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When the corpses of a lusty school official and her security-guard lover are discovered in a school broom closet, and the prime suspect, Pete Kelsey, the woman's husband, proclaims his innocence, Detective J.P. Beaumont goes into action.
Publisher: 1991
ISBN: 9780380758364
Characteristics: p. ; cm

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PolyWogg
Sep 17, 2017

PLOT OR PREMISE:
Beaumont's case with a up-and-coming ambitious partner focuses on a woman working at the local school board office who winds up dead -- semi-clothed in a closet with a clergyman-turned-security guard and the hints of an affair.

WHAT I LIKED:
The school board politics and the politics around the police station office are first-rate, and it is nice to see a positive side to the journalist character who constantly hounds J.P. A large cast of characters helps keep the story interesting.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
The sub-plot is a bit obvious and while the cast of characters is good, it leaves a bit of a feel of happenstance rather than expert detecting.

BOTTOM-LINE:
Solid but not quite awesome

DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

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DorisWaggoner
Mar 14, 2016

I've been on a Beaumont-reading kick lately. Some I've read before, some are new to me, and I've had to read them in the order I can find them. After reading one written in 2012, I read this 1991 book. Jance has improved as a writer, and it shows here. I enjoyed it, as I have every one of hers. But the best ones have a strong moral point to them, and this one doesn't--it's just a fun quick read. Plus, the ending feels tacked on. It's not a bad book, just not as good as later ones in the series.

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rahmmie
Feb 20, 2015

I think this is the book by Jance that I've liked the most so far. Quick read, entertaining, not a bad plot

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