Monday, December 29, 2008

The Edge of Evil by J.A. Jance

Shortly after being fired from her job as a Los Angeles anchorwoman, Ali Reynolds learns that her closest friend from high school has died by driving off a cliff. Without a job tying her down, Ali takes a trip to her hometown of Sedona, Arizona to see if she can help Reenie's family.

During her time in Sedona, Ali discovers that Reenie had recently been diagnosed with ALS, a disease which significantly shortened her life. This revelation has authorities believing suicide, but Ali suspects foul play. Although everyone advises her to let it go, Ali feels compelled to get to the bottom of her friend's shocking death, especially when Ali finds that Reenie's husband has been having an affair and that Reenie wanted to undergo trial treatment in Mexico.

While investigating her friend's death, with her son's help, Ali sets up a blog called "cutlooseblog.com," where she chats with individuals who have also been diagnosed with ALS in hopes of learning more about what Reenie was going through. When an estranged husband of one of her readers threatens her life, we wonder if she may be in too deep. Can she solve Reenie's death without putting her own life in danger?

I typically don't read many mysteries, so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed The Edge of Evil. Jance does a superb job of pulling the plot in different directions that will have readers questioning the killer until the very end.

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