In the meantime, she is struggling to gain control of her new situation, cast into a department where some are welcoming—and some are not. It's been a few months, and the tension in the police department is rising, but Beau realizes Mel has to tackle things in her own way, so he refrains from advising. But when Beau shows up one afternoon to survey the construction at their new house and finds Mel's car there but no sign of her, his investigative instincts kick in. Suddenly he's back in the game—except this time, his heart is on the line as well as his professional dignity.
Stand Down Novella: A J.P. Beaumont Novella by J.A. Jance
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Stand Down by J.A. Jance is a 2015 Witness Impulse publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
I have read books in each of J.A Jance's series. I enjoy all of them, but I have to admit I have soft spot for old J.P. Beaumont. This novella brings us up to date on what Beaumont has been doing since the special homicide team he worked for was disbanded and his wife became a police chief. Currently, Beaumont finds himself in the unique position of being the spouse who has to wait at home while the other one goes off to work in what could be a life or death job. But, that doesn't mean Beaumont has gone soft on us. When he senses his wife may have made a few enemies, his antennae goes up immediately.
While this book is basically the set up for the next full length novel featuring our favorite detective, I have to say this was a pretty tense short story which doesn't sugarcoat how politics and fear of scrutiny by the press can prevent true justice from taking place.
It was great to touch base with Beaumont again and I am really intrigued by what the future might hold for him. I am glad his nice wife gave him a little nudge in the right direction. 4 stars
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