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Deadly Stakes (Ali Reynolds #8)

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In this “heart-stopping” (Publishers Weekly) page-turner from New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance, Ali Reynolds finds herself working against the police to clear two innocent names.Police academy-trained former reporter Ali Reynolds is contacted to investigate the grisly murder of a gold-digging divorcee. Lynn Martinson is dating the dead woman’s ex-husband, and s ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by Pocket Books (first published February 1st 2013)
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Kathy
The first book of J.A. Jance's that I ever read was the first book in the Ali Reynolds series so this series is very special to me. I have enjoyed reading about the evolution of Ali Reynolds in this series. In this latest outing we are following two interrelated stories that end up initially causing friction in Ali's relationship with the local police force much to her dismay.

This is J.A. Jance at her best. This is an excellent story with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader intrigued.
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Ellen
I still wish Jance would return to her first series about J.P. Beaumont or do another psychological thriller stand-alone or two. Of her mystery series, this one featuring Ali Reynolds is my least favorite. She always does stupid things. This one is no exception, although she's done even dumber things in previous novels. It's entertaining, but not a favorite. Easy, quick read.
Terri
Jance is one of my favorite authors, and this book continues the Ali Reynolds series. I never thought I would like another character more than Joanna Brady, but I feel like I know Ali like a friend. This story is full of action, twists and turns and keeps you guessing all the way through. Jance's books are so well written that there are never any loose ends or questions at the end......I don't start anything else right away, just letting her story percolate in my brain a while until I have figur ...more
Mike French
I really enjoy J.A.Jance's writing. This one more like 31/2stars than 41/2 stars. To me it started off slowly, but it really picked up about 1/3 of the way in.
Maria
I really enjoy the writing of J.A. Jance. Unfortunately for me, I've been grabbing her books off the shelf at random and not reading them in order, and that, it turns out, makes things very confusing. A good murder mystery requires a large number of people so that the suspects aren't quite so obvious. This also adds to the "confusion" factor. Having said that, though, the story was pretty good, with lots of twists and turns. I wasn't too crazy about the ending, though. Everything was explained, ...more
Jill Manske
It pains me to give a J.A. Jance book only 2 stars. I've been reading and enjoying Jance's books for years. But this one just isn't up to par. It starts out ok, with an interesting plot and familiar characters. Then about 3/4 of the way through the book, it's as if someone else took over writing the ending. Sort of like when a basketball team is winning by so many points, the coach puts in second string players. The last part of the book is predictable and boring, and even the dialog is lame. Ja ...more
Nick Duretta
Typical Jance, which means a good, solid plot with everyday people getting swept up in puzzling and ominous situations and a protagonist who doggedly figures it all out. A "typical" Jance also means one-dimensional characters and writing that often seems slapdash. She inserts her author's voice at one point, calling the actions of a character "incredibly stupid." Why not let the readers figure that out? And the baddie in this book pops up almost out of nowhere more than three-quarters of the way ...more
Skip
Like the last Ali Reynolds book, I think there are too many subplots which detract from the main story here, which is the murder of a gold digging divorcee. The ex-husband and his girlfriend are arrested based on some reasonable evidence and Ali is hired by the girlfriend's mother to do an investigative story. Meanwhile, a second murder is discovered nearby of an ex-con, who has suddenly come into money. As always, Ali gets too close to the truth and is captured by the perpetrators and, once aga ...more
Susan Oleksiw
Gemma Ralston has divorced her physician husband, which has assured her financial future, and is now ready for some fun. Not long after she tapes an introduction for an online dating sight, however, she is left for dead in the desert. The teenage boy who finds her calls for an ambulance and then flees the scene, taking with him valuable information and overlooking another murder victim nearby. The obvious suspects, the ex-husband, Chip Ralston, and his girlfriend, Lynn Martinson, are quickly arr ...more
Barbara
Beautiful divorcee Gemma Ralston, stabbed and parazlyzed, dies a horrible death in the Arizona desert. Teenager A.J. Sanders - looking for buried treasure as instructed in a secret letter from his ex-convict, absentee father - happens to be on hand at the end of Gemma's life. The teen texts for help then flees the scene of the crime. Turns out Gemma was the grasping, money-hungry ex-wife of Alzheimer expert Dr. Chip Ralston, and Chip and his new girlfriend Lynn Martinson are arrested for murder. ...more
Robyn Jones
I jumped to the middle of this series by starting with Deadly Stakes because a friend loaned me the book after I told her I went to hear J.A. Jance talk at my library. Jance is a character just as rich as the ones she creates in her stories. There are several things that make for a good mystery series for me, a simple/clean style of writing, characters I care to spend the next week with, and a crime I can't figure out in the first 100 pages. Jance delivers. Ali Reynolds is a fresh take on female ...more
Vickie
I faithfully read every J.A. Jance novel, but they leave me feeling something is missing. I finally figured it out with this one: I prefer fictional crime-solvers that have personal flaws. Her protagonists, or at least the female ones (Ali Reynolds and Joanna Brady) are just too nice. I've always preferred Jance's J.P. Beaumont series, and now I know why.
Diane
Ali Reynolds a former news reporter was contacted by the mother of Lynn Martinson to investigate a murder Lynn and her boyfriend are accused of committing since the dead woman is the boyfriend's ex-wife. There is a twisted path of clues and when a second body is found close to the first body things really get complicated.

