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Partner in Crime

(J.P. Beaumont #16)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  6,842 ratings  ·  325 reviews
The dead woman on a cold slab in the Arizona morgue was a talented artist recently arrived from the West Coast. The Washington State Attorney General's office thinks this investigation is too big for a small-town female law officer to handle, so they're sending Sheriff Joanna Brady some unwanted help -- a seasoned detective named Beaumont. Sheriff Brady resents his intrusi ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 29th 2003 by Avon (first published January 1st 2002)
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Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
There were things I liked about this book and things I didn't. So I think 3 stars would be fair. This is only my third J A Jance book. I like the Arizona small town setting and the author can create a great story. Those two things are always greatly appreciated.

I also like great characters. The main female MC was Joanna Brady, the sheriff of the town. I liked her for the most part. She is a great female character that can carry a story. However, I think that it is high time for her to progress
Mar 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this one as an audio book... I liked the fact that a male read for the male protagonist and a female for the female protagonist. The 'crime' was not very well developed, but I nonetheless enjoyed the story. The relationships established through the process of capturing the killer kept the story moving forward.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
An artist is killed right before her career is taking off. The big city establishment doesn’t have any faith in the small town where Joanna Brady is the sheriff so they send JP Beaumont to help. The town happens to be the same town where his second wife lived. While solving the crime, he also learns more about his second wife’s past. interesting turn about who the person behind the crime really is.
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this partnering of Johanna Brady and J.P. Beaumont jointly solving a crime. Jance writes a good mystery. As I have been working my way through the Sheriff Brady series, I feel as though she is a real person. One of these days I'll try the Beaumont series, though they are set in Seattle and I'm not as familiar with that area as I am with Southern Arizona. And I do think the audio versions of this series are very good. ...more
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This Joanna Brady tale is spiced up a little with an appearance by J. P. Beaumont. Reading this is like watching a speeding train go from point A to point B. We get some of J. P.’s wife’s back story since she grew up near Bisbee, AZ
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story.

Two characters she writes about are met in this book, J. P. Beaumont works for Washington State Attorney General, send to Bisbee, Arizona to find out how the investigation to murder going. Sheriff Joanna Brady doesn't need anybody looking over her shoulder. She is described as latter-day Annie Oakley, she is trying to find the killer of very talented artist, they don't know much about her past. Rocky relationship with Beaumont from the beginning turns friendly and help each other
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this combination of J.P. Beaumont and Joanna Brady. There were two narrators: one female and the male one was my favorite, Gene Engene.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
An artist is ready to have her first show in Bisbee but ends up dead the night before the exhibit. It turns out she was in a witness protection program and she was hiding out in Arizona, away from the Seattle area. As Joanna and her officers begin to follow the trail of the crime, they bump up against the County Attorney from Washington State who wants to find out what happened to their star witness in an important case. Naturally they act as if everyone in Arizona is too incompetent to do the w ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This was just ok for me. I don't like to criticize talented authors. Sadly, I just never got into the Joanna Brady series and after this one, can't say I'm any more interested in it. But I do still love Ali Reynolds and am enjoying JP Beaumont. Even if he wasn't given the sense to wear appropriate footwear despite decades in the field. ...more
John Olson
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a way to tie in two of J A Janice’s major characters! JP Beaumont and Johanna Brady in the same story! You must realize I’m a fairly new reader. I read a lot of older books that a lot of people have read decades ago. Therefore I’m fascinated by what I’ve missed over the years. A book has to be really bad for me not to finish. This story twisted and turned all the time. Bisbee really is in the middle of not too much and not too close to much either.
Michael McCue
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
In Partner in Crime Arizona Sheriff Joanna Brady and Seattle detective J.P. Beaumont find themselves teamed up to investigate the murder of a witness protection client. The victim was hidden away in Naco, AZ by the WA Attorney General's office. Beaumont has retired from the Seattle Police and is working for the Washington State Attorney General as a special investigator. After initial clashes and distrust the two begin to work together. Will they find out who killed the witness, and who had her ...more
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Putting Beau and Joanna in the same story, combining two of her well loved series really works in this dangerous mystery.
Mar 25, 2018 added it
Shelves: jance
Television series do crossovers with other shows. This is the first author, to my knowledge, to do a crossover with 2 of her characters. Interesting premise with somewhat predictable results, although I have to admit that the end result caught me a bit by surprise. Otherwise another good "2 day mystery". ...more
At the beginning of the prologue in this crossover novel between Jance’s Joanna Brady series and her J. P. Beaumont series, we meet a talented female artist, Rochelle Baxter, who is on the eve of her first-ever showing. This inaugural event just so happens to be scheduled at a gallery in Brady’s town of Bisbee, Arizona. And, by the end of that prologue, the woman is dead, murdered in a most ghastly and painful manner.

In the course of notifying the next of kin identified in the woman’s DMV record
Kristen Lewendon
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Um… Well… That’s time out of my life I’ll never get back. I wish I had been paying better attention when I borrowed this from the library so I could have been caught up in both series before reading this book. I picked it because it was next in the Joanna Brady series but there are definitely some Beaumont spoilers that I wasn’t prepared for. The story itself was only ‘okay’. The characters were a sad disappointment to me. I like who it appears JP is developing into, but I’m tired of the shrewis ...more
Jerry B
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Her stars Beaumont & Brady united in Jance fan club Dream!

