Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Moving Target (Ali Reynolds #6) by J. A. Jance


From Goodreads:

"In this high-stakes thriller from New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance, Ali Reynolds spans continents to solve a cold case murder and to figure out who wants a young juvenile offender dead.

Lance Tucker, an incarcerated juvenile offender and talented hacker in his own right, is set on fire one night and severely burned while hanging Christmas decorations in a lockup rec room. B. Simpson, Ali Reynolds's fiancé and the man who helped put Lance in jail, feels obliged to get to the bottom of what happened. With Ali off in England to help Leland Brooks at a reunion with his long-estranged family, B. turns to someone else to help out: Ali's good friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm.

Meanwhile, in Bournemouth, Leland's hometown, Ali begins to investigate the decades-old murder of Leland's father, which Leland himself was once suspected of committing. With unsolved murders on both sides of the Atlantic, Ali, B., and Sister Anselm are united by their search for answers and the jeopardy they get into as a result.

From the author praised for her "inimitable, take-no-prisoners style" (Kirkus Reviews), Moving Target sends Ali on a trans-Atlantic adventure and straight into the path of a deadly killer."

I have been a fan of the Ali Reynolds books from the beginning and the series just keeps getting better.  In fact I think Moving Target is the best book yet.  Moving Target had two mysteries going at the same time.  We get to meet Leland Brook’s family in England and watch Ali solve a cold case that involves Leland’s family.  At the same time Ali and B. are planning their wedding while also helping solve a mystery involving a teen hacker that B. helped catch. 

I enjoyed seeing more of Leland and meeting his family.  All of the action continued to flesh out his character.  The action also added additional dimensions to Ali, B. and Sister Anselm’s characters.  Moving Target is a character driven mystery series.  Jance has continued to build the main characters while putting some new and interesting people in the mix. I see an interesting future for Lance Tucker and his family.  I hope we see more of them in future books.  The two mysteries are structured to allow a lot of character action while also providing a logical solution to both the mystery involving Leland and the mystery involving Lance.  In addition B. provided a very elegant solution for Lance’s immediate future.

You can start reading the Ali Reynolds books with Moving Target but I recommend starting at the beginning.  With only 6 books in the series so far you can catch up in a hurry.

Touchstone published Moving Target by Ali Reynolds in 2014.

I received an ARC of Moving Target from Edelweiss.

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