnab
May 01, 2013 Donna Mcnab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now that J. P. Beaumont has retired from the Seattle Police Dept. he is taking a cruise to Alaska at the request of his grandmother and her new husband, who feel that they may need some backup at their advanced ages. Of course murder and mayhem follow Beau and he cannot stay out of the investigation. At the same time there is a group of women who think that he has been hired by the cruise line to act as a dancing partner for the single women on the ship, presumably while he looks for a rich wido ...more
May 17, 2016 Peggy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this audiobook. J.P. Beaumont has retired from the Seattle PD. He is on an Alaskan cruise as a "chaperone" for his octogenarian grandmother on her honeymoon. Beau is supposed to just be there in case they need him. But, of course, things cannot go smoothly. A woman is pushed overboard and, once a detective, always a detective for Beau. He helps investigate and learns about a radical group who wants to murder bio-medical researchers. I would have enjoyed this more if I enjoyed the n ...more
Jun 13, 2011 Marti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a delightful surprise to find a J P Beaumont suspense novel in the stacks at the nearby library! Actually it was one of four J A Jance books--I read one already--a Joanna Brady, and now there are two more I can check out another time. This one takes place on a cruise ship. Having been on two cruises, I can easily picture that setting, and then the characters also visit Alaska, a destination I hope to go to as well. Beau is accompanying his elderly grandmother and her new husband on their ho ...more
Apr 06, 2009 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: donated
Great mystery book that actually kept my attention. Jance kept me guessing for quite a while on what was actually going to take place. I liked the characters and although the relationships weren't deep, I suspect they would have been had I read other books in the serious. It had humor, romance and intrigue all wrapped into one. Jance also had some great lines that are quotable and notable. Like others have said, I'm not quite sure how the title applies to the book. I had to go back and reread th ...more
Jun 14, 2014 Judy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I've been enjoying the J. P. Beaumont books, but this one was a bit of a disappointment. I still enjoyed the story, but I felt like the attention to detail was lacking a bit. I ended up having to go back to re-read parts because I would be confused by later parts of the story. For instance, I had the impression that the table of women who were Beau's dining companions were older women. I never had the sense that they were contemporaries. So, I was surprised later when Beau developed a romantic r ...more
Gloria Bernal
#15 in the series of detective J.P. Beaumont. In this one he accompanies his grandmother (chaperones)and her new husband on their honeymoon to Alaska. He is taking a break from crime solving, so he thought. Needless to say, there are possibly 2 murders on board and some radical group targeting doctors. Beau can't stand on the sidelines without getting involved. This was enjoyable and fast reading. I like the character of Beau a lot and always look forward to the next one. Since I have cruise-exp ...more
Oct 27, 2009 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I believe this is a new author for me. Reading the book jacket, I was under the impression that this was a gritty, tension-laden tale (possibly this is why it's taken me so long to try one of this author's novels).

The story was pretty light - not total fluff, but certainly not deep and dark. Add a little bit of sarcastic and self-deprecating humor and you'd have a Myron Bolitar cousin.

I'll definitely be on the lookout for more JP Beaumont adventures.

One head scratcher, though, is what the title
Jan 21, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: law-enforcement
Author J.A. Jance brings a light hearted touch to the #15 in the J.P. Beaumont series. The Seattle homicide detective is chaperoning his grandmother on her honeymoon cruise. You've got to read it to believe it - and you'll enjoy it.

J.P. Beaumont has agreed to chaperon his grandmother on her honeymoon cruise. His time aboard the "Starfire Breeze" is meant to be a diversion but it places him in the sights of a group of middle-aged divorcees. One of his tablemates mysteriously disappears and a secu
Feb 10, 2008 Dianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: mystery
Book review: After 20 years in the Seattle Police Department, J.P. Beaumont has been put out to pasture. The hero of 14 J.A. Jance crime novels has called it quits after the murder of his partner. But if Beau is out to pasture, what is he doing out at sea? Beau is on the Starfire Breeze, an Alaskan cruise ship, "for one reason and one reason only: to serve as my newlywed grandmother's chaperon."

I always enjoy J.A. Jance but I thought this book was a bit more slow than usual. However it was still
Stan Bader
Jul 25, 2015 Stan Bader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
TThis book gives topics that are thought provoking about life along with interesting characters.i I loved the descriptions of what a person would see as attractions. Plus all the great happening and informs you with history of fishing


Food.Makes s one want to take a cruise. Possibly in the Alaskan waters. All your needs are cared fun..


Thingies you
Nov 21, 2008 Maurean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really did enjoy this soft-boiled mystery about now retired Seattle homocide detective, J.P. Beaumont. Well-developed characters, an interesting mystery with not one, but two appherent murders and a well-paced dialogue made for a fast, easy read. This appears to be one of the most recent of a long series revolving around J.P., and I enjoyed it enough that I intend to look for others.

(I'm still a bit confused by the title, but nevertheless, enjoyed the story)
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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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