Partner in Crime

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: J.A. Jance
Narrator: Stephanie Brush , Gene Engene
Genres: Detective Stories
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: August 2002
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 11 hours
Tell Your Friends:


Rochelle Baxter was an artist recently arrived from Washington State, cruelly cut down in the early stages of a promising career. Now all that remains of her lies on a cold slab in the Cochise County morgue, and Sheriff Joanna Brady knows that murder has once again infected her small desert community. But there is more to this homicide than initially meets the eye -- the victim died while under government protection.

Instructed to swallow her indignation, Joanna awaits the arrival of the newest member of the state's Special Homicide Investigation team, a man named J. P. Beaumont. Sheriff Brady resents his intrusion and cannot help but make her feelings known.

But the road they are forced to travel together takes some unexpected turns, running them headfirst into the impenetrable stone walls of a conspiracy of silence. Brady and Beaumont's hunt is disturbing a very deadly nest of rattlers, and suddenly trust is the only option they have.Performed by Debra Monk and Cotter Smith

Reviews (6)

Partner in Crime

Written by Robin H on April 8th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Totally interesting and great- answers alot of the questions I had on the other books in the series-really wish I listen to them in order-but they are totally easy to follow even out of order. It makes you feel like you are part of the story.

Partner in Crime

Written by Kathy B on April 24th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Since this was my first J.A. Jance book, I wasn't sure if I would warm to the characters and since this was a 'two character in one' book, it was an excellent opportunity for me to do that. I'm not sure which investigator I will go with next - Joanna Brady or J.P. Beaumont - but I liked them both for different reasons. This book was easy to listen to and well written, and that gives me another author to add to my list!

Partner In Crime

Written by Anonymous on December 8th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A really enjoyable listen. I was surprised at how much I liked this book. There is nice story and character development as well as some really interesting information.

Partner in Crime

Written by Melissa Maurice on November 27th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I have come to really appreciate and enjoy this author and his characters. The plot is credible and contemporary and the characters are believable and have a nice depth to them. Its easy to get invested in the story that is not over the top but interesting enjoy to keep you listening. A good choice for a long road trip

partner in crime

Written by Lee Werley from Chapel Hill, NC on February 7th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was my first Janice book and I liked it. I have ordered more. Nice story without the parts that make it ugly. NIce read.

Partners in Crime

Written by Anonymous from Cottonwood, AZ on December 3rd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoy J.A. Jance immensly and her Sheriff Brady series. This book kept my attention and I enjoyed it very much. It's good to read a clean, suspenseful book without the blood and gore which so many authors think is necessary to get their point across.

Author Details

Author Details

Jance, J.A.

Considering J. A. Jance's now impressive career -- which includes two massively popular mystery series and status as a New York Times bestseller -- it may be difficult to believe that she was initially strongly discouraged from literary pursuits. A chauvinistic creative writing professor advised her to seek out a more "ladylike" job, such as nurse or schoolteacher. Moreover, her alcoholic husband (a failed Faulkner wannabe) assured her there was room in the family for only one writer, and he was it. Determined to make her doomed marriage work, Jance put her writing on the back burner. But while her husband slept, she penned the visceral poems that would eventually be collected in After the Fire.

Jance next chose to use her hard times in a more unlikely manner. Encouraged by an editor to try writing fiction after a failed attempt at a true-crime book, she created J. P. Beaumont, a homicide detective with a taste for booze. Beaumont's drinking problem was clearly linked to Jance's dreadful experiences with her first husband; but, as she explains it: "Beaumont was smart enough to sober up, once the problem was brought to his attention. My husband, on the other hand, died of chronic alcoholism at age 42." So, from misfortune grew one of the most popular characters in modern mystery fiction. Beaumont debuted in 1985's Until Proven Guilty -- and, after years of postponing her writing career, Jance was on her way.

As a sort of light flipside to the dark Beaumont, Jance created her second series in 1991. Inspired by the writer's happier role as a mom, plucky small-town sheriff Joanna Brady was introduced in Desert Heat and struck an immediate chord with readers. In 2005, Jance added a third story sequence to her repertoire with Edge of Evil, featuring Ali Reynolds, a former TV reporter-turned-professional blogger.

And so, the adventures continue! A career such as Jance's would be extraordinary under any circumstances, but considering the obstacles she overcame to become a bestselling, critically acclaimed novelist, her tale is all the more compelling. As she explains it: "One of the wonderful things about being a writer is that everything -- even the bad stuff -- is usable."