Think how much fun it would be if Grafton's Kinsey Millhone went to visit Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski and they solved a crime together. Jance has done it with her two leading characters! After 15 Seattle-based (Jance's home) Detective-extraordinaire J.P Beaumont stories, and 9 Arizona-based (Jance's former home) feisty Sheriff Joanna Brady stories, our author has brought the two crime solvers together in a suspenseful and complex plot spa
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the first intertwined book between the Joanna Brady and Beaumont series. I thought I would love the blending of my two favorite characters but I'm not sold on it yet. They got off to a rocky start and then that very awkward moment at the end doesn't make me look forward to more intertwined books. Butch also seems to have just realized that Joanna can be called away at any time of the day or night for her job and he isn't dealing well with it. The story itself was pretty good and kept me ...more
Nov 28, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the first "crossover" of Jance's Joanne Brady and J. P. Beaumont series. It mostly takes place on Joanna's turf, Bisbee AZ where J. P. is sent by the Washington State Attorney General when one of their whistle blowing witnesses sent there for her own protection turns up dead, possibly a victim of homicide. The AG's refusal to disclose pertinent information angers the Sheriff who takes it out on Beau, who then decides to investigate on his own. Their conflict and its eventual resolution ...more
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book was not absolutely horrible but I can't think of much good to say about it. I guess there were a few interesting parts, but I never got into the story. I haven't read any other books by J.A. Jance so it is possible I am missing the depth of the characters because this is part of a series, although it seemed like the novel was written so it could stand alone. My major complaint is one of the two main characters: Sheriff Brady. Why is it that any time a woman is law enforcement that she ...more
Jul 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
This was an audio book that I wouldn't recommend, unless you really like a dramatized format. The two readers, one male and one female, were just a little over the top. I didn't like their affected voices or accents (the drunk guys were particularly bad). There were even sound effects like burping! The readers also switched off too often. When they were in conversation with each other it was like he said, she said. Ew.

I thought that this story just took itself too seriously. There was no humor o
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love the Joanna Brady books. But J. P. Beaumont is horriale. Adding him to the typical Brady series just made this book unpleasant. His story involves nothing but his libido. And he manages to bring that with him to Bisbee. Not happy!

In fact, I just bagged up all 25 of the J. P. Beaumont books and took them to Goodwill this past Saturday.

Now that I have that off my chest...

This book has a good mystery element to it. Plus lots of angst and conflicts among the characters. It keeps you flippin
Kevin Kern
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Her two detectives together for the first time. I love her books.
Dwayne Wojtowicz
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A talented artist, recently arrived from the West Coast, finds herself on a cold slab in the Arizona morgue, dead. Bisbee Sheriff Joanna Brady feels like she is being intruded on by J. P. Beaumont, a investigator from the Washington State Attorney General's Office. Like any other small western town, Bisbee is haunted by its own ghosts and bad memories; none that the living want to be brought back to life.

Brady and Beaumont must travel together down a long testing desert road and it is leading th
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies, mystery
One of the things that Jance is able to do is bring forth characters that the reader may not be able to relate to in their back stories, but the reader will no doubt be able to find something that brings these characters close. From the very beginning the reader of this series has followed the emotional ups and downs of Joanna Brady, her family, and her friends. Each one has grown and has managed to grow beyond the tragedies and the successes that have ruled their lives. This chapter in Joanna B ...more
Sherrill Watson
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
See Nancy Ellis' review.

Small town Sheriff in Bisbee, Arizona, Joanna Brady has a murder on her hands, talented artist Rochelle Baxter, aka Latisha Wall, who turns out to be in the Witness Protection Program. Rochelle did paintings of people and places in her former life --which seemed awkward to me.

The government --or someone? send in a big gun, J.P. Beaumont from Seattle. Sheriff Brady must cooperate with him, and after a rocky start, they soon are on friendly terms, at least. Both have had
Penny Evenson
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The dead woman was an artist recently arrived from Washington State, cruelly cut down in the early stages of a promising career. Now all that remains of Rochelle Baxter lies on a cold slab in the Cochise County morgue, and Sheriff Joanna Brady knows that murder has once again infected her small desert community. But there is more to this homicide than initially meets the eye—and more to the victim, who died while supposedly under the conscientious protection of the government.

A big-city legal es
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s not a typical Joanna Brady mystery, with Butch, Jenny & both sets of grandparents in the background. Even the ME was in the background, & she was investigating 2 murders. Bobo Jenkins, former owner of the Half Moon Saloon, is the prime suspect in the murder of his girlfriend, who turns out to have been in a witness protection program. Because she was supposed to be protected for a big case in Washington State, JP Beaumont is sent to help with Joanna’s investigation. She resents what she con ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
As always the Joanna Brady novels are entertaining and informative. I really like the writing style of the author and have enjoyed getting to know Joanna Brady and the family. I’ve never read the JP Beaumont books but I think I might start. They sound really interesting. There was a moment at the end of the book that I thought was a little disturbing, and he will know which one it is when you get there, but it wasn’t a dealbreaker for me at all. The book was just as good and just as interesting. ...more
Richard Jr.
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the side stories that accompany author Jance's very interesting murder mystery and the personality descriptions and characters of Sheriff Joanna Brady and J. P. Beaumont, from two different worlds of law enforcement, who need to cooperate to solve a very complex murder of a Bisbee, Arizona artist. The personality clashes along with the character descriptions make the story. Right up to the final hundred pages, you won't know who ratted out the Washington State Witness Protection Progra ...more
Nov 11, 2020 added it
(Audio). I think the main plot would make a good story, so others, I hope, might like this book. As for me, I didn't finish it, I sorely disliked it by the time I quit it. The male voice hooked with the female one was dissonant to me, but I chose to ignore this to receive the story. The story pace was slow, so I began noticing full stops at the end of sentence narration. The narration speed I'd have adjusted for by speeding up the voice, but I hated the part I'd made it to, the part where Naomi' ...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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