Cold Betrayal

Cold Betrayal

An Ali Reynolds Novel

Large Print - 2015
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"Revenge isn't the only dish served cold..."
Ali Reynolds's longtime friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm, rushes to the bedside of a young pregnant woman hospitalized for severe injuries after she was hit by a car on a deserted Arizona highway. The girl had been running away from The Family, a polygamous cult with no patience for those who try to leave its ranks. Something about her strikes a chord in Sister Anselm, reminding her of a case she worked years before when another young girl wasn't so lucky.
Meanwhile, married life agrees with Ali. But any hopes that she and her husband, B. Simpson, will finally slow down and relax now that they've tied the knot are dashed when Ali's new daughter-in-law approaches her, desperate for help. The girl's grandmother, Betsy, is in danger: she's been receiving anonymous threats, and someone even broke into her home and turned on the gas burners in the middle of the night. But the local police think the elderly woman's just not as sharp as she used to be.
While Ali struggles to find a way to protect Betsy before it's too late, Sister Anselm needs her help as well, and the two race the clock to uncover the secrets that The Family has hidden for so long--before someone comes back to bury them forever.
From the "New York Times" bestselling author hailed for her "inimitable, take-no-prisoners style" ("Kirkus Reviews"), "Cold Betrayal" forces Ali to confront the face of evil, and the women who are being hunted.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2015, ©2015.
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410476166
1410476162
Branch Call Number: LPE MYSTERY JAN
Characteristics: 553 pages (large print)

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rahmmie
Nov 02, 2016

It was okay but not nearly as good as the earlier work by the author. Reynolds is so rich she can just pick up the phone to start a huge investigation costing thousands of dollars with several people doing her bidding and this makes it difficult to take her seriously as a "detective" (amateur or not)

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foxylady31
Mar 18, 2016

This is the first JANCE books I have read and it was good.. Two story lines--both both good but the second was the most compelling.

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DorisWaggoner
Nov 28, 2015

Both subplots have strong moral underpinnings. The one involving threats to Ali's daughter-in-law's grandmother is the more plausible but less compellingly told. The other, beginning with a pregnant teenager on the run from a cult, has timely aspects. It's a page turner and takes up more of the book. While less plausibly told, it's highly gripping, and leaves the reader with important moral issues to think about.

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PeterSLangston
Oct 27, 2015

Beware the OverDrive system! I've given up trying to check out any books that require the OverDrive app... it should be called UnderDesigned!

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Doris527
Oct 03, 2015

Another page turner from Jance, involving Ali Reynolds and her cohorts. Great read

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brangwinn
Jul 13, 2015

Another Ali Reynolds story. Although I sometimes think J.A.Jance’s storylines have become more convoluted, they are still a fast-paced read. I admire Jance’s ability to take current events and weave the concepts into her stories. I have to say J.P Beaumont is still my favorite J.A. Jance character

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leeodie
Jul 02, 2015

Enjoyed this book as well as all of J.A. Jance's books. Easy to get interested and remain interested in what would happen next.

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carol507
Jun 08, 2015

This is one of her BEST Ali Reynolds books!!!!

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lpreston214
Apr 14, 2015

Another high-tech mystery with Ali Reynolds and new husband and cyber security mogul B. Simpson. Ali draws on B. and her other friends at High Noon who employ surveilance cameras, drones and the fastest DNA lab in the world to help solve the mystery of an injured girl and her newborn baby. You have to love Ali's two octagenarian cohorts: patient advocate Sister Anselm and "butler" Leland Brooks. Of course the whole story is crazy outlandish, even getting the governor of Arizona involved this time but it's all in good fun. There's also a side story about Ali's daughter-in-law's grandmother that takes place in Bemidji. One of the best things about this series, especially lately, is there are fewer dead bodies and more recoveries and happy endings (except for the baddies of course!).

Loanna D. Spangler Apr 05, 2015

Could not put it down. Had two story lines vying for Ali's attention, both gripping.

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