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Betrayal of Trust (J.P. Beaumont #20)

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From "New York Times"-bestselling author Jance comes the 20th mystery featuring J.P. Beaumont, in which the Seattle P.I. uncovers a crime that has a devastating effect on two troubled teens and becomes even more of a firestorm when it reaches into the halls of state government.
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by William Morrow & Company
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Apr 21, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it
When Governor Marsha Longmire of Washington finds a snuff film on her step-grandson Josh's cell phone she calls her old classmate, Detective J.P. Beaumont (Beau), to investigate. The film shows the death of a young girl during "the choking game", apparently a fad among some teens. Beau and his wife Melissa, also a homicide detective, get on the case. They question Josh, who purports to know nothing about the film. Josh is uneasy however, and further developments suggest he might know more than h ...more
Feb 06, 2012 JBradford rated it liked it
I think I have by now made it clear that I am a very great fan of J. A. Jance's novels, even though I have noticed in a few of them, as is the case here, that sometimes her endings seem to be superfluous subplot add-ons that she had originally intended to do more with but ran out either of steam or of publishing space. I don't really have a problem with that, other than that I had expected a more elaborate development of that subplot, which really is independent of and irrelevant to the mainline ...more
Mara Pembert
Jan 17, 2016 Mara Pembert rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading the JP Beaumont series almost 15 or 16 years ago, I wasn't crazy about JP. But then I was a newbie in AA and I suppose I saw myself in him, and didn't want to relive my preAA days. I don't remember which JP book I listened to or read after Ms. Jance had JP go into treatment.

Since then I have learned to have a new appreciation for JP. That maybe because we both have grown in recovery. I love his relationship with Mel and how well they work together. My best memory of
Barbara Mitchell
Feb 05, 2014 Barbara Mitchell rated it it was amazing
I love J. A. Jance's several series, but the one featuring homicide detective J. P. Beaumont is my favorite. For some reason I can identify with him. He's had a tough life beginning with a childhood in poverty and no father. His mother was rejected by family when she discovered she was pregnant shortly after her sailor boyfriend died. His family refused to have anything to do with her either, so she struggled to raise him alone. (My childhood was lovely, thank you.)

Only recently has he had a wo
June Ahern
Aug 17, 2015 June Ahern rated it really liked it
This is a first time read for me of author J.A. Jance mystery thriller. When I started "Betrayal of Trust" I wasn't enjoying the chatty get to know the main characters, detective J.P. Beaumont and his partner detective and wife, Mel Soames and almost gave up (might I add too soon). As the crime was introduced and the story went from personal to crime the characters jumped into their roles as focused sleuths. A video reveals what appears to be a game of a pretty teen girl being strangled then qui ...more

Nel 2011 viene pubblicato per la prima volta l’ennesimo romanzo di una serie che vede come protagonista una coppia che lotta contro il crimine. Sono i coniugi Jonas Piemonte Beaumont, meglio noto come J.P., e sua moglie Melissa Soames, o Mel. In realtà, lei è la sua terza moglie, ma poco importa se c’è feeling durante le indagini. In questo nuovo bestseller, qualcosa modifica la normale routine di coppia e li coinvolge in un’indagine particolarmente scottante poiché include una famiglia molto in
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I’ve waited years for this book and it didn’t disappoint. We finally learned about Beau’s father’s side of the family. Beau’s dad’s parents were cut from the same cloth as his mom’s parents: hard core mean and filled with religious rage and hate.

Beau’s cousin, his dad’s sister’s daughter, finds old letters of her mom’s that had been intercepted by her mom’s mother talking about Beau and his mother. Her mother is dying from cancer so she thought what could be a better present than meeting her b
Jul 28, 2011 Dorothy rated it liked it
It starts with a snuff film of a teenage girl being strangled with a blue scarf. Shocking enough, but more shocking still is where it is found - on the cell phone of the step-grandson of the governor of Washington. It was found by the governor herself who contacts her attorney general and soon J.P. Beaumont and his partner in life and on the job, Mel Soames, are being assigned to investigate.

J.P. and Mel are members of the attorney general's Special Homicide Investigation Team - that's right S.H
Oliver Schnusenberg
Sep 09, 2011 Oliver Schnusenberg rated it liked it
Before saying more, I have to say that this was my first J.A. Jance novel. I would also read the book again, so I thought it was a good read overall.

