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Taking The Fifth (J.P. Beaumont #4)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  1,992 ratings  ·  79 reviews
There are many bizarre and terrible ways to die. Seattle Homicide Detective J.P. Beaumont thought he had seen them all--until he saw this body, its wounds, and the murder weapon: an elegant woman's shoe, its stiletto heel gruesomely caked with blood. The evidence is shocking and unsettling, even for a man who prowls the shadows for a living, for it suggests that savagery i ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 1st 1987 by Avon (first published 1987)
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This is the fourth in Jance's J.P. Beaumont Mysteries series. The author has become more "familiar" with her lead Seattle homicide detective, and some of his irritating traits evident in the first two novels seem more realistic now. Jance is good at introducing new plot lines and new characters, using twists and surprises along the way to an exciting conclusion. While his ex-partner, Peters, introduced in the first book, is still here, he is sidelined after a severe injury left him fighting for ...more
I am reading the J.P. Beaumont books out of order (trying to catch up). This is one of the earlier books and Detective Beau is working a murder that took place near the Pike Place Market in Seattle. A man was stabbed with a blue spike heel and Beau uncovers a drug-fueled motive. Like Cinderella’s prince, Beau sets off to find the other shoe. During the investigation, Beau becomes involved with a former hard-living, hard-drugging female rock singer who has begun singing standards (Linda Ronstadt ...more
i've been reading the beaumont series from the beginning, noting the improvment in each book in the series. this is the forth book in the series and it slips back a bit, mainly because, for plot purposes, the main character has to behave very stupidly for about a chapter and a half. almost quit the book at that point, but stayed with it to a generally ok conclusion.
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This was the first mystery by J.A. Jance that I've read, and I am apparently in the small minority who finds the writing lacking. Especially in the beginning, it sounded like a parody of the usual TV detective dialog with hackneyed phrases, stereotypical characters, etc. I knew what the character would say before he said it. J. P. Beaumont seems to be not a particularly bright or insightful homicide detective, so I was surprised later to learn that he is a legend in the police department. The st ...more
A not-terrible, not fantastic outing in the J. P. Beaumont series involving a beautiful singer, drugs, AIDS, cross dressing, and murder by stiletto. The charm of this series is Beau and the cast of friends and partners. I was annoyed that he, once again, slept with the young, beautiful blonde who may or may not have been involved in the case. For a good detective, he has terrible taste/no self-control when it comes to women. Some of the AIDS and "queers" references now seem rather dated, and Bea ...more
Charles Fields
While I always enjoy the Beaumont novels, and hope to read the whole series, this one involved the underside of Seattle to an extent I found tiresome. I didn't like the characters - they don't seem like people I would want to meet or be around. And (spoiler) JP sleeping with a suspect early in the case was immoral and unprofessional.
Douglas L Chandler
J. A. Janice taking the Fifth Review

I ran across J. A. Janice about a year ago and being raised in Seattle (four generations) I fell in love with her writing and this is my fifth book by her. She really does a great job and reading about Seattle and Washington. I have read two of her Arizona books, also.

I wish I could give this a better review, because I really enjoy Ms. Jance & her writings, but this was pretty awful. It was a homophobic, misogynistic mess. And to top it off, totally unbelievable. I urge readers to read the JP Beaumont series, but skip this one particular book.
Russell Fletcher
This is a very good book. Others have rated it lower. Who knows why I like it better. Maybe it is because if I had thought about it more as I want along, for the first of Jance's books I -- could have -- possibly figured out one of the killers. Instead, when the thought of this person being one of the killers I wanted to know who done it and kept reading instead.

Since Peters (Beau's partner) is in the hospital Beau is teamed up with Big Al. It was a nice touch that even though Peters was a quadr
J Stanley
The book started out slow, I almost quit. About half way through it got to the point I couldn't put it down. I found myself trying to solve it before it over. Great mystery....
Dan Smith
Reading J.P. Beaumont stories is like reading Stone Barrington or Jesse Stone. Really good easy reads about the detective in Seattle. Cannot wait to start the next one
I really like Jance's other series (Joanna Brady and Ali Reynolds), so of course, I started on the J P Beaumont series. This is the 4th book in the series and the 4th one I've read. So far, I haven't liked any of the Beaumont books nearly as much as the other two series and this one, in particular, was almost boring. The ending seemed to save it as it got a bit more interesting, but even so, it felt like "oh, it's time to end this book, so we need to quickly tie up loose ends." There was no deve ...more
I usually read something entertaining and easy to slow me down at night...detective fiction that makes me smile is my favorite. JP Beaumont is a great detective series and this one took me by force. I snuck in reading time during the middle of the day and somehow managed to finish it in no time flat. He's a little more serious than some...and didn't make me laugh a lot (though he does have a sense of humor). Janice did well with this book, written in '09.
Thomas King
Page Turner

Glad to have found another Jance book that I missed along the way. She is absolutely the best...from. beginning to end!
Cindy White
I really enjoy reading this murder mystery series. She keeps me on the edge of my seat thru twists&turns of suspension. She's a brilliant writer really drawing me into the story from start to finish.
Good for a weekend at the beach, rainy weather, or a delayed flight. Nothing really original but entertaining nonetheless
I needed a distraction, this was distracting but not as much as some others. If you want an afternoon distraction, this is it.
It is always a pleasure to come upon a book I haven't read, by a favorite author, at a used book sale. This one dates back to 1987, and is just as much fun to read as a more timely one. Having a sister who lives in Bellevue, I am amused by the way Beau thinks of areas outside of Seattle. This time, it seems as though he may have a lady friend for company--a talented singer/pianist who is performing in the city. He is responsible for the young daughters of his friend Ron Peters, and his friendshi ...more
J.A. Jance has three series running. This one is the best.

Taking the Fifth has a strong flavor of noir, and J.P. Beaumont is one of the last of the really good guys. Jance weaves the reader through a brutal story involving the drug trade. You may put down this book once or twice just to wash your hands and rinse out your mouth. And yet, like the junkies in Seattle's back alleys, you'll be back for more. The author hits the ground running, and the ending is entirely believable, yet not obvious or
David Weinfeld
Pretty good story, murders & cocaine, starring jp beaumont, homicide detective.
This is the fourth Detective JP Beaumont mystery and it's a good one. Detectives JP Beaumont and Al Lindstrom investigate a homicide near Pike Place in downtown Seattle, WA. What they didn't expect was that this homicide of a man leads to another victim elsewhere in Seattle and takes them to surrounding Bellingham. Are the two homicides connected? Is there more really going on than just murder?

JA Jance doesn't disappoint. I'm sure I've read this book before and will continue to read them. It's n
Carol Hassett
Not my favorite J.P. Beaumont book but still my favorite mystery writer.
Loved the book. Once again can't wait to enjoy rest of J.P. Beaumont series.
While I didn'tabsolute;y love this one, I did enjoy it.
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Linda Barker
Great Series....
Bob Hernandez
I Like all the Sites and crimes take place in the Seattle Area Landmarks!
Donna Collier
Okay, quick read, semi-entertaining.
Mar 08, 2014 Leslie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: J.A. Jance and J.P. Beaumont fans
Another great Jance book that hits the ground running! Every J.P. Beaumont book in the series lets us know a little more about him, but not so much as to take away from the case at hand. These books are quick reads because you can't put them down!
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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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