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Edge of Evil

(Ali Reynolds #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  5,663 ratings  ·  438 reviews
The end of her high-profile broadcasting career came too soon for TV journalist Alison Reynolds—bounced off the air by executives who wanted a "younger face." With a divorce from her cheating husband of ten years also pending, there is nothing keeping her in L.A. any longer. Cut loose from her moorings, Ali is summoned back home to Sedona, Arizona, by the death of a childh ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Avon
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Beth Gibson Not really. But it does kind of leave it open for her to hook up with the detective. Maybe it happens in the next book or two. I haven't read them yet…moreNot really. But it does kind of leave it open for her to hook up with the detective. Maybe it happens in the next book or two. I haven't read them yet though.(less)

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Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I started this last night, and just finished it at 4:30pm. This is the first in the Ali Reynolds series, and I purchased them all so that I can read them in order. I enjoyed this newest J.A. Jance character so much, that I'm going to start the next one later this evening!
Apr 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
Okay - this book had some good parts but didn't have much of a plot and wasn't particularly well written. If you're looking for a good thriller/suspense novel, you can do better than this.
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, mystery
**edited 01/30/14

This was my first J.A. Jance book. I also plan for it to be my last.

Despite my low rating, I have no violent outrage; it just irritated me in a multitude of different ways. This was mainly due to my own personal outlook: this book definitely has a bad case of Did Not Do the Research and I tend to be very quickly exasperated by incorrect real-world details and inconsistencies. I also found the protagonist to be self-righteous, unlikeable, and egocentric. The author attempts to m
Mary Sue
Sep 19, 2007 rated it liked it
JA Jance writes beautifully about the Southwest and this book is no exception. Sedona and Flagstaff, Arizona are featured as well as hurly-burly life in LA, California. The main character Allison, is an anchor woman who loses her job to a younger woman. When she goes home to the sympatheic arms of her husband she finds he also has dumped her for a younger women. She retreats to her home town of Sedona, to heal. But she encounters an even rougher way to end a marriage. Her long time friend has be ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Nov 18, 2011 rated it really liked it

"Successful TV journalist Alison Reynolds' career comes to an abrupt end when top executives decide they need a "younger face". As if that's not enough, Ali discovers her media mogul husband is cheating on her: and her best friend from high school is missing." (From Amazon)

A great suspense/mystery novel. I liked Ali.
Chris Conley
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I never read the Ali Reynolds books even though I have devoured the J.P. Beaumont and Joanna Brady books for years. Now that I have read the first, I am anxious to catch up with the rest of this series! As always, J.A. Jance did not disappoint. Really gripping story.
Jan 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Well-written, fast-paced book, though the title doesn't fit the action much. Well, since the suicide--or is it a murder?--occurred when a car ran off the edge of a cliff, maybe there is some relevance to Edge of Evil. I think a better title would have been Cut Loose. The story begins when the main character, Ali Reynolds, is cut loose from her job as a news anchor. Then she discovers her husband has been cheating on her so she decides to cut loose from him. She drives to Sedona, Arizona, when sh ...more
Rosabelle Purnama
I read this book in less than 24 hours in total. Only put this book down to take a shower, to sleep and to go to work the next morning. After work, I continue reading it for another 30 minutes until I'm finished with it.

This is my first book by J.A. (Judith Ann) Jance. This is actually just a normal mystery-thriller, but the writing flows and makes me want to keep reading it in one sitting from start to finish.

The story is about a news reporter, Ali Reynolds, who were fired from her job becaus
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this, even though murder mysteries aren't my cup of tea. I wish I had access to the audiobooks of the rest of the series as I really like the narrator.
Aug 17, 2007 rated it liked it
It held my interest till the end, but the ending of this was just to easy. All neat and tidy and handed to you on a platter.
Bruce Snell
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Although this is the first of a new series by J.A. Jance, it was as typical and familiar as reading any of her Joanna Brady stories. Sort of like watching a new TV show that is a spin-off of an older show - nothing new here. Right now, I can guarantee that the cop Ali Reynolds met in this book will become a boyfriend in the next book. She will win her lawsuit against the LA TV station (even though in real life she would not, 'cause they did nothing wrong), and she will be making a living from he ...more
May 17, 2010 rated it liked it
J.A. Jance offers a tidy murder mystery in Edge of Evil. It is contemporary in the sense that the employer is letting a woman go in a high profile job due to age. However, her talents as a journalist will come in handy later but will set her up to be stalked and becomed a potential murder victim.

Her son is very supportive and is there for her. Her life has gone through numerous quick changes with a job loss, a divorce, and the death of her friend as well as trying to save her own life in the end
Nancy Ellis
Mar 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I've read a few of her Joanna Brady books but none of her other series. This is the first of her Ali Reynolds books, and it was just as enjoyable as the Sheriff Brady series, if not more so. Ali is a likable character, and even though the plot itself approaches the limits of belief, it's still a very enjoyable quick read.
Amanda McGill
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
More 2.5 stars.

Edge of Evil was a super quick, easy read. The main character, Alison, was relatable, but not always likeable. Some of her thoughts and blog posts I had to shake my head at.

The mystery was ok, but nothing too exciting or thrilling.

