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3.00155520995334 out of 53.00155520995334 out of 53.00155520995334 out of 53.00155520995334 out of 53.00155520995334 out of 5 3.00 (1,286 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. A. Jance Narrator: Cotter Smith Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The J. P. Beaumont Series Release Date: August 2005 ISBN: 9780060895051
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A survivor of childhood trauma, two marriages, twenty hard years with the Seattle P.D. and the bottle, Jonas Piedmont Beaumont has spent far too much time trolling the darker waters of human nature. In the wake of a devastating professional tragedy, he has decided, at long last, to pull the pin. But there is no safety in semi-retirement for a man who, long ago, chose to make a violent world his home.

Temporarily at leisure, Beau has agreed to chaperon his newlywed grandmother on her honeymoon cruise to the Gulf of Alaska. But Beau's brief idyll is abruptly shaken when a security videotape shows a passenger taking a fatal fall overboard. Like it or not, the burden of investigating a heinous crime is once again on his shoulders. Adrift a thousand miles from home, J.P. Beaumont has suddenly found himself submerged in a terrifying conspiracy that, if allowed to proceed unchecked, could have disastrous consequences, not only for Beau and his shipmates, but for the future of the world they all hope to return to.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jared | 2/19/2014

    " If you've been a cruise you might like this murder mystery that takes place on a cruise ship. Not sure where the title comes from. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 woody | 2/6/2014

    " JP Beaumont is retired and is on an Alaskan cruise with his grandma and her new husband. Murder and all of the sort follow JP wherever he goes and this book is no different. Typical Jance, all right book, but nothing great... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/29/2014

    " This was a really fun book to read, I think it was my first Jance books. I really enjoyed the setting and characters, all on a cruise ship and a crusty old private investigator. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 1/28/2014

    " I listened to this book on my ipod and loved it! I think part of it was the narrator, but I really like J.A. Jance and especially the JP Beaumont series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Mcnab | 1/27/2014

    " Now that J. P. Beaumont has retired from the Seattle Police Dept. he is taking a cruise to Alaska at the request of his grandmother and her new husband, who feel that they may need some backup at their advanced ages. Of course murder and mayhem follow Beau and he cannot stay out of the investigation. At the same time there is a group of women who think that he has been hired by the cruise line to act as a dancing partner for the single women on the ship, presumably while he looks for a rich widow to marry. Due to his mother insisting on him taking dance lessons, he is an extremely good dancer, which seems like part of the reason for this misapprehension. Another fun Beaumont book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 1/24/2014

    " It was another good Jp Beaumont book. He's not a cop anymore, but of course he still ending investigating! The whole story takes place on a cruise, which I thought was interesting and made for a different environment for Jp. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Isis | 1/16/2014

    " An okay mystery for reading on an airplane or a beach. The primary characters are beautifully drawn and multidimensional. The mystery itself was kind of dull-average, though, and I guessed the villain early. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 1/13/2014

    " So I think this may have been y favorite so far. Its been a while since I finished it and have read a few(like 8) books since this, but I remember liking it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah1976 | 1/8/2014

    " Just warning people this is not part of the john sanford prey novel series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Madden | 12/31/2013

    " Well written book with likeable characters. A good mystery with interesting twists. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana | 12/3/2013

    " ok, kinda slow. not as good as the others written by her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 12/1/2013

    " enjoy immensely the Jance series...this J.P. Beaumont involves murder on a luxury liner...kind of a funny note...as I got into the climax of the story in Alaska, I realized I read this book some years earlier before I kept track of my reading on this site "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 11/29/2013

    " Okay. This wasn't my favorite of the J.P books, but it was interesting. J.P. is a hound dog when it comes to sleeping with every thing that moves. True, he only slept with one woman, but in later books sex isn't even mentioned or is only eluded to and it's with his partner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 11/25/2013

    " J.P. Beaumont accompanies his newly married grandmother on a cruise to Alaska and has to unravel two murders. Or were there really two? I listened to this one as an audio book and really enjoyed the narration as well as the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annhenning | 10/31/2013