Ali's friends in the police department resent what they call her "interference" and she walks a tight rope in keeping out of their way because she doesn't have a P.I.'s license
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Debbe
I love J.A. Jance so I keep reading these Ali Reynolds mysteries. They just aren't as good as Joanna Brady and J.P. Beaumont. I wish Jance would forget Ali and go back to one of her other characters
Lynn Pribus
I once met Jance at a Left Coast Mystery conference (I was once an active member of MWA on the basis of two short mysteries published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magaine) and have enjoyed the Beaumont series and also the Joanna Brady, sheriff of Cochise County, AZ (which I thought was fictional until I visited there.)

The last couple Joanna's dragged a bit for me, so I was happy to find this series with Ali Reynolds (and this is far from the first.) Moved along so competently with bad characters you
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Marci
this is not one of Jance's better books. After reading all the other Ali Reynolds stories, I was looking forward to reading another. Kind of like returning to an old friend. What I found instead was close to a recipe story patterned after her other sucessful stories. The characters are all there but the situations . If it weren't for the hard work of the behind the scenes people, a real mess would have resulted in each scene. Granted, she still manages to prove the cops wrong and saved the day, ...more
Nancy
Although I’m familiar with J.A. Jance’s mysteries “Deadly Stakes” is the first of the Ali Reynolds series I’ve read. A former reporter Reynolds, having attended the police academy, has connections in the police department. Friends that become alienated as she investigates the murder of a scheming divorcee. The body is found in the desert near Cape Verde, Arizona by a teenager on his own secretive mission. The murder of a ex-con appears to be a separate case - or, is it? And, what’s the explanati ...more
Nancy
The Allison Reynolds series seems to run hot and cold for me.

The reader is expected to dig back in their memory to recall the storyline where Ali was dealing with a cyber-stalker. This book moves forward from that time when Ali meets up again with Lynn Martinson. Once again, Lynn is involved with a questionable man. This time, Chip Ralston’s wife is found stabbed to death in the desert. When both Lynn and Chip are arrested for the murder, Lynn’s mother proposes to Ali that she checks things out
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Nancy
Nice, old-fashioned thriller. Semi-plausible. Exciting, keeps your interest, great book!

In Deadly Stakes, police academy-trained former reporter Ali Reynolds is contacted to investigate the grisly murder of a gold-digging divorcee on behalf of a woman accused of the crime. Lynn Martinson is dating the dead woman’s ex-husband, and she and her boyfriend Chip Ralston have been charged.

Ali is simultaneously drawn to the case of A.J. Sanders, a frightened teen with secrets of his own. He’s the first
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Luanne Ollivier
I've been reading J.A. Jance for a number of years, following her Joanna Brady series, but funnily enough have never read any of the other three series she writes. Her latest book Deadly Stakes is the eighth entry in the Ali Reynolds mystery series.

The opening chapters of Deadly Stakes were quite detailed (and folksy), filling in the background of many recurring characters and the goings-on in their lives. For someone who hadn't read the series, this was a good way to get to know the players. Al
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Kelsey
I have to say that this is the first Ali Reynolds mystery that I have read. I know eight books into a series that there would be a lot of background information that I would be missing out on. As I was reading, I didn’t feel that I needed all that information. It would have helped me understand the main characters actions but wasn’t necessary to the storyline.

