Narrator: Karen Ziemba
Series: Ali Reynolds #15
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on June 2, 2020
Length: 11 hours, 6 minutes
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Years after her son’s fatal overdose, grieving mother Rachel Higgins learns that his addiction may have grown out of damage suffered at the hands of a pedophile priest while he was in high school. Looking for vengeance, she targets the Catholic Church’s most visible local figure, Archbishop Francis Gillespie. When the archbishop begins receiving anonymous threats, local police dismiss them, saying they’re not credible. So he turns to his friends, Ali Reynolds and her husband, B. Simpson.
I have read all three series by J.A. Jance for a long time. I always recommend to read series in order. This Ali Reynolds series is probably the least realistic of the three, and is not based on law enforcement personnel like the other series. I still love it. Ali was a news anchor who was briefly in law enforcement and now works with her husband’s high-tech firm.
Starting in Man Overboard (#12), there is a story with AI, artificial intelligence. Frigg is a favorite of mine because she really can get the information, despite Stuart’s best efforts to make her access only legal information sources. Frigg pursues all important data without regard to legal aspects but saves lives. While her role is smaller this time (darn!), it is important.
Ali is primary in Credible Threat, where the archbishop of Phoenix is getting death threats. He has tried the police but they don’t take him seriously. So he turns to High Noon. With B out of town, Ali ends up tracking down the culprit.
I feel kind of sorry for the villain even though the revenge sought is wrong. She isn’t happy in her life and has been coasting along with grief and difficult circumstances. When she discovers new information about her son’s death, she is determined to make someone pay.
Ali does a masterful job of working with Frigg and yet keeping her assistance to law enforcement legal. The Phoenix homicide cop would rather she stay out of it. Of course, she can’t do that with lives in danger. She also takes various steps to protect Father Francis. He’s a great character. I worried about him as well as those around him.
Karen Ziemba narrated the previous books, so I am familiar and comfortable with her. She was easy to understand and her voices were varied somewhat for each character. Her male and female voices felt appropriate. I love her voice for Frigg! The performance was very enjoyable. I was able to listen at my normal 1.5x speed.
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This sounds really good. I’m not familiar with this author but I know my husband has listened to a few of Jance’s books while commuting to and from work. I’ll have to see if he has any on his Audible account I can check out.
The characters do grow throughout the series (3 series) so I would start at the beginning. I love all 3 series. I think this one is the shortest. I get them all the time at the library on audio so maybe that is a possibility also.