    " I enjoy all of Jance's series and have been reading them for years. somehow i missed this one; it is classic Beaumont. liked the further development in the relationships with Lars and his grandmother. Some good twists. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 10/29/2013

    " The narrator for this book was awful. His tone and inflection was very choppy so I really didn't enjoy this book like I wanted to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 7/13/2013

    " Ok, but didn't live up to its potential. I suppose it was intended to be "lighter" after the heaviness of the previous book. Who knew that Beau was a tango champ? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nell | 4/15/2013

    " You can take the guy out of the police department, but you can't take the police department out of the guy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy | 2/19/2013

    " Awesome, I love you Jance. When the writing works I can't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 9/3/2012

    " Slow book. I liked the narrator and the mystery, but it was a little bit of a letdown when the murderer was revealed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 7/11/2012

    " Not one of the best in the series, but well plotted and I do like the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn Harris | 5/20/2012

    " Another first-rate J. P. Beaumont mystery, this one on a cruise ship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 3/21/2012

    " Another good J. P. Beaumont story. This time he's on a cruise to Alaska. This pleasure cruise is not the peaceful escape for relaxation. Seems there is a murder on board. J. P. has been drafted by the FBI to help with their case, which envolves some of the passengers on the ship. A good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carole | 10/23/2011

    " A typical J.P. Beaumont book. This time he's on a cruise as the "chaperone" for his grandmother and her new husband. Basically he's along to make sure that these 2 elderly people have someone to help them if there are problems. Of course, there's murder and mystery involved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 5/28/2011

    " Sad that he left the Police Department, but this book was just as good as the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen Anderson | 4/2/2011

    " This is the first book I've read by J.A. Jance. It's an ok book, but the thing that made it more interesting is that she is a Northwest author and so many of the places mentioned in the book are familiar to me. It's a light read for entertainment. Pretty clean. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 3/22/2011

    " I started this book before reading Breach of Duty. Within one chapter I learned it was not the thing to do! J. P. had retired, his grandmother had gotten married and his last partner Sue was dead. I know better but this was a library book I wanted to return and Breach was my personal book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith | 3/9/2011

    " IMHO< this is one of the better Beaumont books by JA Jance. It's a great read with a twisting plot and charming characters. This story takes place after Beaumont retires and is taking a cruise to Alaska with this grandmother and her new husband. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 2/6/2011

    " oK, THIS ONE WAS DIFFERENT. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 1/18/2011

    " Awesome, I love you Jance. When the writing works I can't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 12/13/2010

    " I started this book before reading Breach of Duty. Within one chapter I learned it was not the thing to do! J. P. had retired, his grandmother had gotten married and his last partner Sue was dead. I know better but this was a library book I wanted to return and Breach was my personal book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 7/4/2010

    " My favorite so far by J. A. Jance with J. P. Beaumont. A cruise to Alaska was a great setting for this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 6/7/2010

    " I listened to this book on my ipod and loved it! I think part of it was the narrator, but I really like J.A. Jance and especially the JP Beaumont series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 4/8/2010

    " Sad that he left the Police Department, but this book was just as good as the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 3/28/2010

    " J.P. Beaumont accompanies his newly married grandmother on a cruise to Alaska and has to unravel two murders. Or were there really two? I listened to this one as an audio book and really enjoyed the narration as well as the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jared | 3/8/2010

    " If you've been a cruise you might like this murder mystery that takes place on a cruise ship. Not sure where the title comes from. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 10/28/2009

    " This is the first book I've read by J.A. Jance. It's an ok book, but the thing that made it more interesting is that she is a Northwest author and so many of the places mentioned in the book are familiar to me. It's a light read for entertainment. Pretty clean. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 8/27/2009

    " I liked this book. The mystery takes place on a cruise ship. Had a good twist at the end. "

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About the Author

J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, and a number of novels featuring the Walker family. Before becoming an author, Jance worked as a librarian and a teacher on a Native American reservation.

About the Narrator

Cotter Smith is an American actor of stage, film, and television. As an audiobook narrator, he has won two Earphones Awards and was a finalist in 1997 for the prestigious Audie Award.