Payment in Kind

Payment in Kind

eBook - 2004
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It looks like a classic crime of passion to Detective J.P Beaumont: two corpses found lovingly entwined in a broom closet of the Seattle School District building. The prime suspect, Pete Kelsey, admits his slain spouse was no novice at adultery, yet he swears he had nothing to do with the brutal deaths of the errant school official and her clergyman-turned-security guard companion. Beau believes him, but there's something the much sinned-upon widower's not telling -- and that spells serious trouble still to come. Because the secret Pete's protecting is even hotter than extra-marital sex. . . and it could prove more lethal than murder.
Publisher: New York : PerfectBound, 2004
ISBN: 0060778008 (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK M JANCE
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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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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