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I didn't get through this book. No, not because I didn't like the main characters. No, not because I didn't adore Lucy. But I was annoyed that almost every page included historical or geographical detours of Seattle. It felt like there wasn't enough of a plot for a book, so let's just fill it up with extra info. Balzac was paid by the page too, I kept thinking as I was reading this. I started skipping paragraphs, then pages, then just decided it wasn't worth it. Sorry. I am sure Seattle lovers will enjoy the mental walks along the streets, but I felt like it wasn't adding to the story.
When Dale shows up at Beau's door, little does he know how events will affect him. A good read.
I first met J. P. Beaumont 35 years ago, so I have shared the vicissitudes of his life as a homicide detective to his retirement and recreation as a private detective. It was fun to spend time with him again. He has changed from a boozing, hard-living young man into a mature and loving older gentleman. I found the personal story line more interesting than the actual murder mystery. If you have never met Beau, start from the beginning. It's a great ride. Kristi & Abby Tabby
This was an enjoyable, easy read. J.A. Jance always provides readers with great characters and a super storyline.
Author has a chatty writing style with sentences that seem to flow very easily from her fingers. Her private eye, now retired from Seattle's police force, is elderly, but uses his connections with his previous buddy's to help him with forensics, searches, etc. The author moves her characters through the plot swiftly with everything falling into place neatly as JP seems to know exactly what needs to be done at each stage of his investigation. There is a positive tone throughout the story with all plot lines ending nicely. I confess I did turn many pages of chatty material quite quickly - descriptions of many dog walks, drives across Metro Seattle, relationship backgrounds - and returned to reading when the storyline continued. In this story, JP discovers he has fathered a daughter on a one night stand in his youth and now is asked by her stepfather to help find the girl's father of her baby who, it seems, stands to inherit a bundle from him. The author is very prolific! i just might try another one of her many books.
I have a great appreciation for almost all of J.A. Jance's work, but I've been reading about Beaumont since there really was a Dog House in Seattle, so I'll always give 4 stars for a novel about him. J.P. finds himself getting old but this old dog learns a few new tricks, and in the process gains another member of his family. Lots of old memories are intertwined with Beaau's new job investigating a missing person. Thank you, J.A Jance for keeping Beau working into his 70's.
I think what I like best about the J.P. Beaumont series, and frankly all of the character series by J.A. Jance is that she allows her characters to grow, to mature as humans in ability, thought and emotions. That's not to say other authors don't. Michael Connelly does it particularly well with Harry Bosch. They age as we do and begin to face the reality of limitations and loss as we do, while still being vibrant characters.
'In Sins of the Fathers' J.P., has moved on into retirement holding a new license as a private investigator, which he really doesn't think he will be using. Through a favor for an old friend, he gets a case and through it finds he has to face a few sins of his past.
Having lived in Seattle for about 30 years, it's plain to see J.A. Jance knows it well and presents it quite accurately. That makes J.P. Beaumont's life here all that more fun to read.
I so enjoy reading about J. P. Beaumont that I don't get caught in some of the nit-pickey stuff some others are mentioning in their reviews. Sins of the Fathers is, as many of J A Jance's books are a great read. The characters are quite familiar by now, after a number of books have been published, but are still able to surprise me here and there in small ways ... which makes them interesting and not formulaic (boring) as some authors / characters can become. Beau, his family, his friends, all come together nicely in a good story about family relationships and life. I'm being purposely general because to say much about the story details gives away some fun surprises. Can't wait for the next book.
Another good J. P. Beaumont Novel, however, the pace of this one moved much more slowly than past ones, so it took me forever to get into and finish reading it.
Good story I always like the J.P. Beaumont books.
It was a little much on the way he flaunted his money this time.
one of the best author around. I just wait for one of her books to come out especially JP Beaumont series. Like the rest also. but this is my favorite.