Something was bothering me the whole time I was reading, and I could not figure out until the very end what it was. The characters were developed well, the plot was good, and the conclusion didn't leave anything to the imagination. In the end, I felt that the book lacked passion. To me, it felt that the author neatly developed the plot and made sure
May 20, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-police
I've been a loyal reader of J.A. Jance for years. She writes about three totally different characters in three different settings. This one centers on J.P. Beaumont, who may be her original character. I'm not sure about that, however. Interesting that the publisher blurb lists him as a P.I. when he works for the Special Homicide Investigation Team In the state of Washington while based in Seattle.(Yes, look at the acronym, which makes Beaumont and the other characters wince.) Beaumont and his wi ...more
Shonna Froebel
Nov 20, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This thriller set in Washington state involves many issues. The state governor is shocked when she finds what appears to be a snuff video on her young ward's cellphone. She realizes she needs to know more, but she wants to avoid a media onslaught.
She calls the Attorney General for assistance and he brings in two officers from his Special Homicide Investigation Team, J.P. Beaumont and his partner (and wife) Mel Soames. These two are highly skilled, with lots of experience and work well together.
Nick Duretta
Jul 27, 2012 Nick Duretta rated it liked it
My love-hate relationship with Jance continues. I love her plots, which are always an enticing combination of intersecting crimes, personal problems, and functional/dysfunctional relationships. I forgive the often pedestrian writing. In this novel, Jance returns to her original series character, Seattle police detective J.P. Beaumont. Trouble is, he acts and talks just like the female characters in her other series. This time I was particularly bugged by the sole gay character (who appears towar ...more
Jul 13, 2012 Dlora rated it liked it
Shelves: detectives
A very workmanlike detective procedural with a good plot, strong characters, and interesting story. The story starts with the governor of Washington State discovering a snuff video on her stepson's cell phone and she calls in detectives Beaumont and his partner Mel Soames (now also his wife) to discreetly handle the problem. She tells them to say they're investigating school bullying (a hot topic these days) as a cover for their questioning, which turns out to be more true that they thought. Goo ...more
Mar 22, 2016 annapi rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
J.P Beaumont and his wife Melissa Soames have been assigned to a case involving the governor's step-grandson Josh and a snuff film that was found on his cellphone, featuring a teenage girl. In the midst of the investigation, Beau receives an unexpected email from someone claiming to be his cousin from his deceased father's family, the family that had rejected his mother as a gold-digger.

I really enjoyed this one. The last few books have not felt like the same old Beau, ever since Mel came into t
Feb 05, 2016 Heather rated it liked it
J.P. Beamont, the creaky-kneed Seattle detective and his third wife, Mel, are both working for the Washington attorney general's unfortunately acronymed Special Homicide Investigation Team (SHIT), Their boss asks them to probe a potentially explosive scandal: shortly after the governor's step-grandson's cellphone was found to contain a snuff film of a teen girl being strangled by a scarf pulled tight, game turned deadly. The troubled boy hangs himself in the governor's mansion. As Beau and Mel c ...more
Oct 13, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#20 in the J.P. Beaumont series. Seattle homicide investigator Beaumont is specified as an investigator by the governor when a snuff film is found on her step-grandson's phone. He hasn't seen her since they were classmates in high school and he wonders if she feels this will allow her to control the investigation - she was the leader of the in-crown of which poverty stricken Beau was decidedly not a member.

