Until Proven Guilty

Until Proven Guilty

A J.P. Beaumont Mystery

eBook - 2002
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The little girl was a treasure who should have been cherished, not murdered. She was only five, too young to die and Homicide Detective J.P. Beaumont of the Seattle Police Department isn't going to rest until her killer pays dearly. But Beaumont's own obsessions and demons could prove dangerous companions in a murky world of blind faith and religious fanaticism. And he is about to find that he is himself the target of a twisted passion and a love that can kill.
Publisher: [New York] : PerfectBound, 2002.
ISBN: 9780060518714
0060518715
9780060769109
0060769106

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PolyWogg
Sep 26, 2017

PLOT OR PREMISE:
Beaumont finds himself investigating the apparent murder of a little girl, five years old. When the investigation leads to the girl's home, and the cult that her mother is part of, things start to get a little weird. Add in the fact that he is still getting to know his partner, and the introduction of a rich and beautiful stranger to J.P.'s social and professional life, and the story starts to get a little odd.

WHAT I LIKED:
I liked the woman in the story, and her obsession with those who murder little children. She shows up at the funeral, and you can vividly picture her arrival from the excellent prose.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
The bits with the journalist are a bit stale in this book in the series, and some of the "getting to know your partner" tension is simply boring. Unfortunately, too, the "cult" comes off rather comical without any real depth as to why people might have gravitated towards this life.

BOTTOM-LINE:
Not the best in the series, but a killer ending

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Dreamstime
Dec 14, 2016

I have read quite a few detective novels. So I have built up a few expectations about plot. This book shattered those expectations. This was a great introduction to J. P. Beaumont and sympathy for his character. I liked him from the start and at the conclusion. He moves from being lonely to being lovestruck. His partner (Peters) was one of the best supporting actors in any book I've read. I'd give Jance a "B" for her writing, but it was all it needed to be to keep everything moving and the suspense building.

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rahmmie
Jan 22, 2015

Entertaining. Nothing memorable but good for a rainy day

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