Review: Second Watch – J. A. Jance

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (September 10, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062134671
ISBN-13: 978-0062134677
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J. P. Beaumont – Investigator with Seattle Special Homicide Investigation Team.
Mel Soame – J. P.’s wife.


While recovering from surgery, a Seattle Investigator is drawn into a cold case that goes back to the beginning of his career.


The story starts out with J.P. Beaumont getting ready to undergo knee replacement surgery. As he’s coming out of the anesthesia, he sees a young woman who just happens to resemble the victim of a homicide during the early part of his career. Determined to solve the case, as he’d promised her mother, he coerces the help of some superiors to get an officer assigned to help him. As his investigation continues, the story bounces back and forth through time laying out the murder.

This was my first time reading Ms. Jance’s novels, and it was a good novel to break into the story with. It’s not only the newest in the series, but function’s as a prequel story as well. The characters were very well designed, and the situations were pretty realistic. Whenver you think you know the story, it gets twisted and goes in a different direction.

Ms. Jance has definitely made a fan of me on this series, and I will be checking out other entries to see what Mr. Beumont has been up to. I’d give it a PG-13 rating due to typical violence and strong situations. But I recommend it, and think you will enjoy it as well. Check it out and be sure to drop back by and let us know what you thought.

About the Author

J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series, and four interrelated thrillers about the Walker family.

Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle and Tucson.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Gina at Partners In Crime for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

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4 Responses to “Review: Second Watch – J. A. Jance”

  1. Lance Wright Says:

    It’s interesting that you mention that the storyline, a cold case murder, also acts as a prequel, allowing first time readers to break into the series without feeling like they’ve missed something. Great review and thanks for sharing.

  2. Martha Kuhn Says:

    Sounds great. Just put a reserve on it at the library.

  3. Martha Kuhn Says:

    Picked it up Friday, finished it today. Excellent read! Thanks for posting!

  4. Rick Rhodes Says:

    Glad you enjoyed it Martha.