Saturday, July 26, 2008

113. Hand of Evil by J.A.Jance

About the book

Ali, still recovering from the murder of her not-quite-ex-husband, is aided by her parents and her old high school chum, newly divorced detective and marine reservist Dave Holman. Meanwhile, wealthy, reclusive Arabella Ashcroft, whose family's college scholarship program supported Ali as an undergrad, has read Ali's grief-filled blog,, and wants Ali's help in writing an incest memoir: elderly Arabella says that her childhood was despoiled by a late stepbrother, Bill, and that she's being threatened by his son should she go through with writing about it. Soon after, Dave's daughter Crystal disappears from the Las Vegas home of his ex- and her new husband; Dave seeks Ali's counsel before barreling out there. Jance crowds the book with subplots, and her characters air a lot of opinions about sexual abuse and health care. But sparks between Ali and Dave and an upbeat ending keep this latest Ali outing on track.

Still undecided about this series, I like them but I am not waiting for the next one to be released like I do with so many other series that I read. I will continue to read them. Ali finds more trouble.

It has been a busy morning the inlaws stopped by, the house is clean, the grass is cut. So it is time to take a shower and head out to the porch swing and start Sacred Cows by Karen E. Olson. More later...


Karen Olson said...

I haven't read this series. I love the JP Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady one not as much. I'll have to give this one a try.

Heidi said...

I like the Joanna Brady series the best. LOL

BTW I have to let you know that I am really liking Annie Seymour.

Karen Olson said...

Maybe it's because I started with JP Beaumont way back when the series started and I've just stuck with it. Joanna Brady always just felt like a throwaway character to me...and the book where she brought both of them together was dreadful.

Glad you're enjoying Annie!

Kris said...

I feel the same way about this series, I love her other two, but this one is just ok. I don't wait for it like I do with others.

Heidi said...


I wish you would have warned me about this series. I recently read
Damage Control and I really enjoyed it.