Monday, June 22, 2015

Stand Down (Review)

(A J.P. Beaumont Novella, 21.5)

Publisher: Witness Impulse
Release Date: July 21st, 2015
Genre: Adult Mystery/Suspense

My Review: (4/5 stars*)

Stand Down brings the mystery, intrigue, action, and some favorite faces back in this sharply written, quick-paced novella. Jance is an author that dominates with her ability to tell a story and draw you in with her perfectly executed writing style and distinctive characters. As a reader whose only ever read a few novellas by J.A. Jance I can say without a doubt I would pick up any novel that this author writes. Even if you don't know the characters, or the back-story you can be assured that once you start reading one of her works it hardly matters. You can follow just about any of the stories without much confusion and you won't get lost in an already established long-running series.

J.P. Beaumont returns as we catch up with his life as a retired officer from the Seattle P.D. and the S.H.I.T. squad proudly known as the Special Homicide Investigation Team.
Beaumont dives into the past with how the team he was a part of disbanded and why he feels like something's missing from his day-to-day living. As he searches to find
meaning and direction he gets swept into a horrific nightmare when he comes home to find his wife—chief of police—Mel Soames missing. Using his refined investigative skills he'll take whatever means necessary to locate his wife and bring her home safely—even if the department thinks he's the number one suspect.

Stand Down is a very good short story to pick up especially if you haven't read one of her full-length novels. Like, previous novellas this one will have you caught up in it's thrilling story, and get you hooked. Jance has a way with making each character fascinating, and each story more entertaining than the one before. You can always take comfort in knowing her writing will deliver exactly what you want to read in a mystery. If there's any fault I can find with it is that it ended too soon, which means I'll be looking forward to the next one that much more. J.P. Beaumont will have you excited to follow his next case. If you're unsure whether to start the Beaumont series, than grab one of the novellas - start with Ring In The Dead, and then scoop up Stand Down because they're totally worth it.


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