Saturday, July 9, 2022

Nothing to Lose by J.A. Jance - Book Review

Bestselling author J.A. Jance has written four different series in the Mystery genre. Her Joanna Brady Mysteries and the Ali Reynolds Novels have both been previously reviewed here on ReviewThisReviews!

Wintertime in Alaska scene

The third series is the J.P. Beaumont Novels. My review today is of the newest Beaumont suspense novel titled Nothing to Lose


Nothing to Lose book cover
Years ago, J.P. Beaumont was a homicide detective with the Seattle PD. His partner, Sue Danielson, was murdered by her ex-husband when he came after her in her home. Terrified, Sue's teenage son frantically called Beaumont for help. Beau urged Jared to grab his younger brother and leave the house. As a result, Beau's plea and Jared's quick action saved the two boys from their father's murderous rage. 

Twenty years later, Jared reappears in Beau's life seeking help again. His younger brother, Chris, is missing. Beau, who is now a retired cop working as a private investigator, and still haunted by the events of that tragic night, doesn't hesitate to take the case. 

Beaumont follows a lead to the wilds of wintertime Alaska where he finds a tangled web of family secrets and where a killer with nothing to lose is waiting to kill again.


The entire J.P. Beaumont Mystery series by J.A. Jance is excellent, as are all her books. I am a huge fan of her writings. The Beaumont series is a continuing one, but each story in the series can stand alone as well. Therefore, you do not need to begin with Book #1 to enjoy the story in Nothing to Lose. But, that said, I do highly recommend reading the entire series in order to follow the adventures of Beau from the first book to this latest one. 

Book review of Nothing to Lose by J.A. (Judith Ann) Jance 

by Wednesday Elf

This book (Number 23 of 23 in the J.P. Beaumont series) is an Amazon Editor's pick for Best Mystery, Thriller & Suspense:

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  1. Sounds like I've found a new mystery writer. Thanks for the review Pat.

    1. I've been a fan of J.A. Jance's books for a long time, Mary Beth. I think you'll like her. I like (and have read) ALL her series, but I think I like her Ali Reynolds character the best. Beau is interesting and I love Joanna Brady. The Reynolds and Brady series take place primarily in Arizona and the Beaumont novels center around Seattle. The author's descriptions of both places is fascinating, making you feel as if you have actually been there, even if you haven't. We learn a bit about Alaska in this novel; another place I have not been to. :)

  2. Sounds like another great mystery with the perfect title! "Nothing to Lose" says a whole lot about what a reader might expect. With nothing to lose, I would imagine a killer would do whatever is necessary, by whatever means, to remain unidentified and out in the world reaping havoc.

    1. That's exactly right, Mouse. How Beau outwits the killer makes for an exciting ending.

  3. I had the same thought as Sylvestermouse and the title providing insight into the killer’s complete lack of scruples and unchecked willingness to wreak havoc, however dark, to protect himself and attain his evil goals.

  4. Sounds excellent. The story is intriguing; you have me wanting to read this book!

  5. This book sounds like an intriguing mystery and with a very appropriate title in the wonderful setting of Alaska. A tangled web of secrets and a killer with nothing to lose certainly sounds like a book full of suspense!

    1. It is indeed a suspenseful story. Thanks for your visit.

  6. This is one of the books by this author that I have not read. Sounds like I need to pick it up and get started. Thanks!

  7. Going on my TBR (to be read) list! thanks Pat!


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