Trial by Fire by J. A. Jance

Book Description

Publication Date: December 1, 2009
In the heat of the Arizona desert, a raging fire pushes temperatures to a deadly degree, and one woman is left to burn. Pulled naked and barely breathing from the fire, the victim has no idea who she is, let alone who would do this to her — or why. In her hospital bed she drifts in and out of consciousness, her only means of communicating a blink of the eye. And then an angel appears. Misguidedly known around town as the “Angel of Death,” Sister Anselm has devoted her life to working as an advocate for unidentified patients. To her burn patient, she is a savior. But to this Jane Doe’s would-be killer, Sister Anselm’s efforts pose a serious threat. Ali Reynolds is on the scene as the new media relations consultant for the Yavapai County Police Department, keeping reporters at bay and circumventing questions about arson and a link to a domestic terrorist group called Earth Liberation Front. But her job quickly becomes much more. As Ali struggles to help Sister Anselm uncover the helpless woman’s identity, they realize that by locating the missing relatives they may be exposing the victim once more to a remorseless killer determined to finish the job. Faced with the possibility of putting all three of their lives in jeopardy, Ali fearlessly pursues justice — and what she discovers is a secret even darker and more twisted than she ever could have imagined.With unerring skill, Jance delivers relentless suspense in what is surely her finest novel yet in this riveting and addictive series

Review –

This is my first experience with anything written by J.A. Jance but  I can promise you that it will not be my last.  This was an audiobook and I listened to it in my car while running errands nearly everyday and  it was hard to turn off the engine and wait until the next opportunity to drive again.  The plot was great and moved at a very fast pace and the characters were very realistic and  since this is the first in the Ali Reynolds series I can’t wait to find others to listen to or read.

The Rope (Anna Pigeon Mysteries #17) by Nevada Barr

 

Book Description

Publication Date: January 17, 2012 | Series: Anna Pigeon Mysteries
 
Anna Pigeon’s first case—this is the story her fans have been clamoring for…this is where it all starts.
 
In The Rope, the latest in Nevada Barr’s bestselling novels featuring Anna Pigeon, Nevada Barr gathers together the many strings of Anna’s past and finally reveals the story that her many fans have been long asking for. In 1995 and 35 years old, fresh off the bus from New York City and nursing a broken heart, Anna Pigeon takes a decidedly unglamorous job as a seasonal employee of the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. On her day off, Anna goes hiking into the park never to return. Her co-workers think she’s simply moved on—her cabin is cleaned out and her things gone. But Anna herself wakes up, trapped at the bottom of a dry natural well, naked, without supplies and no clear memory of how she found herself in this situation.
As she slowly pieces together her memory, it soon becomes clear that someone has trapped her there, in an inescapable prison, and no one knows that she is even missing. Plunged into a landscape and a plot she is unfit and untrained to handle, Anna Pigeon must muster the courage, determination and will to live that she didn’t even know she still possessed to survive, outwit and triumph.
For those legions of readers who have been entranced over the years by Park Ranger Anna Pigeon’s strength and determination and those who are new to Nevada Barr’s captivating, compelling novels, this is where it all starts.
 
Review  –
As it says in the above description, this is a prequel to all the books that have come before and we find out why and what caused Anna to start a new life as a  National Park Service Ranger. I chose the audiobook format and listened to it on my Kindle the last few days while suffering from a HORRIBLE cold.  I couldn’t read because my head hurt so bad so I laid back and let the narrator, Joyce Bean,(who does a magnificent job) take me to the Glen Canyon Recreational Area in Arizona and southern Utah and travel along with Anna on her adventures,mishaps and triumphs.  I loved it and what a great way to be sick.
 
 

Closely Akin to Murder (Claire Malloy Mystery #11) by Joan E. Hess

At first it seems like a prank. How could Veronica Landonwood be the voice on the other end of the phone when she died three decades ago? But as Arkansas bookseller and amateur sleuth Claire Malloy is about to find out, her cousin “Ronnie” is very much alive—and in trouble. And could use Claire’s help…

 Today, Ronnie is a renowned scientist living in Chicago. But when she was a teenager, she had a run-in with a famous Hollywood producer in Acapulco, Mexico. He attempted to sexually assault her—and she killed him. Having served time in prison, Ronnie finally put her this episode behind her…until now. Just when she has a real shot at the Nobel Prize, a ruthless blackmailer is threatening to expose the secrets of her past. Can Claire help to preserve Ronnie’s reputation and keep her out of harm’s way? That will depend on Claire’s investigation—and what really happened on the night of the murder so many years ago…

 

 

Review –

First of all, I love the cover of this installment of the Claire Malloy Mystery Series because I’m a big fan of lime green and it just makes this one pop!

Second, I loved this story better than the previous one and finished it in one day. Although it has just as many entertwined characters, the story line was much more enjoyable because of the setting in fun and exciting Acapulco, Mexico(although Claire and company only saw the seedier side) and the dry deserts of Arizona. I get a kick out of Caron, Claire’s 16 going on 30 daughter, who Claire says talks in “capital letters”. To see what she means by that you’ll have to read this one for yourself.  You won’t be sorry.