Until Proven Guilty

Until Proven Guilty

Book - 2005
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Investigating the brutal murder of a five-year-old girl, sleuth J. P. Beaumont believes he has identified the killer, until additional bodies are found and attempts are made on Beau's life, in a new edition of the first J. P. Beaumont mystery. Reissue.


The little girl was only five, much too young to die -- a lost treasure who should have been cherished, not murdered.She could have been J.P. Beaumont's kid, and the determined Seattle homicide detective won't rest until her killer pays dearly. But the hunt is leading Beaumont into a murky world of religious fanaticism, and toward a beautiful, perilous obsession all his own. And suddenly Beau himself is a target -- because faith can be dangerous...and love can kill.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780380896387
Characteristics: 645 p. ; 24 cm


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Sep 26, 2017

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.

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.

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.

Not the best in the series, but a killer ending

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.

Jan 22, 2015

Entertaining. Nothing memorable but good for a rainy day

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