#20 - J.P. Beaumont series - J.P. Beamont, the creaky-kneed Seattle detective and his thir
When Governor Marsha Longmire of Washington finds a snuff film on her step-grandson Josh's cell phone she calls her old classmate, Detective J.P. Beaumont (Beau), to investigate. The film shows the death of a young girl during "the choking game", apparently a fad among some teens. Beau and his wife Melanie, also a homicide detective, get on the case. They question Josh, who purports to know nothing about the film. Josh is uneasy however, and further developments suggest he might know more than h ...more
Jul 28, 2014 Lise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers
Everything about #20 in the JP Beaumont series by J. A. Jance was riveting and timely. High school cyber-bullying. Rich kids versus the poor kids. Sexting, snuff films, predatory teachers crossing sexual boundaries. And the hard lessons learned that assumptions are all too often dead wrong. JP Beaumont is on a case when a snuff film is discovered on the cell phone of the Governor's step-son. He's a troubled kid, who's been taken in by is father, the Governor's husband, and the family dynamic wit ...more
Feb 15, 2016 Nd rated it liked it
I've enjoyed reading J.A. Jance books over the years, but somehow it always seems far enough between them that it's difficult to compare. Betrayal of Trust is a quick read and a good mystery involving insider cruelty and outsider angst among teenagers. In the mix are upper echelon politics, poverty, law enforcement inter-agency conflicts, and a school coach whose intentions are not what they should be. The current governor was one of the in and not-so-nice group from Beaumont's high school. When ...more
Mar 14, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 29, 2011 Caroline rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves a good mystery
Excellent entry in the J.P. Beaumont series! Dealing with spoiled rich kids, and "current" topics like cyber-bullying, it is well-written and extremely interesting. J.A. Jance does a wonderful job of making her characters people you'd love to know personally and spend time with. This book was an autographed gift from a friend and I'm so glad to have received it. Would recommend that anyone who enjoys a good mystery read this one.
Jul 09, 2011 Nancy rated it it was amazing
I love J. A. Jance and especially her character J. P. Beaumont. He's the only fictional character I've ever fallen in love with. This story is right up a teacher's alley because it's about some teens and cyberbullying. It seemed plausible to me rather than contrived and I really enjoyed it. The best thing about this book is that I got a free hardback copy, met the author, and had it autographed at ALA. So cool!
May 20, 2014 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My husband and I listened to this in CD form while on a road trip and really liked it. The story was involving and had some twists that surprised us. The story involves adult themes, but they are handled tastefully without profanity and explicit sex. This was the first book by Ms. Jance that my husband has "read" and it won't be the last.
At first glance, the video appears to be showing a childish game: a teenage girl with dark wavy hair smiles for the camera, a blue scarf tied around her neck. All of a sudden things turn murderous, and the girl ends up dead. Its as bad as a snuff film can get, and whats worse, the clip has been discovered on a phone that belongs to the grandson of Washington States governor. However, the boy, who has a troubled background, swears that hes never seen the victim before. Fortunately, the governor i ...more
Donna Davis
Mar 26, 2014 Donna Davis rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves strong crime fiction
Jance's JP Beaumont detective series is one of my all-time favorites. Set (usually) in my own home town, it carries a gritty yet human, thoroughly believable flavor that I just can't find anywhere else.

In this case, Beaumont is roped into a scandal unfolding at the governor's mansion; it turns out he knows the governor. She was the girl who was too important to talk to him in high school, but now she wants his skill in discreetly looking into some things she'd rather not see on the front page.

I really love the smooth way this author writes. Her characters are likeable and well developed, they come off real. Dialog sounds natural, very easy reading from the first page. The plot was interesting and kept me involved in the development of the story. She is a master at weaving a good mystery.
I enjoyed the touch of humor and interplay with Mel and Beau, it was like a man who finally learned a few lessons along the way. The bathroom situation is one area I've heard of many times and rang s
Aug 04, 2015 Ron rated it liked it
Spoiled rich kids run amok, shitting on their poor and downtrodden peers, ending up murdering one, and driving another to suicide, expecting their influential parents will save their butts, but, happily for the reader and for Lieutenant Beaumont, they don't. And, Beaumont finds his long-lost family connection, and aims to get his knees fixed. It's a mystery not by Ruth Rendell, therefore it's supposed to end happily.
Read as a recorded book, well enough read with the world-weary, wise ass older c
Jul 24, 2011 Cher rated it it was amazing
Another awesome JP Beaumont novel. Her interwoven twists never cease to amaze. We finally get to see more of his past come to life and I felt close to her characters. Not to many authors can do that. You will not be disappointed.
Catherine Woodman
I like all of JA Jance's characters, and JP Beaumont has come a long way--I do like when the character in a long-time series change over time, and that has certainly been true of this one. A solid installment
Betrayal of Trust by J.A. Jance.

This story focuses on the vulnerability of young unsuspecting girls lured into snuff films. Beaumont is asked to investigate this horrific situation which brings him face to face with the people running such a deplorable and indefensible trap. The faces of those responsible are not what J.P. expected by a long shot.
In this story Beaumont delves deep into his past more specifically his childhood with his mother. It's a no holds barred reflection on his painful you
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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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