Deadly Stakes by JA Jance is the eighth installment in the Ali Reynolds series and it is an engrossing mystery. Ali has been asked to help unofficially investigate a ghastly murder and help clear the name of an innocent woman. While working on this case, Ali finds herself intrigued by another case. A teen boy has discovered a dying woman in the desert while he is retrieving a hidden box buried by his absent father. Her gut is telling her that the two cases are connected somehow, she just has to keep digging and find the murderer before he strikes again.
Jance did such an amazing job of juxtaposing multiple points of views in her mystery You are really able to relate to all of the characters, not just Ali, and you get a sense of their outlook on the murders. This added depth to side characters who might not be given as much attention by another author and created a more compelling read. Jance always does a great job of continuing the growth of Ali. You really feel like Ali is a flesh and blood person who has had to battle personal relationships, job changes, and is learning where she fits in. I also love that she keeps bring back characters from past books and creating a whole community of people that I want to read about. Needless to say, this is another great read by Jance.— Tricia
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.
Former reporter Ali Reynolds finds herself working against the police to add up the clues that connect one frightened teenager, two dead bodies, and $300,000...with the body count rising.
Hired to investigate the grisly murder of a gold-digging divorcée on behalf of the woman accused of the crime, Ali Reynolds is immediately drawn to the case of the secretive teenager who found the body. A. J. Sanders was in the Camp Verde desert to retrieve a mystery box buried by his absent father—a box that turns out to be filled with hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of poker chips. When a second body is found in the desert, it seems the three cases are more closely related than anyone could have imagined. Though Ali’s friends in the police department grow increasingly irritated by her involvement, Ali must stop a ruthless killer from claiming another victim...before she is lost in this game of deadly stakes.
About the Author
J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, and the Joanna Brady series, as well as five interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona. Visit her online at JAJance.com.