Stand Down

Stand Down

Paperback - 2015
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Life has shifted for J. P. Beaumont. After a tragic accident that devastated--and ultimately disbanded--his Special Homicide Investigaton Team, he accepts that he has left homicide detection behind at this point, but he has a lot of unanticipated free time on his hands. He's keeping busy with renovations on the new house that he and his wife, Mel Soames, the newly appointed chief of police in Bellingham, Washington, have bought. But new fixtures and paint palettes can occupy only so much of Beau's daily life, and Mel is encouraging him to return to where he is needed: investigating crimes.

In the meantime, she is struggling to gain control of her new situation, cast into a department where some are welcoming--and some are not. It's been a few months, and the tension in the police department is rising, but Beau realizes Mel has to tackle things in her own way, so he refrains from advising. But when Beau shows up one afternoon to survey the construction at their new house and finds Mel's car there but no sign of her, his investigative instincts kick in. Suddenly he's back in the game--except this time, his heart is on the line as well as his professional dignity.

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2015
ISBN: 9780062418494


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Apr 04, 2016

I presume Jance is filling in with this one while writing the next adventure in Beaumont's story. About half is about how S.H.I.T. got disbanded, and half what happens to Mel her first few months as Police Chief in Bellingham. Oh, yes, and how bored Beau gets rehabbing houses, so that he's ready to do something else. Presumably the next book will be what that something else is. Nothing bad here, just not the quality I usually expect from Jance, or from Beau and Mel together. And those 86 pages include the trailer for her next book. It sounds worth reading. I've never read any of her Walker books, so I think I'll go read them while waiting for "Dance of the Bones."

Aug 04, 2015

I only recommend this book to those reader who are committed to reading the entire Beaumont series. If you have been reading the series, you'll want to read this issue, only to know where the series is heading (or you may be lost with the next book). If that's not you and you are only interested in a good, quick read, it is unlikely you'll enjoy this book as the writing style in this novella was sub-standard.


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