Deadly Stakes by JA Jance is the eighth installment in the Ali Reynolds series and it is an engrossing mystery. Ali has been asked to help unofficially investigate a ghastly murder and help clear the name of an innocent woman. While working on this case, Ali finds herself intrigued by another case. A teen boy has discovered a dying woman in the desert while he is retrieving a hidden box buried by his absent father. Her gut is telling her that the two cases are connected somehow, she just has to keep digging and find the murderer before he strikes again.
Jance did such an amazing job of juxtaposing multiple points of views in her mystery You are really able to relate to all of the characters, not just Ali, and you get a sense of their outlook on the murders. This added depth to side characters who might not be given as much attention by another author and created a more compelling read. Jance always does a great job of continuing the growth of Ali. You really feel like Ali is a flesh and blood person who has had to battle personal relationships, job changes, and is learning where she fits in. I also love that she keeps bring back characters from past books and creating a whole community of people that I want to read about. Needless to say, this is another great read by Jance.
JA Jance will be signing with Mostly Books on Saturday, February 9th at 5 PM, be sure to pre-order your copy now! (Deadly Stakes will be out on February 5th)