#BookBeginnings Justice Denied by J.A. Jance

My husband has been reading through the J.A. Jance’s J. P. Beaumont series, so I thought I’d join him with Justice Denied  for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



Justice Denied by J. A. Jance

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Summary:  When a former drug dealer and ex-con is murdered, J.P. Beaumont expects the perp is another drug dealer taking out the competition and wonders why his boss wants the investigation kept confidential. At the same time his detective lover is asked to keep her investigation of the deaths of registered sex offenders quiet, too. As they begin to realize the two cases are related, they discover their assignments are leading them into something much more sinister than they had first suspected.

First Sentence:

LaShawn Tompkins saw the sole white woman, a nun, huddled under her umbrella in the pouring rain as he turned the decrepit Windstar van off Rainier Avenue South onto Church Street.


The Beaumont novels are set in Seattle, which explains the rain. I just looked it up, and Rainer Avenue is an actual street in Seattle. Those details give the reader a strong sense of place. What other words catch your attention?

J. A. Jance is a well-known author here in Arizona. I’ve seen her speak a number of times and have enjoyed both her Detective J.P. Beaumont series and her Sheriff Joanna Brady novels, which are set in Bisbee, Arizona.

Have you read anything by J. A. Jance?

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


  1. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I’ve been meaning to read this author, and I love books set in Seattle.

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  2. Reese

    I’ve only ever read the Joanna Brady ones, which I really enjoyed. I’ve been meaning to try one of the Beaumont ones.

    The difference in the amount of rain between the two series is probably a lot! 🙂

    • Roberta

      Yes, sun versus rain, I’d say.

  3. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian

    I haven’t read J.A. Jance’s books yet, but she is high on my list of must-read authors. I also like books set in Seattle.

    • Roberta

      I’m hoping the older books stand up to the test of time.

  4. Literary Feline

    I have read quite a few of J.A. Jance books over the years. The Beaumont series was an early favorite, although I have grown to like her Sheriff Joanna Brady series just as much.

  5. Yvonne

    I’ve been wanting to try this author. I’ve heard so many good things and this sounds like a good one.

  6. Breana

    This one looks interesting. Enjoy current read! 🙂

  7. Ashley S.

    I haven’t read this author before but this sounds really good. I think I need to check this series out.

  8. The Candid Cover

    This is the first time that I have heard of this author. I am really intrigued by those snippets and I hope that it is a book that you found enjoyable. 🙂

  9. Missy Jacobs

    I haven’t heard of J. A. Jance until now either, but now I’m curious for sure. I love a good mystery. Spirit of the Fox is what I’m in to at the moment, http://www.matthewoconnellauthor.com. It came as a book club recommendation, and so far Matthew O’Connell has me hooked. Will be checking out J.A. Jance sooner rather than later!

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