J.P. Beaumont Books

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Jonas Piedmont Beaumont is the main character in the J.P. Beaumont series by J.A. Lance. The street-tough Beaumont is not your average detective. In the series’ 22 novels and two novellas/short stories, J.P. Beaumont proves himself a valuable crime fighter for Seattle.

Order of J.P. Beaumont Series

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1Until Proven Guilty1985Description / Buy
2Injustice For All1986Description / Buy
3Trial by Fury1986Description / Buy
4Taking the Fifth1987Description / Buy
5Improbable Cause1988Description / Buy
6A More Perfect Union1988Description / Buy
7Dismissed with Prejudice1989Description / Buy
8Minor in Possession1990Description / Buy
9Payment In Kind1991Description / Buy
10Without Due Process1992Description / Buy
11Failure to Appear1993Description / Buy
12Lying in Wait1994Description / Buy
13Name Withheld1996Description / Buy
14Breach Of Duty1999Description / Buy
15Birds of Prey2001Description / Buy
16Partner in Crime2002Description / Buy
17Long Time Gone2005Description / Buy
18Justice Denied2007Description / Buy
19Fire and Ice2009Description / Buy
20Betrayal of Trust2011Description / Buy
21Second Watch2013Description / Buy
22Ring In the Dead (Short Story)2013Description / Buy
23Stand Down (Short Story)2015Description / Buy
24Dance of the Bones2015Description / Buy
25Still Dead (Short Story)2017Description / Buy
26Proof of Life2017Description / Buy
27Sins of the Fathers2019Description / Buy
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The detective’s private life and demeanor provides an interesting angle to the series. He is 6’ 3” tall, divorced but wealthy. Although J.A Lance paints him as a tough guy, it is easy to not get a sense of his masculinity through the initial descriptions of him by Lance. Most times, we see J.P Beaumont running a dishwasher and a washing machine, for instance.

Nonetheless, as Beaumont pursues the bad guys in these crime thrillers, he gets distracted by hot women once in a while.

From murdered kids, family men to elderly women, Beaumont has witnessed more horrors than most people from Seattle would ever imagine. His determination drives him from case to case with a resolve that can only match the criminal intent of his suspects.

In the first release of the J.P. Beaumont series – Until Proven Guilty, the detective is up against a murderous and fanatic religious group. In this 1985 novel, Lance also shows us how even the most skilled of detectives can falter when they lusting after a hot blonde.

It’s not long before readers got wind of Beaumont tactics. Lance’s 1986 follow-up – Trial by Fury – endeared J.P. Beaumont to Mystery/Detective fans as the book went on to get a nomination for the Anthony Award.

Yet because of the scope of the detectives exploits, Lance produced two novellas; Ring in the Dead and Stand Down, in 2013 and 2015 consecutively. The two works were an indicator of how the decades’ worth of police experience could make J.P. Beaumont such a captivating character.

J.P. BEAUMONT AWARDS

The J.P. Beaumont series first came into prominence when the 1986 novel – Trial by Fury – got a nomination for the 1987 Anthony Award in the Paperback Original category. The novel had just the right ingredients of a suspense thriller: murder, vengeance and the extremes of love and hate. More interestingly though, it is also the first time in the series that J.P. Beaumont does not fall in love with a murderous woman.

It however took J.A. Lance more than twenty years to get another book in her Beaumont series awarded. The nineteenth installment, Fire and Ice, released in 2009 again saw J.P. Beaumont going after deranged murders. In the process, the detective even got to reignite some romance with a fellow law enforcement officer from Arizona. Fire and Ice contained just the right mix of violence and romance to earn an award for the 2009 Publishers Weekly’s starred review.

The latest novel in the J.P. Beaumont series – Dance of the Bones – won the award for the 2015 Publishers Weekly’s starred review. It is the twenty-second book by Lance documenting the detectives exploits. In it, we meet a retired detective (Brandon Walker), who calls up Beaumont to help him catch a cold-blooded killer.

BEST J.P. BEAUMONT BOOKS

There are two novels in the Beaumont series that have attracted a cult following, i.e. Long Time Gone and Second Watch.

Long Time Gone: Long Time Gone was released in 2005 and brought together some of the best aspects of Beaumont’s detective work. The novel follows J.P. Beaumont as he goes back to solve a half-century-old homicide case. And in keeping true to Lance’s style, Beaumont faces multiple conspiracies and complications brought about by romance.

A Second Watch: Yet it’s in the 2013 novel, a Second Watch, where Lance finally cements her mettle as a suspense thriller author. While J.P. Beaumont struggles with old age, the author uses the opportunity to weave a powerful and dramatic narrative about the detective’s past.

OTHER BOOK SERIES YOU MAY LIKE

The “Kinsey Millhone” series by Sue Grafton has is popular with J.P. Beaumont’s fans. Like Beaumont, Kinsey has extraordinary detective skills. She however veers off into private practice an investigator compared to Beaumont who serves in Seattle’s police force for decades.

Readers captivated by the suspense and mystery of detective work in large cities also love the “Alexandra Cooper” series by Linda Fairstein. The books follow Alexandra’s work as an Assistant DA in New York. The series narrates the same kind of violence and intrigue that Lance covers so well in the J.P Beaumont series.

What Is The Next Book in The J.p. Beaumont Series?

There doesn't seem to be an upcoming book in The J.p. Beaumont Series. The newest book is Sins of the Fathers and was released on September, 24th 2019.

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