I liked the novel enough to want to continue on with this series.
Terence M
Review to come
Shane Fritz
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This author was a favorite of my stepdad's, as his JP Beaumont character was in Seattle. I like this new character, and will definitely read more of her exploits. As I listened to the well-read audiobook, I enjoyed it very much.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book at the suggestion of a bookseller at the Literate Lizard in Sedona as I wanted a book that takes place in Sedona and I enjoy mysteries. The story moved quickly, the characters were interesting and engaging, it is set is LOs Angeles and Sedona, and I didn’t figure out the mystery. My first JA Jance- it won’t be my last. She has three different series, I am looking forward to reading more of her books.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great first book in this series! Like the characters and look forward to reading more about Ali Larson.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
When I started reading this book, I thought it was going to be good. Unfortunately, it turned into a "perils of Pauline" and not much of a mystery. The scene with Witherspoon wasn't very believable. The denouement wasn't satisfactory, and the book was disappointing.
Deb Carlson
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ali Reynolds, news reporter. TV newscaster. A character that comes off the page into your imagination as a real woman. She is someone most of us can identify with or admire. I admire and enjoyed this first novel about her. Kept me glued to the story or thinking about it whe unable to read. I don't want to give anything away. Too important that this be enjoyed by others.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: everyone especially young women
Edge of Evil (Ali Reynolds, #1)
by J.A. Jance
from the library
text and unabridged audio edition of 7 cd's
three stars for the plot and four stars for the female protagonist
Allison, known as Ali, is somebody's wife ,but not for long, Mother, daughter, best friend and journalist. She seems like a normal person. She has ethics, drive, compassion, loyalty. She's not afraid to get her hands dirty or work hard. She could be my best friend any day.
Feb 27, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the 2nd book I've read by this author and I’m sure I'll read more. They're entertaining enough and very clean.

As usual though, there are bunch of things that totally bug me. The book is basically a multitude of small contradictions, inconsistencies, and just bone-headed moves. It makes me wonder if the author is simple or if she thinks her readers are. A few that bugged me the most are: (POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT)

--Ali's friend goes off a cliff in her car; since this is a murder mystery, we
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've only read two other J.A. Jance novels and they were each the first book in two of her other series, J.P. Beaumont and Joanna Brady. They were just so-so in my opinion. This first book in Jance's Ali Reynolds series is much better, I think. Enough so, that I'll probably try more in this particular series.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Considering how popular JA Jance books are, it pains me to say that I just can't get into them. Largely due to what seems to be a variety of unlikeable female lead characters surrounded by great secondary characters who are always shortchanged. The lead in this book definitely falls into that category. I liked the conceit of Ali being a washed out newscaster because ageism and sexism is a serious issue in the TV industry. Also liked that she returned home to lick her wounds and was trying to inv ...more
Jun 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is Book #1 of the Alison Reynolds mystery series. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE J. A. Jance! This one begins with a female 40-something news anchor being fired because she is no longer a female 20-something news anchor. Well, that's insulting! And probably illegal. Enter the first of four attorneys that hover throughout this book to handle Ali's problems -- wrongful termination, possible divorce, maybe some hidden secrets in her friend's life, etc. Her son suggests that with her journalism background, ...more
Jul 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I love J A Jance books. This is a good start to a new series.
"With a divorce from her cheating husband of ten years pending and her high-profile broadcasting career abruptly ended by TV executives who wanted a "younger face," Alison Reynolds feels there's nothing keeping her in LA any longer. Summoned back home to Sedona, Arizona, by the death of a childhood friend, she seeks solace in the comforting rhythms of her parents' diner, the Sugarloaf Café, and launches an on-line blog as therapy for
Jan 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Overall the story was interesting enough. This is the first time I've read anything by this author and I might pick up another book of hers down the line. I'm not sure if it'll be from this series though.

I listened to this book and for the mot part the reader was pretty good. However, she did something I absolutely hate. She did the thing where she drops her voice dramatically to a whisper to make a point in some parts. That drives me nuts, because I can't hear some pitches very well and when re
Oct 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
For some reason, I had a really hard time putting this book down, yet I can't seem to rate it a five star. Maybe the language was too simple, the story a little far-fetched. But I still enjoyed it and would delightfully look for others in the series. Ali seems a little too....fake, maybe. Blond and beautiful she gets sacked from her news job on TV (which you never do find out if she does sue the TV station) and turns to blogging about it which is suggested to her by her son. Her best friend dies ...more
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure what it was exactly about this book that hooked me, but I was hooked. I really liked the relationship that the main character Ali has with her son, as a mother of two boys I can hope that fiction will translate to real life with my son's and I.

I also really liked that the main character took her lumps but didn't take them lying down, she fought back. I enjoy a strong female lead. Also, there is no romance in this book which is new for me.

Overall a great read ready for the second bo
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was pure luck that the first Jance book I picked up is the first Ali Reynolds novel. It's good from the very start!
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I really, really enjoyed reading this. At times it was so exciting that I turned pages before I finished them, had to keep turning back to read the last sentence, but couldn't wait to see what happened next. It's just a good read, would make a great beach or vacation book. Many thanks to my Goodreads friend Bonnie for recommending J.A. Jance to me.
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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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Ali Reynolds (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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