Judith A. (J.A.) Jance

J.P. Beaumont

Second Watch
Second Watch
Ring in the Dead
Ring in the Dead
Second Fiddle
"Second Fiddle"
Re-printed in
The J. A. Jance Casebook

Originally appeared in
Dismissed With Prejudice
Betrayal of Trust
Betrayal of Trust
Fire and Ice
Fire and Ice
Justice Denied
Justice Denied
Long Time Gone
Long Time Gone
Partner in Crime
Partner in Crime
Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey
Breach of Duty
Breach of Duty
Name Withheld
Name Withheld
Lying in Wait
Lying In Wait
Failure to Appear
Failure to Appear
Without Due Process
Without Due Process
Payment In Kind
Payment in Kind
Sentenced to Die
Sentenced to Die
, 2005
Contains the first 3
J.P. Beaumont mysteries
Minor In Posession
Minor In Posession
Dismissed With Prejudice
Dismissed with Prejudice
A More Perfect Union
A More Perfect Union
Improbable Cause
Improbable Cause
Taking the Fifth
Taking the Fifth
Trial By Fury
Trial by Fury
Injustice for All
Injustice For All
Until Proven Guilty
Until Proven Guilty

JoAnna Brady

Remains of Innocence
Remains of Innocence
Judgement Call
Judgement Call
Fire and Ice
Fire and Ice
Damage Control
Damage Control
Dead Wrong
Dead Wrong
Exit Wounds
Exit Wounds
Partner in Crime
Partner in Crime
Paradise Lost
Paradise Lost
Devil`s Claw
Devil's Claw
Outlaw Mountain
Outlaw Mountain
Rattlesnake Crossing
Rattlesnake Crossing
Skeleton Canyon
Skeleton Canyon
Dead to Rights
Dead to Rights
  • Read article from Mystery Scene
  • Shoot/Don't Shoot
    Shoot \ Don't Shoot
    , 1996
    Tombstone Courage
    Tombstone Courage
    Desert Heat
    Desert Heat
  • nominated for 1996 Pacific NorthWest's
    The Spotted Owl award!
  • Ali Reynolds


    Moving Target

    Deadly Stakes

    Left for Dead
    quick
                review

    Fatal Error
    quick
                review

    Trial by Fire

    Cruel Intent

    Hand of Evil
    , 2007

    Web of Evil

    Edge of Evil

    Diana Ladd and the Ohb


    Hour of the Hunter
    , 1990

    Kiss of the Bees
    , 2001

    Day of the Dead
    , 2005

    Queen of the Night
    , 2011


    Naked Came the Phoenix

    A Serial Novel

    No Rest for the Dead
    ,
    A Serial Novel

    After the Fire
    , Poetry
  • Welcome Home: A Child's View of Family Alcoholism, [nf]
  • Dial 0 for Help: A Story of Parental Kidnapping, [nf]
  • It's Not Your Fault, [nf]

  • SHORT STORIES
    "Death of a Snowbird"
  • The Mysterious West, 1994
  • A Moment On the Edge: 100 Years of Crime Stories By Women, 2004
  • The J.A. Jance Casebook, 2005
  • "Doggedly On the Case"
  • Bark M for Murder, 2006
  • "The Duel"
  • Cat Crimes, 1991
  • Great Cat Mysteries, 1996
  • Cat Crimes I, II, III, 1998
  • Crafty Cat Crimes: 100 Tiny Cat Tale Mysteries, 2000
  • The J.A. Jance Casebook, 2005
  • "A Flash of Chrysanthemum"
  • Murder on Route 66, 1999
  • The World's Finest Mystery & Crime Stories, 2000
  • The J.A. Jance Casebook, 2005
  • "Highest, Best Use"
  • Creature Cozies, 2005
  • "Mandy: “Free to Good Home”"
  • Mandy "Free to Good Home [chapbook], 1992
  • Midnight Louie's Pet Detectives, 1998
  • "Oil & Water"
  • Partners In Crime, 1994
  • Year's 25 Finest Crime & Mystery Stories 4th Annual, 1995
  • Blowout in Little-Man Flats & Other Spine-Tingling Stories of Murder in the West, 1998
  • The J.A. Jance Casebook, 2005
  • "One Good Turn"
  • Vengeance Is Hers, 1997
  • The J.A. Jance Casebook, 2005
  • "The Prodigal"
  • More Murder, They Wrote, 1999
  • The J.A. Jance Casebook, 2005
  • "Second Fiddle"
    J.P. Beaumont
  • No Alibi: The Best in New Crime Fiction, 1995
  • First Cases, volume 4, 2002
  • The J.A. Jance Casebook, 2005
  • "Witness"
  • Dangerous Women, 2005
  • "Signore Bianco"
  • The J.A. Jance Casebook, 2005

  • J.A. Jance, Mystery Author, at Twilight Lane
  • J.A. Jance official site

  • Dead to Rights

    (quoted from Mystery Scene #54, pages 54-)
    Two years ago, on the first morning of Bouchercon here in Seattle, my husband and I learned that friends of ours had been hit by a drunk driver while vacationing in Oregon. The wife died that day. This couple had been blessed with a fairytale marriage. Theirs was a true case of love at first sight. From the time of their marriage until that fatal accident some twenty years later, they never spent a single night apart.

    Not surprisingly, the widowed husband was devastated. Having been widowed ourselves, my husband and I understood what he was going through. At first we listened to his hurt and grief. Later, we heard his sorrow turn to anger as he battled with a ponderous and unresponsive judicial system to see that his beloved wife's killer, the drunk driver, didn't go unpunished.

    Unfortunately, this was an old and altogether too familiar story. The drunk had no driver's license, no insurance, several previous drunk driving and drug dealing convictions as well as a history of domestic violence. Nontheless, there were all kinds of folks willing to jump to his defense. Not only that, small town politics came into play when a lame duck prosecutor seemed determined to let the case slide into a world of bureaucraic oblivion.

    Had our friend not been a deeply religious man, he might have considered taking the law into his own hands, but he did not. After months of determinedly uncaring bureaucrats and a morass of paperwork, he finally had the satisfaction of seeing that his wife's killer was convicted in a court of law. The sentence wasn't much as sentences go--a few paltry months in jail, three years of probation, and the loss of an already non-existent driver's license. To me, none of those hand-slapping punishments seemed adequate, not considering that the man had taken the life of a totally innocent victim.

    Fortunately, as a writer of crime fiction, I have a few options for taking care of "bad guys" that aren't necessarily available to the public at large. Most of these options have nothing to do with law and order. Consider the fate of the dead dentist on the first page of my fifth book, Improbable Cause. When I wrote the dead dentist scene, I finally managed to wreak personal revenge on a sadistic dentist who had haunted a whole generation of kids in my home town by practicing novocaine-free dentistry. Not surprisingly, the murder weapon in my book was one of the sharper tools of the dentistry trade.

    After watching this drunk driving story play itself our, there was no question in my mind about the beginning of my next Johanna Brady book, Dead to Rights, [Avon, Fall 1995?]. It starts with a man standing outside a veterinarian's office handing out leaflets for Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. The picketer turns out to be the widowed husband of a woman killed by the vet in a D.W.I. incident in Phoenix the year before. When the vet is found murdered a few hours later, naturally the grieving husband is the prime suspect.

    It did my heart good to know that the drunk had gotten his just reward for a change. And as for the husband--did he do it or not?

    That would be telling, now, wouldn't it?


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