Former reporter Ali Reynolds learns that someone she knows is suspected in the killing of her current boyfriend’s ex-fiance. Lynn Martinso
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Bruce Snell
Book number Eight in the Ali Reynolds series by J.A. Jance - 3.5 stars. The body of a murdered woman is found in a desert campground and the next day, the body of a murdered man is found nearby. The police make an arrest in the first murder - the ex-husband of the murdered woman and his girlfriend. Because the suspect's family believes the police have jumped the gun with the arrest, Ali is asked to conduct an investigation that will clear both suspects. Of course, all of the usual cast of charac ...more
Anita
Ali Reynolds, former journalist, is asked to investigate a woman's murder by the mother of one of the suspects. A teenager found the woman, seemingly immobilized and near death and calls emergency services on a cell phone found nearby, but the woman succumbs almost immediately. The teen flees the scene, but has his own secret - his father told him to dig up a strongbox behind a boulder in the vicinity, which he returns to do. The teen, AJ, then discovers that his father was murdered near the sce ...more
Gloria Feit
Ali Reynolds is not a police officer. Nor is she a private investigator. And it’s been a long time since she was a journalist. Nevertheless, she undertakes to investigate a murder under the guise of writing a free-lance article in this swashbuckling story which progresses slowly but surely to some sort of conclusion. It is the eighth novel in the series and familiarly follows the customary formula, actually growing out of a predecessor volume in which Ali solved a cyber-stalking crime involving ...more
Becky
This is one of the better Ali Reynolds mysteries. Jance's Sheriff Brady and JP Beaumont series are consistently good. This series has been uneven. Ali becomes in two intertwining mysteries. AJ, a teen boy, is involved with a murder when he follows his estranged father's instructions and discovers a dying woman. Chip, a prominent physician, and his girlfriend Lynn are charged with the murder of Chip's ex-wife. Family problems abound in both families - an ex-con father who suddenly has lots of cas ...more
Amy Lignor
J.A. Jance, as any fan knows, is synonymous with ‘great’ suspense fiction, and this is no exception.

Ali Reynolds is back! A trained police officer, she finds herself working against authorities in this new tale in order to clear a suspect who’s been caught up in a deadly game…

Gemma Ralston, a bit of a gold-digger to put it mildly, wakes up in the middle of the Arizona desert not knowing where she is or how she got there. She’s also completely unaware that she’ll soon be dead. Just a few hours a
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Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
I like J. A. Jance’s books and have read all the Joanna Brady and Ali Reynolds series. I think this latest Ali Reynolds book is on of the best in the series.

Deadly Stakes starts by introducing a mixed cast of characters. There are Lynn Martinson, Chip Ralston, and A.J. Sanders. All three are in trouble when two different murder victims are found near the same area. Ali enters the picture when Lynn’s mother asked Ali to find out the truth.
Ali barely enters the story at first. There are two story
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Jeanne
Another good read in the Ali Reynolds series. Lynn Martinson has been accused of killing her boyfriends ex-wife. She turns to Ali for help. At the same time A. J. Sanders, a frightened teen finds a body in the desert when he goes to find a box buried in the desert by his father. This story will take you on a wild ride back and forth through the state of Arizona. Some people are pure evil but the ones that are giving and good, let you keep hope alive.
Marilyn Groves
Not sure, but this may be the first Ali Reynolds book I've read. I like the main Character - a former reporter who has completed the police academy and is waiting for an opening. I like her boyfriend :)

A couple intermingled mysteries here that Ali tries to untangle; a number of families affected by the murders are well described.

I'll read more of the Ali series! J.A. Jance is, simply... good
Marca
Ali Reynolds is hired by Lynn Martinson’s mother to investigate the charges of murder against Lynn and her boyfriend. Ali vaguely remembers Lynn from a prior case and agrees to help. Before long, Ali and those in her orbit are whirled into a crackerjack of a case that started with a high-school boy finding a body in the desert. I like Ali – she is strong and smart. She can take care of herself, but surrounds herself with good people who can help her. Good read.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Ali Reynolds (10 books)
  • Edge of Evil (Ali Reynolds, #1)
  • Web of Evil (Ali Reynolds, #2)
  • Hand of Evil (Ali Reynolds, #3)
  • Cruel Intent (Ali Reynolds, #4)
  • Trial by Fire (Ali Reynolds, #5)
  • Fatal Error (Ali Reynolds, #6)
  • Left for Dead (Ali Reynolds, #7)
  • Moving Target (Ali Reynolds, #9)
  • Cold Betrayal (Ali Reynolds, #10)
Desert Heat (Joanna Brady, #1) Until Proven Guilty (J.P. Beaumont #1) Fire and Ice (J.P. Beaumont, #19 / Joanna Brady, #14) Betrayal of Trust (J.P. Beaumont, #20) Partner in Crime (J.P. Beaumont, #16 / Joanna Brady, #10)

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